Not every event in February has to be mushy or related to Valentine’s Day. You’ve had a month to unwind after the holidays and you’re ready to show your new and improved 2014 self to the world again. Grab your New Year’s resolutions and that outfit you didn’t have a chance to wear over the holidays and head straight to one of these wine- and beer-related events.
Slow Wine Guide US Tour, Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City, February 3rd
The newest release of the Slow Wine Guide is becoming an exciting event. This is your chance to taste through the wine regions of Italy and try wines from the 70 producers who are featured in the Slow Wine Guide. You’ll have a chance to speak with winemakers and learn more about the importance of sustainability and the commitment necessary to carry it out.
Around the World in 80 Sips, Golden Gate Club, San Francisco, California, February 7th
Bottlenotes presents the 6th annual Around the World in 80 Sips, an event designed to allow you to taste wines from around the world and speak with experts in the field. Light appetizers and chocolate will be served, and, if you’re feeling brave, you can test out your wine pairing abilities. This is always a fun event and it sells out quickly, so make sure to get your ticket.
NYC Winter Wine Festival, Best Buy Theatre, New York City, February 8th
Taste more than 200 wines from all around the world at this annual wine blowout. You will be handed a wine glass and left to explore on your own as Brian Simpson, notable R&B performer, croons in the background. With two sessions available, there’s no reason to miss this event.
International Alsace Varietals Festival, Anderson Valley, California, February 8th
Do you like riesling, pinot gris and gewürztraminer from Alsace? Then you need to come to this event which explores Alsatian varieties grown in areas other than Alsace. There are many events from which to choose---an educational seminar on Alsatian wines and grapes; a grand tasting where you’ll have a chance to speak with winemakers about their wines; and a formal sit-down dinner with Alsatian varietal wines at Scharffenberger Cellars.
Lodi Wine and Chocolate Weekend, Lodi, California, February 8th-9th
Want to set the mood for Valentine’s Day? Drive out to Lodi for a wine and chocolate weekend. Over 40 wineries will participate in the tour where you and your sweetie will have a chance to sip on Lodi wines while nibbling on rich and decadent chocolates. Perhaps you’ll be the lucky winner of the “Golden Ticket” which will win you a Wine Country Getaway. Don’t we all need to get away?
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, San Francisco, California, February 15th
Would you like to understand how judges come to their decisions in wine competitions? Then come to the public tasting celebrating the largest competition of American wine in the world. Here you will have an opportunity to become an expert and taste wines from any of the award winning wineries. Speak with wine judges and congratulate winners as you sip their wines and munch on food from local chefs.
Boston Wine Expo, Boston, Massachusetts, February 15th and 16th
Rated one of the top wine expos in the States, this event features a grand tasting with more than 1800 wines from nearly 200 wineries from around the world. Whether you’re a beginner or connoisseur, you’ll also have a chance to brush up on your wine knowledge by attending some of the many seminars offered. Seminar topics include: “Tête de Cuvée Champagne,” “Scotch 101,” and “Twenty First Century Rioja.”
Virginia Wine Expo, Richmond, Virginia, February 18th-23rd
The Virginia Wine Expo celebrates Virginia’s wonderfully unique wineries as well as Richmond’s cultural and historical excellence. Rated in Frommer’s as one of the top travel destinations of 2014, Richmond creates a beautiful and apt backdrop for this lively expo which includes a 10 kilometer run, a burger night, comparative tastings, tours, excursions and dinners.
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival, Newport, Oregon, February 20th-23rd
Come to the original Northwest Seafood and Wine Festival. Since its inception in 1978, this event showcasing Oregon seafood and Oregon wineries has grown to include craftsman and artisans, bringing jewelry, arts and crafts and photography into the fun. Saturday remains the most attended day in the event, which means if you’re looking for less of a crowd, you might be better off with a three-day pass, which will allow you enough space from the rest of the pack.
Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami, Florida, February 20th-23rd
Food & Wine magazine presents The Food Network South Beach Wine and Food Festival, an event which combines the talents of top wine and spirit producers with all of your favorite Food Network stars. With more than 50 events spread over the four-day event, you won’t have time to think of what you would have done had you stayed at home.
Live on the Vine, Long Island, New York, February 8th-March 16th
Long Island’s 6-week mid-winter music festival uses Long Island wineries and tasting rooms as its stage. The music fills a variety of genres---blues, jazz, soul and country—and this event livens up the otherwise slow season on the island.
NYC Craft Beer Festival, Lexington Armory, New York City, February 28th- March 1st
Upon walking in, you will be handed a glass and left to explore on your own. This is your chance to taste any of the 150 craft beers at the event. If you are a VIP you’ll have an extra half an hour on either end of the tasting to taste special releases and limited supply craft beer.
Which events are you going to in February? Let us know below!
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