July begins with a bang with fireworks on 4th but the fun in your glass can continue across the United States throughout the whole month. Below are some events that sparkled for us.
Bottlenotes’ Around the World in 80 Sips® event arrives in Austin, Texas for the first time and goes back to Houston, Texas in July. We will also spend our second “summer in the Hamptons” (at least for one day) as we bring Around the World in 80 Sips® back to Southampton. If you are in or around Texas or New York,, please join us!
Soulshine Tour, North America, June 20 - August 2
Ca’ Momi, the Italian lifestyle brand rooted in soulful tradition and based in the Napa Valley, has partnered with musician Michael Franti on his Soulshine concert tour, the first-ever yoga music tour to share art and a healthy sustainable active lifestyle. Find Soulshine at an outdoor amphitheater near you on their summer tour.
VinoPalooza Wine Fest, Marble Falls, Texas, July 4
Celebrate Independence Day with the family at Flat Creek Estate. Enjoy Texan wine, country fare, and live music this year.
4th Annual Watermelon Wine Festival, Concord, Virginia, July 5-6
Enjoy a special Watermelon Sangria made from real watermelon juice and secret ingredients along with wine from local wineries, beer, and live music. This is a family-friendly event with an indoor pool (with lifeguard), waterslides, games, and swings , and a children's playhouse.
Park City Food & Wine Classic, Park City, Utah, July 9-13
Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience. Events range from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences.
Salute! Kansas Festival of Wine & Food, Lawrence, Kansas, July 10-12
Events include: the Mass Street Mosey, a gourmet winemaker dinner, and Grand Tasting featuring more than 250 wines and delicacies from some of the best local restaurants and caterers. Proceeds to benefit Cottonwood, Inc., a non-profit that helps individuals with disabilities shape their future.
29th Annual Central Coast Wine Classic, Avila Beach, California, July 10-13
Enjoy a four-day celebration of gastronomic indulgences including wine, cuisine, and art. Events include dinner at Hearst Castle, a California pinot noir “rerroir” symposium, Schramsberg Vineyards “methode champenoise” symposium, and a Chateau Pavie/St.-Emilion, Vertical Tasting Dinner. Yum.
Finger Lakes Wine Festival, Watkins Glen, New York, July 11-13
Enjoy the largest showcase of wines produced in New York State with over 80 wineries paired with regional artisans, New York cheeses, live music, culinary classes and cooking demonstrations.
Festival del Sole 2014, Napa Valley, California, July 11-20
10 days of music, dance and theater are artfully blended with one-of-a-kind lifestyle programs and Napa’s incomparable wines and culinary delights. Events include: “Under the Stars at Opus One,” yoga in the vineyard, a “Taste of Napa” (with nearly 70 restaurants, food artisans, breweries and wineries), and a “Shades of Brilliance Luncheon” sponsored by Tiffany & Company.
4th Annual Wine Country Big Q, Rohnert Park, California, July 12
Enjoy mouthwatering barbeque, including samples from over 50 pitmasters plus beans, bacon-drivendessert, wine, beer, cider, live music and more. See who is “King of the Grill” in the “Winery Big Beef Challenge” as winery and vineyard chefs go fork to fork competing for the coveted People’s Choice award for the best tri tip and the wines that best complement.
6th Annual University of San Diego (USD) Wine Classic, San Diego, California, July 12-13
Support the USD Alumni Endowed Scholarship Fund by sampling 100+ wines from over 30 wineries owned or managed by USD alumni, parents, and friends. Enjoy live music, gourmet food, and a silent auction.
Drink Pink Rosé Festival, Gaston, Oregon, July 12
Patton Valley Vineyards of Gaston, Oregon hosts two dozen wineries all celebrating refreshing and summery Rosé wines. Established names like Elk Cove Vineyards and Penner–Ash Wine Cellars join smaller producers, each offering their take on this warm weather sipper. Portland’s Crown Paella and Scoop will be serving up bites to accompany the wines.
Dundee Hills Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon, Dundee Hills, Oregon, July 13, 2014
The fifth annual Fueled by Fine Wine Half Marathon offers a scenic, 13.1 mile course set in the heart of Oregon wine country. Runners receive a swag bag and access to a post-race celebration including area wines, food and live music. Post-race festivities occur in downtown Dundee while the course itself winds through the rolling hills and vineyards of the surrounding AVA.
Around the World in 80 Sips®, Austin, Texas, July 16
Join Team Bottlenotes at Brazo's Hall in the heart of downtown Austin for 80+ wines from around the world, to benefit Back on my Feet. Discover new wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, France, Portugal, New Zealand, South Africa, and many more. As always, the event will also includelight hors d’oeuvres, chocolate, and cheese pairings.
2nd Annual Bacon & Barrels, Los Olivos, California, July 18-20, 2014
An outdoor festival at Saarloos and Sons Field for bacon-obsessed foodies and those who prefer their drinks from a barrel. Events include: "The Whole Hog" VIP Dinner, “Bacon, Bellini, Bloodies Brunch”, and the main festival with local chef and an “Ascendent Spirits Mixology” demonstration.
7th Annual Hudson Wine Festival, Hudson, Ohio, July 18-19
Enjoy 150+ wines from local, national and international producers as well as select craft beers and spirits along with live music, food, retail vendors, and wine seminars. The festival benefits PAWSibilities of the Humane Society of Greater Akron.
3rd Annual Around the World in 80 Sips®, Houston, Texas, July 19
Join Team Bottlenotes for 80+ wines from around the world, to benefit Pup Squad Animal Rescue. Enjoy wines frm California, Portugal, New Zealand and more, discovering new favorites and hidden gems along the way.
Chili and Chillin’ on the Wine Road 290, Fredericksburg, Texas, July 19
All 13 of the wineries from the Wine Road 290 will each pair one of their wines with a chili inspired dish from a top local Hill Country restaurant or caterer.
Wellness Conversations at Bardessono, Yountville, California, July 19
Part of Festival del Sole's Wellness series, the Wellness Conversations hope to rejuvenate mind and body. Be greeted by a custom elixir of freshly picked ingredients and learn about ways to keep wellness in the forefront of your life from speakers Dr. Garo Kassabian and Dr. Wendy Bazilian, with a private tour of Bardessono's on-site Lucy Garden with Lucy's Executive Chef Victor Scargle.
13th Annual Killington Wine Festival, Killington, Vermont, July 19–21
Taste 500 wines from a collection of over 40 vineyards from around the world with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop. Events include: The Grand Tasting, Wine Dinners, Bubbly Brunch, and the “Wine and Nine” Golf Scramble.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival - Music & Wine Gala, Santa Fe, New Mexico, July 22
You can hear great chamber musicians, enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner under the stars, and drink fine wines in the company of renowned vintners including August Hills of Grgich Hills Estate, all while benefiting the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.
Today’s Bordeaux, San Francisco, California, July 24
Today's Bordeaux, now in it's ninth year, is an exemplar program of 100 wines priced between $10-$55 and is a proud reflection of Bordeaux’s diverse terroir. The event will feature 50 of these fantastic wines, including red, white, rosé and sweet from a myriad of Bordeaux appellations.
Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, Syracuse, New York, July 25-26
Events include: World Beat and Mardi Gras pavilions, Scholastic Festival, Battle of the Community Bands, Late night jam sessions at Jazz Central, a Wines of the World Pavilion, and much more. The festival is part of the acclaimed Syracuse ArtsWeek.
28th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration, McMinnville, Oregon, July 25-27
“IPNC” is a three-day event, famous around the globe, as a mecca for lovers of Pinot noir and northwest cuisine. Events include: The “University of Pinot”, Alfresco Tasting, Vineyard Tours and Winery Lunches, a Northwest Salmon Bake, and the Sparkling Brunch Finale.
2nd Annual Around the World in 80 Sips®, Hamptons, New York, July 26
Join Team Bottlenotes for the second annual Around the World in 80 Sips® event at 230 Elm in Southampton. Taste wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, France, Italy, Portugal, New Zealand and more. This event always sells out so act fast.
10th Annual Art and Wine Fusion, White Salmon, Washington, July 26
Taste wine and cider from 20+ local and regional vintners in this full-fledged street festival. Attendees will enjoy music,food, artists, entertainment, and activities for all ages.