It’s said that “March comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb,” but the wine events just seem to keep roaring all month. Our favorite, of course, is our 4th annual Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in Washington, D.C. However, great tastings and festivals are happening all over the country. Here are some that caught our eye:
Hospice du Rhône, Walland, Tennessee, March 2-5
This new version of the famous celebration of "all things Rhône" takes place at the Wine Spectator Grand Award winning Blackberry Farm located outside of Knoxville, TN. Meet Winemakers from California and France who will share their wines and passion with you.
Sonoma in the City, San Diego, California, March 5
Taste over 200 wines from 50 of Sonoma County's leading wineries covering all 16 distinctive regions, including Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Dry Creek Valley. Taste the diversity of terroir and winemaking styles in wines that will also be paired with an array of appetizers, artisan cheeses and charcuterie.
Wine Road Barrel Tasting Weekend, Northern Sonoma, California, March 7-9
Get tastes of wine directly from the barrel at the 36th Annual Barrel Tasting. More than 100 wineries will offer “futures” allowing you tobuy the wine now, often at a discount. You then pick-up the wine after it has been bottled (usually 12-18 months later).
Family Winemakers of California Tasting, Pasadena, California, March 9
“From Our Table to Yours,” the Family Wine Winemakers invite you to taste over 750 wines from 175+ wineries in 20+ California appellations covering over 35 varietals. The tasting focuses on wineries that are small (under 5000 cases), have limited marketing outreach, and in many cases, will be represented at the tasting by members of the family that own them.
In Pursuit of Balance, San Francisco, California, March 10
Taste wines from over 30 wineries who share a commitment to seeking balance in California pinot noir and chardonnay. Most are small, independent, family-run operations. Their wines are usually very small production and can be hard to find as they sell out very quickly.
Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, March 10-15
Come enjoy one of the largest outdoor wine festivals on the East Coast, featuring 500+ wines. Events include: Great Chefs of the Island Wine Dinners, Wine Knowledge Sessions, Public Tasting, and a Grand Tasting featuring Eric Asimov, the New York Times’ Chief Wine Critic.
La Paulée de San Francisco, San Francisco, California, March 12-15
The annual celebration of Burgundy organized by New York wine director Daniel Johnnes, returns again to San Francisco. Events include a Gala Dinner, Rare Wine Dinner, Verticals Tasting, Grand Tasting, and a Chablis Seminar. The most interesting event could be “Off Grid: A Tasting of Burgundy's Hidden Gems” on Wednesday March 12th.
Napa Valley Meets Morocco, March 13-15
Palais Namaskar, an Oetker Collection Resort in Morocco, will partner with Michelin-starred Auberge Resorts for a three day event/collaboration, (at Solage Calistoga, Calistoga Ranch, and Auberge du Soleil) with Executive Chef Antoine Perray from Palais Namaskar in Marrakech. In addition to the extraordinary French Moroccan/California cuisine and multiple-course dinners, events include wine pairings from both regions, cooking with the chefs, a tagine gift compliments of Le Creuset, and the transformation of the wine cave at Calistoga Ranch into a Moroccan tent, belly dancers and all. Guests will have the opportunity to stay at one or all three resorts as part of a culinary package including all events or simply attending one or two.
2nd Annual iBev Digital & Social Media Conference, San Francisco, March 14
Bottlenotes presents iBev, the Digital and Social media conference for the beverage industry. The conference will feature presentations from leaders in the digital and social media worlds, as well as numerous panels highlighting case studies from brands in the wine, craft beer, and non-alcoholic beverage and related industries.
NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, New York, New York, March 17
Celebrate New York Wines at this tasting of some of the top wines from across New York State at the Astor Center. Over 100 wines from regions such as the Finger Lakes, Long Island, and Niagara Escarpment will be poured and paired with New York cheeses and hors d'oeuvres.
Howell Mountain Spring Wine Tasting, San Francisco, California, March 19
Napa’s Howell Mountain Appellation “moves” to the Bentley Reserve for one of the few times you can taste Howell Mountain wines, mainly cabernet sauvignon, in one place. Many Howell Mountain wineries are not open to the public and are very difficult to find.
10th Annual Savor Dallas, Dallas, Texas, March 20-22
A weekend celebration featuring over 60 top chefs from Dallas-Fort Worth, and more than 400 premium wines, spirits and beers. Events include: the Arts District Wine Stroll, Savor the Arboretum, Reserve Tasting, and International Grand Tasting.
4th Annual Around the World in 80 Sips, Washington, DC, March 21
Join Team Bottlenotes at the beautiful National Museum of Women in the Arts for 80+ unlimited 1 oz. tastes of wine. Discover new wines from a wide range of countries and regions including California, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand and more. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and chocolate pairings.
8th Annual California's Artisan Cheese Festival, Petaluma, California, March 21-23
The festival offers a weekend of cheese, chefs, wine, beer and more. Guests may participate in intimate farm tours, wine and cheese pairings, beer and cheese pairings, cider tastings, cheese-making classes, cooking demos and seminars, as well as experience limited-production, rare artisan cheeses.
Taste Around Town — Spring, Chicago, Washington DC, and Denver, March 24th - April 6th
Taste Around Town is a restaurant week for wine! Head out to restaurants and wine bars in Chicago, DC, or Denver from March 24th - April 6th, 2014, to taste great wines from Anna de Codorníu and Trivento and the Rhone Valley.
New Jersey Wine & Food Festival, Sussex County, NJ, March 28-30
The New Jersey Wine & Food Festival celebrates its sixth year with a line-up of all-star winemakers and chefs including Guests of Honor Ornellaia Winemaker Axel Heinz and Chef David Bouley. An annual celebration of top chefs, restaurants and wines held at Crystal Springs Resort in the Kittatinny Mountains in Northern NJ, the Festival offers a weekend filled with dinners, winemaker seminars, spirits tastings, The Grand Tasting with 30 restaurants and over 100 wines, followed by the Afterparty with Chefs and Winemakers. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the James Beard Foundation.
Which events are you looking forward to in March? Let us know below.