Every year, hundreds of festivals are held across the world that celebrate our favorite beverage. From harvest parties to incredible displays of food and wine pairings, these gatherings are the ultimate expression of viticulture. If you find yourself on the West Coast this spring, seize the opportunity to enjoy one of these exciting displays of liquid craftsmanship.
When: March 22-25 2018
Where: Seattle, WA
Price: Individual events start at $45. $585 for four day pass
Washington is unique in its variety. The wines produced here seem to defy classification with incredible examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grown right alongside Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Chardonnay. Taste Washington celebrates this diversity in stunning fashion.
Enhance your knowledge and your palate with educational seminars lead by sommeliers and winemakers from Washington’s most popular restaurants and wineries. Afterward, take the opportunity to enjoy a Grand Tasting of over 225 Washington producers. Here, you will be able to speak with the people who crafted the wine and whose passion we so benefit from.
Multiple farm-to-table meals will be hosted throughout the festival. Enjoy a vibrant Sunday Brunch with Grey Goose Bloody Marys, St Germain cocktails, and music served up with fresh brunch specials prepared by two of Seattle’s top chefs. For those looking for a little more adventure, enjoy a ride on a floatplane to the Olympic Peninsula for a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.
There is certainly something for amateur enthusiasts and the most hardcore of connoisseurs alike at Taste Washington. Enjoy this incredible celebration of Washington wine with some of the state’s most acclaimed producers. Ticket and general information can be found here.
Pebble Beach Food and Wine
When: April 5-8 2018
Where: Pebble Beach, CA
Price: Individual events start at $125. $1,500-$7,500 for four day pass
Pebble Beach Food and Wine is the ultimate celebration of culinary excellence. Chefs and Somms from the nation’s most acclaimed restaurants will be pairing and preparing masterful expressions of their craft.
Experience Beaujolais like never before with Chef Todd Fisher cooking up America’s favorite food paired with some of the most expressive cru Beaujolais wines produced. Enjoy a vertical of Domaine de Rochegrès served in Magnum as you savor the perfectly prepared burger. Wines from four of the ten crus of Beaujolais will be available for sample.
Party with celebrity chefs, famous sommeliers, and other industry leaders during their late night after party the night the festival begins. This is one of the greatest opportunities to meet the people who shape the world of wine.
There will also be golf, cooking workshops, sparkling wine paired with caviar, and dozens of other events throughout Pebble Beach Food and Wine. Don’t miss this remarkable opportunity to wine, dine, learn, and network. Ticket and general information can be found here.
California Wine Festival – Orange County
When: April 20-21 2018
Where: Dana Point, CA
Price: $35 – $159
This festival has it all. Hundreds of wineries, dozens of chefs, beautiful beaches and sunny days. Enjoy a stunning sunset as you sip wine to Caribbean and reggae music performed by Upstream, while sampling the bounty of California cuisine.
Shop from a number of local vendors who will be displaying their wares throughout the weekend. Vintage cork art, artisan olive oil, and handcrafted pieces of woodwork will be available for purchase during the festivities.
This festival is a great opportunity to reunite old friends, or reignite old flames. The beauty of the area acts as a testament to the bounty of the region. Ticket and general information can be found here.
Paso Robles Wine Festival
When: May 17-20 2018
Where: Paso Robles, CA
Price: Events are à la carte. $25-$145
Experience the central coast like never before at the Paso Robles Wine Festival. Over 100 wineries will be showcasing their wines at this four day event. Enjoy extravagant bottles paired with local food specialties downtown, or venture out into the countryside and experience wine in the place where it was grown and crafted.
A set of Paso Robles winemakers will be hosting a winemaking seminar. Here, you will be able to learn the ins and outs of producing wine, the science of winemaking, and gain insight into the unique terroir of Paso Robles wine country. Afterward, the Grand Tasting will give you the opportunity to sample the wines of the region from over 70 local wineries.
Enjoy the wines with delicious food pairings as you stroll through exhibits of local merchants and their crafts. Live music will be provided for the perfect festival experience. Ticket and general information can be found here.
Festivals such as these present a unique opportunity to experience the passion and knowledge of those who work with such diligence to craft wine. Don’t miss your chance to savor some of the most exquisite wines produced as they are showcased at their peak during these fantastic celebrations of wine.