Learn about Wine Country Events March 2017. There are lots of things happening throughout California in March. Don’t miss the fun. Make plans now to attend.
While exploring the wine regions of California, stop and visit our Favorite California Wineries. Different wineries are favored for different reasons. Check out wineries with the best views, favorite wineries for picnics, and top winery restaurants.
Discover wineries that offer overnight lodging, have unique wine caves, and those that are kid friendly. Some wineries host exciting concerts. Others have annual grape stomps where you can actually stomp the grapes yourself.
Wine Country Events March 2017
March 3-4: Pinot Noir lovers will be heading to Santa Barbara for the World of Pinot Noir celebration. Enjoy two days of wine tasting seminars and gourmet food. Over 200 Pinot Noir producers team up with talented chefs and sommeliers. It’s a wine and food event that will be both fun and educational.
Make reservations to stay at the lovely Bacara Resort where the event is being held. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of California’s Central Coast.
More than 100 wineries will be participating in the 40th Anniversary Barrel Tasting in northern Sonoma County. This event takes place the weekends of March 3-5 and 10-12. It’s an opportunity to explore the beauty of three wine regions: Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Travel from winery to winery throughout the area. Sample wine from the barrel and visit with the winemakers. Purchase tickets for an entire weekend. Sunday only tickets are also available. Special winemaker breaksfasts are being sold. Get your tickets early!
Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival runs from March 10 through April 16. Enjoy special culinary experiences, wine and beer seminars, and demonstrations by celebrity chefs such as Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Duff Goldman, Emily Ellyn, and Keegan Gerhard. Some of these are ticketed events, so get your tickets soon.
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Experience a Murder Mystery Dinner at Hannah Nicole Winery in Brentwood on March 11. The fictional murder takes place in the 1920s. Dress for the evening with flapper dresses, zoot suits, feather boas and headbands, pinstriped suits and fedoras.
This is sure to be an evening of fun. As the dinner proceeds, there will be lots of suspects for the murder. Your job will be to determine the identity of the murderer.
Find out why Paso Robles is known for its world class Zinfandel. Attend the Vintage Paso Zinfandel Weekend in Paso Robles on March 17-19. More than 140 wineries have special events planned. Visit wineries to sample their wine. Join in the fun at winemaker dinners, special tastings and seminars.
Attend a film screening of the documentary by Colin West titled, “The Wine Life”. This interesting movie focuses on wine making in Australia.
Enjoy three days of activities at the Spring Passport Weekend in the Santa Clara Wine Country. This wine weekend takes place March 17-19 at participating Santa Clara wineries. Sample wine and meet the winemakers at each winery. Food and entertainment will add to the fun.
Flavor! Napa Valley returns March 22-26, 2017. This five day food and wine festival benefits the programs and scholarships at The Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus in St. Helena. Play in a golf tournament at the championship golf courses at Silverado Resort. Enjoy wine tasting. Attend wine classes, cooking demonstrations, and a special brunch or dinner.
Palm Desert Food & Wine
begins on March 24, 2017 with the four-course James Beard Gourmet luncheon expertly prepared by celebrity chefs. March 25 and 26 will highlight two days of wine and craft beer tastings along with gourmet food prepared by renowned chefs. You will have a chance to meet the winemakers and the chefs.
Barrels, Bottles & Brews is happening March 25-26. This event gives you a chance to visit the wineries, craft breweries, and artisan distilleries of Livermore. Taste for yourself the fine wines, craft brew, and artisan spirits being produced in this region.
If you have attend any of these wine country events March 2017, please let us know what you thought. Leave a comment below.
Mark your calendar for California Wine Events February 2017. February is going to be a busy month in the Wine Country. Many fun events are being planned throughout the state. Check out this list of fun things planned for February. Some of these events will sell out in advance, so make your reservations now!
Make Valentine’s Day special this year. Prepare an unforgettable celebration with these amazing Valentine Dinner Recipes Avoid the crowds and enjoy a romantic evening at home!
California Wine Events February 2017
Hannah Nicole Vineyards is hosting a Crab Feed in the Vineyards on February 4. Enjoy fabulous wines, music and crab at this beautiful winery. Dinner includes a salad, pasta, bread and crab. Wine, beer, and other beverages will be available for purchase.
Hannah Nicole is located in Brentwood. This is in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay area. They regularly hold a variety of fun events at their lovely venue.
If you enjoy beer, you don’t want to miss San Francisco Beer Week. Beer Week runs from February 10th through the 19th. This week-long celebration is packed full of events. Taste beer with many different breweries.
Participate in the Bridge to Bridge Run. Attend workshops, cooking classes, and food and beer pairings. Enjoy special dinners, lunches, breakfasts, and brunches. Many breweries will be having bottle release parties. You can even learn how to brew your own beer at home.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early at Lodi’s 20th Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend on February 11-12. Lodi wineries will be opening their doors with special tastings, chocolate treats, and entertainment.
The theme this year is “The Roaring 20s”. Enter the costume contest via Instagram for a chance to win the Grand Prize. If you have not yet visited the Lodi Wine Country, this is a great time to do so. Find out why Wine Enthusiast Magazine named this area as the “Wine Region of the Year”.
The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail celebrates Valentine’s Day with a weekend of fun on February 11-12. Vino Valentine is a two day celebration of wines and sweets. Participating wineries will be serving complimentary treats. Treats will be paired with their wines. Regular wine tasting fees will apply.
Special treats include heart-shaped pizzas, salted caramel chocolate tarts, layered chocolate and red raspberry mousse, and many more irresistible choices. Head to the Pleasant Valley for a delicious weekend. This wine region is located in the scenic San Miguel Hills just east of Paso Robles.
Looking for something unique to do? Consider the Couples Valentine Paint & Sip event. It’s happening on February 12 at Four Brix Winery in Ventura. You and your partner each create a painting under the direction of an artist. When finished, your two paintings become one. Sounds like fun!
Food and wine will be available. Art supplies and one glass of wine is included with the fee.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Tasting Competition is one of the most closely watched wine competitions. It’s also the largest competition of American wines. The The San Francisco Competition’s Public Tasting of the winning wines will be held in San Francisco on February 18th.
This is your chance to taste outstanding wines and to congratulate the winemakers in person. The wine tasting will take place at Fort Mason. Enjoy award winning wines overlooking the beautiful San Francisco Bay. This is always a fun event that sells out.
Improve your wine tasting skills with this Wine 101 Sensory Analysis Workshop. This fascinating class is being held on February 19. The class is being conducted by The Three Wine Company in Clarksburg. Learn how to identify different aromas using the Wine Aroma Wheel and other tools. Discover how your sense of smell affects your wine tasting experiences.
This winery is located in the Old Sugar Mill in Clarksburg. It’s not far off of Interstate 5 about 15 miles south of Sacramento. If you haven’t been to the Old Sugar Mill, it’s time for a visit. Enjoy wine tasting at eight wine tasting rooms all in one location.
Zinfandel lovers should plan to attend the Zinfandel Experience This annual event takes places in San Francisco on February 23-25. All three days are devoted to Zinfandel. There are a variety of experiences available.
The most popular event is the Grand Tasting, which happens on Saturday at Pier 27. Sign up for the all day session or just the afternoon session. Whichever you select, you will be tasting a lot of fabulous Zinfandel. A variety of culinary creations is included with the Grand Tasting.
It’s always fun to visit the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Visit on February 25-26 to attend the 36th Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off Register your team to participate in the contest. Or, purchase a tasting kit and sample the entries. This entitles you to vote for the Best Clam Chowder. Amateur chefs compete on Saturday and professional chefs on Sunday.
There’s lots to see and do on the boardwalk. Ride the Big Dipper. Try your luck on the midway games. Play a round of miniature golf. Visit some of the many amazing wineries located in and around Santa Cruz.
If you attend any of the California wine events February 2017, please leave a comment below telling us about your experience.
Temecula hot air balloon rides allow you to soar peacefully over beautiful scenery of Temecula. It’s great fun in the Temecula Wine Country, halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles.
The companies below offer balloon rides over the rolling hills covered with vineyards. Relax as you gently glide along 500 to 1500 feet above the ground. The flight is typically 60 to 90 minutes in length. Flights normally begin around sunrise and are followed by a champagne breakfast or brunch.
Some companies do offer sunset flights as well. The entire experience usually takes from 3 to 5 hours.
Wear comfortable clothing with closed toed walking shoes and casual pants or shorts. It might be chilly in the early morning, but it will be warmer in the balloon. Layers are recommended for comfort.
You can book a private flight for 2 or join a group of up to 16 passengers on some of the larger balloons. Either way, it is sure to be a memorable experience.
Temecula hot air balloon rides are available year round. A hot air balloon ride is an experience you will love! Reservations are required.
Some of the best deals on balloon rides can be found on the internet. Check out discount sites such as Groupon and Travelzoo to search for special deals. Browse the following list of companies offering flights.
While in Temecula, Go Wine Tasting
The Temecula Wine Country is growing. There are so many incredible wineries producing great wines in this area. This is the largest wine region in Southern California. Temecula is a great place for wine tasting. There’s so many wineries all conveniently located near each other. Take the Rancho California exit off of I-15 in Temecula and you will be right in the heart of the wine country. Browse the list of wineries by clicking on the link above. Start planning a wine tasting trip now!
Temecula Hot Air Balloon Companies
A Grape Escape Balloon Adventure
Address: 40335 Winchester Road Suite E, Temecula, CA 92591
Telephone: (951) 699-9987
Sunrise flights are available seven days a week. The 60-75 minute flight concludes with a continental breakfast served with champagne and juice in the gardens at Wilson Creek Winery.
Address: 33133 Vista Del Monte Rd., Temecula, CA 92591
Telephone: (800) 373-3359
Float over the scenic vineyards of the Temecula Valley in a hot air balloon. Enjoy a pastry breakfast after your flight complete with juices, mimosas, and Champagne in a private rose garden.
Great American Balloon Company
Address: 250 N Lake Street, Hemet, CA 92544
Flights depart from Maurice Carrie Winery in the heart of the Temecula Wine Country. Brunch and Champagne is served following the flight.
Hot Air Flyer
Telephone: (714) 369-5757
Flights of approximately 60 minutes in length take place in Del Mar and Temecula. You can sign up for group rides or private rides of 2, 4, or 6. Flights depart at sunset or sunrise.
Panorama Balloon Tours
Address: P.O. Box 218, Del Mar, California 92014
Telephone: (800) 455-3592
This company provides hot air balloon rides in Del Mar (northern San Diego County) and in nearby Temecula. They offer a special Del Mar Sunset flight in Del Mar. All flights come with complementary hors d’ouevres and beverages.
Address: P.O. Box 891360, Temecula, CA 92589
Telephone: (800) 548-9912
This company offers a variety of sunrise flight options over Temecula. Create the memories of a lifetime on a romantic Temecula hot air balloon flight over this scenic area.
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Make plans now with this January 2017 Calendar of Events. Begin the new year by experiencing the best of the Wine Country. There are many exciting things happening in January from special wine tastings, unique festivals, and even a cowboy vaudeville show. Learn more about each event by clicking on the links below.
January Events in the Wine Country
Head to the Calaveras County Gold Country for the Third Annual ‘Sourdough Slim’s Wild & Wooly Revue’ Concert” held in the historic mining town of Murphys on January 7th. Step back in time and revel in the fun of this vaudeville style cowboy show. Be prepared for a rollicking evening of outragous humor and song. Come earlier in the day to enjoy wine tasting at the more than 10 wine tasting rooms scattered around this small town; all within walking distance!
3rd Annual Blendfest on the Coast – Paso Robles: January 13-15 pairs the spectacular beauty of the Central Coast with the world class wines of Paso Robles. This unique festival showcases blended wines produced in the Paso Robles Wine Country. Attend the grand tasting, blending seminars, brunch, lunch, and a spectacular wine makers’ dinner. You’ll have the chance to sample wines from 32 Paso Robles wineries all in one location.
The Big Sur Forager Festival takes place in scenic Carmel on January 13-15. Events include a “Fungus Face-Off”, winemaker dinners, hikes, lavendar and beekeeping workshops, and vendor market. A unique event for you January 2017 calendar!
Celebrate the 25th Annual Winter Wineland on January 13-15 in northern Sonoma County. Meet the winemakers and taste limited production wines. Travel from winery to winery sampling delightful wines at each stop. It’s sure to be a fun-filled weekend surrounded by gorgeous Wine Country scenery.
Visit Santa Barbara on January 21 to attend the 6th Annual Winter Wine Classic
Experience California wine tasting along with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Taste hundreds of delicious wines and food along with lively music. It’s hard to beat the combination of wine, food, music, and sun that this festival has to offer.
January 21 is a Passport Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains There are four passport days each year. The big draw? Wineries that are not generally open to the public are open on Passport Days. As you visit each winery, a page of your Passport will be given a unique commemorative stamp. Passports are good for two years and allow you taste wine at each winery one time. Those wineries open throughout the year will allow you to use your passport any day they are open. This is a great way to explore Santa Cruz wineries.
Head to the hills on January 21 for the Art & Wine With Something More event held annually in Placerville. Taste wine from local wineries and food from area restaurants and caterers. Raffle, live and silent auctions, music and unique, original pieces of art created by talented artists.
Indulge yourself at the 18th Annual Crab, Wine, and Beer Festival held in Mendocino County. This 10 day festival is packed with one fun event after another. Enjoy family-style cioppino and crab feeds, gourmet crab dinners, food and wine pairings, crabbing adventures, a Wine Competition of local wines, and the Crab Cake Cook-off on January 28 that showcases the talents of local chefs. If you love crab, be sure to put this event on your January 2017 calendar!
Tour the Temecula Wine Country on January 28-29 for their annualTemecula Valley Barrel Tasting. Once each year these Southern California wineries open their doors for special barrel tastings paired with delicious food. Bottled wines will also be available for tasting at each winery. Travel at your own pace from winery to winery or sign up to ride the shuttle. This is the perfect day to explore the region!
If you have attended any of the events on this January 2017 Calendar, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you!
Napa Valley Wine Train
The theme this year is “A Night in Paris”. Guests embark on a three and 1/2 hour Parisian journey that includes a gourmet 4-course meal, dancing, and midnight toast. Transportation will be provided to select Napa Valley hotels. It’s a unique way to celebrate the end of 2016.
Yosemite National Park
Celebrate the new year surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park. You must visit Yosemite in the winter to appreciate the year round scenery at this amazing park. Choose from a lavish 6-course meal and dance at the Alwanhee Hotel (now called the Majestic Yosemite Hotel), dinner and dance at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, or dinner and dancing at the Big Trees Lodge. It’s sure to be a New Year’s that you will never forget!
Black & White New Years Ball – Santa Rosa
The Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa will say goodbye to 2016 with this formal party. Dance the night away with to the sounds of Crossfire in the Grand Ballroom or mix it up with the dj in the lounge. Food and drinks will be available.
Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego
Ring in the new year at this historic hotel located near San Diego. Experience a Far East Fantasy with a delicious 5-course dinner, open bar, and live music by the Mighty Untouchables. The is a black-tie event overlooking the Pacific Ocean on gorgeous Coronado Island. You’re sure to have a happy new year 2017 at this elegant resort.
First Night Monterey
This is a celebration of the arts that includes activities for the entire family. The event runs from 3PM until Midnight on December 31 in historic downtown Monterey. Performances range from Classical to Hip-Hop, and Jazz to Reggae. Dance, art, and activities for children are part of the focus. If you’re looking for a family-friendly celebration, this is it! Happy New Year 2017!
Speak Easy 2017 New Years Eve Cruise – San Francisco
Sail away on a four hour cruise with amazing views of San Francisco landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatrz, Nob Hill, the San Franciso skyline, Treasure Island, and the lights of the Bay Bridge. Enjoy black jack tables, two djs, and an awesome view of the midnight fireworks. Flapper attire is suggested, but not required. Get ready for a unique gala that is sure to sell out in advance.
1980s Dance Party – Santa Barbara
Dance the night away listening to your favorite 80s tunes at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort. Music by the Molly Ringwold Project. A block of hotel rooms is being saved for party guests. Make reservations early as they will sell out.
New Years Masquerade Ball – Napa Valley
Welcome in 2017 in style at Castello di Amorosa Winery in Calistoga. Enjoy an incredible 5-course dinner in the Grand Barrel Room of the castle. Dance to live music in the Great Hall. Enjoy the balloon drop and champagne toast at midnight. For your convenience there is a free shuttle to and from local Calistoga hotels. This is your chance to experience unique fun in an authentically-built 13th century Tuscan castle.