It’s time to plan for January 2018. There are many fun events happing in January. Don’t delay . . . many of these events will sell out.
January is packed full of special wine tastings and wine dinners. Attend a blending seminar. Take a mushroom or bird walk. Tour the oldest Zinfandel vineyard in the Americas. Learn how to paint your own wine glass.
Events You Don’t Want to Miss
January 9-11: Blendfest on the West Coast
This will be the fourth year for the annual Blendfest that takes place in the Paso Robles Wine Country. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to those impacted by the Southern California fires. Enjoy ocean views and incredible wine blends from 30 Paso Robles wineries. The grand tasting takes place on the Hearst Property in San Simeon along Highway 1. A special winemaker dinner and a blending seminar is also be planned for the weekend.
January 12-14: Big Sur Foragers Festival
Attention all mushroom lovers! If you love mushrooms (or want to know more about them), this is the event you don’t want to miss.
This annual event benefits local healthcare services in the Big Sur area and focus on mushrooms. Plans for this January 2018 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.
January 12: Vintner Tastings
On select Fridays the Napa Valley Welcome Center in downtown Napa hosts a winery that provides complimentary tastings of their wine. Provenance Winery will be pouring their wines from 11AM -2PM on this particular Friday. It’s your chance to learn more about the Provenance Winery and their winemaking techniques.
January 12-14: OGP Zinfandel Weekend – Amador County
Join Andis Wines, Scott Harvey Wines and Vino Noceto to celebrate the continuing vivacity of the Original Grandpère Vineyard (OGP). Also known as Vineyard 1869, it’s considered the oldest documented Zinfandel vineyard in the Americas. Taste wines from this famed vineyard paired with food and tour the vineyard itself. Enjoy a Prix-Fix dinner at Taste Restaurant in Plymouth that includes Zinfandel from the vineyard.
January 13: Bird Walk with David Yee
Bird expert, David Yee, leads a bird walk through the vineyards of Heritage Oak Winery and along the Mokelumne River . This three to four hour hike is geared toward birding enthusiasts of all levels. Children interested in birds are invited. Reservations are required.
January 13-14: Winter Wineland
Travel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 26th year. Wineries are in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.
This is your chance to meet the winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.
January 17: Paint Your Own Wine Glass – San Diego
Learn how to use your creative talents to create a beautiful wine glass. Everything you need will be provided including step by step instructions. This fun event takes place at Campo Creek Vineyards in Poway.
January 20: Art & Wine With Something More
Enjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with food from 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. There’s also a raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. The artists are developmentally disabled adults and the proceeds go directly to the artists.
This event takes place in historic Placerville. A fun town to explore!
January 20: Passport Celebration Day in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2018 is a great time to go wine tasting in this beautiful region. Some wineries that are not normally open to the public will open their doors to visitors for passport days.
Special events are planned at participating wineries . Discover the great wine being produced here on the Central Coast!
January 26-27: Crab, Wine & Beer Days
Head to beautiful Mendocino County and help support health care in this area. Mendocino County was one of the regions devastated by wine country fires earlier this year. Enjoy a Cioppino Dinner served family style with all the fixings.
Activities include a wine pull, raffle, and silent auction. There will be plenty of wine and beer as well!
January 27: Winter Wine Classic Santa Barbara
The 7th annual Winter Wine Classic will take place at the Fess Parker Resort. Ticket price includes commemorative crystal wine tasting glass, live music, wine tastings and appetizers.
It’s sure to be great fun in beautiful surroundings.
January 28-29: Annual Temecula Valley Barrel Tasting
Tour and taste wine at Temecula wineries at this once a year event. Each winery will provide food paired to go with their wines. You can purchase a single day or a two-day ticket. Visit participating wineries that you select and go at your own pace. A great way to explore the Temecula Valley!
If you attend any of these January 2018 events, please leave us a comment tell about your experiences. We’d 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.