January 2019 – Celebrate the New Year All Month

January 2019
January 2019 has started out with a bang. The fun continues throughout the month. There are many fun things happening throughout California that are sure to be loads of fun.

Attend special wine tastings and dinners, discover unique artwork, participate in a Champagne seminar, enjoy live music, go crab fishing, and more!

Make reservations soon as many of these events do sell out.

Top Ten Wine Events for January 2019

January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – Napa
Champagne Sparkling WineAttend a wine tasting class at the CIA at Copia where you explore sparkling wines from around the world. Taste the differences between Champagne and other wines made in the same style. Discover your favorites as you explore sparkling wines in a variety of price ranges.

The CIA at Copia is a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Located in the Napa Valley, it’s the place to go for cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting classes. Check out their schedule for a full list of upcoming events!

ZinfandelJanuary 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
If you love Zinfandel, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Imagine three days devoted entirely to Zinfandel. A variety of options are available including seminars, special dinners, auctions, and wine tastings. This is your chance to taste a wide variety of Zinfandel and experience delicious food in beautiful San Francisco.

January 17-20 Big Sur Foragers Festival – Carmel


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 2019 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.

crab, beer & wine days
January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino County
Head to beautiful Mendocino County for a ten day celebration of crab. Enjoy crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching, and crab fishing. Participate in the Crab Cake Cook Off.

Mendocino offers spectacular scenery, world class wineries, uncrowded beaches, and charming towns to explore.

January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg
January 2019 Wine EventsTravel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 27th 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.

Santa Cruz Mountains
January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2019 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! Click here to learn about Santa Cruz wineries.

January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville
Placerville, CaliforniaEnjoy 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! There are many great wineries scattered in and around Placerville.

January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival
Enjoy three full days of fun in the charming coastal village of Cambria. The activities are all about art and wine. There’s an art show, silent auction, and demonstrating artists spread throughout the village. Taste delicious wines while enjoying fabulous ocean views. Take a walk along the beach and visit the unique shops.

I always enjoy staying at the Blue Whale Inn when visiting Cambria. It’s right across from Moonstone Beach!

January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival
This is your opportunity to sample over 200 wines in one location. Dance to the music of a live band and a D.J. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for an evening of fun.

Funds raised will benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team of Pasadena. Tip: Use code WINE for $10 off the price of tickets.

January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula ValleyTour 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!

Learn more about Temecula wineries!

If you attend any of these January 2019 events, please scroll down and leave a comment. Our visitors really would like to hear about your experiences!

February 2018 – Wine Country Fun

White Wine PouringFebruary 2018 will be an exciting month of fun things to do. There are many fun activities happening throughout the California Wine Country.

Experience a variety of special wine tastings including a number of Wine and Chocolate Festivals. Enjoy a night of comedy or learn about steelhead trout. Dine on gourmet food with special restaurant week discounts or a delicious crab feed. Sample world class beer. It’s all happening in February!

Click on the links below to learn more about each event.

What’s Happening – February 2018

February 3: Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest – Santa Rosa
crab fest
This popular crab feed is celebrating its 29th year. Enjoy the pairing of award winning wines with gourmet hors d’oeuvres prepared by local chefs. Dine on fresh Sonoma Coast crab and accompaniments, Participate in both silent and live auctions.

Guide to Sonoma County Wineries

February 9: Valentine Walk Walk – San Francisco
February 2018
The Union Street Association is hosting the 7th Annual Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. This wine tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard. A fun time in the city in February 2018!

February 9: The Secret Wines of Napa Valley
Napa Valley Vineyard
Attend a wine tasting class where you will taste six lesser known or even rare Napa Wines. Discover some new favorites as you learn more about wine. Class is held at the The Culinary Institute of America at Copia, a branch campus of the private culinary college the Culinary Institute of America. The CIA at Copia, located at 500 1st Street in downtown Napa, provides food- and wine-related courses to visitors.

February 9-18: San Francisco Beer Week
Beer Week
The San Francisco Beer Week Opening Gala is the largest, most anticipated, and prestigious annual gathering of the Northern California craft beer community. It’s the kick off party for SF Beer Week, commencing a multi-day marathon of beer dinners, tastings, tap takeovers and educational events that occur all over the Bay Area. A “don’t miss” event for beer lovers – mark it on your February 2018 calendar!

February 10: Escondido Chocolate Festival
chocolate festival
Stroll through Downtown Escondido’s restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. Take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride down Historic Grand Avenue. Escondido is located in Northern San Diego County and is home to a number of fabulous wineries, breweries, and fine restaurants. Art galleries and museums will have art exhibits and special activities to enjoy as well!

February 10: Valentines Wine Tasting Passport – Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail>
hearts hanging
Visit each of the eight artisan vintners along Monterey’s River Road Wine Trail. Receive a souvenir glass, entry into a grand drawing, special discounts, fun, food, and celebrate all things amore. Each winery will be hosting their own wine and food pairing, specifically to suit the love surrounding Valentine’s Day.

February 10: Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
Don’t miss California’s largest celebration of the migration of Steelhead Trout! A great, family-friendly event for all ages. Enjoy food trucks, wines from the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley and beer from Bear Republic Beer. Arts and crafts projects for the kids, archery, live music, and fishing for the kids, and tours of the fish hatchery.

February 10-11: Lodi Wine & Chocolate Festival
Wine and Chocolate
Lodi Wineries are celebrating their 21st annual Lodi Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Join in the fun. Sip handcrafted Lodi wines and sample delicious chocolate treats as you visit individualLodi wineries. Win big by discovering the “Golden Ticket” in your complimentary chocolate treat!

February 10-11: Madera Wine & Chocolate Weekend
Happy Valentines Day
The Madera Vintners Association’s family wineries will host the Madera Wine Trail’s “Wine & Chocolate Weekend” on February 10 through 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Enjoy wine tasting at participating wineries, chocolate sampling, live music, delicious food and gift shopping.

February 10-11: Wine & Chocolate Lovers’ Weekend – Fresno
chocolate curls
Spend the weekend in Fresno. There are 14 wineries, 2 tasting rooms, a brewery and a distillery opening for tasting this weekend. When you purchase a wristband, you may taste at any and all of these locations over the two days. Start at any location. The perfect time to discover Fresno!

February 16: The Second City Performs – Look Both Ways Before Talking
Mic - Comedy Night
Chicago’s famed Second City has taken its new improv show on the road. They’ll be performing at Livermore’s Bankhead Theater at 8 PM. Enjoy wine tasting at a few Livermore wineries during the day, enjoy a great dinner at one of Livermore’s fine restaurants and then make a night of it with some comedy relief. Comedy stars such as stars as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, and Bill Murray all got their start at Second City.

February 16-19: Wine Country Weekend 2018 – Santa Ynez Valley
Santa Ynez wine country
During this 4-day fun-filled weekend, you can visit the 13 participating winery tasting rooms to enjoy estate and library wines, delicious appetizers, and meet many of the winemakers and owners.
​You’ll also receive a souvenir wine glass and a wine tote bag.

February 17: San Francisco Chronicle’s Wine Competition
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco
Attend the largest competition of American wines in the world. It’s an opportunity to sample award-winning wines paired with delicious foods. Learn more about wine, meet and congratulate the winners, and enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco.

February 17-18: Presidents’ Day Wine Weekend – Calaveras County
Presidents Day
Taste your way through the 22 wineries of Calaveras County. Sample wine at each participating winery. Many tasting rooms will also be offering live music, light bites and food samples as well as special offers on wine purchases. Purchase either a one or two day pass.

This is the perfect weekend to explore California’s historic Gold Rush Country!

February 18-20: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
Taste hundreds of Zinfandels along with gourmet food from area chefs. Attend a winemaker dinner and informational seminars. Participate in a live auction. If you love Zinfandel, don’t miss this annual San Francisco event.

February 23 – March 4: Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
Santa Barbara Restaurant Week
This is the ideal time to discover a new restaurant or return to an old favorite.
Participating restaurants offer a prix-fixe menu at a reduced price for lunch and dinner. Restaurants in Santa Barbara will offer a 3-course menu during dinner time that you will be able to enjoy for less than their usual price per plate. Restaurant menus will be priced at $25, $35 and $45. Pick three options for each course including your appetizer, entrée and dessert.

February 24: San Diego Brew Fest
Beer Drinkers
The San Diego Winter Brew Fest celebrates craft beverages from around California and beyond. Taste amazing brews from more than 30 breweries. Also enjoy delicious food and great music. This annual event takes place in San Diego’s Balboa Park.

Guide to San Diego Wineries

February 24: Lake County Barrels and Verticals
Wine Barrels
Lake County wineries invite you to taste beyond the bottle on Saturday, February 24th! This Second Annual event is your opportunity to sample wines from the barrel and vertical tastings of several varietals. Some wineries will offer “futures” on their barrel samples. This is a chance to purchase wine now and then return to the winery when the wine is bottled, typically 12-18 months from now.

February 24-25: Anderson Valley Aromatic White Wine Festival
Wines White
Experience more than 100 aromatic white wines from three dozen producers from around the globe, perfectly paired with locally prepared small bites. Attend educational seminars, a special winemaker dinner, and tour the open houses of local Anderson Valley wineries that offer aromatic white wines. Get ready to taste some fabulous Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat. A February 2018 event that is sure to be memorable.

If you have attended any of these February 2018 events, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!

November 2017 – Wine Country Events Not to Be Missed

November 2017 - Events in the California Wine Country November 2017 is going to be a busy month. There are many California Wine Country events that you do not want to miss. Exciting things are happening throughout the state; from San Diego to Mendocino.

Run through the wine county. Attend special wine and beer tastings. Eat mushroom ice cream and learn more about mushrooms at a Mushroom Festival. Mingle with celebrity chefs and winemakers. Visit the beautiful Yosemite National Park.

November 2017 – Upcoming Events

MushroomsNovember 3-12: Mushroom, Wine, & Beer Festival – Mendocino County
Once the rains begin, more than 3,000 different varieties of mushrooms grow abundantly in Mendocino County. It’s a time of celebration. Enjoy special meals that include mushrooms. Treat yourself to mushroom ice cream made with fresh local ice cream. Taste wine and beer, attend workshops, cooking classes, and winemaker dinners.

Participate in guided mushroom foraging. Other activities include riding the Skunk Train, horseback riding, live music, and canoeing. Check out Mendocino Wineries before you go.

Paso Robles Downtown
November 3-5: Passport Weekend in Downtown Paso Robles Go wine tasting in downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy incredible wines, snacks, and live entertainment. Explore the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of this historic downtown. More than 10 wineries now have tasting rooms downtown; so there will be plenty of wine to taste.

Wine Glass VineyardNovember 4: Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration – Napa Valley
34 Howell Mountain wineries will be pouring their wines at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. Enjoy world-class wines, gourmet food, and a live auction at this annual event in Yountville. Most of these wineries are not generally open to the public. This is an opportunity to taste wines that you may not have tasted anywhere else.

Clear Lake WineriesNovember 5: Vine to Wine Run – Lake County
Enter to run in the 5K or 10K runs. Entry fee includes a long sleeve tech shirt, a logo wine glass with a 5 ounce wine pour, and a boxed California wine country lunch. Spots are limited; so register early. This event will take place at Cache Creek Winery in Clearlake Oaks. While in the area, take time to visit some of the other Lake County Wineries

Yosemite National Park - Half Dome Nov.5-Dec.1: The Grand Grape Celebration – Yosemite National Park The Grand Grape Celebration is an annual event that takes place in Yosemite National Park. It’s an elegant event in a truly breathtaking location. Participants attend a vintners reception, four wine tasting session, and a 5-course winemaker dinner prepared by The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s culinary team.

This weekend-long event is happening all five weekends in November. A variety of packages are available that include lodging. A great opportunity to combine a Yosemite getaway from unforgettable wine experiences!

Lioness Cellars TemeculaNovember 12: People’s Choice Blind Tasting & Awards – Temecula
Sample some of Temecula’s best wines. You won’t know the identity of the wines you are tasting until they are revealed later. Rates each wine as you taste. Votes will be tabulated and awards will be given to those wines receiving the most votes. An evening of fun at Leoness Cellars.

San Diego, CaliforniaNovember 12-19: San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
This is one of the largest food and wine festivals in the United States. Taste world-class wines. Enjoy a variety of culinary experiences with celebrity chefs. Explore the beautiful city of San Diego. Play a round of golf. Enjoy gourmet food. Attend food and wine seminars and participate in special wine tastings.

Santa Cruz MountainsNovember 18: Passport Day – Santa Cruz
More than 50 wineries open their tasting rooms for this quarterly event. Most wineries that are generally closed to the public will be open on Passport Day. This is a great day to head to the participating Santa Cruz Wineries for a fun day of wine tasting.

Bring your camera; this is a beautiful area. On a clear day you will even be able to the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. While in the area, think about checking out Big Basin Redwoods State Park This state park is the place to go for hiking or camping in this area. Visit here in November 2017 or any time of the year!

Hanna Winery - Alexander Valley November 24: Alexander Valley Holiday Open House – Hwy. 128 near Healdsburg Six wineries in the Alexander Valley will be hosting special wine tastings, food and wine pairings, festive fare, and shopping for unique wine country gifts. Participating wineries are Alexander Valley Vineyards, deLormier, HANNA Winery, Medlock Ames, Soda Rock Winery, and White Oak Vineyards. It’s a Black Friday event to start the holiday season!

If you have attended any of these November 2017 Wine Country Events, please leave a comment below. We would love to hear about your experience.