August | September
All year long, wineries and distributors host tastings and charity auctions. But there's no denying that summer brings a special allure. Wine tastings move outdoors into the balmy air, and vacationers happily bid at alfresco charity auctions or sample delectable appetizers in tents under the stars.
We've gathered up a sample -- and we emphasize that it's just a sample -- of the wine-related events happening across the United States, from the Temecula Valley Wine and Balloon Festival, which kicks off in June, to September's Kendall-Jackson's Heirloom Tomato Festival. Make sure you check the Calendar of Events for other happenings. (By the way, if you're sponsoring a wine event, you're welcome to post it on the calendar.)
If you plan on traveling to wine country, please check out our winery profiles and winery locator section. (Just be sure to call ahead before you visit).
That isn't all -- following are some summer-oriented menus and wine pairings as well as a sampling of our Travel features.
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May 4-Oct 29
Theatrical Adventures in Wine Country
10 different getaways or mini-vacations available, including tickets to a Shaw Festival Theater production and a Niagara winery experience
Contact: Theatre Vacations at (877) 356-6385
Temecula Valley Balloon and Wine Festival
Temecula Valley, Calif.
Balloon demonstrations, wine-tastings and live music.
Contact: (909) 676-6713 or www.balloonandwinefestival.com
Celebrating the Premium Washington State Wines of Chateau Ste. Michelle
Five-course dinner and wine tasting evening.
Contact:Eldon Senner (888) 809-2056
First Annual Glass and Wine Weekend
Glass making demonstrations, lectures, winetastings.
Contact: Laura Cron (607) 974-4084
G'Day in a Glass -- A Tasting of Australian Wines
Showcases over 80 Australian wineries and over 200 wines. A silent auction will auction ticket's for two to Australia along with a private winery tour.
8th Annual Hospice du Rhone
Paso Robles, CA
Rhone-centered tastings, seminars and meals, with winemakers from around the world.
Contact: (805) 239-1205, MrViognier@aol.com, www.hospicedurhone.com
Polo in Wine Country
Temecula Valley, Calif.
Polo matches, wine and beer tasting, a silent auction, half-time Champagne and a divot stomp.
Contact: (707) 523-8392
Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Music Festival
The festival starts on July 1 and runs through the 29th. Musicians include Boz Scaggs and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.
Contact: (888) 769-5299
The Great Waikoloa Food, Wine & Music Festival
Features 25 of Hawaii's best chefs and more than 30 wine, beer and spirit purveyors. Held outdoors under the stars, this exquisite evening of culinary pleasures and world class jazz culminates with a spectacular display of fireworks.
Contact: (808) 886-1234 or www.dolphindays.com
KCBX Wine Classic--Sponsored by Wine Spectator
San Louis Obispo, Calif.
Tastings, seminars, dinners and golf outings. There are 25 different events during the course of the week.
Contact:(805) 781-3026, or visit the site at: www.kcbx.org
Sonoma County Showcase of Wine & Food 2000: Partners in Wine, Food and Farming help to feed the hungry
Sonoma County, CA
From July 13 through July 15, vintners pull out all the stops to present bountiful tables of wine and local food product as they partner with a cadre of talented national and local chefs to raise funds for non-profit, Share Our Strength and The Redwood Empire Food Bank.
Contact: (800) 441-9298 or e-mail Laura Long of De Loach Vineyards -- email@example.com
New Orleans Wine and Food Experience
From July 12 through July 16, more than 100 restaurateurs and more than 125 wineries will come together for five days of dining, tastings, seminars, grand tastings, brunches and walk-arounds.
Home Winemakers Classic
Rutherford, California. The event is held at St. Supery winery.
Contact:See its website for complete details: www.homewine.com
Livermore Valley Winegrowers Foundation 6th Annual California Wine Auction
Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton, CA
Food and wine tasting and live auction
Contact: (925) 447-WINE or www.livermorewine.com
Santa Barbara International Wine Auction
Picnic, dinners, tasting, and an Auction on Aug 12 starting at 4pm
Contact: (805) 969-WINE or www.musicacademy.org
Rare Blends Festival
Santa Rosa, CA
More than 40 producers are scheduled to pour their wines at the event, which also includes live music by local bands and cooking demonstrations by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America.
Contact: (530) 752-1915, www.wineserver.ucdavis.edu
Oregon Bluegrass and Cowboy Music Festival
Sip some of the best in wines while enjoying 19 national and regional bands, including Riders in the Sky. Along with four days of nearly nonstop music and wine tasting, also enjoy a craft fair, an authentic cowboy trail camp and more.
MoCool 2000: Below the Belt
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Spend the weekend tasting top wines from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile and South Africa -- while enjoying some great food and an environment designed for relaxed socializing.
Auction of Northwest Wines
The proceeds will benefit the uncompensated care fund at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle. Last year's event boasted 650 guests, including Kenny G and Cindy Crawford. Tickets include the Northwest Wine Celebration, a prelude to the auction the week before the event.
Contact: Cynthia Daste, (206) 667-9463 ext. 204
Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction
Picnic, winery dinners, tasting panels, and the 8th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction Sept 3 from 1-9pm.
Contact: (707) 935-0803 or sonomavalleywine.com
Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
Santa Rosa, Calif.
More than 100 varieties of tomatoes, food and wine tasting, restaurant and gourmet food purveyors, food & wine seminars, tomato art show, garden tours, live entertainment and much more. Also featuring special reserve wine tasting of unique and limited-quantity wines.
Contact: (800) 769-3649
California Bluegrass and Cowboy Music Festival
Sip some of the best wines while enjoying 19 national and regional bands including Merle Haggard. Along with four days of nearly nonstop music and wine tasting, also enjoy a craft fair, and an authentic cowboy trail.
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