Spring Wine Events

Spring is here and and that means some of my favorite wine events of the season are just around the corner! Many of these events take place at wineries in various parts of wine country allowing you to see gorgeous vistas, enjoy amazing wines and delicious food pairings and see where the wine you are tasting was actually grown and made. Some benefit great causes and all are a wonderful opportunity to taste some amazing California wines!

The Annual Meals on Wheels Star Chefs & Vintners  Gala is at Pier 48 in San Francisco on Sunday April 22. This is a stupendous Black Tie event and it benefits a great cause, meals for homebound seniors. The event starts off with high ends wines paired with appetizers made by top chefs from the SF Bay Area. The next part of the evening is a sit down dinner with 3 courses from 3 different restaurants paired with phenomenal wines and a live auction. The evening then ends with decadent desserts made by top chefs and restaurants from the bay area. http://www.mowsf.org/gala/index.html

Passport to Dry Creek is Saturday April 28-Sunday April 29. This weekend is tons of fun and an event not to be missed! 50 amazing wineries in Dry Creek open their doors and pair their wines with delicious high end food. Each winery picks a theme and provides entertainment and food to fit their theme and an amazing atmosphere. http://arestravel.com/5345_attraction-tickets_a882_r715563.html

Hopland Passport in Mendocino County takes place Saturday May 5 and Sunday May 6 and for only $45 with advance purchase is a great deal for 2 days of food and wine. This event in Mendocino County includes 16 wineries serving yummy food to pair with their wines. And, if you don’t want to drive you can pay $20 to take a shuttle to and from all 16 wineries. Hopland Passport allows you to visit a less traveled and less busy part of wine country and is a superb deal! http://www.destinationhopland.com/hopland-passport

Monday May 7 is Passport to Cabernet Sauvignon in San Francisco at the Bentley Reserve. This event is an opportunity to taste wines from the California Cabernet Society member wineries and allows a first glimpse of the character of the 2011 Cabernet harvest. It also provides an opportunity to taste over 100 of the newest releases from member wineries, while speaking directly with the actual winemakers and winery principals. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/224074

 Last but by no means least, The Pinot Noir Festival in Anderson Valley May 17-19.  This is annual event  includes a  techincal conference and BBQ Friday,  A grand tasting on Saturday afternoon, Winemaker dinners Saturday night and open houses at all of the areas wineries on Sunday http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-pinot-noir-festival/

Hope to see you at some of these events!

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