Summer may be coming to an end, but with harvest around the corner the wine world is just beginning to gear up. As a result, September will see a plethora of wine events and festivals all across America. Treat yourself to one last mini vacation while the warm weather is still around. Below are just a few of the standouts--but there are great tastings and more all over the country. Be sure to get out and sip!
National Cabernet Day and National Tempranillo Day, Sept. 1
Join in the digital fun as these two powerhouse varietals go head to head on the first of the month. Cities across the country are hosting local tastings and gatherings, but you can always join in by grabbing a bottle or two on your own. Use hashtags #CabernetDay and #TempranilloDay to follow and participate in the twittersphere conversation.
2011 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma, Calif., Sept. 2-4
An epicurean event unlike any other, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combines the elegance, sophistication, and style of Taste of Sonoma with the festivity, frivolity, and fundraising of the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction. Three unforgettable days of celebration. Click here for tickets and information.
Festival of the Vine, Geneva, Ill., Sept. 9-11
Savor the flavor of Geneva during this autumn harvest celebration. This annual festival is a celebration of the flavors of fall. Initially a celebration of anything grown on a vine, the festival now revolves around food and wine. Sip wines from around the world and sample mouth-watering international specialties prepared by Geneva restaurateurs. Click here for tickets and information.
25th Annual GrapeFest: A Wine Experience, Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 15-18
Festival goers will enjoy award-winning wines perfectly paired with culinary treats at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Don’t miss the Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the country. Click here for tickets and information.
16th Annual Harvest in the Square, New York City, Sept. 22
A delicious event celebrating local food and wine, this gathering benefits New York’s lovely Union Square Park. Over 50 local chefs will be cooking up treats from the Greenmarket and the event supports ongoing efforts to beautify and maintain Union Square Park. Click here for tickets and information.
The 6th Annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, Newport, R.I., Sept. 23-25
With a slew of tastings, auctions and seminars, this festival is sure to be a weekend to remember. More than 100 of the world’s finest vintners will be pouring their goods for you to savor and sip. Click here for tickets and information.
Taste of St. Louis, St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 23-25
The award-winning Taste of St. Louis is a celebration of the best food, art, music and culture St. Louis has to offer. There is something for everyone at the event including music, art, wine and a kid’s kitchen. Click here for tickets and information.
Taste of Lodi, Lodi, Calif., Sept. 24
Join wine aficionados and food enthusiasts for a weekend featuring wines from more than 40 wineries and culinary specialties from local chefs. Wine seminars and cooking demonstrations are a part of this delicious event as well. Click here for tickets and information.
Barrel Tap Artisan Wine Tasting benefitting the Moffett Field Museum, Mountain View, Calif., Sept. 24
Taste boutique, award-winning wines from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles and Santa Cruz while you sample gourmet food and listen to live music. As a bonus, you are able to buy wine on the spot from these small production artisan wineries that don't typically sell in large retail and grocery stores. Use code "dailybarrel" to get 10% discount on tickets Click here for tickets and information.
Sedona Winefest, Sedona, Ariz., Sept. 24-25
Get a taste of Arizona wine while taking in the spectacular views from Sedona's airport, perched high above the valley. Local artists and musicians will also be on hand. Click here for tickets and information.