Just a couple weeks ago, we held our first Around the World in 80 Sips™ tasting in Washington, D.C. — and it was a barn burner. About 500 people showed up to taste some great wines on a gorgeous evening. We'll be recovering for a while, so it's a good thing that we're taking April off before we head to Chicago in May for our next big tasting.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other great wine-tasting events taking place around the country all throughout April. Check out the list below for some wonderful opportunities to knock back some of the world's best wines and some seriously tasty food. And if you can't make it to one of these events, be sure to catch our next 80 Sips tastings in Chicago, Denver, or New York City later this year.
Predators Foundation Wine Festival & Tasting, April 1
Never thought of Nashville as a good town for wine, much less ice hockey? Here's proof it has the best of both. More than 200 wines will be poured at the Bridgestone Arena at this big tasting, with proceeds supporting the charitable arm of the NHL's Predators. Click here for tickets and information.
16th Annual Wine & Culinary Celebration, April 1
Several of South Florida's top local chefs and dozens of great wines will be poured at the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. Click here for tickets and information.
Crush Wine, Food & Art Festival, April 1-2
Show your support for the Tucson Museum of Art at this event that'll call upon all your senses. At the big Crush pARTy, you'll get the chance to taste more than 150 different wines from top producers around the world. Click here for tickets and information.
UNLVino Grand Tasting, April 2
"Take a sip for scholarship" at this event featuring dozens of wines, Champagnes and sakés. This is one night you needn't make a single excuse for hanging out on the strip. Click here for tickets and information.
Orange County Wine & Food Festival, April 2
Get a taste of the best wines from Paso Robles, Sonoma, Napa and Santa Barbara, not to mention food from some great local restaurants. And hey, it's Orange County, so there might even be a few Real Housewives on hand...never know. Click here for tickets and information.
NYC Kosher Wine Extravaganza, April 6
Oy vey! Well, that's what we used to think when presented with the chance to taste kosher wines. But they are nothing to shake a stick at anymore. Check out this event and taste up to 300 great kosher selections from Israel and beyond. Click here for tickets and information.
Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation, April 7
Indulge in some of the best food, wine and cocktails San Francisco has to offer, all for supporting a great cause. All proceeds go to Share Our Strength, a great organization that fights child hunger. Click here for tickets and information.
Sante South Wine Festival, April 9
Yes, an awesome wine festival in Jackson, Mississippi. Never mind that there are awesome California Pinot producers--Loring, Siduri, Au Bon Climat--pouring, proceeds benefit the Mississippi chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. Click here for tickets and information.
Flint Institute for the Arts Wine Tasting, April 9
Support a great local organization while getting a taste for some splendid wines from all across America. There'll be good food and music, and don't miss the chance to taste with Sally Schweiger of Napa's Schweiger Vineyards. Click here for more information.
Stockton Asparagus Festival, April 15-17
No, it's not just about the vegetable that makes certain things smell funny. This huge arts, wine and food festival isn't to be missed if you're near Stockton, California. Several top acts will take the main stage, including Smash Mouth. Click here for more information.
Hospice du Rhône, April 28-30
This is one of California's biggest and best wine gatherings each year. The Paso Robles event celebrates all things Rhône-related, from the French producers themselves to others around the world who offer their own unique, excellent expressions of grapes such as Syrah and Grenache. Don't miss this one. Click here for tickets and information.
Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival, April 28-May 1
Couldn't get the handicap down for the pro-am? You'll feel better after attending this event, featuring some of the world's best chefs and wines. It's not every day you get to taste food by the likes of Charlie Trotter and Daniel Humm, not to mention sip some Salon Champagne and Chateau Palmer. And don't miss the seminar by our "brave" pal Mark Oldman. For tickets and information, click here.
Temecula Wine & Food Festival, April 30
If you live in the L.A. area, get out of dodge for a weekend and take in some relaxing music and tasty wines. It's all for a good cause—proceeds support Southern California All From The Heart, an organization that helps military families in need of assistance. Click here for tickets and information.