It’s hard to believe it’s already October! Harvest is in full swing, and it’s time to break out your wooly sweater and sip your way into fall at wine events around the nation. Here are some great events, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check them out.
26th Annual Gruene Music and Wine Festival, New Braunfels, Texas, Oct. 4-7
Four days of great live music, food, and wine from around Texas. Located near both Austin and San Antonio, this event benefits local charities, so get your tickets today. More information available here.
Backyard Winemaker Dinner Series at Apple Farm Inn, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Oct. 5
Harvest season is our favorite time on the wine calendar, and we never miss an opportunity to eat and sip outdoors! Enjoy a four-course "backyard" dinner with seasonal dishes and wines from the Paso Robles husband and wife team from Poalillo Vineyards. More information available here.
Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Santa Rosa, Calif., Oct. 5-7
Celebrate harvest time with three days of wine from more than150 wineries, plus live jazz, local gourmet food, a giant pumpkin contest, fine art, and activities for kids! More information available here.
9th Annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop, Truckee, Calif., Oct. 6
Come to downtown Truckee near Lake Tahoe to sample wine and food; all participants receive a map of participating venues, as well as a goodie bag and food tickets. More information available here.
3rd Annual Springs Preserve Grapes & Hops Festival, Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 6
Featuring fine wine, beer and food from excellent Las Vegas restaurants, as well as Afro-Cuban and salsa music and a silent auction, this Saturday evening event benefits Par for The Cure, which raises money for breast cancer research. More information available here.
2012 New York City Wine & Food Festival, New York City, Oct. 11-14
Tickets are sure to sell quickly for this four-day celebration of fine wine, food, and spirits in the entertainment and food capital of the world. More information available here.
2012 TASTE Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits, Oaks, Penn., Oct. 12-14
Food and wine exhibits from all over the world highlight this three-day festival. Additionally, there will be celebrity chef demos and wine and beer seminars. More information available here.
Black Dog Wine & Music Festival, Floyd, Va., Oct. 13
Admission to this all-day festival featuring live beach music includes a winery tour, tastings and a souvenir wine glass, as well as food vendors and the opportunity to let loose with some barefoot dancing. More information available here.
6th Annual Wine Festival at 5 Rivers, Spanish Fort, Ala., Oct. 18
Come experience selections from a variety of local restaurants and wine distributors, as well as live music and sunset cruises on Mobile Bay. More information available here.
9th Annual Cleveland Wine Opener, Cleveland, Oct. 19
A benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, this event is geared toward both wine novices and connoisseurs. With cuisine from renowned local chefs and wines to pair with the food, be sure to attend if you’re in the area. More information available here.
Reserve Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, Calif., Oct. 20-21
There’s no better time to visit Sonoma than harvest season. This special weekend consists of exclusive winery tours and access with 10 wineries to choose from, transportation by California Wine Tours, and local ingredients used for a wine country picnic. Discover hidden gems in Sonoma and taste limited production wines! More information available here.
3rd Annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, Dover, Del., Oct. 21
Take advantage of the opportunity to meet some of Delaware’s top vintners and brewers, and sample some of Delaware’s finest wine and beer at the Agricultural Museum & Village. More information available here.
Spain's Great Match: Wine Food Design, New York City, Oct. 24
Discover the most important Spanish grapes and regions while tasting more than 200 wines; and for the first time in the USA, a selection of craft beers from Spain. Enjoy signature tapas from 10 of the most critically acclaimed Spanish restaurants in the New York metropolitan area, such as Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurant, Boquería, Casa Mono, Salinas, Socarrat Paella Bar, La Rioja, Barraca, Solera, Tertulia, and Txikito/Quinto Pino. This year’s event will showcase the award-winning collections from the contemporary Spanish furniture designer Expormim. More information here.
Around the World in 80 Sips – Denver, Denver, Oct. 26
Join us for a night of sipping, swilling, and socializing. Sample more than 80 wines from around the world, including Italy, New Zealand, and Napa Valley, as well as premium cheese and mouth-watering charcuterie. More information available here.