January marks not only the dawn of a new year, but a whole new year of wine tastings. All around the country there are plenty of events at which you can break your resolutions with gusto. Below are a few of the highlights.
Oregon Wine, Food and Brew Festival, Salem, Ore., Jan. 13-14
Get your first taste of the new year at this delicious festival! There will be 36 Oregon wineries, Oregon craft and micro brews, and culinary delights to sample and enjoy. In addition, great music and free parking are provided. Click here for tickets and information.
Around Australia in 80 Sips, LA, NYC, Chicago, Jan. 12, 19, and 26
Start off 2012 with an incredible journey around the amazing wine regions of Australia. At these tastings, you’ll sip traditional favorites as well as boutique offerings, and even experience newbie winemakers coming onto the groovy, fun Aussie wine scene. These tastings are occurring in LA, NYC, and Chicago throughout January. Click here for tickets and information.
Boston Wine Expo, Boston, Jan. 16-22
Boston's best-loved wine event is bigger, bolder, and better than ever. Get ready for a week-long celebration of the world's most popular wine-growing regions. This is a legendary wine tasting, with all the world's best regions and producers represented. Every year this tasting is big, crowded, and incredibly fun. Click here for tickets and information.
2012 Union des Grands Crus de Bordeaux Tasting, Los Angeles, Jan. 20
Taste more than 100 of the world's best bordeaux wines at the largest private bordeaux wine tasting ever held in Southern California! Wines are poured by the world’s greatest chateau owners and winemakers and an array of cheeses will accompany the wines. Click here for tickets and information.
Key West Food & Wine Festival, Key West, Fla., Jan. 26-29
The third annual Key West Food & Wine Festival is set to turn up the heat in Key West. Events range from extravagant walk-around tastings during famous sunsets to educational wine and food seminars led by local talent to local funky events you would only expect to experience in Key West. Click here for tickets and information.
ZAP Grand Tasting, San Francisco, Jan. 28
This is probably the most highly anticipated tasting in the San Francisco area each year, known for the big, fun crowd that always attends. Carb up for an absolute flood of big, rich, powerful zins. Click here for tickets and information.
The 10th Annual St. Louis Food & Wine Experience, St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 28-29
Guests will be thrilled by the many options presented over St. Louis' enticing Food & Wine Experience weekend. There is literally something delicious for every taste. Plus, the Premier Tasting event is unlike anything previously offered in St. Louis. The event’s wine specialists have pulled out the very best they have to offer to create a kickoff that is truly special. Click here for tickets and information.
Niagara Icewine Festival, Saint Catharines, Ontario, Jan. 13-29
The Niagara Icewine Festival is a uniquely Canadian winter experience for all. This annual celebration of Canada's most cherished product, icewine, is only the beginning of three weekends of events and tastings. From gala evenings to outdoor ice carvings and wine and culinary activities, the Niagara region comes alive. Click here for tickets and information.