December's Best Wine Events

Your last chance this year to get in some quality sips at wine events across the country

December is finally upon us and with its arrival comes holiday treats, gifts, and of course, sips.

Below is a look at some of the merriment you can participate in during December. There are perfect gift shopping opportunities and ways to spice up your own holiday traditions. We hope your last month of 2011 is filled with laughter, love, and of course, great wine.

Sonoma Valley Wine Market, San Francisco, Dec. 3
Discover Sonoma Valley Wine Market, where you'll have access to more than 35 Sonoma Valley wineries all in one place! Stock up on your favorites for holiday celebrations or find the perfect bottle for the wine aficionado on your holiday list. Click here for tickets and information.

Woodinville Wine Country’s Annual St. Nicholas Day Open House Weekend, Woodinville, Wash., Dec. 3-4
Washington wine lovers are invited to enjoy a festive assortment of special wine tastings, holiday entertainment, and gift ideas at more than 30 participating Woodinville wineries. Click here for tickets and information.

Rutherford Passport Weekend, Rutherford, Calif., Dec. 3-4
Get a taste for what makes this part of Napa special, with exclusive tastings, barrel samples, food pairings, and more. Indulge all you like, since the proceeds beneftit a local Napa charity. Click here for tickets and information.

Annual Champagne Tasting, Chicago, Dec. 6
Join the fine folks at Webster’s Wine Bar for what’s widely considered to be the city’s finest annual champagne tasting. For more than 15 years, they’ve showcased the best of the best, from small family growers to large houses. Come thirsty, as they’ll show 30-plus champagnes. Be sure to reserve early, it often sells out. Click here for tickets and information.