It's about time. We can finally emerge from hibernation, don the flip flops and head to a weekend outdoor wine event. And this month there are boatloads of them taking place all across the country.
Of course, we're biased in our thinking that the one can't-miss event of May is Around the World in 80 Sips™ Chicago. If you're keen to join us at the Museum of Contemporary Art for the third year running, click here to buy your tickets now — they're disappearing quickly.
If you can't meet us for a few glasses in Chicago, be sure to check out the list of other May wine events, below. You're bound to find a palate-pleasing wine festival taking place near you.
Taste Washington (Portland), May 1
For the first time, Washington wines show their stuff south of the border, in Portland. More than 100 Washington wineries will pour their wares alongside food prepared by Portland's top chefs. Click here for tickets and information.
Austria Uncorked (L.A. May 2; NYC May 4)
This was an absolute barn-burner last year. A great display of all the terrific red and white wines Austria has to offer, with a cool crowd and great food to boot. This is about as good as an after-work outing can get. Click here for tickets and information.
Kentucky Bluegrass Wine Auction, May 5
You probably have to be blue-blooded to afford attending the Bluegrass Wine Auction and taste all the great wines on hand (such as Quintessa, Colgin and Charles Krug). On the bright side, though, you're supporting a great cause, the Lexington Cancer Foundation. Click here for more information.
Philadelphia Wine Festival, May 7
More than 200 of the world's top wineries will be pouring, with food served up by many of the city's most talented chefs. Proceeds support the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Click here for tickets and information.
Sea Grapes Fine Wine & Food Festival, May 7
Get a taste of more than 100 great wines and nibble on food prepared by local chefs as you wander the Florida Aquarium in Tampa. Proceeds support the aquarium's conservation and youth education programs. Click here for tickets and information.
Brooklyn Uncorked, May 10
Many of the best New York wines and restaurants show their stuff at the Brooklyn Acadamey of Music each year. If you're a locavore, this is one event you shouldn't skip. Click here for tickets and information.
Wine & Spirits Magazine Top of the List Tasting, May 10
If you prefer not to cross the bridge into Brooklyn, definitely check out Wine & Spirits Magazine's annual soirée showcasing the most popular wines served in the best restaurants all across America. Click here for tickets and information.
Zinfest, May 14
A great reason to get thyself to Lodi, Calif. More than 50 wineries will be on hand pouring more than 250 different Zins. There are cooking classes and even live music. Click here for more information.
Portland Indie Wine & Food Festival, May 14
This is the opportunity to taste all those cool, original creations you're unlikely to find in the local liquor store. Dozens of craft wineries will be pouring, and you can even buy a bottle and take it home with you. Click here for tickets and information.
Tiburon Wine Festival, May 14
Take in the great Bay views and soak up dozens of world-class wines at this annual outdoor tasting in San Francisco. The event supports the community projects of the Tiburon Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Click here for tickets and information.
National Harbor Wine & Food Festival, May 14-15
This is a great reason to stay near the Beltway for the weekend. More than 150 wines, beers and spirits will be poured alongside dozens of offerings from local restaurants. Click here for tickets and information.
Around the World in 80 Sips Chicago, May 20
We head back to Chicago for the third straight year. Join us at the Museum of Contemporary Art for this awesome event featuring more than 100 different wines from around the world. Tickets are going fast, so click here to get yours now.
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival, May 20-22
Forty different producers from around California come together at the Goldeneye winery for this tasting of some truly incredible Pinots. The silent auction supports the Anderson Valley Health Center. Tickets are in short supply, so click here to get yours now.
Paso Robles Wine Festival, May 20-22
If you live within driving distance, there's no excuse for sitting this one out. Whether it's for the grand tasting or one of the events held at a specific winery over the weekend of festivities, there's no better way to take in this beautiful corner of the wine world. Click here for tickets and information.
El Coto De Rioja Paella Parade, May 23
Who says Monday nights have to be boring? Come see why paella and Spanish wine is the ultimate pairing. Proceeds benefit the Culinary Studies Department at the NYC College of Technology and Action Against Hunger. Click here for tickets and information.
Austin Wine & Music Festival, May 28-29
As if you need an excuse to go to Austin, one of America's greatest food and music towns... Hit up this event, though, and you'll also get a taste of some of the best Texas wines. Click here for tickets and information.