November is the month we usually associate with digging out the hats, gloves, and scarves — not to mention looser-fitting pants for Thanksgiving. But it’s also a good time to get your sip on at a wine event so you’re in the groove before the office-holiday-party season kicks into high gear.
Below is a look at some of the best wine events happening around the country. Treat yourself to one good wine experience before you commit the entire bank account to Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping.
Denver International Wine Festival, Denver, Colo., Nov. 2-5
Taste your share of more than 400 wines from around the world, as part of Denver Wine Week. Some proceeds benefit Help America Hear and the Foundation for Sight & Sound. Click here for tickets and information.
Big Sur Food and Wine Festival, Big Sur, Calif., Nov. 3-5
Some of the West Coast's best wineries and restaurants come together in one of the most beautiful spots on Earth. Your participation directly benefits Big Sur’s local nonprofit organizations. Click here for tickets and information.
Around the World in 80 Sips™ NYC, New York City, Nov. 4
This is it--our biggest, best, and final 80 Sips event of the year. Join the cool crowd, tasting more than 80 different wines from around the world, artisanal cheeses, and more at Espace in NYC. Click here for tickets and information.
Inaugural 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival, Napa Valley, Calif., Nov. 9-13
This festival will showcase the best of new independent cinema, while embracing the epicurean pleasures of Napa Valley. More than 50 films will be shown in addition to discussion panels, Q&A sessions, parties, and awards ceremonies. Click here for tickets and information.
2nd Annual Boca Raton Wine & Food Festival, Boca Raton, Fla., Nov. 11-12
Please your palate, step into your stride, and enjoy the largest outdoor culinary affair in south Florida. Meet and mingle with more than 70 chefs and taste amazing wines during the Grand Tasting on Saturday. Click here for tickets and information.
Pinot Days, Chicago, Nov. 10-12
An incredible collection of some of the world's best pinot noirs are on display at the Grand Tasting Festival on November 12 — all at one of Chicago's most fun and relaxing attractions, the Navy Pier. Click here for tickets and information.
8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival, San Diego, Calif., Nov. 16-20
Join thousands of fellow epicureans and connoisseurs, cookbook authors, culinary personalities, world-class winemakers, San Diego’s top chefs, and gourmet food purveyors during Southern California’s largest culinary and wine celebration. Click here for tickets and information.
The Festival at The Farm, Phoenix, Nov. 19
Set among the pecan groves of Phoenix’s intimate The Farm at South Mountain, the third annual festival is a way to sample the best wine from across Arizona, all in one place. More than 20 local wineries are expected to attend. Click here for tickets and information.
Olio Nuovo Festa, Dayton, Ore., Nov. 18-20
This event focuses on newly pressed olive oil and gives guests a chance to see firsthand how olive oil is made, using an imported Italian olive press. Guests will enjoy tastes of a variety of freshly pressed olive oils. The Durant family will also pour tastes of their estate wines from Durant Vineyards. Best of all, it’s free! Click here for more information.
Festival of the Trees, Madison, Ind., Nov. 25-Dec. 30
A magnificent holiday event, attendees will enjoy a forest of glittering, gleaming, one-of-a-kind themed trees. There will also be special holiday wines from Lanthier Winery. This, the 17th Annual Festival of Trees, is a great kickoff to the holiday season. Click here for tickets and information.