Wine Enthusiast editors selected these 10 extraordinary festivals for their high quality, great regional drinks and scenic venues. Each one is sure to leave you in high spirits.
By Compiled By Lisa Stahl
1. SAN DIEGO BAY WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL(SAN DIEGO)
This week-long festival features hundreds of wine and spirit purveyors, classic culinary all-stars, continuous food and wine tastings, cooking and wine classes, auctions and competitions.
2. AUCTION NAPA VALLEY(NAPA)
Four days of Napa’s best wines and food are accompanied by glitzy parties and 250-plus auctions (proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations).
3. HOSPICE DU RHÔNE(PASO ROBLES)
This weekend wine festival held annually celebrates the 22 Rhône grape varieties and French cuisine with a California twist.
4. TOTT(CHICAGO, MIAMI, NEW YORK, SAN FRANCISCO, WASHINGTON, D.C.)
Wine Enthusiast’s signature consumer event features 500 wines and delicious bites from 35 local restaurants in five historic locations throughout the U.S.
5. GREAT AMERICAN BEER FESTIVAL(DENVER)
Beer lovers can sample suds up for gold, silver and bronze medals in categories like American-Style Wheat Beer, Fruit Beer and Coffee Beer. Breweries compete for prizes, and of course, glory.
6. THE HUKILAU(FORT LAUDERDALE)
This annual tiki event celebrates Polynesian cocktail culture, music and food in a festive, retro 1950s fashion. Live entertainment and plenty of tropical shirts round out the experience.
7. SAVOR SONOMA (SONOMA)
On the periphery of San Francisco, Savor Sonoma Valley features the vintage best of more than 20 wineries but also other Sonoma Valley bests including culinary delicacies from local chefs, art from local artists and live music.
8. TALES OF THE COCKTAIL(NEW ORLEANS)
This fun five-day festival in New Orleans celebrates the history and craft of cocktails. Events include themed dinners, cocktail and spirits tastings and mixology competitions.
9. TASTE WASHINGTON (SEATTLE)
More than 200 wineries participate in this classic event held in Seattle. Wines are accompanied by an assortment of gourmet foods from local restaurants and attendees can attend seminars hosted by renowned wine experts.