Whether enjoyed during a family meal or sipped while catching up with old friends, wine has an ability to bring people together.\r\n\r\nOn a larger scale, thousands of people flock to wine festivals each year to learn more about and celebrate their favorite wine. Here are some of our favorite wine and food festivals from California to South Africa to help you celebrate and gain a deeper appreciation for what\u2019s in your glass, and taste with like-minded souls.\r\n\r\n\r\nRos\u00e9 Mansion | New York City\r\n\r\nJuly\u2013October\r\nGet to know this pretty pink wine through the Instagram-worthy Ros\u00e9 Mansion. The exhibit takes viewers through 14 different rooms that show the history, science and economics behind this trendy beverage, running July through October.\r\n\r\nThroughout the interactive exhibits, there are opportunities for guests to enjoy eight samples of ros\u00e9. Participants are encouraged to partake in the various photo opps, which include swinging from a giant chandelier and a bath filled with rose petals. One of the rooms has a blending lab, where guests can create their own personal ros\u00e9.\r\n\r\nThe experience ends in the Grand Tasting Lounge, where visitors are able to purchase, either by glass or bottle, from the largest selection of ros\u00e9s in the U.S.\r\nSoweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival | Johannesburg, South Africa\r\n\r\nSeptember 1\u20132\r\nOn September 1\u20132 is the Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival. Started by two neighbors, Lynn Woodward and Mnikelo Mangciphu during a backyard braai, the event is now in its thirteenth year. Guests can expect days full of food from cutting edge chefs, travel exhibitions and samples of some of the Cape\u2019s best wine. Last year\u2019s wine exhibitors included Kings Kloof, Mont Du Toit Wines and Freedom Hill Wines.\r\nWineFest | Mt. Laurel, New Jersey\r\n\r\nSeptember 15\u201316\r\nHeld on September 15\u201316 is southern New Jersey\u2019s WineFest. This year, the event will include tastings from 10 New Jersey wineries, four stages of live music and entertainment, and a beer garden featuring Brotherton Brewing Company. There will also be over 70 local crafters and vendors, alongside many local eateries like Flamin\u2019 Foods, Star of the Sea Seafood and Upper Crust Pizza & Italian Restaurant. But this event isn\u2019t just for adults. Children 14 and under get in for free and there\u2019s a kid\u2019s concert as well as pony rides.\r\n\r\n\r\nKendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration | Fulton, California\r\n\r\nSeptember 30\r\nOn September 30, Kendall-Jackson\u2019s Sonoma county estate is home to this day of festivities that covers everything from truffle hunting to barrel making. There are also guided walks through estate\u2019s extensive culinary gardens, which are tended to by their resident farmer, Tucker Taylor. In between bites from local chefs like James Beard Award-winning Douglas Keane, wine lovers can attend seminars given by the company\u2019s Winemaster Randy Ullom, including a special interactive session on wine blending.\r\n\r\nFans of Kendall-Jackson\u2019s long-running heritage tomato festival should not despair; there are still hundreds of tomato varieties on hand for sampling. The celebration\u2019s proceeds benefit the UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County.\r\nFall Release Weekend | Walla Walla Valley, Washington\r\n\r\nNovember 2\u20134\r\nCelebrate the end of harvest by being on the first to try newly released wines from the Walla Walla Valley during The Fall Release Weekend, which runs from November 2\u20134. Many wineries, such as Plumb Cellars, will be hosting tastings and live music. Prices vary.\r\n\r\nCalifornia Wine Festival | Huntington Beach, California\r\n\r\nNovember 9\u201310\r\nSip on premium wines while enjoying ocean views at this year\u2019s California Wine and Food Festival-Huntington Beach, taking place November 9\u201310 at the Pas\u00e9a Hotel & Spa.\r\n\r\nOn the first day, the Sunset Rare & Reserve wine tasting will feature rare bottles, top chefs serving hot and cold appetizers and live jazz music. On the second day, guests can relax at the hotel\u2019s beachside location while hundreds of California wines are served, alongside brews from regional microbrewies, food vendors and listen to live music.\r\n\r\n\r\nMusic To Your Mouth | Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina\r\n\r\nNovember 15\u201318\r\nHosted annually by Palmetto Bluff, in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry, the four-day Music To Your Mouth (MTYM) event showcases a range of chefs, vintners, brewers, distillers and musicians from across the region to show the South\u2019s unique culture and cuisine.\r\n\r\nAnnual event staples include the Culinary Salon: Bourbon and Bacon Cruise, Kiss the Pig oyster roast, Hair of the Dog 5K and Southern Supper Club, as well as a number of educational classes and parlor talks. This year, over 50 winemakers will participate along with 32 chefs and an assortment of local craftspeople when festivities kick off on November 16th.\r\n\r\nAdditionally, two wine-centric Culinary Salons will take place. The first, Tasting With The Masters, will be led by master sommeliers Andrew McNamara of Breakthru Beverage Group, Emily Pickral of Spire Collection, and Craig Collins of Vintus. Another talk, Exploring American Chardonnay, will be hosted by James Beard Award-winning sommelier-turned-winemaker Rajat Parr, James Beard Award-winning wine writer Jordan Mackay and co-founder of Lingua Franca, Larry Stone.\r\n\r\nOf the nearly four-dozen producers represented, look for notable bottlings from Paul Hobbs, Kistler, Revana and Peter Michael.