If you head far enough north of the equator this time of year, you’ll encounter the dead of winter. While this season is fun and festive through New Year’s, once you get into mid-January, you’re really just slogging through days upon days gray and cold until the warm weather hits. (Netflix and chill really does take on a whole new meaning from January to March!)
While the urge to hibernate during these months is strong, we have a few reasons to get out of the house. And those reasons all have to do with wine. And not just meeting friends out and sharing a bottle of Cabernet and a hearty meal, though that’s always a winning combination. There are a number of winter wine festivals you’re going to want to know about and participate in to get your through the dog days before those tulips finally start to pop.
Below we’ve found a few of the most promising winter wine festivals of 2018, listed by date.
Naples Winter Wine Festival, Naples, FL, January 26th-28th
Not just a wine fest, also an auction to benefit the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose vision is to make a profound and sustaining difference in the quality of children’s lives.
The 2018 roster includes 30 wineries with wines from over 13 wine-producing regions, 18 award-winning chefs with eight Michelin Stars and 15 James Beard Awards, as well as 17 of the 236 master sommeliers worldwide. Wow! But definitely a wine fest for those with a little extra cash to burn.
California Winter Wine Classic, Santa Barbara, CA, January 27th
Santa Barbara, one of America’s most beautiful cities and the capital of Southern California’s wine country, will become the epicenter of the California wine world on Saturday, January 27. That’s when one of the largest gatherings of California’s ultra-elite winemaking masters will assemble for the 7th annual “Winter Wine Classic” presented at the luxurious The Fess Parker Resort.
You’ll experience the quintessential California wine tasting and enjoy hundreds of California’s finest vintage wines, delicious gourmet foods samples, and lively music. Discover new wines at every Festival, find a new favorite and pair it with a dizzying variety of fresh gourmet appetizers like artisanal bread, cheeses, olive oils and so much gastronomic goodness.
Winter Wine Festival, New Castle, NH, January 26th- February 25th
From the luxury and comfort of the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, this will be the 12th year this month-long festival brings together the superb cuisine of the Wentworth’s culinary team with amazing wines from around the globe.
You can choose weekends to attend and choose to attend to the Grand Vintner’s Dinners or A Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom. During the week, there are Flight Nights and Shell-Shocked, an oyster and wine tasting. Sunday, enjoy a Bubbles & Jazz brunch.
NYC Wine Festival, NY, NY, Saturday, March 10
New York Wine Events transforms Times Square’s PlayStation Theater into an indoor traveling vineyard. Expect to consume world-class wine from all over the globe, artisanal food, and get to know some amazing vintages from New York state’s top producers.
On hand to accompany the gastronomy will be live music, jazz saxophonist Michael Lington. Fun!