Best Wine Festivals in the USA


Best Wine and Jazz Festival:
The Annual Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival
The Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival is now recognized as the #1 Cultural Tourism event in Vancouver and Southwest Washington and is “…the largest jazz festival of its kind in the Northwest…”. It is also considered “…one of the most important jazz festivals on the west coast…” (NW Jazz Profile Magazine). Since 1998, attendees from 17 states and Canada have attended the event to experience the mission of the Festival: “…Hot jazz, great wines, fine art and delicious cuisine, all in one place, in one great city—Vancouver, Washington!”

Best Wine and Seafood Festival

Newport Seafood & Wine Festival

The Newport Seafood and Wine Festival takes place every year in the quaint city of Newport on the Central Oregon Coast. Some of the regions finest chefs and resturants are represented as well as the best wines from all over the Northwest. It is a not to be missed event. Newport is located appoximetely 2 hours from Portland.


 
 

   
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. The Monterey Wine Festival - "America's Original Wine Festival"-
Prepare to thoroughly enjoy a night at the Monterey Bay Aquarium unlike any other! When the doors of the Grand Tasting open at The Monterey Bay Aquarium guests will receive a commemorative wine glass and be welcomed to a world class venue unlike any other for discovering new wines and sipping cellar favorites too! Enjoy the ability to choose from over 400 wines and sample the fantastic fare of local restaurants and national gourmet food manufacturers - all the while you visit the incredible marine displays of The Monterey Bay Aquarium.
 
2. California Wine Festival - Santa Barbara, CA
Don't miss California Wine Festival, in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA–– one of the largest outdoor wine festivals in the state! This beautiful city is the original home of the CWF, a spectacular gathering of wine, food, music and fun – at the beach! A hip crowd of thousands of wine lovers flock to our three-day Festival, making this one of the most desirable wine consumer event of the year!
 

3. Nantucket Wine Festival
The focal point of the Nantucket Wine Festival is the Grand Tasting, at which more than 125 of the world's great wineries will be pouring their wines. Again this year, the Grand Tasting will be held at the Nantucket Yacht Club, a Nantucket landmark built in 1870. The expanded space at this South Beach Street location should please our guests and exhibitors alike.

4. Naples Winter Wine Festival
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is ranked among the top 10 arts and entertainment events for wealthy Americans. The June 2006 ranking by the Luxury Institute is based on exclusivity, quality and prestige. The event brings many of the world’s finest vintners and chefs together with wine collectors and philanthropists for a three-day gala in picturesque Naples, Florida.

5. Virginia Wine Festival
Begun in 1975 by an industrious group of grape-growing individuals calling themselves the Virginia Wine Growers Association, the festival began as a way to introduce and educate the populace about the merits of Virginia wine. Since those early beginnings, Virginia has grown in stature to become the 5th state in US wine production, and the Virginia Wine Festival has grown to become the #1 tasting event in Virginia-featuring over 400 varieties of wine, paired with gourmet food offerings, a juried arts show, and unbeatable musical entertainment.

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Telluride Wine Festival
Telluride Wine Festival features a broad range of some of America's finest wineries, along with some of America's finest wine experts to educate the crowds, aka wine geek Steve Olson, also a Festival co-director, and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer. To fill in the blanks around the "eat" part of "drink and be merry," the 29th annual Telluride Wine Festival welcomes special guest Iron Chef Cat Cora, along with mixologist Andy Seymour, who combines classic and contemporary ingredients for the best in cocktails.

 

  
Winery and Wine Web Sites

Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator shares the love of fine wine. Subscribe today and you won't miss these best selling issues: Restaurant Grand Award Winners, Top 100 wines of the Year and Great Wine Values. Every issue comes with a Wine Spectator Buying Guide, full of reviews and ratings for over 500 wine releases.

Food & Wine Magazine - This magazine explores all aspects of an Epicurean lifestyle including cooking, entertaining, wine and food pairing, home decorating, travel, dining out, spirits, tabletop design and new appliances and equipment. Each department and feature covers information on how to enjoy Epicurean pursuits with an emphasis on style, accessibility and fun.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine - Up-to-date coverage of the major wine regions of the world, information on new releases and over 300 ratings and reviews.

Wine & Spirits Magazine - Consumer magazine promoting the greater appreciation and enjoyment of wine and fine spirits. Features include articles on food and travel as well as results of the American Wine Competition, and restaurant and retail surveys.

Wine-Searcher.com - Wine-Searcher's daily updated database of 6521 wine merchants' price lists saves you money when buying wines. The site provides the fastest and easiest way to find who is selling a wine, to compare prices between wine stores, and to value wines.

USA Wines - Listing United States wines, wineries and shops. Also features regional maps, information on lodging, dining and events.

Niebaum Coppola Wine Estates - Offers a selection of wines plus information and a tour of the estate.

Avalon of Oregon - Oregon, Washington and Idaho wines and gourmet foods along with articles and reviews.

California Wine - Providing a selection of premium California wines.

New York Wine Cork - A guide to New York vineyards, with a list of wineries, calendar of events, news, tasting notes, and recipes.

Los Olivos Wine and Spirits Emporium -  Santa Barbara County wines.

Winetasting.com - California wineries offering products and information. News, events, and clubs.

WinoWorld.com -  Wines from Washington and the Pacific Northwest including Syrahs from Glen Fiona and Seven Hills wineries.

The Wine Reserve - California and limited production wines.

Signature Wines - A selection of US produced wines with custom labeling.

Villa Toscano -  Wines by a "Tuscan" winery in the Sierra Foothills of California.

Wine Online
 - A tasting Panel of wine industry professionals and culinary advisors.


 

This listing of the
America's Best Wine Festivals was compiled with the help from a Wine Group called Wine Addiction. This list is constantly being revised as we experience and learn about more of Great Wine Festivals. So, if you feel we have missed a festival, please email us and let us know!