Whether you are a wine connoisseur or just a casual drinker of wine, attending wine tastings, festivals and events around the country can make for some of the most exhilarating and fun vacations you will ever have. What’s not to like: wine (a lot of wine), good food, education about wine and fellowship with other wine lovers. It is usually fairly easy to find a local vineyard close by and convenient for a day trip, but what about when you want to hit the roads and experience the next level of wine tasting? Here are four wine tasting events you must attend in your lifetime.
- Boston Wine Expo: Over 300 international wineries are represented at the Boston Wine Expo with over 1800 different wines. The Boston Wine Expo is the largest event of its kind in the United States. Held in February of each year, this wine expo has the best wine and food from around the world. Over 100 restaurants and food vendors vie for your attention as you attend seminars and tasting lounges. Plan on attending this event at some time in the future.
- GrapeFest: Wine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Texas, but they sure do make a lot of it. Texas is the fifth largest producer of wine in America, and GrapeFest is the largest wine tasting event in the Southwest. With both local and international varieties of wine as well a cooking pavilion demonstrating how to cook with wine and herbs, this is one of the most laid back and fun festivals of the year. GrapeFest is held in September and boasts over 250,000 visitors. There is even a grape crushing contest that brave wine tasters can get in on.
- Top 100 Tasting: The Top 100 Tasting is San Francisco’s claim to fame when it comes to wine tasting. Of course, California is known as wine country and this festival does not disappoint! Held in October, the Top 100 Tasting features wine from the top 100 wineries of the year. You also get to meet and mingle with some of the best wine makers in the world as you enjoy a feast of the best food and the best wines in the world.
- Melbourne Food & Wine Festival: For the international traveler, the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is a “can’t miss” event. Taking place in March, this event has a twenty year history and is still going strong. With over 250 tastings and over 200 education events there is certainly enough to occupy your time during the two week-long festival. Don’t miss the World’s Longest Lunch where a chef prepares lunch for over 900 that sit at a 1300 foot table.
These four wine tasting events you must attend in your lifetime are the crème de la crème of wine tastings. The experiences you have while attending these events will last a lifetime and you will experience the best wines in the world.[Image Credit]