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May Wine Festivals

McKINLEYVILLE: Wines by the Sea May 4, 2019, 1-5 p.m. at Pierson Park. Wine and Beer Festival features a celebrations of hops & grapes as a benefit for Boys & Girls Club of the Redwoods. Co-sponsored with McKinleyville Community Services District, mckinleyvillecsd.com

LA VERNE: Old Town La Verne Annual Wine Walk Sip of Old La Verne May 4, 2019.  Includes 30 locations to sample wine, talk about a good time! Time: 5-8:30 p.m. $40-50, oldtownwinewalk.com

SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Zoo Roar & Pour May 11, 2019, 5-8 p.m.
$80-115, sbzoo.org/roar-and-pour/
It's a wild wine tasting event where the animals stay out late and the Zoo is open so guests ages 21 and over  can stroll and sip. General Admission Includes unlimited wine tastings and one ARC Chef & Sommelier commemorative glass, train rides, giraffe feedings, and exclusive access to Zoo grounds after hours. Enjoy live music from I.V.-born Uncle Uncle.

SAN FRANCISCO: Spring Pour at Pier 39 May 17, 2019, 4-8 p.m.
The Embarcadero at Beach St.
San Francisco, CA
sresproductions.com

TIBURON: Tiburon Wine Festival May 18, 2019, 1-4 p.m.
Point Tiburon Plaza
1701 Tiburon Blvd.
Tiburon, CA
$85-up, advance sales only, 21+ event
tiburonwinefestival.com
Sponsored by the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce

LAKE COUNTY: Lake County Wine Adventure May 18-19, 2019. Single or two-day passport tickets include a commemorative wine glass, wrist band, and entrance to all participating wineries. NEW for 2019! Wine Adventure Brunch at Brassfield Estate Winery Sunday morning with separate ticket not included. lakecountywineries.org

LOS ANGELES: Day 1: Krug Collector Dinner Event Date: May 3rd Event Time: 7:00 pm Host: Krug Champagne with winemaker Jerome Jacoillot Chef: Vartan Abgaryan Venue: 71 Above, 633 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Cross streets are 5th Ave and S Grand Avenue. Event price: $1,750 per person Nearest public transportation: Metro station is 7th St/Metro Center Lines Metro, Blue, Red, and Purple. Website:  showclix.com/event/krug-collector-dinner/pre-sale   Effervescence will kick off the 3-day festival with a once-in-a-lifetime dinner for Champagne collectors, hosted by Krug Champagne, at 71 Above in downtown Los Angeles, located at 633 W. 5 th St. Winemaker Jérôme Jacoillot from the distinguished Clos du Mesnil will share stories and insight into the legendary Krug house. Current releases as well as very rare library bottlings will be paired with a special menu prepared by Chef Vartan Abgaryan. Seating is extremely limited. $1,750 per seat.
Day 2: Grand Champagne Tasting Event Date: May 4th Event Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm Venue: The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010. Cross streets are Wilshire Blvd and S. Ardmore Ave. Price: $250 per person Nearest public transportation: Metro station Wilshire/Normandie Station for Metro lines Red and Purple 

Event description: Hosted at The Line Hotel, located at 3515 Wilshire Blvd. in LA's trendy Koreatown district, the walk-around Grand Champagne Tasting will offer guests an opportunity to taste and converse with the winemakers, owners, and representatives from renowned Champagne houses. Master classes will be led by Champagne experts, focusing on the terroirs of Champagne. $250 a ticket.
Day 2: Gala Dinner Event Date: May 4rd Event Time: 7:00 pm Chef: Nancy Silverton and Suzanne Tracht Venue: Jar, 8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90048. Cross streets are Beverly Blvd and N. Harper Ave. Event price: $500 per person Nearest public transportation: Metro bus line 14, station Beverly/Sweetzer. Website: https://www.showclix.com/event/gala-dinner-nancy-silverton  Renown female chefs Nancy Silverton, the first woman to win the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award, along with her dear friend, Chef Suzanne Tract, owner of Jar restaurant, will sparkles as hosts of this year's not-to-be-missed Effervescence LA Gala Dinner. The Champagne and sparkling wine will flow with each course served at this special and intimate dinner. Jar is located at 8225 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles. $500 per person. Day 3: More Bubbles Brunch Event Date: May 5th Event Time: 11 am – 3:00 pm Chef: Nancy Silverton Venue: Hedley & Bennett, 3864 S. Santa Fe Ave, Vernon, CA 90058. Cross Streets are S. Santa Fe Ave & E. Vernon Ave Event price: $125 per person Nearest public transportation: Bus lines 60, 105, 611, 705, 760. Station Pacific/Santa Fe. Website: https://www.showclix.com/event/more-bubbles-brunch  Event description: The popular More Bubbles Brunch melds a walk-around tasting of sparkling wines from Italy, Spain, USA, England, New Zealand, South Africa and beyond with a sumptuous brunch menu prepared by Chef Nancy Silverton. Guests will experience the diversity of grapes and sparkling wine styles from around the world, amidst the colorful and contemporary indoor and outdoor space of Hedley & Bennett, a woman-owned and operated apron factory on the border of the Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, located at 3864 S Santa Fe Ave. in Los Angeles.

PASO ROBLES: May 16-19, 2019 Wine Festival. Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival includes 70+ wineries, Winemaker Dinners, Reserve Events and Winemaker Seminars. Grand Tasting Downtown May 18, 2019, 12-4 p.m. $70-up, pasowine.com

TWAIN HARTE: Twain Harte a la Carte May 18, 2019, 5-7 p.m. at Meadow Plaza
$40,  twainhartesoroptimist.org
Event includes  silent auction baskets, trips, gift certificates, opportunity raffles for wagons of wine and the Best of Twain Harte Market, as well as a lively live auction provided by Soroptimist International of Twain Harte.

NAPA: Bottle Rock Napa Valley  
Location: Napa Valley Expo, Napa, CA. bottlerocknapavalley.com

Past Events

PLACERVILLE: Wine Competition  May 18, 2018
$30-35, eldoradocountyfair.org
100 Placerville Dr. on
El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition Awards w/ Light Appetizers & Wine Tasting Bring your friend to this exclusive event to mingle with wine judges and participating wineries while you taste the competition wines. Once the winners are announced, try some of the Sweepstakes and Special Award Winners too!

LODI: ZinFest Wine Festival May 18-20, 2018
zinfest.com
Saturday 12-5 p.m. ZinFest at Lodi Lake Park  $55-65, 21+
1101-1301 W. Turner Road, Lodi, CA 95242
Over 150 handcrafted wines from more than 40 Lodi wineries, food from local restaurants,  all new ZinFest BBQ Experience, and live music. Tour of the Lodi Appellation as participating wineries host special activities and tastings in the intimacy of their own cellars. 

ANDERSON VALLEY: AVWA Pinot Noir Festival May 18-20, 2018 at Camp Navarro
Tickets: avwines.com
Wineries pouring at the Grand Tasting include: Artevino/Maple Creek Winery | Balo Vineyards | Baxter Winery | Black Kite Cellars | Bravium | Brutocao Cellars | Cakebread Cellars | Champ de Reves | Copain Wines | Domaine Anderson | Drew | Expression | Fathers + Daughters Cellars | FEL Wines | Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery | Foursight Wines | Goldeneye Winery | Greenwood Ridge Vineyards | Handley Cellars | Harmonique | Husch Vineyards | Kendall-Jackson | Kosta Browne Winery | Lazy Creek Vineyards | Lichen Estate | Littorai Wines | Long Meadow Ranch | Lula Cellars | MacPhail Wines | Maggy Hawk | Maryetta Wines | Navarro Vineyards | Nelson Hill | Pangloss Cellars | Pennyroyal Farm | Phillips Hill Winery | Philo Ridge Vineyards | Roederer Estate | Scharffenberger Cellars | Stella Cadente Olive Oil | The Withers Winery | Toulouse Vineyards | Waits-Mast Family Cellars | WALT Wines | Williams Selyem | Witching Stick | with more to come.

VACAVILLE: Solano Wine & Food Jubilee May 19, 2018, 6:30-11:30 p.m.
Harbison Event Center
Nut Tree in Vacaville
northbayc2c.org
Northbay Healthcare Foundation's
Annual Solano Wine & Food Jubilee benefiting the programs of NorthBay Hospice & Bereavement. Ticket holders sample  foods, wines and brews offered by a number of Solano County restaurateurs, breweries and wineries.

BURBANK: California Winemasters May 19, 2018, 6 p.m.
Warner Bros. Studio
Gate 7 - Forest Lawn
Drive Burbank, CA 91522
$400-up
californiawinemasters.org
Annual Culinary Evening with the California Winemasters is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis

OAKLAND: Jack London Square Wine Festival May 19, 2018, 12-5 p.m.
Jack London Square
$45-55, jacklondonsquare.com | eventbrite.com
Event is free to attend but tasting requires ticket to sample 30+ Northern California wineries represented.

LIVERMORE: Livermore Wine Country Downtown Street Fest May 19-20, 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
livermoredowntown.com
First St. from P Street to Maple Street
Second St. from N Street to K Street
Livermore Wine Country Festival is the largest celebration of wine, craft brews, arts, crafts, shopping, dining, entertainment and hometown charm in the East Bay. Over 150,000 attend each year to explore over 300 vendor booths and shop at specialty boutiques.

SARATOGA: Silicon Valley Grand Wine Tasting May19-20, 2018
$75-150, siliconvalleywineauction.org
Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association evening celebration, wine and philanthropy! Wine Auction and Grand Tasting of the Silicon Valley benefiting the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF.) Produced in collaboration with the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association (SCMWA), this event features over 50 vintners and 150 wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains, as well as numerous silent auction lots. 

 

MARIPOSA: Mariposa Fine Art & Wine Festival May 26, 2018, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Mariposa Courthouse Lawn
5088 Bullion St.
Mariposa, CA
mariposarotary.org
The event is Free. $10 to taste wine.

CLOVIS: Old Town Wine Walk May 5, 2018
oldtownclovis.org

PLYMOUTH: Amador Four Fires Festival May 5, 2018, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Amador Four Fires Festival Food & Drink Amador County Fairgrounds Plymouth, CA $75-up, amadorfourfires.com Showcasing the Four Fires concept of the four regions-- Southern France, Italy, the Iberian Peninsula, and Heritage California. Open Flame These extraordinary chefs demonstrate their exceptional skills preparing spectacular open flame dishes native to these regions.

CARMEL BY THE SEA: Winemakers' Celebration Weekend   May 5, 2018   montereywines.org Over 100 wines made from 42 different varietals 

SANTA BARBARA: Santa Barbara Zoo Roar & Pour May 5, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
VIP entry 4 p.m.
Roar & Pour, a new wine tasting event where the animals stay out late and the Zoo is open so guests can stroll and sip. For ages 21 and over only. A ROARING GOOD TIME Wine tasting from 20+ local wineries Tasty eats available for purchase from local food trucks

TEMPLETON:  Templeton Wine Festival May 5, 2018, 1-5 p.m.
Templeton Community Park
call (805) 434-1789.
 templetonchamber.com | templetonwinefestival.com
Includes wine tasting, souvenir stemless wine glass and live music. Food available for purchase, no outside alcohol, coolers or pets allowed. Low back chairs or picnic blankets welcome. Spring wine and Central Coast lifestyle festival in the beautiful Templeton Park produced by the Templeton Chamber of Commerce.

CALISTOGA: Calistoga Food & Wine Grand Tasting May 10-12, 2018
Solage Calistoga
755 Silverado Trail
Calistoga, CA 94515
calistogafoodandwine.com 

SACRAMENTO: Wine & Brew at the Zoo May 12, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
Sacramento Zoo
3930 West Land Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95822
$45-70, saczoo.org
Zoo fundraiser includes more than 25 wineries and breweries, plus food vendors.

SUNNYVALE: The Magic of Sunnyvale Wine Stroll Saturday, May 12, 2018, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Downtown Sunnyvale. The Magic of Sunnyvale is free. The adjacent event, The wine stroll is for 21years of age or older featuring up to 20 wineries & 20 businesses located in downtown Sunnyvale, Magicians, great food and great fun! Magic of Sunnyvale is FREE - Wine Stroll tickets ...$30-up   sunnyvaledowntown.com

SONOMA: The First Annual Garagiste Festival, Northern Exposure May 12, 2018, 2-5 p.m.
Sonoma Veteran's Memorial Hall
126 1st Street W.
Sonoma, CA 95476
garagistefestival.com 
Winemakers themselves pour at The Garagiste Festival with over 30 wineries from all over the region, part of the California garagiste micro-winery movement. Kick off on Saturday  with seminar, then Grand Tasting 2-5 p.m.

EL DORADO HILLS: El Dorado Hills Art & Wine Affaire May 12-13, 2018, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tasting  12-4:30 p.m. daily.
$25-up, Eldoradohillsartaffaire.com
El Dorado Hills Town Center
El Dorado Hills, CA
80+ best artists from both near and far, displaying their fine-art along the thoroughfare on Town Center Boulevard. In addition to the wonderful art, there is great food and live music plus some of the area's most prestigious wineries and award-winning craft breweries pouring tasks each day.

YOUNTVILLE: Stewart Cellars  Spring Soiree May 12, 2018 Time: 1-4 p.m. Location: 6752 Washington Street, Yountville, CA. Phone: (707) 963-9160
$55, stewartcellars.com
Newly released wines paired with seasonal bites, live music. 

ALAMEDA: Mother's Day Spring Festival May 12-13, 2018
downtownalameda.com
The Downtown Alameda Spring Festival is a Mother's Day tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area. The popular event takes place on Park Street every year during the second weekend in May. Beer & wine garden, music, shopping and more

SANTA CRUZ: Downtown Santa Cruz Wine Walk Mother's Day Edition May 13, 2018, 3-6 p.m. Enjoy an afternoon of tasting and discovering Downtown Santa Cruz shops. $35, downtownsantacruz.com

  • PLEASANT VALLEY: Rocks & Rhones Festival   pleasantvalleywineries.com
  • MARINA DEL REY: Vino-Palooza | vino-palooza.com
  • IRVINE: Great Wine Festival Great Park greatwinefestival.com   
  • SONOMA: Sunset Magazine Celebration Weekend  
     sunset.com
  • SONOMA Explore Wine Road wineroad.com
  •  HOPLAND: Hopland Passport destinationhopland.com
  • MADERA: Spring Wine Trail Adventure 
     maderawinetrail.com
     

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