California Festivals


California November Wine Festivals

SAN LUIS OBISPO: Harvest on the Coast November 2-4, 2018. November 2, 2018 Winemaker's Dinner | November 3, 2018 Grand Tasting and Wine Auction | November 4, 2018 Surf's Up Sunday!

SARATOGA: Premier Cruz  A Mountain Cabernet Experience
November 3, 2018
House Family Vineyards
Join the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association at House Family Vineyards in Saratoga for an exclusive dinner paired with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine & Food Affair

HEALDSBURG: November 3 - 4, 2018
Multiple wineries along the wine road
Join us for a weekend of wine and food pairing in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
November Passport Celebration Day
November 17, 2018
Tasting Rooms in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Cruz
Go wine tasting at 50+ wineries in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique Passport Celebration Day winery experience.

PASO ROBLES: The Garagiste Wine Festival November 9-11, 2018
Ponderosa Pavilion, Paso Robles Fairgrounds
2198 Riverside Ave.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
GARAGISTES - (gar-uh-zhē-stuh) n, Fr. - A term originally used in the Bordeaux region of France to denigrate renegade small-lot wine makers, sometimes working in their garage, who refused to follow the  rules. Join over 60 garagiste winemakers pouring over 200 handcrafted, micro-production wines. The festival takes place at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds and other area locations and includes Thursday Industry Night, featuring the Garagiste's annual Winemaker Shootdown; Friday night Rare and Reserve' event, and Saturday's seminars and epic Grand Tasting, followed by the Keep It Rockin After Party, featuring special 8th Anniversary guest, Stephen Rowe and the Lonely Loners. Saturday morning VIP tasting seminar on Spanish varieties, The Rise of Spanish Varieties: Classic Grapes find a home in California, is moderated by Garagiste Festival co-founder, KRUSH radio host and Golden Triangle Wines winemaker, Stewart McLennan.

SANTA CRUZ: November Passport Celebration Day
November 17, 2018
Participating Wineries
Santa Cruz Mountains
Visit 50+ wineries in and around the Santa Cruz Mountains, each offering a unique Passport Celebration Day winery experience.
Fiddlehead Holiday Tasting in Davis
November 17, 2018
Pence Gallery
Get your holiday shopping done early with special event discounts on wine purchases!
Taste of the Mountains Menlo Park
December 1, 2018
Downtown Menlo Park
Menlo Park
The Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrowers Association presents the Taste of the Mountains Wine Walk on Saturday, December 1 in Downtown Menlo Park from 1-4:30pm.

Past events

SONOMA VALLEY: 2017 Holiday Open House November 25-26, 2017, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Select Wineries welcome guests to experience wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in the caves & cellars, stock up on wines for the holidays, shop for holiday gifts and warm up to wine country holiday cheer. Participating Wineries: Deerfield Ranch Winery | Eric Ross Winery | Ledson Winery & Vineyards | Loxton Cellars (Open Friday) | Manzanita Creek Winery | Mayo Family Winery | Muscardini Cellars (Open Friday) | Orpheus Wines | Paradise Ridge Winery | Spann Vineyards (Open Friday) | St. Anne's Crossing Winery | Sunce Winery | Ty Caton Vineyards | Valley of the Moon at Madrone Estate | Wellington Cellars

BIG SUR: Food & Wine Festival November 2-4, 2017

SAN DIEGO: FLIX: Fermented San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival Monday, November 13, 2017, 6 p.m.
The Lot - Liberty Station
2620 Truxtun Rd.
San Diego, CA 92106
Food and film converge at this year's San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival opening night party and film screening of celebrity Chef Ed Lee's new documentary, Fermented. From beer and wine, to cheese and bread, fermentation serves as a catalyst to many of the incredible foods we eat and drinks we consume. Join a screening, followed by a panel discussion and post-screening party featuring cocktails, beer, wine, music and tasting stations from some of the city's top chefs who are taking the art of fermentation to new heights.


AVILA BEACH: Harvest on the Coast Weekend November 3-5, 2017

  • Crafted on the Coast Winemaker Dinner  November 3, 2017, 6-9 p.m. |$150 per person
    Lido Restaurant at Dolphin Bay Resort, Pismo Beach, CA
  • Grand Tasting & Wine Auction November 4, 2017, 11 a.m. | $116.50-up
    Avila Beach Resort, 6464 Ana Bay Rd. Avila Beach, CA  
    All tickets include food & wine tasting & free commemorative wineglass, plus music by the Tipsy Gypsies
  • Surf's Up Sunday Open House November 5, 2017
    Free tasting at participating tasting room locations, included with Saturday Grand Tasting ticket

SONOMA: Wine & Food Affair November 4-5, 2017, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
November 4, 2017, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
November 5, 2017, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
$27.19-106 approx.
The premier event for Wine Road - Northern Sonoma County includes a weekend of wine and food pairing in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys. All of the wineries participating have a favorite winery recipe which they prepare both days for you to sample, along with the perfect wine. Ticket holders will receive their Wine Road Calendar, tasting glass and wristband upon check-in.
Included in the Line Up subject to change: Acorn Winery/Alegria Vineyards | Alexander Valley Vineyards | Amista Vineyards | Amphora | Balletto Vineyards | Battaglini Estate Winery   | Blanchard Family Wines | Bluenose Wines |  Carol Shelton Wines | Cellars of Sonoma | Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery |   Christopher Creek Winery | Clos du Bois Winery | Colagrossi Wines | Comstock | D'Argenzio Winery | DeLoach Vineyards | deLorimier Winery | Desmond Wines | Deux Amis Winery | Dutton Estate Winery | Ektimo Vineyards |  Foppiano Vineyards | Forchini Vineyards & Winery | Francis Ford Coppola Winery | Fritz Underground Winery | Geyser Peak Winery | Harvest Moon Estate & Winery | Holdredge Winery | Hook and Ladder | Hudson Street Wineries | Inspiration Vineyards and Winery |  J. Rickards Winery |  Kelley & Young | Kendall-Jackson Wine Center |   Kokomo Winery | Korbel Champagne Cellars | La Crema Tasting Room |  Lauterbach Cellars | Locals Tasting Room | Longboard Vineyards | Matrix Winery | Mazzocco Sonoma Winery | Mercury Wine | Merriam Vineyards | Mill Creek Vineyards | Mueller Winery | Occidental Road Cellars | Old World Winery | Papapietro Perry Winery |   Pech Merle Winery | Pedroncelli Winery | Pezzi King | Portalupi Wine | Premonition Cellars | Ramazzotti Wines | Ridge Vineyards-Lytton Springs | Roadhouse Winery |  Rodney Strong Vineyards | Roth Estate Winery |  Rued Vineyards & Winery |  Sanglier Cellars | Sapphire Hill Vineyards & Winery | Sbragia Family Vineyards | Selby Winery |   Simi Winery | Soda Rock Winery | Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards | Starlite Vineyards | Stephen & Walker Winery | Stonestreet  Alexander Mountain Estate | Stuhlmuller Vineyards |   Taft Street Winery | Thumbprint Cellars | Toad Hollow Vineyards | Topel Winery Tasting Room | Trattore Wines | Trione Vineyards & Winery |  Vino Valpredo Wine Co. | Viszlay Vineyards | VML Winery | West Wines | White Oak Vineyards and Winery | Wilson Winery  

RAMONA: Art and Wine Festival November 4, 2017, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Begent Ranch
18528 Highland Valley Rd.
Ramona, CA
$65 | $35 entrance only no food & wine
Enjoy handcrafted award-winning wine from area wineries, food prepared by local chefs, artwork displays and sales by fine artists, and a live auction of six wine barrels painted by local artists.

MENDOCINO COAST: Mendocino Mushroom, Wine & Beer Festival November 3-12, 2017
Mendocino County is the home to 3,000 varieties of mushrooms ranging from common to rare and exotic types that grow well in the unique coastal climate of California North Coast.  Includes over a dozen winemaker dinners, mushroom talks and art events in separate ticketed items
Every year in late fall mushrooms begin to flourish in Mendocino County, home to over 3,000 types of mushrooms. Sample and pick some of the 500 types of delicious edible mushrooms such as chanterelles, porcinis, morels, and hedgehogs, and even the extremely rare candy cap mushroom, a culinary treat with an intense maple syrup flavor, which grows only along the northern coast of California.

MENDOCINO: Harvest Party
Mendocino Winegrowers Foundation invites you to bring a bottle of your favorite wine to share with your friends and neighbors, and get ready to enjoy an evening BBQ, dancing, and some of our favorite wines!

SUTTER CREEK: Sutter Creek Annual Winefest Saturday, November 11, 2017, 4:30-9 p.m.
Main Street and at the Sutter Creek Auditorium  Winefest walk-about is sponsored by AmadorArts, bringing arts to local schools. 

FRESNO: Fresno County Fall Harvest Wine Journey November 11-12, 2017, 12-5 p.m.
Fresno County Twin Rivers Wineries and Breweries near Highway 99
Fresno County, CA
Twin Rivers Vintners Association invites you to come experience fall in the country with Fresno County Harvest Wine Journey.  Choose a winery to begin your wine tasting journey and go at your own pace. Each winery will offer something unique including vendors, music, and food. 

SAN DIEGO: Bay Wine & Food Festival November 12-19, 2017

SARATOGA: Saratoga Wine Stroll November 24, 2017, 5 p.m.

MADERA: Madera Wine Trail's Holiday Spirit Weekend November 11-12, 2017, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Madera Vintners Association hosts this event. Start off your Holiday season festivities on the Wine Trail! Enjoy wine tasting at  participating wineries, live music, delicious food and specialty gift shopping!

SANTA CRUZ: Wine Walk - Held Downtown November 24-26, 2017

Past events

LOMPOC: ARTS & VINES Craft Boutique and Wine Tasting November 5, 2016, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Andersen Recreation Center
125 West Walnut Ave.
Lompoc, CA
Free admission
Bring the art of wine tasting and the desire to see and purchase homemade crafts all in one location. This is the first year for this two day event, and it will soon become your favorite place to spend your holiday shopping. All proceeds from this event will support equipment replacement at the Lompoc Aquatic center and the swim lesson scholarship fund. location: Anderson recreation center

SANTA MONICA: Rotary Club 8th Annual Wine & Jazz Festival November 13, 2016, 4-7 p.m.
Santa Monica Airport Area
3100 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 398-2500 $125-150
Held at the Museum of Flying, enjoy live music, food, wine tasting and auctions. Proceeds benefit local charities.

SAN DIEGO Wine + Food Festival November 14-20, 2016
Grand Tasting Event Saturday, November 19, 2016, Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Embarcadero Marina Park North Attire: Casual $75 - $229, package and separate event prices vary

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK:  A Taste of Yosemite Five Course Dinner with Wine Pairings
Ahwahnee AKA Majestic Yosemite Hotel
Session I
November 6 - 9, 2016
Moderated by Fred Dame, M.S.
Bob Lindquist - Qupé Winery
Michael McNeill - Hanzell Vineyards
Chris Benziger - Benziger Family Winery
Justin Baldwin - Justin Winery

Session II
November 9 - 11, 2016
Moderated by Fred Dame, M.S.
Sarah Bennett - Navarro Vineyards
Michael Beaulac - Pine Ridge Vineyards
Jeff Stewart - Hartford Family Winery
Alan Cannon - Rombauer Vineyards

Session III
November 13 - 16, 2016
Moderated by Dan Berger, Wine Judge & Journalist
Eileen Crane - Domaine Carneros
Christian Roguenant - Tangent Wines
Steve Dutton & Dan Goldfield - Dutton-Goldfield
Cathy Corison - Corison Winery

Session IV
November 16 - 18, 2016
Moderate by Dan Berger, Wine Judge & Journalist
Jason Haas - Tablas Creek Vineyard
David Duncan - Twomey Cellars
Regina Martinelli - Martinelli Winery
Daniel Baron - Silver Oak Cellars

Session V
November 27 - 30, 2016
Moderated by Peter Marks, M.W.
Megan Schofield - Robert Mondavi Winery
Mike Sullivan - Benovia Winery
Hardy Wallace - Dirty & Rowdy Family Wines
Jeffrey Patterson - Mount Eden Vineyards

Session VI
November 30 - December 2, 2016
Moderated by Peter Marks, M.W.
Mike Chelini - Stony Hill Vineyard
Chrissy Wittmann - Prisoner Wine Co.
Ken & Akiko Freeman - Freeman Winery
Jesse Katz - Aperture Cellars

Session VII
December 4 - 7, 2016
Featuring "Goddesses of the Grape", all women vintners
Moderated by Ellen Landis, C.S./Wine Judge & Journalist
Susie Selby - Selby Winery
Beth Nickel - Far Niente Winery
Shauna Rosenblum - Rock Wall Wine Co.
Mia Klein - Selene Wines

GLEN ELLEN: Holiday Open House November 25 - 26, 2016. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
$45-55 per person
 Sonoma Valley
13101 Arnold Drive
Glen Ellen, CA
17 wineries throughout Sonoma Valley. Enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays, pick up holiday gifts for your friends & family and relish in wine country holiday cheer.


NAPA: Wine Hopper Holiday Wine Hunt Weekend  The Crusher Wine District

Santa Clara Valley Wineries Fall Passport Weekend 

GARBERVILLE: Charity Wine Auction
Annual Charity Wine Auction features live and silent auctions, domestic and international wines, local beers, apple cider and plenty of hors d'oeuvre

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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