As the weather warms up (and I know we’re all glad to see the fierce storms and cold weather of recent weeks recede into the past) folks can once again begin to think about getting out and smelling the roses, and the whites, and the reds! March is a very busy month for wine lovers, with a slew of events happening around the country.
Not only are individual wineries getting ready to gear up for the coming visitors of spring, summer and fall, but large events are helping us all shake off the cold of winter and look forward to drinking and sharing our favorite wines! The weekend of March 22nd and 23rd is particularly ripe with pleasures this year, but before we get to that juicy plum of a pair of days lets kick off this go round of “where to go” with something Zinfandel related!
Grow Zinfullly Wild, March 15-17
New York City
People’s Voice Awards Grand Tasting: March 23rd, 2013
The Rhône Rangers, March 22-23
It’s hard to believe but this year’s edition of the Rhône Rangers tasting is their 16th annual! This is the event for all the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre loving folks out there. This year you’ll be treated to a wickedly good grand tasting, with wines, auction items, and seminars. I would love to be able to join the Mourvedre seminar, one of the country’s underappreciated varieties for sure. But with over 100 wineries pouring over 500 wines, even if you miss the seminar you’ll be able to school yourself on Mourvedre at this year’s event.
For more information visit Rhône Rangers.
Taste Washington, March 23-24
For the all around epicurean there is no better event in the Pacific Northwest than Taste Washington, where chefs, winemakers, and consumers come together in a smorgasbord of gourmet love. This is an event that features wine and food, but there are also seminars and tastings of craft beers and ciders and displays of glassware. This is a great event, one in which both the geek and the casual indulger will be well provided for!
Find out more at Taste Washington.
Fort Collins, Colorado
Wine Fest Fort Collins, March 22
And for all of you closer to the center of the country rather than the coasts, why not combine some late season skiing with a night of wine, food and beer? With a reserve wine tasting, premium beer tasting and silent auction, there’s plenty of fun to be had, in addition to the grand tasting which will see hundreds of fine wines and beers, both local and from around the world, being poured. In addition, you’ll be treated to some of the finest fare local restaurants have to offer.