Virginia: February 19–24, 2013
Yes, we know that Virginia makes great wine, and it's close to New York and at least marginally warmer than where I'm sitting, so that makes me want to take off and head down to the Virginia Wine Expo.
Located in beautiful Richmond, Virginia, former home to my younger brother, the Virginia Wine Expo not only showcases great wineries but it also saves to benefit FeedMore, an umbrella organization supporting services that help feed the needy in central Virginia. There will be dozens of wineries pouring wine with all the well-known local wineries, such as Blenheim, Barboursville, Horton and Afton Mountain. Participants will not only be able to taste the wines, they will be able to purchase them at the event, and of course there will be a lot of delicious food to enjoy, so make a trip down to Virginia for this weekend of discovery.
Seattle: February 24, 2013
I'm not sure about visiting Seattle in February, but I'm always open to new experiences. I haven't been to Seattle in several years, but If I were to head out west sometime soon, I might want to try to plan my visit around The Seattle Wine and Food Experience. When else would I get the chance to taste through the wines of dozens of wineries from up and down the West Coast? These wines come not only from Washington, though they are well-represented, but also from Oregon, Idaho, and even a few Californians.
Of course as the name suggests this is about more than just wines, and with over two dozen restaurants and producers presenting, this is in fact a veritable smorgasbord of the best of Seattle. I travel a lot, and by a lot I mean too much, but one of the issues I usually have to deal with is whittling down the myriad restaurants I want to visit to the mere handful that I can. Here's the solution: put them all in one place!
People’s Voice Awards Grand Tasting: March 23rd, 2013
Since we’re on the subject of Snooth’s tasting events, we have a doozy coming up in March. We’ll be pouring winners and runners-up from Snooth’s 2012 Peoples Voice Wine Awards—wines from the likes of Chappellet, Catena, Jordan, Cantina Terlano, Trimback, and d’Arenberg, to name but a few! We’ll have a selection of fine foods as well, with a really special feature: pairing stations featuring the recipes of some of the finest restaurants in the Cayman Islands.
This is not your father’s Grand Tasting—we’ll have the same great wines but this is going to be FUN!
Mendocino: February 9 & 10, 2013
Some events are designed to have a very broad appeal, others, like the International Alsace Varietals festival are more focused and dive deep into their subject matter. When you're diving deep it's a good idea to have some very qualified instructors to show you the way, and this weekend, exploring the traits and characteristics of wines such as Pinot gris, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling, have some of the best.
Consider being tutored in wine pairing by Evan Goldstein and dining on the cuisine of Joyce Goldstein and John Ash while enjoying wines from acclaimed producers such as Anne Amie, Navarro and Stony Hill. And for those intent on digging deeper, check out the seminars such as 30 years of Riesling - a retrospective tasting and discussion with Allan Green of Greenwood Ridge in Anderson Valley or Botrytis in the Vineyard presented by Doug Gubler, Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Davis. There really is something for everyone at this great event.
San Francisco February 8-16, 2013
Man does not live by wine alone if you believe the old winemaker's saying: It takes a lot of cold beer to make a fine wine! I've got a feeling that that tends to be true, and what better place to investigate than San Francisco? OK, maybe there is a better place but there is no better celebration of Beer in February than San Francisco Beer Week.
The week kicks off with a grand tasting featuring over 65 northern Californian brewers showcasing their wares in the Concourse Exhibition Center. There will be music, food and liters of fun but that's just the beginning. All week following the kickoff event, beer aficionados will be able to blind taste, sample, pair and discover great and innovative beers at dozens of participating restaurants and bars throughout the city. This is the mother of all pub crawls! If you like beer, do not miss it!