Where To Go in January

With the new year comes new wine events to attend


It’s the start of a new year, and as with most things, this time of year talk is ripe with proud promises to eat healthier, buy more intelligently, show restraint with vices, and live life to the fullest.
As a wine geek, that live life to the fullest bit can be a little challenging. I mean, there are so many great wine experiences out there waiting for you, from visits to wineries to grand tasting adventures, that it can be difficult to put things in perspective. I mean, how are you supposed to allocate your resources towards all this grand living?
Well, I can help a little, but not too much. I certainly can give you suggestions about where to go, and who to visit, but the truth of the matter is that there are more great wine events every year than I can keep track, much less attend. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share with you my dream list of wine events in January that I wish I could attend!

Wine Tasting image via Shutterstock

Zinfandel Jan 31- Feb 2

Let’s kick things off with the 22nd annual Zinfandel Festival in San Francisco. If you’re a Zin fan this is the place to be. Over three days you’ll be able to dive deeply into all things Zinfandel, including food and wine pairings, regional tastings, wine maker dinners and of course the grand tasting featuring 100s of great wines. This is one tasting I almost definitely will be at this year, how about you?


And here's the best part! Snooth users get a 20 percent discount for the Thursday Epicuria Food & Zin Pairing, Thursday, January 31  and Saturday's Grand Tasting, Saturday, February 2 .

Here is how it works to receive the discounts
·         Click on “PUBLIC Epicuria” and “PUBLIC Grand Tasting” ticket pull down
·         Order up to 2 tickets 
·         Scroll to bottom of ticket page and apply discount code - snooth
·         You must click apply to receive discount

ZAP Zinfandel Festival

Caribbean Jan 17-20

More of a food than wine festival, the Cayman Cookout still makes the list, if for no other reason than it’s sooo cold here in New York and so warm in the Caribbean! Add in an almost endless array of great food, wonderful presenters, and fabulous beverages and you really can’t miss with this weekend getaway. Also, it’s warm there. Did I mention that?
Cayman Cookout

Snow Jan 24-27

So, it may be warm in the Caribbean, but there’s only so many months a year for great skiing, and January being one of them I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to hit the slopes instead of the sands. No worries, you can still get your wine geek on. Check out Beaver Creek’s Food & Wine Festival featuring gourmet lunches to punctuate your ski days, and a grand tasting featuring chefs from around the world.
Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend

Back to the Beach Jan 11-19

I can only tolerate so much skiing, so I’m headed back to the beach for a week of laid back culinary treats on Key Largo and Islamorada. This is the food and wine event for people who don’t want to focus their weekend around food and wine, but still like to indulge their senses. Between great meals at local restaurants and the grand tasting, you can sit on the beach and soak in the sun, scuba or snorkel, go fishing, or visit the many galleries, shops and parks that make this part of the Florida Keys special.
Uncorked Food and Wine Festival

Southwest Style Jan 30- Feb 2

One last event here, and for balance we’re going back to the slopes to visit Taos for their annual Winter Wine Festival.  Taos is intimate, which explains the scale of these tastings. In addition to the usual fare of fine restaurant meals and walk around wine tasting, Taos offers the connoisseur something more. Consider your options: Wines of Spain Masterclass, A Spottswoode Vertical, a world tour of syrah, blind style, and so much more. This is one helluva wine event!
Taos Winter Wine Festival

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  • How could you overlook the Winter Wineland event in Sonoma County the weekend of Jan. 19 & 20? I have been going for years. About 140 wineries open their doors for a pay-one-price tasting event. What fun!

    Jan 07, 2013 at 12:54 PM

  • Snooth User: EMark
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    This was a fun article. Unforunately--let me change that--fortunately, late January is pretty booked up for me. So, the west coast options--the Zin event in S.F. and the Sonoma event added by Carl--that I might have considered are not in the cards for 2013. Maybe 2014.

    Greg, I hope you make a column like this a monthly regular feature.,

    Jan 07, 2013 at 3:53 PM

  • Snooth User: InWineTruth
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    Russian River Wine Road's Winter Wineland is one hell of a good time, covering Sonoma County's Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Green Valley AVA's. Exploring so many tasting choices, most veteran participants arrive with a wine plan for the two day event. See http://www.wineroad.com/events/wint... for details, and have fun!

    Jan 07, 2013 at 3:54 PM

  • You are right about having a plan! We hire a limo driver and give him the list of must see wineries ahead of time. He maps it out to make the best use of our time. With the right driver and right attitude, you can make a serious dent in the number of wineries to visit. They often have food and entertainment, too.

    There are a few favorites we always visit but much of the fun is in finding little known wineries that offer wonderful wines. Now I am in too many wine clubs!

    Jan 07, 2013 at 6:32 PM

  • Snooth User: Martin E
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    How about the 2010 Cru Classé Bordeaux Tasting event with f2f meetings with the owners of some of the best Chateaux? Many of them are coming to Houston (where I live) on January 17, but if I am not mistaken, the main events are in NYC, LA, San Francisco, and Miami.

    Jan 07, 2013 at 10:52 PM

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    Sep 07, 2013 at 12:56 AM

  • awesome

    Sep 08, 2013 at 4:11 PM

  • beautiful

    Sep 09, 2013 at 3:22 PM

  • Snooth User: cglaw2013
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    it's great

    Sep 11, 2013 at 4:10 AM

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