National Wine Events 5/19/13

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Mark the dates for these wonderful wine events coming up.  Most are in California, but the Austrian wine week is nation wide.

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Austrian Wine Retail Weeks

Learn more about Austrian wines at wine shops nationwide.

Event Details

Event: This promotion will involve over 100 top retail stores across the country; each store will carry at least six different Austrian wines. During this period, Austrian wine will be featured in tastings, promotions, and more in select stores in top markets across the country.
Date: Now through June 9th
Location: in over 100 wine shops around the country
Contact: Austrian Wine USA
Schedule of Events: See the schedule of events here.

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Dutton-Goldfield Soundcheck Sunday, California

Warm weather is here and so is live music at Dutton-Goldfield Winery. Enjoy basking in the sunshine, wine, and live music on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer.

Event Details

Event: Enjoy Dutton-Goldfield wines and the local music scene out on the patio.
Date: Every Sunday from May 19th through July 28th from 1:00-4:00pm, weather permitting
Location: Dutton-Goldfield Winery, 3100 Gravenstein Hwy North,  Sebastopol, California
Contact: or 707-861-9460
Schedule: Click here to see the list of bands.

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Arista Winery’s Backyard BBQ, California

Arista Winery invites you to join them in celebrating the release of new wines at their Memorial Day Weekend Backyard BBQ.

Event Details

Event: Wine release party featuring a traditional southern BBQ lunch and a live blues band.
Date: Sunday, May 26th from 12:00-3:00pm
Location: Arista Winery, 7015 Westside Road, Healdsburg, California
Contact: 707-473-0606
Cost: $85 per person
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets. Tickets are limited.

Celebrate the release of Arista Winery’s 2012 Ferrington Vineyard Gewurztraminer, 2011 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay, 2011 Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir, and 2011 Smokey Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel.

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Alexander Valley Vineyards’ Spring Bash & Blending Party, California

Have you ever dreamed of being a winemaker for a day? You can at Alexander Valley Vineyards’ Spring Bash.

Event Details

Event: Wine Blending Seminar and Competition followed by a gourmet luncheon.
Date: Saturday, June 1st from 10:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Alexander Valley Vineyards, 8644 Highway 128, Healdsburg, California
Contact: Lu Hughes at 800-888-7209 or
Cost: $65 per person
Tickets: RSVP to Lu or Mike at 707.433.7209 or 800.888.7209 by May 24th. Reservations are required and space is limited.

After attending the blending seminar, you’ll join a team and have the chance to measure, blend and taste your wine as you come up with your favorite blend. The winning blend will be chosen by Winemaker Kevin Hall and bottled as the next vintage of Wine Club Reserve, with the winning team’s name on the label. A gourmet luncheon on the garden patio of the Wetzel Family Estate will follow. Click here for full details.

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Russian River Valley’s Passport to Pinot, California

The Russian River Valley Passport to Pinot weekend offers ticket holders exclusive experiences throughout the weekend at participating wineries. Pinot is the focus, but each winery will also have unique offerings.

Event Details

Event: Wine weekend in the Russian River Valley.
Date: Saturday-Sunday, June 8th & 9th from 11:00am -  4:00pm
Location: over 30 wineries in the Russian River Valley in California
Contact: 707-521-2534 or
Cost: $65 (two-day), $40 (Sunday only), and $20 (designated driver)
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets.

Join the amazing producers of the Russian River Valley at our annual Passport to Pinot weekend where you can celebrate the allure of our Pinot Noir and escape into the rugged beauty of the valley. This world-class tasting experience will have you traveling through our vineyards and redwoods along the Russian River, discovering hidden gems – fresh, local food, hospitality like no other and exclusive experiences at participating wineries. Click here for more information.

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Chef’s Dinner Series at Seghesio Family Vineyards, California

A unique dining experience showcasing Seghesio wines in the vineyards where they’re grown.

Event Details

Event: Guests will enjoy Chef Peter’s menu with a flight of Old Vine Zinfandels while surrounded by beautiful century-old, head-pruned vines.
Date: Saturday, June 8th from 5:00 – 9:00pm
Location: Seghesio Family Vineyards, 700 Grove Street, Healdsburg, California
Contact: 707-395-3609 or
Cost: $200 per person
Tickets: Click here to buy tickets.

These dinners, hosted by members of the Seghesio family, continue the winery’s long tradition of sharing wine and food among friends. Guests will be shuttled from the winery to these treasured sites to enjoy special wines from the Seghesio library and seasonal menus prepared by Executive Chef Peter Janiak, formerly of San Francisco’s Boulevard and Presidio Social Club.

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Flanagan Winemaker Dinner, California

Join winemaker, Mark Mazzoni along with Eric and Kit Flanagan at Santé Restaurant in the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. Each course will be paired perfectly with Flanagan wines.

Event Details

Event: Gourmet five-course meal paired with Flanagan wines.
Date: Thursday, June 13th at 6:30pm
Location: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, 100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma, California
Contact: 707-939-2415
Cost: $115 per person (service charge and gratuity not included)
Tickets: Call 707-939-2415 for reservations.

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