SAN FRANCISCO - September is the height of harvest season when a wine lover's thoughts turn to all things wine. California Wine Month is a great way to celebrate with more than 50 amazing events and immersion experiences—from wine festivals and winemaking classes to winemaker dinners, VIP tastings and tours happening around the state.
This September marks the 11th consecutive year that California's Governor has proclaimed California Wine Month, honoring America's largest wine producing state. "We appreciate Governor Brown recognizing the contributions of vintners and growers to our state's economy, culture and lifestyle," said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, president and CEO of Wine Institute. "Whether you're a novice or an expert, California's diverse winegrowing regions offer plenty of activities in America's leading wine destination."
Click here for a complete listing by region of all the activities or go to: www.discovercaliforniawines.com/californiawinemonth to search by date. For great California wine and food road trip ideas click here. California Wine Month is a campaign created by Wine Institute. Event highlights include:
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sept. 4-6.
Mendocino's Annual Winesong Charity Auction & Tasting Sept. 11-12.
2015 Sonoma Valley Crush Sept. 25-27,
Napa Valley fantastic events and immersion experiences, including the Trefethen Harvest Boot Camp Sept. 26.
Madera Vintners Association's California Wine Month Celebration on Sept. 18.
SIP SAVOR LODI Sept. 25-27.
San Francisco Bay Area
Livermore Valley's 34th Annual Harvest Wine Celebration on Sept. 6.
33rd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival Sept. 12-13 in the Santa Cruz area.
Santa Ynez Valley Wine Month Sept. 1-30.
Taste of the Town Santa Barbara on Sept. 13.
Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast on Sept. 24-27 throughout San Luis Obispo County.
Sample the Sierra on Sept. 6 in South Lake Tahoe.
The 30th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival on Sept. 11-13.
The Los Angeles Times' The Taste, Sept. 4-6.
CRUSH: Temecula Valley Wine & Culinary Showcase Sept. 19.
California Wine Month Partners
California Wine Month is supported by restaurant, retail, hotel, media and association partners in California, New York, throughout the U.S. and internationally including:
National: California Pizza Kitchen, Cameron Mitchell Restaurant Group (Ocean Prime), Cooper's Hawk Winery and Restaurants, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, Safeway and Tavistock Restaurant Collection.
California: Albertsons, California Restaurant Association, Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar (Sonoma), Farmhouse Inn (Russian River Valley), Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant (San Francisco), Giordano Brothers (San Francisco), Inn on Randolph, Pavilions, San Francisco Wine School, Vallarta Supermarkets, Visit California (State Tourism Commission) and VONs.
Georgia: Savannah Wine Cellar.
Montana: Montana Restaurant Association, Montana Retail Association and Glacier Restaurant Group (MacKenzie River Pizza).
New York: Acme Wines & Spirits, Astor Wine & Spirits, Back Label Wine Merchants, Bed-Vyne Wine, Bottlerocket Wine and Spirit, California Wine Merchants, Eastside Cellars, Flatiron Wines & Spirits, Frankly Wines, Honor Wines, Smith & Vine, Square Wine and Waterfront Wines & Spirits.
International: Caviste Independent Wine Merchant, Field & Fawcett, The Oxford Wine Company, Talking Wines, The Sampler Wine Merchant, Tom Janson Wines, Vino Vero and The Wine Reserve.