Top 10 February Wine Festivals for the Fun-Loving Sommelier
There’s a reason why a really good wine can warm you up — you get to enjoy the winter season in February! And New York’s the place to do it, apparently, with the lineup of some unique, full-bodied and breathtaking February wine festivals to tantalize your taste buds and remind you why a good champagne bubbly can even make the frost flakes melt into your heart. Suddenly winter just got wonderful.
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But you already knew this, what with the cheese pairings, and wine tastings. Wine is the ultimate indulgence in food, and it somehow has this power over you to rejoice with the masses, experiment, converse in fellowship in as many February wine festivals as you can find. So just in case you were looking for a qualified and comprehensive list of the latest February wine festivals, here’s the rundown:
- The New Jersey Winter Wine Festival — These wines just might make you feel the Four Seasons in New Jersey to great effect (who knew Jersey could kick it with wine?). February 26 is the date, from 7PM to 10PM at the Hilton Short Hills, and tickets are on sale for $69 a piece. And it’s worth it: over 150 wines to taste while listening to some sweet jazz. You’re just too good to be true….
- The Blind Wine Tasting Bootcamp — Lace up your boots and get ready. It’s time to sharpen the senses. On the 9th and 23rd, you better get your “A” game on at the Some Good Wine Shop in New York City from 7PM to 8:30PM. And it’s only $39 to get in. However, what’s really cool about this particular “festival” is that you can possibly become certified as a wine sommelier if you’re able to ace a blind tasting examination. Hence why they call it a ‘boot camp’. Ten hut!
- Great Wines of Italy — Well, of course Italy knows wine. Out of many February wine festivals, this beauty brings you the Tuscan flavor better than Olive Garden. Slated for February 23 a the IAC Building in New York, NY, an early bird $99 ticket will get you in for mingling, savoring and tasting of over 295 different wines straight from some of the best of Italy’s vineyards. Believe it. Que bella….
- The NYC Winter Wine Festival — Very nice. The PlayStation Theater in Times Square certainly has something going here on February 6th, featuring two different times — 3PM to 6PM and 8PM to 11PM. And as a festival named by Thrillist as one of the “17 things you have to do in winter in New York City,” you can’t go wrong. Think of the theater as an indoor vineyard with distributors from France, Italy, Spain, and Germany, plus some hors d’oeuvres to tantalize.
- Around the World in 12 Wines — We know we’re talking about February, but it just so happens that this Some Good Wine Shop delight will be held twice: once on the 28th of January, and the second time on the 25th of February. So just in case you miss this one coming up, no worries: you’ll still get to experience wine, cheese, and a free glass to go with it for just $49. Check out Greenwich Village and experience wine like you never had before.
- Natural Winemaker’s Week in New York City — We’ll be honest here: this is a mega event, not just any “festival.” Held every winter — and for this February on the 12th, though — you’ll experience just a taste of the Natural Winemaker’s Week at Discovery Wines in New York, NY. It’ll definitely give you something to look forward to when it comes to wine.
- The New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival — Fairport’s got it again, and this time with some more culinary to cuddle. The New York Ice Wine & Culinary Festival on February 13 at Casa Large Vineyards at $55 per ticket will remind you that ice wine tastings, seminars, live music, a magician, the “outdoor luv shack,” horsedrawn sleigh rides, tango performances, and a cash bar can go really well together.
- Annual Mardis Gras in Romulus, NY — And just when we thought we heard it all…. Mardis Gras? First a bootcamp, then some ice sculptures, and now “Mardis Gras.” It’s true, Romulus brings quite the party along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail, from winery to winery, as you get to pick a lucky coin for instant prizes, plus the chance to win a sampler case of fine wine. Sounds like a party to us….
- Long Island Winterfest – Jazz on the Vine — Did someone say jazz again here? We like. Suffolk County, NY, likes it, too, with their 60 free jazz performances while sipping some Pinot or Cabernet, plus great offers at inns, B&Bs, and restaurants, starting on the 19th of February and lasting for an astonishing five weeks.
- Vintage and Vine at The Sagamore — Nothing beats some food and wine on several vintage boats for that scenic vision reminiscent of a true connoisseur. And you get to experience this homage for ten whole days. Don’t hesitate, though: it ends on February 21st.
Take your pick. Or pick all of them. There’s no such thing as too much wine and fun.
And You Get All of It by Taking Advantage of the Very Best February Wine Festivals in New York
Make it a tradition. This is especially the case if you’re all about the wine and the delicacy of it. Celebrate in it. Attain fellowship. And above all, taste.