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March 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

Mingle with Charleston's finest culinary talent at The Charleston Wine and Food Festival

Seasonal Tip:
SPRING LAMB comes fresh to markets this month. Also, asparagus is harvested and the year's Brie is ripe.



February 28-March 1
Santa Barbara, CA—Fourteenth Annual World of Pinot Noir

World of Pinot Noir in Shell Beach, California

More than 100 Pinot Noir producers from around the globe will gather at Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara for two days of education and tastings. On the schedule are in-depth seminars and two grand tastings featuring groups of Pinot Noir producers and a winemaker dinner. This food and wine extravaganza will be hosted by participating wineries and sommeliers from across the U.S. For more information, visit www.worldofpinotnoir.com

February 28-March 2, March 7-9
Healdsburg, CA—Russian River Wine Road 36th Annual Barrel Tasting Weekend

Russian River Wine Road in California

Visit with winemakers and peruse the cellars of your favorite wineries along the Russian River Wine Road. Purchase a tasting glass and event wristband, and let the adventure begin. Go directly into the cellars at more than 100 wineries and sample wines straight from the barrel. Many of the wineries offer "futures" to purchase, which will be ready to be picked up after the wine is bottled, about 12 to 18 months later. Advance tickets cost $30 per person if purchased between January 1 and January 31, $40 per person if purchased between February 1 and February 24, or $50 at the door. The event will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 800-723-6336 or visit www.wineroad.com

A photo from the 2012 edition of the Classic Wines Auction in Portland, the largest charity auction in Oregon

March 1
Portland, OR—Classic Wines Auction
The Classic Wines Auction at the Oregon Convention Center is the largest charity auction in Oregon and features a stellar lineup of guest chefs and winemakers. Each year, the auction selects four honorary wine ambassadors to represent Oregon, Washington, California and an international region. This year's ambassadors include Woodward Canyon Winery (Washington), Jackson Family Wines (California), Domaine Drouhin Oregon (Oregon) and Maison Joseph Drouhin (Beaune, France). Attire is Black Tie Optional. Tickets are $750. For more information, call 503-972-0194 or visit www.classicwinesauction.com

March 1-2
Amador County, CA—Behind the Cellar Door
Behind the Cellar Door in Amador County, CA
Amador County Vintners presents this two-day event offering wine tastings from the barrel and the bottle at 39 Amador County wineries. It will showcase wine varieties from Spain, Italy, France and California with food to match. Guests can also partake in entertaining seminars designed to improve attendees' knowledge of wine varietals from around the world. Presale tickets can be purchased through February 25 for $50, including Sunday. For more information and tickets, visit www.behindthecellardoor.chirrpy.com

Cincinnati International Wine Festival, one of the Midwest's largest annual wine and food events

March 6-8
Cincinnati, OH—24th Annual Cincinnati International Wine Festival
The Cincinnati International Wine Festival, founded in 1991, is one of the Midwest's largest annual wine and food events. Each March at the Duke Energy Convention Center, more than 600 wines from 130 wineries are poured, accompanied by food, live music, auctions, a golf tournament and other special events. The festival has raised millions of dollars since its beginning for charities including Cancer Family Care and the Ronald McDonald House. For more information and tickets, call 513-723-9463 or visit www.winefestival.com

Get a taste of Southern cuisine at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival

March 6-9
Charleston, SC—Ninth Annual BB&T Charleston Wine and Food Festival
Now in its ninth year, this well-received epicurean festival provides the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the country's best chefs, authors and wine professionals. Get a taste of Southern cuisine and the "Lowcountry's" unique food styles, heritage and recipes at various events and venues. The festival features a cornucopia of individually priced events, and tickets sell out quickly. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.charlestonwineandfood.com

March 7-9
McMinnville, OR—21st Annual McMinnville Wine & Food Classic

McMinnville Wine & Food Classic in Oregon

This three-day event held in the heart of Oregon's wine country features 160 of the state's best wineries, foods and arts & crafts. This year's event will be held at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum where the famous "Spruce Goose" is located. Enjoy wines by the taste, glass, bottle or case. A variety of live music will also be featured, along with chef demonstrations. Shuttle service will be provided from participating hotels including the McMenamins Hotel Oregon. General admission is $17. For more information, call the Wine Line at 503-472-4033 or visit www.sipclassic.org

Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival in Quintana Roo, Mexico, showcases 40 chefs and sommeliers from over ten countries

March 13-16
Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, MexicoCancun-Riviera Maya Wine & Food Festival
The Cancun-Riviera Maya Wine and Food Festival showcases an impressive lineup of chefs and producers of wine and liquors at this four-day festival that takes place on some of the most beautiful beaches in Mexico. Featuring 40 chefs and sommeliers from over ten countries, seminars on spirits, cooking demos and wine tastings, CRMFEST hosts 25 events that wine connoisseurs, foodies and spirit aficionados can all enjoy. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.crmfest.com

March 14-16
Paso Robles, CA—Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines

Paso Robles Zinfandel Festival

Get acquainted with the Paso Robles wine country at the Vintage Paso: Zinfandel and Other Wild Wines, where more than 120 wineries will host an array of events. Wine producers and enthusiasts will come together at this festival to celebrate everything that Zinfandel has to offer. The festival will feature a tasting of Paso Robles Zinfandel and Zinfandel blends, cuisine from more than ten of the region's best restaurants and an auction. Other activities include winemaker dinners, exclusive Zinfandel tastings, winery and vineyard tours and more. For more information and tickets call 800-549-WINE or visit www.pasowine.com

March 15
San Francisco, CA—Eighth Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon

San Francisco International CHOCOLATE SALON

It's a chocolate-lover's dream come true. Experience the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate at this day-long event. The Salon will feature chocolate tastings, demonstrations, chef and author talks, and wine pairings. This year will feature chef demonstrations, chocolatier panels, and new products and flavors. The long list of participants includes Saratoga Chocolates, Guittard Chocolate, Toffee Talk, Kallari Chocolate and TasteTV. The Salon will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fort Mason Center. Adult admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information, visit www.sfchocolatesalon.com

March 16-17
Sonoma County, CA—24th Annual Savor Sonoma Valley

Savor Sonoma Valley in California

Experience the best of Sonoma and sample fine wines from wineries throughout the valley, nibble on food pairings prepared by local chefs and restaurants, listen to local musicians and peruse art from local artists. Whether you plan to drink or be a designated driver, the 24th annual Savor Sonoma Valley has much to offer. A Weekend Pass costs $65 per person and $20 for designated drivers. The event is held 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on both days. For more information call 866-794-WINE or visit www.heartofthevalley.com

March 22-23
Hermann, MO—35th Annual Hermann Wurstfest
The "best of the wurst" is celebrated at the annual Wurstfest. Sample and purchase Old-World delights like bratwurst, leberwurst, schwartenmagen and sommer sausage. All events will be held in the Stone Hill Pavilion Hermannhof Festhalle, including live German music, Old-time sausage-making demonstrations, a brat knot-tying contest, a "whole hog sausage breakfast," crafts, wine tastings and more. For more information, call 800-932-8687 or visit www.experiencehermann.com

Hermann Wurstfest in Missouri



March 26-April 5
SingaporeEighteenth Annual World Gourmet Summit

Haute cuisine at the World Gourmet Summit in Singapore

The Singapore Tourism Board and Peter Knipp Holdings will host the eighteenth annual World Gourmet Summit, which will showcase the best of Singapore's culinary scene along with some of the world's finest chefs, including Thomas Bühner of Restaurant La Vie, Philippe Mille of Les Crayères and Sang-Hoon Degeimbre of L’Air Du Temps. At the event, which drew 20,000 from around the world last year, guests can sample star chefs' creations on tours of the city's unexpected places to dine. Lasting for almost two weeks, summit activities will take place at various venues and restaurants throughout Singapore. For more information, visit www.worldgourmetsummit.com

March 29-30
Seattle, WA—Taste Washington Seattle

Taste Washington in Seattle

This two-day event kicks off on Saturday at CenturyLink Field Event Center. The event includes wine seminars featuring renowned wine experts from across the nation leading in-depth explorations of Washington wine, a keynote luncheon and a tasting leg by Masters of Wine and Master Sommeliers. Attendees can sample wines from more than 200 wineries and nosh on culinary treats from local restaurants. Ticket holders can also book special Taste Washington hotel packages. For tickets and more information, visit www.tastewashington.org

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There's always more to learn about wine. Take part in a class, a wine and cheese pairing or a fancy prix-fixe meal at these events across the country.

Eat, drink and celebrate at these festivals, special dinners, happy hours, cooking classes and more from Los Angeles to New York to London.