Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

November 2014 Food & Wine Events Calendar

International Gourmet Festival XIX


Gourmet Extravaganzas for Oenophiles and Foodies

Seasonal Tip:
BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU is released with celebrations everywhere this month!

November 1-2
Sonoma County, CA

A Wine & Food Affair

A Wine & Food Affair in Sonoma County

Join the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in their 16th annual wine and food pairing weekend. This premier Wine Road event will have guests hopping from winery to winery sampling vineyard favorites. Ticket holders will receive a Wine Road Calendar and a tasting glass. Ticket prices are $70 for the weekend, $50 for Sunday and $30 for designated drivers. Tickets, which often sell out, must be purchased in advance and will go on sale September 1. For more information visit www.wineroad.com


November 1-2
Temecula, CA

Annual Harvest Wine Celebration

A toast under the sun at the Harvest Wine Celebration in Temecula, CA

Temecula Valley Wine County invites guests on a fun-filled culinary adventure: a self-guided tour with delicious food and wine samplings from 30 different wineries. Exclusive barrel and/or tank samples of finished and unfinished wines will be offered, many of which have yet to hit the market. Tickets are $99 and will give guests access to the event from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. For tickets and more information visit www.temeculawines.org


November 4-December 4
Yosemite National Park, CA

Vintners' Holidays

Cheers to red wine at the Vintners' Holidays in Yosemite National Park

Each year, as autumn gives way to another winter, Yosemite celebrates winemakers’ fall harvest. Celebratory events include wine tastings and seminars, meet and greets with winemakers and a five-course gala dinner prepared by executive chef Percy Whatley. Benziger Family Winery, Rombauer Vineyards, Chappellet Winery and J Vineyard and Winery are among this year’s participants. Hotel packages are also available. For more information, visit www.yosemitepark.com


November 7-9
San Luis Obispo, CA

Harvest on the Coast

The SLO Vintners Harvest Celebration takes place at the Avila Beach Golf Resort

The annual Harvest on the Coast weekend is a local food and wine extravaganza. Dive into the 2014 harvest season with wine tastings, artisan foods, an ocean view and live music featuring local band, the Crushtones. The main event, an outdoor grand tasting and auction, takes place on Saturday and includes prizes such as rare wines, culinary treats, SLO Wine Country destination experiences, and wine and lifestyle packages. Other festivities include winemaker dinners on Friday and winery open houses on Sunday. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.slowine.com


November 13-23
Puerto Vallarta, MEXICO

International Gourmet Festival

International Gourmet Festival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
This year, Puerto Vallarta celebrates the 20th anniversary of their International Gourmet Festival. The festivities will begin with a special evening in the company of guests and international chefs. Other activities include a special gourmet experience at the Trio Restaurant, workshops on the best-kept culinary secrets and a gourmet expo and show. The celebration ends with a competition to see which chef can make the best “Fiesta Paella.” Prices vary depending on the event. Visit www.festivalgourmet.com for more information.  

November 20-22
Broomfield, CO

Denver International Wine Festival

Guests gather to dine at the Denver International Wine Festival

Held at the Omni Interlocken Resort, the Denver International Wine Festival will focus on premium quality wines, beers and spirits. This Rocky Mountain festival offers tastings of international wines, educational seminars and a Julia Child Champagne Tribute Luncheon & Auction. On Thursday October 20, ten Colorado chefs participate in a food and wine pairing. Friday holds the Grand Tasting of International Wines featuring more than 400 wines, beers and spirits. Tickets to the main events start at $65. Call 303-664-5700 or visit www.denverwinefest.com for a schedule and to purchase tickets.


November 20-23
BARBADOS

Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

Patrons sample fresh cuisine at the Barbados Food & Wine Rum Festival

The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival features cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, wine seminars, a bajan fiesta and the highlight of the week, the Mount Gay rum tour. Prices vary for each event and range between $50 and $250. For more information on the celebrity chefs and events, visit www.foodwinerum.com


November 28 – December 25
Nuremberg, Germany

Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt

Patrons gather to browse Christmas trinkets at the Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt in Germany

Celebrate Christmas by experiencing one of Germany’s oldest traditions, Nuremberg Christkindlesmarkt, or “Christmas Market.” In the heart of Nuremberg’s Old Town, more than 180 decorated market stands invite guests to browse Christmas favorites like ornaments, gold-foil angels and toys. During the festival, the air smells of gingerbread, hot chocolate, Nuremberg bratwurst and mulled wine. The opening ceremony begins Friday, November 28 at 5:30 p.m. and is enjoyable for both Nuremberg locals and tourists alike. The market is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. until December 24, when it closes at 2 p.m. For more information visit www.christkindlesmarkt.de

 


November 29 – December 1
Rome, ITALY

Roma Food & Wine Festival

Wine tastings at the Roma Food & Wine Festival


Three days, twenty chefs, and 60 of the highest-rated winemakers from all over Italy will make up the Roma Food & Wine Festival. Taking place on the top floor of Eataly restaurant in Rome, each chef will demonstrate the making of their signature dishes while wineries take guests on a tasting joruney from Alto Adige through Sicily. For more information and to stay up to date on the event, visit meranowinefestival.com


 

Annual Calendar

 

 

URR082014

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.