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California produces 81% of wine in the United States making it the number 1 location to visit if you are looking to attend a wine festival. Not only do they produce a large portion of wine, but thanks to California’s position in the country you can expect beautiful weather for all of them. If you are in the California area, be sure to check one of these out.

Taste of Sonoma

Food and wine is a combination match made in heaven, and if you want a piece of that heaven, you would have that chance at a Taste of Sonoma. Occurring in September, this festival is an excellent opportunity for delicious food and exquisite wine. The festival brings over 100 wineries from the Sonoma county together and combines it with local chefs and restaurants to create a pleasant afternoon. And if you are looking at doing more than just tasting wine, you can attend a Wine Talk, which is an open discussion and tasting of wine.

Hospice du Rhône Paso Robles

If instead of trying your typical wines, you want to be adventurous and try something new then this festival will be up your alley. The festival is two days long in April and brings in over 150 producers of Rhône wine from all over the world to showcase the 22 varieties of Rhône wine from all over the world to showcase the 22 varieties of Rhône wine. The festival not only showcases their wine, but it also incorporates Rhône cuisine into the festival.

Uncorked: LA 90+

Held in July, this festival showcases some of the best wine from around the world. This festival has over 100 wines that are rated 90 and above. You will be able to sample the wines while eating delicious gourmet food from food trucks. If you are feeling particularly fancy, you can follow the cocktail attire suggestion, but it is not needed.

The Garagiste

Want to try local wine that is so new, that they aren’t sold in stores because they are still undiscovered? The Garagiste which is held multiple times during a year that is produced by a non-profit organization that gives scholarships to students who want to become future winemakers. It is a space where local winemakers who are still learning how to create wine are able to showcase their skills.

San Diego Wine + Food Festival

Known as one of the biggest wine and culinary festivals in California, this festival is held on the San Diego Bay in November. Not only do you get to eat food prepared by prize-winning chefs, but you also get a wonderful view with it. This festival is going to offer wine seminars and even cooking lessons. 

Being able to test out different kinds of wine and enjoy delicious food are all things you are going to be able to do at these wine festivals. Some of these festivals may have passed, but you know where you can head to next year.