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The Best Wine Festivals in New York

May 18th, 2017

Wine Festivals in New York

What better way is there to spend time in New York than attending a wine festival you can’t experience anywhere else? Whether you’re going to visit the Big Apple exclusively or you’re planning to explore New York State, you’ll have the chance to sample some fantastic wine, try artisan food, meet wine enthusiasts and winemakers, and listen to some music at a typical wine festival in New York.

Top 5 New York Wine Festivals

With a full schedule of wine festivals, New York is a popular destination for wine lovers located throughout the world. Here are some of the wine festivals you won’t want to miss while you’re in New York:

1. Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival — Spring Edition

“Thrillist” describes the spring edition of the Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival as something “you absolutely have to do in NYC.” This fun-filled annual festival attracts more than 30,000 visitors and boasts a curated menu of wines that includes more than 175 different choices. Industry City is made over into an East Coast Napa Valley for this event.

In addition to a generous array of wines, attendees will enjoy live jazz music as well as artisanal fare and hors d’oeuvres made in Brooklyn and surrounding boroughs. Attendees will receive a complimentary wine glass they can take home with them to commemorate all of the fun they had during the festival.

2. Big Apple Zinfandel Experience Powered by ZAP

This festival brings together 20 California wine brands as well as their makers. Guests will have the chance to sample more than 75 of the world’s finest wines produced by some of California’s best wineries, including Seghesio, Coppola and Rombauer.

Attendees will experience many Zinfandel blends during this festival, too. They’ll also enjoy artisanal cheeses made by Saxelby Cheesemongers and light fare provided by Li-Lac Chocolates, Trois Petits Cochons, Ends Meat and The Luscious Little Dessert Company.

3. Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival

The Bounty of the Hudson Wine & Food Festival is a two-day celebration that gives guests the chance to savor tastings of some of the finest wines produced in the Hudson Valley. The 15 wineries that make up the Shawangunk Wine Trail and some other regional wineries will provide tasty samples of their own wines, distilled spirits and hard ciders.

This event is tented, so the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, NY will be crowded with wine lovers no matter what the weather does. In addition to wine, live music and artisanal products and handmade crafts will be available throughout the event.

4. North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

You don’t have to travel to California to visit a world-class winery. You can go to Long Island’s North Fork region instead and attend the North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival. Guests will have the opportunity to try more than 100 wines and sample scrumptious artisanal foods.

The area’s winemakers will share tasting notes, growth history and other information throughout the event that simply isn’t available anywhere else. Don’t miss out on your chance to speak with Long Island Wine Country’s most celebrated winemakers.

5. NY State of Rosé

If you love rosé, you won’t want to miss the NY State of Rosé. This festival features more than 75 wines made in various locations, including the Finger Lakes, California, Long Island and France.

Throughout this festival, guests will have the opportunity to interact with winemakers who have made rosé a cult wine selection of choice as well as the rising stars who are pushing the envelope even further with creations such as sparkling rosé.

With so many wine festivals being held all over New York throughout the year, why not plan a trip based on the ones you want to attend the most? If visiting, make your trip more enjoyable by hiring a  private driver or a nanny for the kids for the festival.