4 Fine Wine Festivals in the Mountain West

Summer is a nice time to enjoy wine, and there are plenty of festivals in the west where vino is celebrated with good food and awards. Without further ado, here’s a list of four fine wine festivals in the wild mountain west.

Sun Valley Wine Auction:
July 20-22, 2017

Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Resort

Sun Valley, Idaho, is a year-round vacation destination. There’s killer skiing in the winter and world-class rafting in the summer. Visitors can enjoy a trail ride with a real cowboy, go fishing, biking, hiking or just relax with the family.

Photo courtesy of Sun Valley Wine Auction

The Sun Valley Wine Auction is the perfect time to visit this spectacular area of central Idaho. The event includes vintner dinners and a gala and concludes with Vine & Dine, a lawn party that features wine, food, music and dancing. At Vine & Dine guests are welcome to kick off their shoes and relax in one of Idaho’s most easygoing towns.

A fundraiser for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, you can learn more about Sun Valley Wine Auction here.

Steamboat Wine Festival:
August 9-13, 2017

Photo courtesy of Steamboat Wine Festival

Despite a wild summer rodeo series and lots of big trucks and big hats, Steamboat Springs has a refined side that is on full display during Steamboat Wine Festival. Held each August, the festival has grown into a destination event that includes master winemakers and culinary celebs.

This is a stay-and-play sort of event that invites guests to enjoy a long list of wine-centric activities throughout the five-day festival. There’s everything from hiking outings with mimosa to Wine on the Nine, a Best Ball tournament with a nice wine finish.

Learn more about this incredible event at SteamboatWineFestival.com.


Wenatchee Food & Wine Festival:
August 26, 2017

Photo courtesy of Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival

The Wenatchee Valley is an agricultural paradise in Eastern Washington that’s a well known apple-growing area. This dynamic region includes desert vistas, Columbia River beaches and the forests of the Cascade Mountain Range.

Washington State is a great place to celebrate wine. The first grapes were planted in Washington in 1825, and by 1920, grapes were growing in many areas of the Evergreen State (source: WashingtonWine.org).

The Wenatchee Wine & Food Festival is a judged event where a panel of highly qualified industry experts determine which regional wines are the best. If you are a fan of Washington Wine, you won’t want to miss this event. Go to WenatcheeWineandFood.com for additional details.


Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival:
September 8-10, 2017

North Lake Tahoe

Where better to celebrate wine than in California, the apex of American wine country? Tucked between the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe, Northstar California Resort in laid-back Truckee, California, is the site of Lake Tahoe’s premiere food and wine event.

Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival [Photo: Northstar California]

This three-day festival is a celebration of wine, farm-to-table cuisine, distilling, barbecue and much more. Guests who stay for the entire event will be treated to a different selection of wines on each day of the festival.

While the wine is for adults, the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival caters to children, as well. Last year’s schedule of events included a Kid’s Cook-Off and Kid’s Zone, so bring the entire family.

Keep an eye on GoTahoeNorth.com for details on the 2017 Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival.

Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival 2017
Park City Food & Wine Classic 2017
Telluride Art + Architecture 2017
Cherry Creek Arts Festival 2017

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