A visit to California's beautiful wineries can go far beyond sipping wines. Here are just some of the special events and activities throughout California. Winery tasting rooms are open daily: holiday schedules may vary.
Become a wine club member and challenge your senses at the annual California wine tasting championships, held in late July at this pretty winery with vineyards, on the Mendocino county ridge. Wine club members can also join chocolate and cheese tasting events.
GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARDS
The Sonoma Valley takes on a Mediterranean feel during Gloria ferrer's Catalan festival, held in mid-July. Sparkling wines and other award-winning varietals team up with pans of paella, flamenco dancing and live classical guitar performances.
CLOS PEGASE ESTATE WINERY CALISTOGA
Art and wine go hand in hand at this winery-cum-gallery. Admire the owner's large, eclectic art collection and wander through the winery's modern sculpture garden.
Enjoy music under the stars by top performers such as Cheryl Crow and steely Dan at this winery's outdoor amphitheatre. other events include screenings of silent movies accompanied by live music played on an historic pipe organ.
rock, soul, rhythm and blues take to the stage in this winery's "groovin' in the grove" summer concert series. The winery boasts 120-year-old Zinfandel vines, some of the oldest in the region.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ROBLAR WINERY
Join Saturday evening cookery classes, where chefs share their secrets for preparing international cuisines, such as pan Asian and Greek. Sip wines and test your new techniques, then relax in the winery's Barrel room to enjoy your chef-prepared feast.
THORNTON WINERY TEMECULA
Experience jazz on the terrace, backed by a stunning view of Temecula wine country. The champagne Jazz concert series, with performances throughout summer and autumn, showcases internationally renowned musicians and singers.