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Best Wine Festival (2021)

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There's a reason Dionysus, the Greek god of wine, is often depicted as a partier. Wine makes a good festival even better. 

  • Black Vines

    Black Vines
    Berkeley, Calif.

    Black Vines is on a mission to connect wine lovers with Black winemakers though the longest running Black wine festival in the U.S. The annual winter festival in Berkeley, California brings together a range of Black winemakers, musicians, artists and vintners for a full day of tasting and live entertainment.
    Photo courtesy of Black Vines

  • Triangle Wine & Food Experience

    Triangle Wine & Food Experience
    Raleigh, N.C.

    The Triangle Wine Experience, founded in 1992, brings three days of wine events to Raleigh. The festival includes dozens of winery dinners, a grand auction, wine gala and wine store tastings, all to benefit the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center.
    Photo courtesy of Triangle Wine Experience

  • The Oregon Wine Experience

    The Oregon Wine Experience
    Jacksonville, Ore.

    This August event in Jacksonville, Oregon brings thousands of wine enthusiasts together for a week celebrating Oregon wine. Events include a wine competition, Wine University with pairings and seminars, vintner dinners, barrel auction, salmon bake and a grand tasting.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / ViewApart

  • New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

    New Orleans Wine & Food Experience
    New Orleans

    New Orleans plays host to hundreds of festivals each year, with one of the most anticipated being the New Orleans Wine & Food Experience each spring. For more than two decades, NOWFE has featured Grand Tastings, Vinola the premium wine tasting, wine and food seminars, hands-on experiences, and the iconic Royal Street Stroll, which brings together rare antiques, fine art, live jazz and stunning architecture along of one America’s most famous streets. Guests get up close and personal with winemakers from around the world and New Orleans top chefs throughout.
    Photo courtesy of New Orleans Wine & Food Experience

  • Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

    Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
    Santa Fe

    This five-day festival each September showcases the culinary and wine culture of Santa Fe. Some 90 wineries from around the nation partner with 75 Santa Fe restaurants for cooking demos, wine seminars, luncheons and dinners, culminating in a Grant Tasting at the stunning outdoor Santa Fe Opera.
    Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

  • Telluride Wine Festival

    Telluride Wine Festival
    Telluride, Colo.

    For the last 40 years, June has brought the Telluride Wine Festival to this Colorado mining town. The four-day event features wine pairing dinners, reserve and grand tastings, seminars and movie screenings. Revenue from the event goes to support regional farmers, educational organizations and culinary and hospitality businesses.
    Photo courtesy of Telluride Wine Festival

  • New York City Wine & Food Festival

    New York City Wine & Food Festival
    New York

    The Big Apple puts on a big festival, with more than one hundred events throughout the city, featuring over 500 participating wineries, restaurants and food suppliers. There is a large slate of A-list chefs, experts, food personalities and even professional athletes. Large events such as the grand tastings are intermixed with intimate specialty dinners, demos, seminars and many hands-on classes, all held at various locations and famed restaurants throughout the city.
    Photo courtesy of New York City Wine & Food Festival

  • Finger Lakes Wine Festival

    Finger Lakes Wine Festival
    Watkins Glen, N.Y.

    For three days each July, some of the best Finger Lakes wineries come together in Watkins Glen for a weekend of fun in the sun, live music, cooking demos and the largest showcase of wines from New York state. More than 80 wineries attend the event at Watkins Glen International.
    Photo courtesy of Finger Lakes Wine Festival

  • Charleston Wine + Food

    Charleston Wine + Food
    Charleston, S.C.

    Perennially voted one of America’s favorite cities to visit, with a rich regional Low Country culinary tradition, Charleston Wine + Food has been popular since its inception in 2006. The event features a diverse mix of Charleston’s top chefs, along with special out of town guests. But what really sets it apart is the array of live music acts, artists, expert speakers and farmers who join the star-studded cast of chefs for five days of classes, dinners, tastings and even a chef-led oyster excursion.
    Photo courtesy of Charleston Wine + Food

  • International Pinot Noir Celebration

    International Pinot Noir Celebration
    McMinnville, Ore.

    Oregon is known throughout the world for its outstanding Pinot Noirs, and this grape is celebrated each July during the annual International Pinot Noir Celebration. Now in its 33rd year, this three-day event includes vineyard tours, winery lunches, special tastings and numerous seminars on Pinor Noir-related topics.
    Photo courtesy of Carolyn Wells Kramer Photography

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The top 10 winners in the category Best Wine Festival are as follows:
  1. Black Vines - Berkeley, Calif.
  2. Triangle Wine & Food Experience - Raleigh, N.C.
  3. The Oregon Wine Experience - Jacksonville, Ore.
  4. New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - New Orleans
  5. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta - Santa Fe
  6. Telluride Wine Festival - Telluride, Colo.
  7. New York City Wine & Food Festival - New York
  8. Finger Lakes Wine Festival - Watkins Glen, N.Y.
  9. Charleston Wine + Food - Charleston, S.C.
  10. International Pinot Noir Celebration - McMinnville, Ore.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning festivals!

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