Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma County
Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma County (Photo: Caitlin Martin)

There’s a lot of wine action this September in California, because it happens to be California Wine Month. (As if us Californians need an excuse to sip some tasty wine!) There are nearly 100 great wine events to choose from in California wine regions in September (see link below), but here’s a curated list of five you can’t miss:

1. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend September 4-6
One of the top three charitable wine auctions across the US, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, will have 200 wines plus pairings from 60 Sonoma chefs. There will also be dancing under the stars at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery and, of course, dinner and wine. On the last day, there will be a wine auction at Chateau St. Jean.

2. Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival — September 11-13
Check out a culinary competition and grand tasting at the 30th Annual Lake Tahoe Autumn Food & Wine Festival! In addition to the competition, the North Lake Tahoe event will have cooking demonstrations, a “Farm to Tahoe” dinner, hikes, and even a kid’s cook-off. There will also be winemaker dinners and live entertainment.

3. Capitola Art and Wine Festival — September 12-13
The 33rd Annual Capitola Art and Wine Festival in the Santa Cruz Mountains will celebrate 23 wineries, local restaurants, artists, and music right near the beach. There’s fun for the kids too, with a kid’s corner with continuous arts and crafts, local dance and street performers.

4. CRUSH: Temecula Valley Wine & Culinary Showcase — September 19
During the entire month of September, head to Temecula to purchase a SIP, Temecula Style passport, which gives you some sweet deals at four of the area’s 30-plus wineries during the month of September. A September 19 harvest festival will share more than 100 wines with food pairings and live music.

5. Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast September 24-27
The 6th Annual Sunset SAVOR the Central Coast is a four-day event with celebrity chefs, winemaker seminars, adventure tours, and more. The Central Coast event is at the Santa Margarita Ranch and throughout San Luis Obispo County with more than 200 tastings.

For full details on these and all California Wine Month events in September, visit

Caitlin Martin

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2 Comments On "Top 5 California Wine Month Events"
  1. Lisa Mattson|

    Thanks so much for including the photo of Jordan Winery’s terrace. We are celebrating California Wine Month with Harvest Lunches beginning in two weeks:

    1. Caitlin Martin
      Caitlin Martin|

      Thanks Lisa! The Harvest Lunches look like fun!

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