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Travel for wine! Wine festivals around country worth the trip

on 13/01/15 at 11:17 am


index1What’s better than wine and travel? Wine as an excuse to travel. Below is a list of reasons to get out of Dodge (and a couple to keep you close to home).

• Jan. 30-31 marks the 10th anniversary of Portland’s Seafood & Wine Festival. If Oregon wine and seafood is what you crave, you’ll find all you need right here. www.pdxseafoodandwinefestival.com/index.html

• Feb. 19-22 is the 37th annual Newport Seafood & Wine Festival in Newport, Ore. Artists, culinary professionals and winemakers converge on this coastal town to celebrate the fruits of the vine and sea. Beat the winter chill with a cup of chowda in one hand and a glass of vino in the other. seafoodandwine.com

• March 4-8: BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival celebrates its 10th year. Come see why Charleston, S.C., was voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler “Best City to Visit in the World” in 2014. The festival showcases local chefs, artists and farmers as well as Northwest favorites, Andy Ricker of Portland’s Pok Pok and Alex Sokol Blosser, winemaker at Sokol Blosser Winery. charlestonwineandfood.com

• April 24-26: Everything’s big in Texas, and that includes the Austin Food & Wine Festival. It’s a spectacular outdoor event with culinary rock stars, award-winning wine and cocktails. www.austinfoodandwinefestival.com