How to Celebrate National Wine Tasting Day in New Orleans
October is over, and so are all the fun, beer-related activities surrounding it. I’m sad, but all hope is not (entirely) lost. Saturday, November 3, is National Wine Tasting Day, which commemorates my second favorite way to consume delicious alcohol.
With a variety of nice wine bars throughout the Big Easy, there isn’t a better place to grab a go-cup of frosé and celebrate National Wine Tasting Day.
How to Celebrate National Wine Tasting Day in NOLA
We love our beer at tailgates, festivals, and parades, we’re a French city at heart, which means we take wine pretty seriously. With a variety of wine bars that host musical selections, delicious food, and international wines, there might not be a better place to let your vino heart sing.
Wine on the River
If you don’t have reason enough to drink wine and hang out by the river on a Saturday evening, Assata Renay and Gina Brown, featuring Anutha Level will be playing throughout the event and the proceeds will benefit Louisiana Hospitality Foundation.
This year’s “World Tour” theme will highlight wines from around the world, feature hundreds of wine for sampling, and attendees will receive a souvenir wine glass and passport designating the various regions.
I realize that it might be a hard sell, considering is the same night as the LSU / Alabama game, but they have that covered too. They’re hosting an unofficial pre-game party that is sure to dilly, dilly that Bud Lite tailgate to shame.
Bacchanal Wine and Spirits
Probably my favorite place to start a romantic evening on the town, Bacchanal is stocked with hundreds of wines, original cocktails, elaborate cheese plates, and live bands 7-nights a week that ranges from Gypsy jazz to hard bop. Don’t miss the Red Organ Trio and the Jasen Weaver Band on Saturday, who will be delighting the sensations of wine drinkers.
A great spot for live music (tag best bars article), food, and wine, Bacchanal would be a great place to commemorate the day.
Wine Institute of New Orleans (W.I.N.O)
Equipped with a wine card to keep track of your tab (and prowess) you can spend hours at W.I.N.O self serving from a selection of 120 bottles. With a great happy hour, yummy food pairings, it’s a great downtown spot.
Bayou Wine Garden
The siamese sister bar to Bayou Beer Garden, BWG offers wine on tap and a selection of light, inventive bites. It has a lovely outdoor space that’s inviting to both you and your furry friends, and a great selection of 36 rotating wines for you to choose from for every price point.
The Tasting Room
With a great happy hour, this is one of my favorite spots on Magazine to grab some light bites and tasty wine. If you’re looking for a way to enjoy the nice (and fleeting) fall weather we’ve found, this would be a great stop along your walk through the Lower Garden District.