We all like to whine about taxes but have you considered wining on tax day?

National Tax Day — the deadline for submitting your individual 2017 tax returns — is April 17 this year, and we think relaxing with a glass of wine will make the day less hectic. We’re going to go ahead and assume you’ll have completed your taxes by that day and you’ll know if you’re looking for a bottle to celebrate or drown your sorrows. Either way, it’s a good excuse to enjoy wine in Wichita.

We’d like to make this decision the least taxing thing about tax day, so here are some ideas for where to enjoy wine bars, wineries and vineyards in Wichita.

  • Have a glass in the bar or with dinner at one of the three Wichita restaurants that earned an Award of Excellence in Wine Spectator’s most recent ratings. Wine Dive earned a two-glass Best of Award of Excellence designation while Siena Tuscan Steakhouse and Chester’s Chophouse & Wine Bar won the one-glass awards.
  • Visit Cocoa Dolce Artisan Chocolates for a wine and chocolate pairing in their chocolate lounge.
  • A favorite place for wine tasting in Wichita is Grace Hill Winery. It isn’t open on Tuesday, though, so you’ll have to celebrate before or after Tax Day this year. Their tasting room is open from 12-6 p.m. Thursday through Monday, and during those hours they offer complimentary tastings for groups less than eight. Those same days, you can take a free 30-minute tour of the 11-acre family vineyard at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 4 p.m.
  • If you can’t get away on Tuesday for a glass of wine, get online and buy tickets to one or more of the upcoming Midwest Winefest events. This annual event typically sells out and proceeds benefit Guadalupe Health Foundation. The Midwest Winefest Old Town Walkabout is April 26; Midwest Winefest Celebrity Wine Dinners are April 27; and Midwest Winefest Grand Tasting is April 28. 

Remember to prepare your taxes first then drink responsibly on National Tax Day!