The 9th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 19-21, 2014
Rosecliff, The Elms & Marble House
The Right Season, The Right Place, The Right Wines
Friday, September 19, 2014
Hyatt Regency Newport
Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 2014
Chinese Tea House at Marble House
Travel around the world and visit the greatest wine-producing regions without leaving Newport by attending any of the multi-level seminars offered over the weekend. Led by industry experts, the sessions are designed for both the curious new wine drinkers and the most seasoned connoisseur.
All seminars are 60+ minutes in length. Admission price is $40 per seminar.
Friday seminars will be presented at the Hyatt Regency Newport.
New this year, our seminars on Saturday and Sunday will be presented inside the elegant Chinese Tea House on the grounds of Marble House,
prior to and during the Grand Tastings. No need to travel back and forth, just take the free shuttle from Festival parking at Easton's Beach directly to Marble House where you can take in the Grand Tasting and your seminar(s).
Grand Tasting ticket is required along with a seminar ticket to attend Saturday and Sunday seminars.
Seminar tickets are not available online. To order, please call (401) 847-1000 ext. 140, Monday through Friday.
(Schedule still in development)
Friday, September 19, 2014
All Friday seminars take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Goat Island, Newport
Essential Foods of Italy
Lou Di Palo, Epicurean and author, Di Palo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy
In Pursuit of Balance
Jordan MacKay, author, and Larry Stone, Master Sommelier
The word Balance may seem harmless enough, but only in the turbulent style tussles of California wine can so seemingly innocuous a term incite controversy. You’ll find out why and how a small band of like-minded producers became a contentious force in California wine in this tasting and discussion of some of the country’s most cutting-edge Pinot Noirs. Join James-Beard-award winning author Jordan Mackay and Master Sommelier Larry Stone as we taste our way into a better understanding of the shifting landscape beneath these wines, discussing everything from revolutionary ways of growing the grapes to the innovative ways of making the wines.
Megan Krigbaum, Senior Wine Editor, FOOD & WINE
Learn the basics of wine – from selecting a great bottle, distinguishing between wine types, and how to store wine for future enjoyment, to tasting wine like a pro. This interesting and informative course will let you experience different types of wines, regions and varietals.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
All Saturday seminars take place in the Chinese Tea House at Marble House. A Grand Tasting ticket is required along with a seminar ticket for admission.
Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar
Lou Di Palo
, Epicurean and author, Di Palo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy
Join epicurean Lou Di Palo on a guided tasting and uncover the magic behind Italy's two most coveted ingredients. Experience the organoleptic characteristics of each of these gourmet ingredients and leave with a first-hand knowledge of how to taste and use these ingredients at home. Traditional and daring applications of these products will be discussed as will production methods and regional influence and history.
Looking Beyond Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand's Red Wine Revolution with Villa Maria Wine Estate
Winemaker, Villa Maria Estate
Most wine lovers know New Zealand for its Sauvignon Blanc. Yet New Zealand produces incredible Pinot Noirs and Bordeaux-style red blends, and Villa Maria Estate is at the forefront of this red wine revolution. Winemaker Helen Morrison will present four of Villa Maria’s Pinot Noirs from Marlborough expressing different styles, as well as two Cabernet/Merlot blends from the famed Hawkes Bay region of New Zealand. The Villa Maria story is one of absolute passion. The winery was founded in 1961 by Sir George Fistonich and remains family-owned today. Villa Maria was the first wine company in New Zealand to declare the winery a “cork-free zone,” sealing all wines from the 2004 vintage onwards with a screw-cap to ensure quality in every bottle. It was also the first New Zealand producer to employ professional viticulturists. In addition, Villa Maria Estate is a leader in sustainable viticulture and winemaking.
Villa Maria sources grapes from New Zealand’s premium grape growing regions--Marlborough, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Waipara--and produces wines in state-of-the-art winemaking facilities in Auckland and Marlborough. Each wine is crafted in the unique, fruit-driven style of New Zealand, showcasing the very best of the country’s distinct wine regions.
Quintessa Rocks & Dirt
, Estate Director, Quintessa
In 1989 Quintessa was one of the last great virgin properties in Napa Valley. Sitting in the heart of the renowned Rutherford appellation, the site had all the elements needed to become a world-renowned wine estate. The sweeping landscape of rolling hills was replete with diverse microclimates and complex soils. This was the land that spoke to Agustin and Valeria Huneeus, the land that inspired their vision of creating a singular wine to reflect this singular place - Quintessa. In this seminar Master Sommelier Larry Stone will take you on a journey through the formation of the Napa Valley and the Quintessa Vineyard, and discuss the impact the rocks & dirt at Quintessa have on the wine. He will guide you through a tasting of barrel samples selected from the estate’s distinctive vineyard blocks to showcase the diversity of this special place, followed by a tasting of two vintages of Quintessa to demonstrate the full expression of this unique property.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
All Sunday seminars take place in the Chinese Tea House at Marble
House. A Grand Tasting ticket is required along with a seminar ticket
Kistler Chardonnay: California’s Ultimate Terroirs
, Director of Sales & Marketing, Kistler Vineyards
Master craftsmanship, grape growing and stellar winemaking have made
Kistler Vineyards among the most venerable wine producers in the world.
In this exclusive seminar we will examine eight single vineyard
Chardonnays from Kistler Vineyards. Three will be from the great 2012
vintage which had near perfect growing conditions. Three will be from
the 2011 growing season, which in spite of presenting many challenges
was extremely successful. Finally we will taste two wines from the 2008
and 2009 vintages and compare them to current vintages from the same
vineyards. This will demonstrate how bottle age affects the style and
character development in Kistler Chardonnay.
Philippe Newlin, Director of Duclot la Vinicole USA
Bordeaux is one of the great classics, just like Ian Flemming’s Bond series. In this seminar we will have a look at the major appellations of Bordeaux, examine the differences between the Cabernet-based wines of the Left Bank and the Merlot wonders of Pomerol/St-Emilion, tasting wines from Margaux, Pauillac, St Julien, St Estèphe, etc... And to make it fun and memorable we will pair up each appellation with one of the Bonds. So who will Sean Connery represent? And where does Daniel Craig fit in? The name is Bordeaux…
Italian Cocktail Culture
The Italian Trade Commission is pleased to celebrate Italian cocktail culture in its cultural and regional contexts. Take a journey through Italy and through the centuries. From the ancient mixed drinks of Roman times to the resurgence of cocktail culture in its urban hubs, Italy retains a rich and storied history of spirits and cocktails. From the precursors of Vermouth and extinct pre-war spirits to the vast array of present day regional spirits and fortified wines produced and Italian-style cocktails old and new. This seminar will delve into this intriguing facet of Italian culture that has helped shape global beverage trends.