Don’t Miss: Newport Mansions Wine + Food Festival

Thursday, August 22, 2013


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Guests can experience some of the world's greatest wines from right here in Rhode Island when the much-anticipated Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival returns September 20. Starting with an amazing kick-off gala, the festival will offer guests Grand Tastings with hundreds of wines, the second annual Collectible Wine Dinner, an exclusive Sunday brunch, and many celebrated speakers and chefs including Alex Guarnaschelli and Michel Richard.

In addition to the main events, daily seminars will offer useful wine facts and advice from leading experts in the wine industry. Kicking off series will be Niccolo Maltinti, whose seminar "The Antinori Family’s Interpretation of Sangiovese" will discuss how the Antinori family revolutionized Italian winemaking at their Sangiovese vineyards. Maltinti will also be showcasing their wines from Tuscany. Next, Simon Barlow, proprietor of Rustenberg Wine Estate, will lead the "Wines from South Africa" seminar, focusing on current trends in Chardonnay being produced there. Closing the Festival’s first day will be Brian Smith, Chief Wine Officer of Club W, with "Wine 101." Smith will walk guests through various kinds of wine while answering questions about how to taste, identify, buy, and pair wines.

Learn from the best

Epicurean Lou Di Palo will present his seminar, Tuscan Table Experience, on the morning of Saturday, September 21st. He will discuss Tuscany’s bounty, gastronomic traditions, and the importance of consortiums. Native foods including olive oil and honey will be available to taste at various stages of maturation, along with great wine pairings. For those wanting to expand their horizons, Jordan Mackay, author of Secrets of the Sommeliers, will host Whiskey Camp that afternoon with tastings of world-class whiskeys.

On the final day of the festival, Anthony Giglio, journalist, sommelier, educator, author, and raconteur will help guests discover favorite wine and cheese pairings in "Fresh, Aged & Textured–Italian Cheese UNCENSORED!" Afterward, Jordan Mackay will return to wrap up the weekend’s seminars by discussing collectible wines with a panel of international winemakers.

Meet and greet

Book signings at the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings will allow festivalgoers to meet many of this year’s celebrity chefs and other special guests. Saturday's event will see Giovanni Feroce, CEO of Alex and Ani; Ben Sargent, host of Cooking Channel’s “Hook, Line & Dinner;” chef and restaurateur Michel Richard; Johnny Iuzzini, James Beard award winning pastry chef; and Christine E. Nunn, author of The Preppy Cookbook, all signing copies of their recent books. On Sunday, cocktail guru Jonathan Pogash; Boston-based writer, food blogger and recipe developer Karen Covey (joined by Chef Paul Pearson); and Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli will all appear for signings as well.

All proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes, and decorative arts. It’s 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2013 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit, or call (401) 847-1000.


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