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Newport Wine Festival is coming up this Fall with designer/cookbook author Zac Posen

NEWPORT, RI – The 13th annual Newport Mansion Wine & Food Festival returns Sept. 20-23 with designer and cookbook author Zac Posen headlining the Grand Tasting where he will cook on the MONOGRAM Culinary Stage on Saturday, Sept. 22 and sign copies of his cookbook, Cooking with Zac.

Beautiful Marble House will once again serve as the setting for the two day Grand Tasting, Sept. 22 and 23.

Guests can also enjoy A Conversation with Zac Posen, where attendees will delight in lively and engaging conversation with Posen in the Marble House Gold Ballroom before heading out to the Grand Tasting. Also participating in weekend cooking and grilling demonstrations will be local and regional culinary figures including Lydia Shire of Boston’s Scampo, Terence Feury of Forty 1˚ North in Newport, Maura Kilpatrick of Sofra Bakery in Cambridge, Jorge Espinoza of Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina, Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique in San Juan, and Kolin Vazzoler of Simi Winery.

Hundreds of wines from around the world will be featured throughout the many weekend events, including top selections from Opus One (Napa Valley), M. Chapoutier (France), Tua Rita (Italy), Vincent Girardin (France), Robert Mondavi (Napa Valley), and Famille Hugel (France).

Additional highlights of the weekend-long festivities include the elegant Friday night Wine & Rosecliff gala, which will feature a special selection of fine wines from these and other wineries, as well as food from at least 15 New England chefs amid seaside Gilded Age splendor. The Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff on Saturday will offer an interactive and connected evening where guests will taste specially selected, exquisite American “New World” wines that have intimate connections to some of the most prestigious “Old World” wines. The event will feature a three-course dinner and dessert reception prepared by chefs David Blessing of Newport Beach House, Tony Maws of Craigie on Main, Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique, Samantha del Arroyo of Mill’s Tavern and Maura Fitzpatrick of Sofra Bakery.

Seminars will take place on Friday and Saturday at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House on Coggeshall Avenue in Newport, allowing visitors the opportunity to learn about wines from different regions of the world.  Led by vintners and industry experts, these engaging educational seminars are designed for every wine and food lover – from oysters to artisan cheese, to bubbles and caviar and beyond.

Guests will have an extra opportunity to enjoy late night bites and cocktails by some of the Festival sponsors with the return of Newport After Dark, taking place on Saturday night at Forty 1˚ North on the Newport waterfront. The Sunday Jazz Brunch on the Marble House Terrace  kicks off the Sunday Grand Tasting; tickets include an elegant brunch followed by early VIP entry to the event on the lawn.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is FOOD & WINE Magazine. MONOGRAM is the Culinary Stage Sponsor. Additional sponsors include Dole & Bailey, Forty 1˚ North, Simi Winery, Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore, Atria Senior Living, Boar’s Head, Coca-Cola, Gurney’s Newport, Chateau D’Esclans, Kobrand Fine Wine and Spirits, Dasani, Outdoor Kitchen Design Store, National Trust Insurance Services LLC, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and United. All proceeds from the event benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2018 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit www.NewportMansionsWineAndFood.org or call (401) 847-1000.


Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival coming soon

NEWPORT, RI -The 8th Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival kicks off Sept. 20 through Sept. 22 with two seminars featuring winemakers from Italy and South Africa. Niccolo Maltini speaks about “The Antinori Family’s Interpretation of Sangiovese,” discussing how they revolutionized Italian winemaking at their vineyards and showcasing their Tuscan wines.

Simon Barlow, proprietor of Rustenberg Wine Estate, leads the South Africa seminar, focusing on trends today in Chardonnay produced there, Following him is Brian Smith, chief wine officer of Club W, presenting “Wine 101,” discussing wines and answering questions about tasting, buying and pairing wines.

Saturday starts with Lou Di Palo exploring the bounty and gastronomic traditions in Tuscany in “Tuscan Table Experience” and helping attendees discover native foods, olive oil and honey. Also on Saturday, Jordan Mackay, author of “Secrets of Sommeliers,” hosts Whiskey Camp in the afternoon with a tasting of world-class whiskeys.

The festival seminars conclude on Sunday when Anthony Giglio presents
“Fresh, Aged & Textured – The Italian Cheese UNCENSORED!” Jordan Mackay will return to returns to wrap up the seminar program with a look at collectible wines by a panel of international winemakers.

Numerous authors will be on hand at the Saturday and Sunday Grand Tastings, among them Ben Sargent, Giovanni Feroce, Michel Richard, Johnny Iuzzini, and Christine Nunn Saturday and on Sunday, Jonathan Pogash, Karen Covey and Chef Paul Pearson, and Chef Alex Guarnaschelli. The Grand Tastings are hosted on the lawn of the historic Marble House. Cooking at the Grand Tastings are Chefs Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Michel Richard.

Two new events this year are the Newport After Dark Party and Sunday Brunch with Alex Guarnaschelli, joining Wine & Rosecliff which returns Friday and the Collectible Wine Dinner at The Elms Saturday.

Proceeds from the event benefit The Preservation Society of Newport. Visit http://www.NewportMansionsWineandFood.org.