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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.

 

Wine of the Week – Raats Original Chenin Blanc 2017

This wine, says Bruwer Raats, the winemaker, celebrates its varietal and was crafted minus oak to preserve its original freshness and flavours. “It reflects the lifelong passion our family has for Chenin and pairs effortlessly with a variety of foods.” He particularly likes it with spicy prawn dishes, calamari, sushi and oysters, he observes. The winery is located in Stellenbosch, South Africa and is owned by Raats Family Wines.

We enjoy it with foods and all by itself, especially on a hot summer afternoon when its a welcome and delicious refresher. Visit http://www.capeclassics.com for more information.

 

 

 

Wine of the Week – – Domaine Vincent Careme Cuvee “T” Vouvray

This Brut Cuvee “T” 2014 from Domaine Vincent Careme was made using the traditional sparkling wine method with a second fermentation in the bottle. The wine, made and bottled by Tania and Vincent Careme, is made with Chenin Blanc grapes.

Fresh and delicious, it’s a perfect wine for summer sipping. The winery began in 1999 and is located on 37 acres which are home to trellished bush vines, an average of 35 years old. The soil consists of clay and flint. The cellar is described as a “traditional 16th century troglodytic cave” carved in limestone rock.

The wine, with 12 percent ABV, gets a second fermentation for one month in the bottle with no added sugar. Notes of citrus and apple are prevalent and the wine is effervescent and fresh with what the winery’s owners, Vincent and Tania, call “racy” acidity. It is distributed by Cape Classics.

Wine of the Week – Petite Siréne 2015

Fruity and round, this Bordeaux, Petite Siréne 2015, is 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was added to Cape Classics’ portfolio via a partnership with Third Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Giscours in Margaux. It became the second Bordeaux winery go join Cape Classics last year and combines the aroma of berries with tannins. Selected from the best parcels in Bordeaux, the grapes – 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – are fruity, savory and complex with “gentle” tannins. The wine won a Gold in the 2016 International Wine Competition in Los Angeles. Go to http://www.capeclassics.com/wines/petite-sirene-bordeaux-cabernet-sauvignon-merlot-2015/

NIBBLES

Hearth ‘n Kettle celebrates 20th anniversary

WEYMOUTH, MA – It’s 20 years since Hearth ‘n Kettle opened its first unit here. Through Nov. 20th, the chain is offering 20 percent of entire dinner checks with the purchase of one beverage per person from 4 p.m. to closing. On Wednesdays – Nov. 8 and Nov. 15 – spend $25 or more and receive a free gift card worth $5 to $100.

What’s next for Dunkin’ Brands?

RANDOLPH, MA – Dunkin’ Brands’ stock rose some eight percent this week, says Boston Business Journal, raising the question of whether JAB Holding, a European investment company, is looking to buy the Canton, MA-based chain. In 2016, JAB bought Panera Bread for a reported $7.2 million.

Greenbuild gets ready for Boston conference

BOSTON – Greenbuild Expo comes to Boston Nov. 6-10 at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center with a host of programs on sustainability, green building design, architecture and more. Visit www.greenbuildexpo.com for full schedule.

NIBBLES

Debutea to open in NY’s Greenwich Village

NEW YORK – Faith Hope Consolo and Arthur Maglio of the Worldwide Leasing Team at Douglas Elliman (www.elliman.com) recently arranged a lease for Debutea, a leading Chinese teahouse concept, to open at 217 Thompson St. between Bleecker and West 3rd Streets in Manhattan., south of Washington Square Park. The concept focuses on high-end tea and coffee, desserts and what they call “the newest exploding trend,” Taiwan Cheese Tea, a thick layer of slightly sweetened, salty cream cheese atop a tea base.

Chef John Besh steps down from BRG

NEW ORLEANS – Executive Chef/CEO John Besh, head of Besh Restaurant Group which was accused recently by nine women who’d worked in his establishments or home office of sexual harassment in a piece that appeared in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, stepped down from his company. Former COO Shannon White replaces him as CEO, according to a published report.

Wine of the Week – Discover Planet Bordeaux!

Travel to France and discover beautiful wines from hillside vineyards! For example, there’s Chateaux Recougne’s Bordeaux Superieur from one near Fronsac and Pomerol – the wine is vinified in temperature-regulated tanks and macerated for three weeks before being aged in tanks and oak barrels. The result is a rich, deep garnet colored wine with a red fruit nose, tannins of roasted coffee, and a palate described by the winemaker as “licorice on attack”!
It’s a concentrated, balanced vintage with 77 percent Merlot, 14 percent Cabernet Franc and nine percent Cabernet Sauvignon.

We discovered the wine at the autumn Goldmine of Planet Bordeaux wines this Fall in Boston at Troquet where Michael Madrigale, the group’s ambassador, presented a wonderful selection of red and white wines, noting that the region is in “the golden age of Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Superior AOC,” with high quality, beautifully expressed sense of the terroir and reasonable pricing.

Since 2009 when it received 88 points from Wine Spectator, it’s been receiving acclaim, winning gold, silver and bronze medals for its 2010, 2011, ’12, ’13, ’14 and ’15 vintages at a number of European wine events. Visit https://www.planete-bordeaux.fr/en/

Planet Bordeaux, the U.S. marketing program of the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur AOCs Winemakers’ Association, represents all wines produced in the regional appellations.