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A Taste of Colorado 2012 in Denver

Plan to attend  A Taste of Colorado 2012 in Denver.  At this four-day Labor Day Weekend Festival, you can “enjoy the offerings of over 50 area food establishments, 270 marketplace artisans and vendors, six entertainment stages, and educational programs promoting the diverse cultural and western heritage of the region — all for no admission fee.”

English: 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, ...
English: 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver, Colorado, looking Southeast towards the state capitol building. (taken Nov. 30, 2003). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Labor Day Weekend 2012; Friday August 21st until Monday, September 3rd 2012

Picture of Denver's Civic Center, taken August...
Picture of Denver’s Civic Center, taken August 2005 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHERE: Civic Center Park in Downtown

Denver Colorado

Here’s the Entertainment Schedule on the Main Stage from the Website:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 7:30 P.M. Lou Gramm, The Voice of Foreigner presented by 103.5 The Fox

Lou Gramm
Cover of Lou Gramm

Best known for his role as the lead vocalist in the band Foreigner, Lou Gramm began his music career as a teenager in Rochester, N.Y. He sang in local bands and eventually joined the group Black Sheep. In 1976, he was invited to audition for the then-unnamed band Foreigner, which gained popularity in the 1970s and 1980s, eventually selling more than 70 million albums worldwide. Gramm was the lead vocalist on all of Foreigner’s hit songs, including “Cold as Ice,” “Feels Like the First Time,” “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Juke Box Hero,” “I Want to Know What Love Is,” which peaked at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100, and “Waiting for a Girl Like You,” a song that reached #2 on the same chart. Many of the band’s singles cracked the top 20. In 1987, Gramm decided to pursue a solo career and released his debut album, “Ready or Not,” which produced the #5 hit single “Midnight Blue.” This was followed by the release of the Foreigner album “Inside Information” and another solo album, “Long Hard Look.”

Lou Gramm today.
Lou Gramm today. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Due to his successful solo career, Gramm decided to form his own band, Shadow King, which released its self-titled debut in 1991. Gramm reconvened with Foreigner in 1992 to record three new songs for the compilation of “The Very Best of…and Beyond,” and in 1995 for the release of “Mr. Moonlight.” In 2004, Gramm formed the Lou Gramm Band, which released a self-titled Christian rock album. The band continues to perform and tour the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. www.lou-gramm.com


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1:00 P.M. Burton Cummings and the Burton Cummings Band presented by KOOL 105

Burton Cummings
Burton Cummings (Photo credit: grongar)

Best known as the former lead singer for the band The Guess Who, Canadian musician and songwriter Burton Cummings got his start with a Winnipeg R&B group, The Deverons.  In 1965, he joined The Guess Who, and in 1969, the band released its international hit “These Eyes,” which peaked at #6 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100.  The band released “American Woman” in 1970, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100.  Cummings co-wrote many of the band’s other hits, including “Laughing,” “No Time,” “Share the Land,” and “Clap for the Wolfman,” all singles that broke into the top 10. In 1975, Cummings began his solo career and had numerous hits, including “Stand Tall,” “I’m Scared,” “Break It to Them Gently,” and “My Own Way to Rock.”  He released the album “Dream of a Child” in 1978 and produced eight solo records.  In 1982, Cummings starred in the movie “Melanie” and contributed “You Save My Soul” to its soundtrack, receiving a Genie Award, Canada’s equivalent to an Oscar, for the song. Cummings reunited with The Guess Who in 2000, touring the U.S. and Canada and receiving an honorary doctorate from Brandon University in Manitoba. In 2008, Cummings released the album “Above the Ground.” He was also named an officer of the Order of Canada, the highest honor bestowed upon a civilian, in 2009. More recently, Cummings worked on a collection of poems titled “The Writings of B.L. Cummings.”  He continues to tour with the Burton Cummings Band, occasionally performing with Randy Bachman as The Bachman-Cummings Band. www.burtoncummings.net


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 7:30 P.M. Spin Doctors presented by 97.3 KBCO

Here Comes the Bride (album)
Here Comes the Bride (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Founded in New York City, alternative rock band Spin Doctors began gaining popularity with the release of their debut album, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite,” in August 1991, which sold five million copies in the U.S. and another five million abroad. The band is best known for its hits “Two Princes” and “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong,” peaking at #7 and #17, respectively, on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. In the summer of 1992, after “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong” received extensive play on MTV, the Spin Doctors performed as part of the original line up at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival, along with Widespread Panic and Phish.

Up for Grabs...Live
Up for Grabs…Live (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The band continued to enjoy mainstream success, being featured on the cover of Rolling Stone and performing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” By 1993, “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200. In 1994, the Spin Doctors appeared at Woodstock and the Glastonbury Festival and released their second studio album, “Turn it Upside Down,” which included the hit “You Let Your Heart Go Too Fast.” The band also performed the theme song for seasons two and three of ABC’s “Spin City.” After time away from the spotlight, the Spin Doctors regrouped in September 2001 to perform at the closing of the well-known New York City club, Wetlands. The onstage reunion was well-received, and the band continued to perform between 2002 and 2005, which eventually led to a new album, “Nice Talking to Me.” In 2011, the Spin Doctors celebrated the 20th anniversary of “Pocket Full of Kryptonite” with a tour in the U.S. and U.K., and an anniversary edition of the album was released. www.spindoctors.com


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1:00 P.M. Head East presented by 103.5 The Fox

Originally known as TimeAtions, classic rock band Head East was formed in 1968 in Illinois, and its popularity quickly grew throughout the Midwest. In 1974, the band released its first album, “Flat as a Pancake,” which produced hits “Never Been Any Reason” and “Love Me Tonight.” After some commercial success, the band signed with A&M Records, and the album was re-released in 1975, reaching gold record status in 1978. In 1976, Head East released the album “Get Yourself Up,” followed by “Gettin’ Lucky” in 1977, and its self-titled album in 1978. The band also released “Head East Live!” “A Different Kind of Crazy,” and “U.S. 1.” A new studio album is near completion. Head East continues to tour, performing 30-40 shows a year. www.head-east.com


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 7:30 P.M. The Pointer Sisters presented by Jammin’ 101.5

Since the 1970s, The Pointer Sisters have achieved worldwide success and left a mark on the American music scene.   The group has mastered many music genres – pop, disco, jazz, country, soul, rock, and funk – and has had numerous hits, including “Yes We Can Can” and “I’m So Excited,” which peaked at #11 and #9, respectively, on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100. In 1973, they released their self-titled album and were applauded for their versatility.  The following year, The Pointer Sisters released “That’s a Plenty,” which produced the popular country song “Fairytale.”  This song reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped them earn an invitation to be the first black female group to perform at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.  In 1975, the group won a Grammy Award for “Fairytale,” and two of its members were nominated as songwriters for the Grammy Award for ‘Best Country Song.’  The song was later covered by Elvis Presley.  Later in 1975, they released the album “Steppin’,” featuring Grammy-nominated “How Long (Betcha Got a Chick on the Side),” which reached #1 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart. The height of their success came in the 1980s with the release of hits, such as “He’s So Shy” and “Slow Hand,” and the group’s most popular album, “Break Out.”  The album included the songs “Automatic” and “Neutron Dance,” which earned The Pointer Sisters two Grammy Awards and two American Music Awards. In 1994, the group was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1996, they performed in the closing ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.  In recent years, The Pointer Sisters have performed with numerous symphony orchestras, including the Boston Pops, and the women participated in the Night of Proms, a tour that included performances throughout Germany, Holland, and Belgium.  The group continues to perform live. www.thepointersisters.com


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1:00 P.M. Dustin Lynch presented by 98.5 KYGO

A native of Tullahoma, Tenn., Dustin Lynch moved to Nashville to attend David Lipscomb University and pursue a career in country music.  It was in Nashville at the legendary Bluebird Café, where he began to learn the craft of songwriting and landed a performance spot.  He gained a following and soon had a publishing deal, writing over 200 songs in less than two years. Lynch signed with Broken Bow Records, and in January 2012, released his debut single, “Cowboys and Angels.”  To date, the single has reached #14 on Billboard’s Country Songs chart and #5 on the Heatseekers Songs chart, a ranking of popular songs across all formats by new or developing acts.  In March 2012, he made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry. Lynch’s self-titled debut album is set to be released in August. www.dustinlynchmusic.com


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 5:00 P.M. G. Love & Special Sauce presented by 97.3 KBCO

Known for their unique, laid-back blues and R&B sound, G. Love & Special Sauce formed in Philadelphia.  The band released its debut, self-titled album in 1994, which featured the single “Cold Beverage.”  Due to the song’s extensive play on MTV, the album gained popularity and nearly went gold.  The group began to tour heavily and landed a spot to perform at the H.O.R.D.E. Festival the following year. In 1995, the band released its second album, “Coast to Coast Motel.”  Shortly after, the group took time away from the spotlight but regrouped in 1997 to release “Yeah, It’s That Easy,” featuring “Stepping Stones.”  The album was followed by a world tour and the release of two albums, “Philadelphonic” in 1999 and “The Electric Mile” in 2001.  During this time, G. Love & Special Sauce performed as the house band for Comedy Central’s “Turn Ben Stein On.” In 2005, the band was featured in an ad for the launch of Coca-Cola Zero, featuring their unique rendition of “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing.”  G. Love & Special Sauce released “Superhero Brother” in 2008, which peaked at #19 on the Alternative Albums chart. In 2011, frontman G. Love released the solo album “Fixin’ to Die.”  G. Love & Special Sauce continues to tour. www.philadelphonic.com

For more information visit:

www.ATasteofColorado.com

www.facebook.com/ATasteofColorado

www.twitter.com/ATasteofCo or call (303) 295-6330

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Mesa Verde Country Wine and Art Festival 2012 in Cortez Colorado

Attend the Mesa Verde Country Wine and Art Festival 2012 in Cortez, Colorado. Southwest Colorado‘s towns of Cortez, Dolores, Mancos and Towaoc embrace the archaeological center of America with magnificent Vino con Vista mesas and canyons. This area is the home of the world-renowned Mesa Verde National Park; a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Montezuma County, Colorado. It has some of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the world.

Enjoy fine dining, wine tasting, art and culture at the ninth annual festival, which will showcase the locally produced wines of some of Colorado‘s finest wineries and local vintners. The menu offered by local restaurants and producers will feature: beef, elk and local veggies.

The Festival also showcases many of the talented local artists who are inspired by the region’s scenic beauty. Festivities will kick off with a winemaker’s dinner on Friday, August 24, 2012.

Cortez, Colorado
Cortez, Colorado (Photo credit: Dougtone)
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park
Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s the Food, Wine and Art Festival Event Schedule:
List of ancient dwellings of Pueblo peoples in...
List of ancient dwellings of Pueblo peoples in Colorado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A photograph taken of the Cliff Palac...
English: A photograph taken of the Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Français : L’ancien village troglodyte de Cliff Palace, dans le Parc national de Mesa Verde. Colorado, États-Unis. Nederlands: De resten van het Cliff Palace in het Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado, Verenigde Staten van Amerika. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Mesa Verde
Mesa Verde (Photo credit: Travis S.)

On Saturday from noon-5 p.m., the festival will continue at Cortez City Park with wine tastings, art, food, local and regional agricultural producers. There will be a musical performance by Thomas Martin Scott. The festival will end on Sunday with an open house at Guy Drew Vineyards from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

English: Mesa Verde Reservoir, Mesa Verde Nati...
English: Mesa Verde Reservoir, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, USA. This 13th century Ancestral Puebloan cistern is a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Marsala
Marsala (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: August 24-26, 2012

WHERE: Cortez, Colorado

TICKETS: Tickets to the winemaker’s dinner on Friday cost $80 per person. Tickets to Saturday’s festivities cost $15 person, which includes a commemorative wine glass, or $20 at the door. Designated drivers get in free.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mesaverdecountry.com

Map of Colorado highlighting Montezuma County
Map of Colorado highlighting Montezuma County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival 2012

The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival 2012 brings together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines & spirits. Discover over 500 boutique food, wines, spirits at the landmark Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The old cathedral tower was converted into a spectacular performing arts space. The VIBIANA in Downtown Los Angeles features a exhibition space as well as an outdoor area for a spectacular Vino con Vista! The Vibiana is one of the original architectural landmarks of Los Angeles. It was built in 1876 as a cathedral. There will be plenty of cheeses, spices, coffee & teas, charcuterie, olive oils, mushrooms, organic chocolate, meat, fowl, fish and produce.
English: The South Hope Street entrance of the...
English: The South Hope Street entrance of the Los Angeles Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The site of the former Cathedral of S...
English: The site of the former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana: the old cathedral (tower in photo) was converted into a performing arts space, and the grounds are now home to a new branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The VIBIANA in Downtown Los Angeles features a exhibition space as well as an outdoor area for a spectacular Vino con Vista! The Vibiana is one of the original architectural landmarks of Los Angeles. It was built in 1876 as a cathedral.

Stained glass windows in the Mausoleum of the ...
Stained glass windows in the Mausoleum of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, California; originally created in the 1920s for Saint Vibiana Cathedral, Los Angeles Lion of Mark the Evangelist (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

According to Wikipedia, Saint Vibiana is a third century virgin martyr. She is the patroness of Los Angeles and an annual memorial feast is held in her honor on September 1st.

Saint Vibiana
Saint Vibiana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Since 2002, the relic remains of Vibiana are housed in the mausoleum of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The former Cathedral of Saint Vibiana in Los Angeles, California was dedicated to her.”

Montage of Los Angeles pictures on Commons
Montage of Los Angeles pictures on Commons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Live entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations will be offered by LA’s top chefs; oenologists will explain how to taste and recognize great wines. The French-native guitarist and singer Nathalie Alice will perform an eclectic repertoire of jazz-inspired arrangements of French songs, as well as, American and Latin classics including: Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Bolling, Brigitte Bardot, Charles Aznavour, Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman, A.C. Jobim.

Serge Gainsbourg
Cover of Serge Gainsbourg
Charles Aznavour
Cover of Charles Aznavour
Claude Bolling
Cover of Claude Bolling
Édith Piaf
Cover of Édith Piaf

During two sessions, from 3-6 p.m. and 7-10 p.m., attendees will be able to pair and compare, taste and take home their favorite selections.

View of downtown Los Angeles, California at night.
View of downtown Los Angeles, California at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Vin Jaune ("yellow wine") of Jura, F...
Vin Jaune (“yellow wine”) of Jura, France and Franche Comté cheese (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

General admission costs $75 and includes food and wine pairings, entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations.

Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Sunday, August 26 from 3-10 pm

WHERE: LA Epicurean Festival 2012 takes place  at The Vibiana, a Historic Landmark in Downtown LA
For more information, visit www.laepicureanfestival.com
Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com
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The Bite of Oregon 2012 in Portland

The Bite of Oregon 2012 is Portland’s premier culinary waterfront festival. This three day event Foodie Fest highlights Oregon’s culinary prowess.

It is a celebration of Oregon’s food and wine culture. There will be food from some of  Portland’s best restaurants. THE GERRY FRANK’S OREGON CHEF’S TABLE – presented by the Oregonian is an outstanding opportunity to experience small gourmet bites from some of the top chefs from around the state. You can also taste THE BEST OF OREGON’S FOOD CART CUISINE. There will be wine from over 20 wineries that represent Oregon’s diverse micro-climates.

The Bite Festival proceeds have been supporting the Oregon Special Olympics for 29 years. There will be menu items ranging in price from $2 – $10. Proceeds go directly to the Special Olympics of Oregon.

Governer Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portlan...
Governer Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seen looking south...
Tom McCall Waterfront Park, seen looking south from the Steel Bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: August 10, 2012 – August 12, 2012

WHERE: Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland

English: The Oregon Brewers Festival, an annua...
English: The Oregon Brewers Festival, an annual craft beer festival at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The 2012 MIX Wine Pavilion will feature a wide variety of wineries.

Enjoy Oregon Pinots, Chardonnays, Cabernets and Merlot from the folllowing wineries:

Hip Chicks do Wine – Portland, OR
Namaste Vineyards – Dallas, OR
SakéOne – Forest Grove, OR
Chateau Bianca – Dallas, OR
Coleman Vineyard – McMinnville, OR
Naked Winery – Hood River, OR
Noble Estate Vineyard & Winery – Eugene, OR
Pyrenees Vineyard & CellarsMyrtle Creek, OR
Zerba Cellars – Milton Freewater, OR
Hillcrest Vineyard – Roseburg, OR
Alex Eli VineyardMolalla, OR
Ghost Hill Cellars – Carlton, OR
Hawkins Cellars – Portland, OR
Shasta View Vineyards – Montague, CA
Capitello Wines – Eugene, OR
Willamette Valley Vineyards – Turner, OR
Methven Family Vineyards & WineryDayton, OR
Seufert Winery – Dayton, OR
J Wrigley Winery – Sheridan, OR
Rizzo Winery – Salem, OR
2 Towns Ciderworks – Corvallis, OR
Van Duzer Vineyard – Dallas, OR
Arcane Cellars – Salem, OR
New Deal Distillery – Portland, OR
Rex Goliath – Woodbridge, CA
Tesoaria – Roseburg, OR
Waterfront Village in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfro...
Waterfront Village in Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park at the 2007 Portland Rose Festival. The Willamette River is at right. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
RiverPlace neighborhood at south end of Waterf...
RiverPlace neighborhood at south end of Waterfront Park in Portland, Oregon. This section is South Waterfront Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit http://www.biteoforegon.com/food/

 

Language Distribution of Oregon Natives
Language Distribution of Oregon Natives (Photo credit: Travis S.)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

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2nd Annual International Reggae Wine Festival 2012 in Jamaica’s Montego Bay

Calling all Wine and Reggae Lovers to the 2nd Annual International Reggae Wine Festival in Jamaica‘s Montego Bay. This will also be the commemorate the 15th Independence Celebration in Jamaica. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the Cornwall Regional Hospital Renal Centre.

Map of Jamaica with highlight on Montego Bay
Map of Jamaica with highlight on Montego Bay (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Rose Hall, the estate house of a form...
English: Rose Hall, the estate house of a former sugar plantation, in Jamaica. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica
English: Rose Hall in Montego Bay, Jamaica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: August 10- August 12, 2012

WHERE: Rose Hall Golf Course Aqueduct in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Montego Bay
Montego Bay (Photo credit: sun dazed)

Here are some Hotel And Travel Details:

RIU Montego Bay 4 nights – Run of House
Single
Double
Triple
Child 2-12 yrs
Holiday Inn Sunspree 4 nights – Run of House
Single
Double
Triple
Child 2-12 yrs
Iberostar Rosehall Beach 4 nights – Run of House
Single
Double
Triple
Child 2-12 yrs

For more information contact:

Marlene Johnson

MJ Travel Group Largo, MD 20792-7354 TEL: (301)-806-1965 FAX: (240)-241-5143

Dilworth E Daley Travel Consultant TEL: 1-888-803-6189

Doctor's Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, Montego Bay, Jamaica (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Leroy Sibbles opens the 2006 Caribana festivit...
Leroy Sibbles opens the 2006 Caribana festivities and Irie music festival in Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The entertainment will include: Tessane Chin, Romain Virgo and  Leroy Sibbles, former member of the “HEPTONES”.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

Tessane Chin at Negril Escape
Tessane Chin at Negril Escape (Photo credit: alfredmoya)

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77th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 2012

Attend the 77th Annual Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival 2012 in Morgan City on the banks of the Atchafalaya River. This is the the oldest state chartered harvest festival in Louisiana.

The Festival honors the working men and women of both the seafood and petroleum industries; which are the economic lifeblood industries of this area.

Blessing of the Fleet event logo
Blessing of the Fleet event logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Shrimp fishermen, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana
Shrimp fishermen, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a Blessing of the Fleet and water parade with shrimp boats, pleasure craft and the biggest “muscle boats” of the oilpatch.  There is also a toast between the King’s Vessel and the Queen’s Vessel with a “bow-to-bow kiss” for the traditional champagne toast.

Shrimp Boat
Shrimp Boat (Photo credit: IllinoisHorseSoldier)
shrimp-heads-dau-tom
shrimp-heads-dau-tom (Photo credit: Phú Thịnh Co)

The Cajun Culinary Classic features home-style Cajun cooking with jambalaya, fried alligator and plenty of shrimp. The festival will feature music of different genres and a regional crafts show and  “Children’s Village.”

WHEN: August 30th-September 3rd, 2012

WHERE: The Morgan City Louisiana Downtown Historic District

For more information visit www.shrimp-petrofest.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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4th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival 2012

For an interesting weekend, attend the 4th Annual San Diego Spirits Festival on August 25-26, 2012. This is a cocktail, culinary and cultural event at the Port Pier Pavillion on Broadway. There will be bartender competitions, tastings, seminars and parties with plenty of chefs and liver entertainment.

Tall Ships Parade in San Diego Bay for Festiva...
Tall Ships Parade in San Diego Bay for Festival of Sail (Photo credit: Port of San Diego)
Montage of San Diego pictures on Commons
Montage of San Diego pictures on Commons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: August 25-26, 2012

WHERE: Port Pier Pavilion on Broadway 1000 N. Harbor Dr. San Diego,     CA 92101

For more information:

Who’s Performing: http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/lists/whos-performing/

Where to Stay: http://www.sandiegospiritsfestival.com/lists/where_to_stay/

A view of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge from t...
A view of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge from the bay in San Diego, CA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s a story about interesting things to do and see in San Diego http://wp.me/pRq9Q-fC

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Travel to Bunol Spain for the Annual La Tomatina Festival 2012

If you love local customs and culture then this is for you!! “The tomato fight has been a strong tradition in Buñol since 1944 or 1945. No one is completely certain how this event originated. Possible theories on how the Tomatina began include a local food fight among friends, a juvenile class war, a volley of tomatoes from bystanders at a carnival parade, a practical joke on a bad musician, the anarchic aftermath of an accidental lorry spillage. One of the most popular theories is that disgruntled townspeople attacked city councilmen with tomatoes during a town celebration. Whatever happened to begin the tradition, it was enjoyed so much that it was repeated the next year, and the year after that, and so on. The holiday was banned during the Spanish State period under Francisco Franco for having no religious significance, but returned in the 1970s after his demise.

So, it’ time to head over to the city of  Bunol in Spain for La Tomatinafestival!!!

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 25
La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 25 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The world’s biggest food fight takes place at the Plaza Del Pueblo in the small town of Buñol in eastern Spain. La Tomatina happens every  year on the last Wednesday in August and is the highlight of a  week-long local festival in honor of the town’s patron saint, San Luis  Bertràn and the Virgin Mary.

WHEN: August 29, 2012 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m

WHERE: Plaza Del Pueblo in Buño, Spain

The actual tomato throwing lasts for only  two hours between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Whatever the real reason for the  first tomato war, one thing is for sure: participants pelt each other with squished tomatoes; how fun is that?

La Tomatina (25.08.2010) - Spain, Buñol 04
La Tomatina (25.08.2010) – Spain, Buñol 04 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information, visit www.latomatina.org

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2012

Attend the Sonoma Wine Country Weekend 2012 with plenty of Wine Maker lunches, Dinner Parties and BBQ’s!

Sonoma vineyard
Sonoma vineyard (Photo credit: Nelson Minar)

WHEN: August 31-September 2, 2012

WHERE: Sonoma County, California

Here’s the Event Schedule from the Official Website:


FRIDAY, August 31, 2012

Winemaker Lunches

12:30 pm

With dozens of wineries hosting exquisite lunches in dazzling settings, you’ll have the opportunity to break bread with the winemakers that create your favorite Sonoma bottlings. Local chefs (or the winery’s own) create impeccable pairings from Sonoma County’s abundant seasonal offerings. A lovely noontime treat, steeped in the tradition of Sonoma County casual elegance.

$85 per person


FRIDAY and SATURDAY, August 31 and September 1, 2012

Winemaker Dinner Parties

6:00 pm

Sonoma County evenings are made for sharing a bottle of wine, lingering over a plate of fresh local cuisine and creating lasting friendships. At these intimate winemaker dinners, you’ll share the evening with the winemakers whose creations have earned international acclaim. Paired with the stellar culinary creations of a local chef (perhaps the winery’s own), any dinner you select promises to be a classic wine country evening to remember.

$160 per person


SUNDAY, September 2, 2012

Winery Barbecues

12:30 pm

Get fired up! Sonoma’s top wineries invite you to their Sunday barbecues for a more casual way to celebrate Labor Day. Each winery destination will put their own special spin on Sonoma’s top grilled foods while pairing them with the remarkable red wines for which Sonoma County is known. Whether its ribs slathered in sauce, sizzling sausages or killer kebabs you crave – or just a great glass of wine – you’re sure to find barbecue bliss right here in our backyard.

$85 per person


HIGHLIGHT EVENTS


Francis Ford Coppola
Cover of Francis Ford Coppola

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012

NEW!  Sonoma

Starlight Supper Club at  Francis Ford

Coppola Winery

6:00 pm Patron Guest Early Access

7:00 pm General Admission

10:00 pm Event Ends

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Geyserville, Sonoma County

An evening of wine, dinner and music under the starsKick off your Sonoma Wine Country Weekend poolside at the iconic Francis Ford Coppola Winery for a an unforgettable evening of world-class wines, delicious cuisine, live music and dancing to Bay Area favorites Pride & Joy — all set against a backdrop of shimmering stars in the Alexander Valley.

$175 per Patron Guest

$95 per General Admission Guest


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 33rd Annual

Taste of Sonoma at MacMurray Ranch

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

MacMurray Ranch, Healdsburg, Sonoma County

Immerse yourself in the food and wine culture of Sonoma County at the 33rd annual Taste of Sonoma. Sonoma’s own Gallo family invites you to enjoy an afternoon of strolling through their historic MacMurray Ranch property while sipping and savoring the very best of Sonoma County’s rich wines and delectable cuisine. With more than 170 wineries pouring their finest offerings, and over 60 local chefs whipping up divine pairings, Taste of Sonoma delivers a once-in-a-lifetime experience for wine lovers and foodies alike. Informative and entertaining wine seminars, lively cooking demonstrations, a chef competition, and much more make this one event you won’t want to miss.

$150- $195 per person


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 Honorary

Chair Dinner Party

6:00 pm

A Country Courtship: An Evening with the Robert Young Family and Chateau St. Jean.

For 38 years the Robert Young Family and Chateau St. Jean have exemplified a solid vineyard and vintner partnership. Through thick and thin, from highly acclaimed wines to challenging vintages, they have remained committed. You are invited to a special evening celebrating Chateau St. Jean and Robert Young Vineyards at the Young family home overlooking beautiful Alexander Valley where you will have a unique opportunity to taste and celebrate the results of this amazing and historic Sonoma County courtship.

$175 per person


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012

20th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction at

Chateau St. Jean

1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Chateau St. Jean, Kenwood, Sonoma County

Immerse yourself in the intrigue of India at our 20th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak. It’s a fantastic feast for the senses filled with world-class wines, culinary marvels and showstopping spectacles – a wondrous combination of Wine Country elegance and Asian decadence that promises to be an unforgettable experience.

Upon your arrival at Chateau St. Jean on Sunday, September 2, you’ll discover a bustling Auction bazaar bursting with a kaleidoscope of brilliant color, seductive smells and sensual delights. Luxuriate in our silk-swathed Spice Lounge before the curtain goes up on the Live Auction, where local winemakers bring their Bollywood-best performances to dazzle you into raising your paddle for their personalized lots.

Each dining table will be presided over by a renowned Winemaker or Grower who will regale you with epic tales behind their Sonoma wines. Meanwhile, Sonoma’s most revered chefs will enrapture you with a repast designed to express the most thrilling flavors found in Sonoma’s freshest seasonal offerings. The 20th Annual Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, sponsored by TricorBraun WinePak, promises a blissful getaway to the sumptuous, sun-washed subcontinent… And, like India, it’s a destination unlike any other. Book your journey today!

$500 per person

Previously known as the Sonoma County Showcase Weekend of Wine & Food, this fifth annual gala event features three days of fantastic wine and food presented by world-renowned winemakers and Sonoma’s top chefs. Taste of Sonoma at the MacMurray Ranch in Healdsburg and the Sonoma ValleyHarvest Wine Auction at Chateau St. John in Kenwood are the highlights of the Labor Day weekend event. The festivities kick off on Friday at noon with a Winemaker Lunch Series. Proceeds from the event support Sonoma County non-profits. Tickets, which go on sale on June 1, range from $85 to $500 per person.

Official seal of County of Sonoma
Official seal of County of Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For more information visit: www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com

Vineyard on northwest flank of Sonoma Mountain.
Vineyard on northwest flank of Sonoma Mountain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com

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Naperville Wine Festival 2012

Plan to attend the Naperville Wine Festival 2012. Wine festivals offer outstanding and affordable Vino con Vista opportunities. Wine connoisseurs can discover new wines, attend wine seminars and meet wine-makers in an outdoor festival setting.

Here’s a short video with some of my favorite Vino con Vista Buddies that I met at the Naperville Wine Festival in 2011:

http://youtu.be/gPrJhCRmXSQ

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2012 from 4-10 pm

Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 3-9 pm

WHERE: City Gate Center in Naperville

Hess Winery

Hook and Ladder Winery

From author:
From author: “From left to right: Iron Horse 1997 Cabernet Sauvignon Testarossa 2006 Garys’ Vineyard Syrah Calera 2006 Ryan Pinot Noir Chateau Montelena 2007 Chardonnay Ridge 2007 Zinfandel” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tickets: Adult Wine Tasting Ticket – One day admission $28 in advance or $35 at the door. Admission ticket good for either day. This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.Designated Driver Ticket – One day admission $10 in advance or at the door. Admission ticket good for either day.

This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.

Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yar...
Assortment of wine from Domaine Chandon in Yarra Australia showing their sparkling Chardonnay and Pinot noir wine as well as a still pinot noir. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Local chefs will offer foodies an opportunity to taste some of their cuisine. Here’s a list of the restaurants that will be serving food at the 2012 event:

Caoba Mexican Grill and Bar 1619 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL 60647 773-342-2622 www.caobachicago.com

CityGate Grille 2020 Calamos Court Naperville, IL 60563 630-718-1010 www.citygategrille.com

Heaven on Seven 224 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-717-0777 www.heavenonseven.com/naperville

Le Chocolat Bouchard 129 S. Washington   Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-355-5720 www.lechocolatbar.com

SugarToad Restaurant2139 Citygate Lane Naperville, IL 60563630-778-8623 www.sugartoad.com

Sullivan’s Steakhouse 244 S. Main Street Naperville, IL 60540 630-305-0230 www.sullivansteakhouse.com

The outdoor festival will feature more than 200 wines from around the country and the world with wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. For a nominal charge you can sample pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and chardonnay wine from various regions.

Here’s a complete list of the wineries and distributors that will be attending the 2012 event:

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc
Lake Sonoma Chardonnay
Kenwood Table Red
Peterson Zero Manipulation
Peterson Dry Creek Zinfandel
Cantina Aurora Dolce Stilnovo

Peterson    Spirits and Fine Wines
Villa Puccini Pinot Grigio
Villa Puccini Tuscan Red
Entwine Pinot Grigio
Entwine Chardonnay
Entwine Merlot
Entwine Cabernet Sauvingon
Haus    Wines
Schug Sauvignon Blanc
Cline Albarino
Cline Field Blend
Scott Harvey Red Label Barbera
Scott Harvey Red Label Zinfandel
Schug Pinot Noir

Jarvis-Tomei
Coloma Chardonnay
Lady Slipper Pinot Noir
Nomad Red Blend
Tomei Barbera
Jarvis Tomei Syrah
Lonati Moscato d’Asti
Essential    Wines
Arabella Chenin Blanc
Enon Chardonnay
Arabella Viognier
Arabella Merlot
Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon
Grinder Pinotage

Laird    and Company
Moletto Prosecco
Stival Pinot Grigio
Lunae Vermentino
La Pisara Primativo
Pietrafitta Chianti
Moletto Refosco

Wine    Cru
Secret Coast Sauvignon Blanc
Bennett Lane Maximus White
Prezzolini Chianti
Zolo Malbec
Zolo Cabernet Sauvignon
Bennett Lane Maximus Red
Eola    Hills
Eola Hills Pinot Gris
Eola Hills Chardonnay
Eola Hills “La Ceole” Reserve    Chardonnay
Eola Hills Pinot Noir
Eola Hills “La Creole” Reserve Pinot Noir
Eola Hills Vin d’Or LH Sauvignon Blanc
Martin    Ray Winery
Angeline Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Ray Chardonnay
Angeline California Pinot Noir
Martin Ray Pinot Noir
Angeline Cabernet Sauvignon
Martin Ray Merlot

Cabernet    Corp
La Playa Sauvignon Blanc
Don Rodolfo Torrentes
La Playa Cabernet Rose
La Playa Cabernet Sauvignon
La Playa Block Selection Carmenere
Don Rodolfo Malbec
Ventana    Winery
Ventana Riesling
Ventana Sauvignon Blanc
Ventana Gewurztraminer
Ventana Pinot Noir
Ventana Rubystone Syrah/Grenache
Ventana Syrah

Broadbent    Selections
Broadbent Vino Verde
Broadbent Gruner Veltliner
Dr. Hermann H Riesling
Chateau Musar Rouge
Quintas do Crasto Flor
Warwick Three Cape Ladies
Small    Vineyards
Trevisiol Extra Dry Prosecco
Tre Donne La Perlina Moscato d’Asti
Giocato Pinot Grigio
Perazzeta Sangiovese
Palama Negroamaro
Antonio Sanguineti Nessun Dorma Red

Fess    Parker Family of Wines
Fess Parker SBC Riesling
Fess Parker SBC Chardonnay
Parker Station Pinot Noir
Fess Parker SBC Pinot Noir
Hodge du Podge Red
Big Easy Syrah
Vinilandia
Good Pinot Grigio
Belpoggio Verdicchio DOC
Nicolis Valpolicella Classico
Poggio Amorelli Chianti Classico
Villa Donna Moscato d’Asti
Scagliola Petali Di Rose Brachetto
Hahn/Other    Guys
Huntington Sauvignon Blanc
Cycles Gladiator Pinot Grigio
White Knight Viognier
Cycles Gladiator Syrah
Leese Fitch Pinot Noir
Plungerhead Lodi Zinfandel
Duck Pond Winery
Duck Pond Pinot Gris
Duck Pond White Blend
Duck Pond Pinot Noir
Duck Pond Red Blend
Desert Wind Ruah
Desert Wind Barbera
Hook and    Ladder Winery
Hook and Ladder Chardonnay
Hook and Ladder Pinot Noir
Station Ten Zinfandel Blend
Hook and Ladder Zinfandel
The Tillerman Cab Blend
Hook and Ladder Cabernet Sauvignon

E&J    Gallo
La Marca Prosecco
Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc
Martin Codax Albarino
Las Rocas Garnacha
Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon
Louis Martini  Cabernet Sauvignon
E&J    Gallo
Laguna Chardonnay
William Hill Chardonnay
Bridlewood Blend 175
MacMurray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
William Hill Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Gascon Reserve Malbec

Kobrand
Domaine Carneros Sparkling Brut
Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc
Benziger Sangicamo Chardonnay
Domaine Carneros Pinot Noir
Benziger Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon
Sequoia Grove Cabernet Sauvignon
Pinnacle    Fine Wines
Long Boat Sauvignon Blanc
La Crema Monterey Chardonnay
Gaga Rose
Gaga Rouge
Calina Carmenere
Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronco    Wine
Silver Ridge Sauvingon Blanc
Silver Ridge Chardonnay
Silver Ridge Pinot Noir
Hacienda Riesling
Hacienda Merlot
Hacienda Cabernet Sauvignon

Maritime
Graham Beck Brut Sparkling
Jules Taylor Sauvignon Blanc
Skyleaf Riesling
Graham Beck Game Res. Chenin Blanc
Jules Taylor Pinot Noir
Graham Beck Game Res. Cabernet

Wente
Hayes Chardonnay
Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay
2009 Tamas Double Decker Red
Wente Reliz Creek Pinot Noir
Spur Meritage
Wente Charles Wetmore Cabernet
Quintesential    Wines
New Age Rose
New AgeWhite
Elsa Bianchi Torrentes
Simonsig Chenin Blanc
Grand Rojo Garnacha
Morse Code Shiraz

Prestige    Wine Group
Starling Castle Riesling
Michel Picard Vouvray
Michel Picard Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Broke Ass Red
Le Grand Noir GSM
Luccio Moscato d’Asti
Jomad    Imports
San Hubberto Torrentes
San Hubberto Reserve Chardonnay
San Huberto Bonarda
San Huberto Malbec
San Huberto Reserve Syrah
San Huberto Cabernet Sauvignon

Cartlidge    and Browne Winery
Cartlidge and Browne Sauvignon Blanc
Cartlidge and Browne Chardonnay
Cartlidge and Browne Pinot Noir
Cartlidge and Browne Zinfandel
Cartlidge and Browne Cabernet
C&B Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Vibrant    Rioja
Cortijo White
Cortijo Rose
Ramon Bilboa
Ramon Bilboa Limited Edition
Gloriso Reserva
Campo Viejo Gran Reserva

CIV
Vina Arnaiz Roble Tinto
Salneval Albarino
Antano Virura
Conde de Valdemar Reserve
Opera Prima Moscato
Don Simon Sangria
V2 Wine    Group
Toad Hollow Risque Sparkling
Dry Creek Chenin Blanc
Dry Creek Sauvignon Blanc
Steel Head Chardonnay
Steel Head Pinot Noir
Dry Creek Meritage

Indigo    Wine Group
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sparkling
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Sauvignon Blanc
Bon Cap The Ruins Organic Syrah/Cab
Robertson Shiraz/Mouvedre/Viognier
Casa de Campo Moscato
Robertson Sweet Red
Classical Wines
Mont Marcal Cava Rosada Brut
Legado del Conde Morgadio Albarino
Bodegas Garci Grande Verdejo
Guelbenzu Red
Lorinon Crianza
Carchelo “C”

Lagnaippe    Beverage
Boomtown Pinot Gris
Schild Estate Chardonnay
Schild Estate GMS
Dexter Lake Red
Boomtown Syrah
Revah Pomegranite
Maverick
Alias Chardonnay
Cannonball Chardonnay
Alias Merlot
Cannonball Merlot
Alias Cabernet Sauvignon
Cannonball Cabernet Sauvignon

Cape    Classics
Buitenverwachting Beyond Sauv Blanc
Indaba Chardonnay
Mulderbosch Rose
Buitenverwachting Beyond Cabernet
Mulderbosch Faithful Hound Red
Jam Jar Shiraz
Robert    Kacher/Winebow
Tariquet Classique
Tariquet Rose de Pressee
Clean Slate Riesling
Gournier Grenache Noir
Cazes le Canon du Marechal Rouge
Root 1 Carmenere

Winebow
Kris Pinot Grigio
Argiolas Costamolino
Catena Chardonnay
Valle Reale Vigne Nuove    Montepulciano
Allegrini Palacco Della Torre
Catena Malbec
Palm Bay
Twin Vines Vinho Verde
Arrogant Frog White
Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir
Arrogant Frog Lily Pad Red
Periquita Duoro Red
Santa Rita Reserve Malbec

Hess
Peter Lehmen Layers White
Glen Carlou Chardonnay
Peter Lehmen Layers Red
Sequana “Sarmento” Pinot Noir
Artezin Zinfandel
Amalaya Malbec Blend
Sequana Pinot Noir
Sequana Pinot Noir
Boisset
L. Buillot Rose
DeLoach Heritage Chardonnay
Lyeth ‘Fleur de Lyeth’ Red Blend
Raymond ‘R’ Merlot
Raymond ‘R’ Field Blend
Batoisiolo Moscato d’Asti

Winesellers
Francois Lurton Blanco
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir
Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet
Tortoise Creek Zinfandel
Araucano Carmenere
Familia Zuccardi  Q Malbec
Heritage
Hirschbach & Sohne Liebfraumilch
Lucky Star Pinot Noir
Milbrandt Traditions Merlot
Oxford Landing GSM
Oxford Landing Shiraz
Bricco Riella Moscato d’Asti

Diamond    Imports
Domaine Sigalas Athiri/Assyrtiko Blend
Domaine Sigalas Assyrtiko
Domaine Skouras White
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero
Domaine Skouras St. George
Alpha Estate Xinomavro Hedgehog Vnyd
CLD
Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc
Deviation Road Chardonnay
The Garden Path Shiraz/Cab
Smidge Houdini Shiraz/Zin
Deaf Galah Red
Alliance Shiraz

Opolo    Winery
Opolo Chardonnay
Opolo Viognier
Opolo Sangiovese
Opolo Maestro
Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel
Opolo Serenade Cab/Malbec
Underdog    Wine Merchants
A Mano Pinot Grigio
Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay
Concannon Conservancy Crimson &    Clover
Cupcake Red Velvet
Flip Flop Moscato
Helfrich Gewurztraminer

Barefoot    Wine and Bubbly
Barefoot Pinot Grigio
Barefoot Bubbly Brut
Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato
Barefoot Bubbly Moscato Spumante
Barefoot Moscato
Barefoot Sweet Red
Easley    Winery
Reggae White
Reggae Rose
Reggae Red

Evaton, Inc
Anakena Sauvignon Blanc
Gazela Vino Verde
Gazela Rose
Finca Flichman Cabernet Sauvignon
Finca Flichman Reserve Malbec
Finca Flichman Tupungato
Lynfred    Winery
Vin de City White
Vin de City Red
Illinois Seyval Blanc
Oktoberfest Wine
Rose
Plum Wine

St.    James Winery
Velvet White
Velvet Red
Cherry
Blackberry
Blueberry
Strawberry
Raspberry
Cooper’s Hawk    Restaurant & Winery
Almond Sparkling
Semi-Dry Riesling
Cooper’s Hawk White
Barbera
Cabernets
Rhubarb Fruit Wine
Cass Winery

Cass Winery
Cass Winery
2010 Oasis Rose
2010 Roussanne
2009 Grenache
2009 Mourvedre
2008 Syrah
2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
2008 Cass Reserve

Constellation Wines
Blufield Riesling
Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc
Estancia Pinot Grigio
Toasted Head Untamed White
Diseno Malbec
Primal Roots Red Blend
Wine Festival

The ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino-con-vista.com and attends many food and wine events around the world.

Last year, I fell in love with Cass Winery’s Reserve and had a case shipped to my home from the winery. Try the Cooper’s Hawk Barbera; it’s from a local winery near Naperville.

Naperville Wine Festival
Naperville Wine Festival

For more information visit www.napervillewinefestival.com

 

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