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Pinot Days Chicago 2014

Do you love Pinot Noir? Get tickets for the 7th annual Pinot Days Festival at Navy Pier. Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. Pinot Noir winemakers will be pouring hundreds of exceptional pinots that are stylistically diverse regions like Callifornia’s Russian River Valley and Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Pinot Days  Principle

“Pinot Days is the largest gathering of Pinot Noir producers in the world. It has to be; pinot noir is exceptionally stylistically diverse, and our aim is to give every pinot lover a place to “go deep” within the style you love. And, if you’re open to venturing outside of your comfort zone, you can learn about, and quite possibly love, other styles as well. To this end we gather hundreds of pinot noir winemakers to pour hundreds of pinots that range from the picture of elegance to forward and “wow.” You can’t try them all – don’t try – it’s not the point! The point is to follow your palate like a North Star, and experience this beautiful little grape in as many forms and styles as compel you. It is an endless pursuit of knowledge. So, ignore the critics; ask folks in the crowd, “Who have you tried? What do you like?” Pinot noir is way more than a grape variety – it’s an art form. It is an endlessly fascinating intellectual and aesthetic pursuit for people who want to savor the good things in life. So we invite the world to Pinot Days, because pinot noir can change the world, one pretty, little, thin-skinned grape at a time.” www.pinotdays

California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer...
California Pinot noir from the Sonoma producer Hanzell winery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Participating Exhibitors-

Aberrant Cellars, Ancient Oak Cellars, August West, Benziger Family Winery, Buena Vista Winery, Cartograph, Cornerstone Cellars Oregon, Davis Bynum Wines, Davis Family Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, EIEIO & Company, Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, Hahn Estate, Hilliard Bruce Winery, Inman Family Wines, J Vineyards & Winery, Katherine Anne Confections, Keller Estate, Kendric Vineyards, Kessler-Haak Wines, Landmark Vineyards, MacPhail Family Wines, Mansfield-Dunne Wines, Martinelli Winery, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil, Mystic Shire, New Zealand Winegrowers, Omero Cellars, On the Avenue Marketing, Pali Wine Company, Ritual, RTV, Saintsbury, Sojourn Cellars, Stoller Vineyards, Thomas Fogarty Winery, Trombetta Family Wines, Van Duzer Vineyards, Willakenzie Estate Winery, Wren Hop Vineyards, Yelp

Oregon winery Willamette Valley VineyardsOregon winery Willamette Valley Vineyards (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2014

WHERE: Navy Pier, Lakeview Terrace from 2-5 p.m.

Tickets: $70 at www.pinotdays.com

TIckets are available for the following locations and dates:

Click The Festival City Below To   View Details Of Each Event

Vineyard in the California wine region of the ...Vineyard in the California wine region of the Russian River Valley in Sonoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pinot NoirPinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than ...
Pinot noir grapes have a much darker hue than the bluish-gray coloring of Pinot gris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Try some Pinot Noir from the Oregon; Oregon Pinot Noir producers will be in a specially designated area.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vinno-con-vista.com



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FEAST Portland 2012

A stitched panorama of downtown Portland, OR a...
A stitched panorama of downtown Portland, OR at night (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Attend the inaugural culinary FEAST Portland 2012 with 100 chefs and 40 events! Meet Oregon’s Willamette Valley winemakers, chefs and food artisans.

Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008
Portland Oregon Red Bull Flutag 2008 (Photo credit: dklimke)
A 360 degree panorama of Pioneer Courthouse Sq...
A 360 degree panorama of Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WHEN: FEAST Portland September 20-23, 2012
Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland
Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Some lucky individuals will win the culinary FEAST of a lifetime on Alaska Airlines for nine nights of indulgence with VIP FEAST passes at www.traveloregon.com/feast.
Founded in 2012 by Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin as the “Northwest’s flagship culinary event and Oregon’s first-ever international food-and-beverage festival, Bon Appetit Presents Feast Portland.”
Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, ...
Weather Machine in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All festival proceeds benefit national and local hunger relief organizations Share Our Strength and Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter (@FeastPDX).

The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flyin...
The flag of the city of Portland, Oregon flying in Pioneer Courthouse Square (upside-down) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Augustin Théodule Ribot: The cook and the cat
Augustin Théodule Ribot: The cook and the cat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: September 20-23, 2012

Here’s a list of the events from the official website www.feastportland.com:

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981
Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. FEAST PORTLAND DINNER SERIES September 20, 21 and 22, evenings Locations vary, $95–$200 The Feast Portland Dinner Series affords once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the talents of chefs from across the country without leaving Portland’s city limits. All dinners will feature a collaboration between a Portland chef and a visiting chef and offer local beer, wine, and spirits. Duos include: Sunny Jin (Jory, Newberg, OR) and Nancy Silverton (Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles), Adam Sappington (The Country Cat, PDX) and Elias Cairo (Olympic Provisions, PDX) with Paul Kahan (Chicago); Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant, PDX) with April Bloomfield (Spotted Pig, NYC); Matt Lightner (Atera, NYC) with Sean Brock (Husk, Charleston, SC); and Daniel Patterson (Coi, San Francisco) with Inaki Aizpitarte (Le Chateaubriand, Paris).

English: 'Allow Me' Sculpture in Pioneer Court...
English: ‘Allow Me’ Sculpture in Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. OREGON BOUNTY MARKETPLACE September 21 and 22, daytime Pioneer Courthouse Square (701 SW Sixth Avenue), $60 per day or $100 for both days Portland’s so-called living room, Pioneer Courthouse Square will transform into the city’s dining room for two days as host to Feast Portland’s grand tasting event—the Oregon Bounty Marketplace, sponsored by Travel Oregon/Oregon Bounty. The 40,000-square-foot, award-wining public space will feature wineries, breweries, cheesemakers, coffee roasters, distillers, and many of the featured regional artisans that landed Oregon’s exciting and energetic food community on the map. Experience the local scene; meet the chefs and the winemakers you’ve read about, watch cooking demonstrations from celebrated local and national chefs, and head to the Oregon Storyteller’s Circle to listen to the stories of the people who paved the way.

Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon....
Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon. At center is Jackson Tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Journal Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

3. OREGON BOUNTY MARKETPLACE MAIN CHEF DEMO STAGE September 21 and 22, daytime Pioneer Courthouse Square (701 SW Sixth Avenue), admission included with entry to Marketplace Anchoring the amphitheater steps at Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Oregon Bounty Marketplace main stage will feature cooking demonstrations by some of the most innovative local talent and visiting chefs like Aaron Sanchez, April Bloomfield, Naomi Pomeroy and Seamus Mullen.

Aerial view of Director Park in Portland, Oregon.
Aerial view of Director Park in Portland, Oregon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. DIRECTOR PARK TEACHERS FOUNTAIN DEMO STAGE September 21 and 22, daytime Director Park  (815 SW Park Avenue), $45 The Teachers Fountain demo stage will feature chefs and experts demonstrating techniques, but without a full kitchen. Learn mortar-and-pestle cooking with Chef Nancy Silverton, taste charcuterie made from locally raised pigs paired with Oregon Pinot Noir grown from the same soil in Pork and Pinot Noir, led by Elias Cairo of Olympic Provisions and Eric Finley of Chop Butchery; enjoy an expert demo, Thai Street Food with Andy Ricker, that will undoubtedly change opinions aboutone of the world’s most misrepresented cuisines; and celebrate chocolate alchemists pushing the boundaries during the Chocolate City, USA, panel led bySebastian Cisneros of Cocanu, David Briggs of Xocolatl de David, and Sarah Hart of Alma Chocolate.

5. DIRECTOR PARK DRINKS PAVILION September 21 and 22, daytime Director Park  (815 SW Park Avenue), $45 This covered outdoor terrace in Portland’s newest downtown piazza will be home to the majority of the festival’s wine-and-beer programming, including learning Stupid Wine Tricks with Josh Wesson and uncovering the flavorful botanicals used in distinctive Not Your Grandfather’s Gin. Beer expert and author Christian DeBenedetti will also confirm why “Belgium is a Place in Oregon.”

6. DIRECTOR PARK TASTING ANNEX September 21 and 22, daytime Director Park  (815 SW Park Avenue), admission included with entry to Teacher’s Fountain The Tasting Annex provides an opportunity for attendees of the Teachers Fountain demos and Lower Terrace Seminars to apply their newfound knowledge in an intimate tasting area. Following each demo and seminar, a tasting experience will be set up to showcase the chocolates, charcuterie, wines, and beers featured in Director Park programming. Picture a seminar on Oregon Chardonnay followed by an exclusive tasting of Chardonnays from around the state, or a sampling of Oregon’s bean-to-bar chocolates followed by a confections demo.

7. HANDS-ON CLASSES September 21 and 22, daytime Classes: Le Cordon Bleu (600 SW Tenth Avenue), $65 At the heart of Oregon’s food culture is a devotion to traditional culinary craft. Whether it’s whole-animal butchery, how to pickle and preserve, or how to make the perfect pretzel, Portland and Oregon are home to many expert teachers. Feast Portland has amassed the best of them to share knowledge on how to do it yourself in an intimate classroom setting, including Whole Animal Butchery with Camas Davis, Homemade Bitters by Mark Bitterman, Pretzel Making by Andrea Slonecker, and Root Vegetables by Diane Morgan.

8. FEAST PORTLAND NIGHT MARKET September 21, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Ecotrust Building (721 NW Ninth Avenue), $125 With James Beard Award winner Andy Ricker among the planners, the Feast Portland Night Market will transform one of the city’s most well-known historic buildings into the nation’s liveliest outdoor celebration of global street food. Imbued with the spirit of the great nighttime food markets of Southeast Asia, but celebrating multiple food traditions, the Feast Portland Night Market will embody the sights, sounds, smells, and energy of a world culinary journey. The sensory overload is complete with participating chefs like Anita Lo, Aaron Sanchez, and Eddie Huang as well as restaurants Aviary, Boke Bowl, Double Dragon, Biwa, Andina, and Nong’s Khao Man Gai.

9. THE WHOLE FOODS MARKET SPEAKER SERIES September 22, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Gerding Theater at the Armory (128 NW 11th Avenue), $30 The Speaker Series is Feast Portland’s forum for regional and national food-thought leaders to create a platform for open dialogue on issues that are important to our region and to the world. Hosted and curated by Randy Gragg, and featuring experts like Bon Appetit editor in chief Adam Rapoport and food writer Francis Lam, the Speaker Series will provide an opportunity for all attendees to go into greater depth on many different food topics, gain new perspective, and share feedback as part of the food community.

10. HIGH COMFORT September 22, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Multnomah Athletic Club (1849 SW Salmon Street), $200 Curated with the help of renowned Portland chefs Vitaly Paley and Philippe Boulot, High Comfort is a showcase of comfort foods pushed out of their comfort zone and into an elevated and rarefied realm—where mac and cheese is scented with Oregon truffles, where a Reuben sandwich is made with Dungeness crab and sturgeon caviar, and where a diner is never more than an arm’s length away from the next slice of Iberian ham or foie gras. Multiple Oregon wineries will be featured alongside a handful of their high-end European contemporaries. Participating chefs include Brad Farmerie (Public, NYC), Seamus Mullen (Tertulia, NYC), Cathy Whims (Nostrana, PDX), Hedy Goldsmith (Michael’s Genuine, Miami), Amanda Freitag (NYC), Gregory Denton (Ox, PDX), and Chris Cosentino (Incanto, San Francisco).For more information visit: www.feastportland.com

Portland Convention Center Oregon
Portland Convention Center Oregon (Photo credit: mhiran1)

Meet the chefs, brewers, artisans and winemakers. Enjoy cooking demonstrations from celebrated chefs like Chris Cosentino, April Bloomfield and Naomi Pomeroy at the KitchenAid Main Demo Stage.

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For more information visit www.feastportland.com

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ 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:


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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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
L. Buillot Rose
DeLoach Heritage Chardonnay
Lyeth ‘Fleur de Lyeth’ Red Blend
Raymond ‘R’ Merlot
Raymond ‘R’ Field Blend
Batoisiolo Moscato d’Asti

Francois Lurton Blanco
Tortoise Creek Pinot Noir
Santa Julia Reserva Cabernet
Tortoise Creek Zinfandel
Araucano Carmenere
Familia Zuccardi  Q Malbec
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
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
Plum Wine

St.    James Winery
Velvet White
Velvet Red
Cooper’s Hawk    Restaurant & Winery
Almond Sparkling
Semi-Dry Riesling
Cooper’s Hawk White
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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30th Annual California Wine Tasting Championships 2012 in the Anderson Valley

A vineyard in the California wine region of An...
A vineyard in the California wine region of Anderson Valley, Mendocino county. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plan to attend the 30th Annual California Wine Tasting Championships 2012 in the coastal ridge tops of the beautiful Anderson Valley.

WHEN: Saturday, July 28, 2012

WHERE: Greenwood Ridge Vineyards

The Anderson Valley is located 15 miles long. It is located in the rolling hills of the coastal region of Mendocino County, about two hours north of San Francisco. This gorgeous valley is the home of vineyards and wineries producing a broad range of excellent wines; known for  world class Pinot Noir and Alsace Varietals.

Pinot noir grapes growing in late August in th...
Pinot noir grapes growing in late August in the California wine region of Anderson Valley, Mendocino county. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s how it works:

“Samples of eight California wines appear at your table. It’s your job to identify each varietal. Is it Zin? Or Cabernet? We make it easy by giving you a list of ten common varietals from which to choose. You make your guesses and we reveal the identity of each wine. In the doubles competition, you and your partner can compare notes before making your decisions. Sign up in the category that fits: novice, amateur or professional. How do you know which one to enter? It’s up to you. Novices are tasting beginners, amateurs have graduated from Two Buck Chuck, and pros are usually involved in the wine industry. Everyone is welcome to take advantage of our complimentary Wine Tasting Boot Camp, where you’ll get tips to boost your confidence and your score. If you’re one of the top three finishers in the amateur or pro division you advance to the Grand Championship round. Ties are broken by “sudden death” taste-offs, offering dramatic entertainment for the spectators. Top finishers in each division will receive personalized certificates, great prizes, and recognition in our fall newsletter.” Included with the wine tasting competitions are chocolate and cheese tasting contests, as well as a series of wine-friendly snacks served throughout the day.

Anderson Valley
Anderson Valley (Photo credit: Günter Waibel)

To sign up, click here

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

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26th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration 2012 in McMinnville Oregon

DORKING, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 12:  Vinyard worker...
DORKING, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 12: Vinyard worker Mary Yeo picks pinot noir grapes at Denbies Wine Estate on October 12, 2011 in Dorking, England. Workers are picking this year’s crop of grapes for what is expected to be a very good year for British wine after an early warm Spring and a unusually mild October. At 265 acres Denbies is the United Kingdom’s largest single estate vineyard. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Attend the  26th Annual International Pinot Noir Celebration in McMinnville Oregon!

English: Melrose Hall at Linfield College in M...
English: Melrose Hall at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: July 27-29, 2012

WHERE: Linfield College

Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir (Photo credit: naotakem)

Pinot Noir lovers can taste the best selections from 70 international producers with more than 250 wines at the 26th anniversary event at Linfield College. The event features Pinot noirs from around the globe including Burgundy and the Willamette Valley. Take a guided stroll through the lovely vineyards.

There will be two grand tastings, a traditional Northwest Salmon Bake, multi-course meals,Champagne brunch, jazz music, horseshoes, beer and much more.

Wine will be paired with food including: brined pork belly with haricots verts and bourride en geléebarrigoule des chanterelles. Locally baked breads and pastries, Oregon’s legendary berries and cured meats will be available every day.

The event kicks off on Friday with breakfast on the Riley Hall Patio from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Admission to the full weekend’s events, except The Passport to Pinot tasting, is $975 per person, with individual events ranging from $100-$150 per person. For tickets and information, call 800-755-4762 or visit www.ipnc.org

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

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