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Catch the Crush 2012 in Washington State

Catch the Crush 2012 and join the Yakima Valley wineries to celebrate the harvest. Each winery offers its own celebratory events including: grape stomps, harvest and crush activities, tours, free-run juice, hors d’oeuvres, live music and wine tasting.

English: The wine tasting barn and several his...
English: The wine tasting barn and several historic buildings at Picchetti Ranch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WHEN: Oct 13, 2012 – Oct 14, 2012 Wine Yakima Valley Yakima Valley wineries For more information visit: wineyakimavalley@msn.com

Wine Tasting
Wine Tasting (Photo credit: gibsonsgolfer)

Purchase a PREMIER PASS and enjoy exclusive benefits. PREMIER PASS holders will be able to experience a variety of specialty Catch the Crush pairings, library tastings and tours.

Save $5.00 by purchasing your Premier Pass online for $30. (Passes are also available for $35 at the door during the event weekend.) Passes purchased through October 1, will be mailed to you at the shipping address you provide. All passes will mail the week beginning October 1. Passes purchased after October 1, will be available for will call pick-up at specified locations during the event weekend. Passes are non-refundable.

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Preparing a flight of wines at a tasting bar
Preparing a flight of wines at a tasting bar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here are the PREMIER PASS Benefits from the official website:

Agate Field Vineyard- Premier Pass holders get a demonstration on the use of a refractometer and a free tasting of our non-premium wines, including new release 2008 Drifter Merlot & 2008 Moon Rider Cabernet Franc. 10% discount on all wines purchased over $30.00, excluding reserves. Purchase 6 bottles or more and receive a free Agate Field wine glass. Salsa dogs available for purchase on Saturday. Check out our hand crafted Montana Agate Jewelry in the gift shop. Sat & Sun 10-5

Airfield Estates- Airfield’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

AntoLin CellarsAntoLin’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Barrel Springs WineryBarrel Springs is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Enology (winemaking)
Enology (winemaking) (Photo credit: wistechcolleges)

Chandler Reach Vineyard– Harvest is a special time of year at the vineyard! We’re happy to share with you as we pick, crush and de-stem our precious grapes. Take advantage of BIG SAVINGS on several varieties. Specials offered all weekend! Food available on site. Sat.-Sun. 11-5. Bring your own glass and pay only $5.00 for an extensive tasting. $10.00 if you’d like to purchase a Chandler Reach logo glass. Tasting fees will benefit the local Junior Achievement organization.

Claar CellarsClaar is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Cultura WineCultura’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Tasting room of Australian winery Brown Brothe...
Tasting room of Australian winery Brown Brothers Milawa Vineyard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Desert Wind Winery– Premier Pass holders and Wine Club members will be treated to a complimentary tasting of wines and gourmet food samples, including local artisan cheese from Blue Barn Farm ($5 admission for non-pass holders). MOJAVE will be open 11-8 Saturday and 10-5 Sunday serving up gourmet wine country cuisine by Chef Kristin Johnson. We also have a special multi-course harvest dinner with wine pairings ($55 per person) 6:30 p.m. on the 13th, advance reservations required.

Dineen VineyardsDineen is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Gamache Vintners– We have a $5 non-refundable tasting fee, waived for passport holders and wine club members. Half of these fees will be donated to the Ellensburg/Cle Elum fire victims. Be sure to bring your own glass or purchase from Gamache when you arrive. We will have wine grapes fresh off the vine and ready to be harvested for sampling with the wines. Cookie Lee will be here for those that love jewelry and Tuscany’s will be onsite with a pasta bar for lunch.

Gilbert Cellars– The excitement is mounting for this 2012 harvest! Help us kick off the weekend festivities in the tasting room with live music Friday night 7-10PM. Premier Pass Holders will receive a complimentary ‘Featured Tasting’ along with 10% off bottle sales!

Chautauqua Winery, DeFuniak Springs, Florida.
Chautauqua Winery, DeFuniak Springs, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Goose Ridge Estate Vineyards & Winery– Join us for “Crush Spectacular” at Goose Ridge Estate Winery. We will have spectacular wine prices and special case discounts that are sure to please. Frost Me Sweet will be selling their delicious culinary treats, and our Bocce courts will be open for play. Premier Pass holders may enter for free, will be treated to a sample of our Reserve Malbec, and also receive a 10% discount on all regular priced wine purchases. Sat & Sun 10a-6p

Hightower Cellars– Visit with the owners and winemakers, Tim and Kelly Hightower, at their uniquely designed winery overlooking their estate vineyard. Tour the winery, experience the winemaking process, and taste some library wines. You will also get to enjoy Macrina Bakery bread made from the natural yeast on their estate grapes paired with cheese and Boat Street Pickles.

Horizon’s Edge WineryHorison’s Edge is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Kana WineryKana is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Kestrel VintnersKestrel is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Kiona Vineyards and WineryKiona is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Maison de Padgett WineryMaison’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Masset WineryMasset’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Milbrandt VineyardsMilbrandt’s still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Wine tasting bar at Ridge/Lytton Springs, Sono...
Wine tasting bar at Ridge/Lytton Springs, Sonoma, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Naches Heights VineyardNaches is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Oakwood Cellars WineryOakwood is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Paradisos del Sol Winery– Paradisos will have various estate-grown grapes available. Learn the difference between eating grapes and tasting grapes (there are three parts to tasting a grape). The winegrower (AKA the winemaker) will be on hand all weekend to explain grape tasting as well as the difference between wine drinking and wine tasting. We offer an eight-course meal, nothing elaborate, just nine tiny bites of food to go with our nine different wines. Sip, Sip, Bite, Sip! We start off with a dab of Mushroom Paté and our Rosé Paradiso, followed by a sliver of Brie cheese for the Oyster White, and a bit of Sushi Rice as an accompaniment to our Riesling. Next are our reds—with our Under 10 Buck Red we are serving Daddy’s Mac-N-Cheese. Paradisos Red is our pizza wine; we would love to have pizza, but it just isn’t possible to keep it hot out of the oven! So instead, we have a Bean in Adobo Sauce. This is followed by our ever famous Bleu Cheese Dip with the Cabernet Sauvignon. And now we are ready for dessert, two of them! With the Zort, we have a sliver of dark chocolate. We suggest you melt this in your mouth rather than bite. Last, but not least, is our Angelica MRS. We have a skosh of pumpkin custard to go with that.

We know it is hard to choose which wineries to visit, we hope you come to visit us. There is a $5 tasting fee that can be used towards the purchase of $20 or more of wine or wine-related items. Premier Pass holders receive 10% off your purchase of 2 or more bottles; 30% off bottles and 50% off case purchase on selected wines. Come Taste Paradise! 11-6

Severino Cellars– Ever wonder what wine grapes taste like before we turn them into delicious bottles of wine? Well, this weekend you will taste samples of wine grapes on our bar, as well as save on wine!! We will release our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and have our Severino Red on sale, 4 bottles for $40!

Silver Lake Winery at Roza HillsSilver Lake is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Sleeping Dog WinesSleeping Dog is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

SnoqualmieSnoqualmie is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Southard WinerySouthard is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Steppe CellarsSteppe is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Tagaris Winery– Join us for a special Crush weekend at Tagaris Winery. To celebrate this beautiful harvest season, we’re giving all guests 15% off wine in-house and to-go. Wine Club members will receive 35% off wine in-house and to-go. Premier pass holders and Wine Club members will enjoy free wine tastings.

Tanjuli Winery– Tanjuli Winery will waive the regular $5 tasting fee and offer a 10% discount on all bottled wine purchases to Premier Pass holders. This will be your chance to try our newly released Cabernet Sauvignon Resreve. Come taste the magic of Tanjuli Winery.

Tapteil Vineyard Winery– We will provide wine gods and goddesses (a.k.a. Premier Pass holders) the opportunity to stomp grapes in a barrel with optional grape vine crowns, and the $5 event tasting fee is waived. Great photo opportunities of our Red Mt AVA and valley! We’ll be releasing our 2010 Artist Series Syrah, Yakima Valley (#6 in the series) and our 2010 Merlot, Red Mountain. There is a wonderful selection of imported oils and balsamic vinegars to sample.

Tefft Cellars– Tefft Cellars event, all day Saturday. Tickets are $75 per person. Premier Pass holders & Wine Club members admitted for $65.

Terra Blanca Winery– Premier Pass holders receive free admittance, a waived tasting fee of the Arch Terrace Flight, and a gift of 15% off the purchase of 3 or more bottles of wine. A tasting of Signature Series wines is available for $5. Friday night, everyone is invited to the Harvest Party with live music and light appetizers, 7:30 – 10pm. Saturday, we’re featuring food at Café Orsa from Noon – 5pm. All weekend enjoy a case special of an Arch Terrace wine for $120/case. Tastings 10am-6pm

Thurston Wolfe Winery– Thurston Wolfe will be featuring a visit to the fermentation cellar with Dr. Wade Wolfe. Visitors will compare fresh grapes and the finished wine. There will be food provided by Thurston Wolfe’s chef Cathleen Williams. Premier Pass or $5.00 tasting fee.

Treveri Sparkling Cellars-Join us for a fun and fabulous weekend of bubbly!! Tastings Friday thru Sunday at both downtown Yakima and Wapato tasting rooms! Crepe Café de Walla Walla will be joining us Saturday in Wapato, serving delicious sweet and savory crepes to pair with our sparkling wines. Premier Pass holders receive a 15% case discount. Yakima hrs: Fri 12-6, Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5. Wapato hrs: Fri 11-7, Sat 10-7, Sun 10-5. Wapato tasting room located at: 71 Gangl Rd, Wapato, WA 98951

Two Mountain Winery– Two Mountain Winery will be offering vineyard tours for Premier Pass holders at our estate Copeland Vineyard, Saturday at 2pm, and Sunday at Noon. We will talk terroir, minimal impact farming philosophy and what makes Yakima Valley such a special place to grow wine! After the tour, pass holders will receive a complimentary tasting of our reserve wines. Please meet at the winery at least 10 minutes before your selected tour time.

Upland Estates WineryUpland is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Willow Crest Wine Estates– Join us for a celebration of the harvest season with wine and seasonal fare. Extended Patio Café hours throughout the weekend will allow visitors to sample all the goods reaped from the cornucopia that is the Yakima Valley. Premier pass holders and wine club members will have free access to food pairings and tastings as well as discounts on wine purchases. A $5 tasting fee will be charged to non-pass holders.

Wilridge Winery & VineyardWilridge is still working on their benefits, check back, will post soon.

Wineglass Cellars– Complimentary tastings of our regular wines, and special pricing on a few. Premier Pass holders get to taste two older vintages alongside the current vintages. Taste these older wines both freshly opened, and decanted for several hours. Come by and taste what these older wines have become, and the effects of decanting. Saturday: 1998’, 2000’, 2007’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Elerding Vineyard. Sunday: 1998’, 2000’, 2006’ Rich Harvest(red blend).

Yakima Valley Vintners– You are invited to a complimentary educational tour of the Teaching Winery. Visitors will be guided on a crush pad, where you will be able to sample grapes and comparative wines. Come taste the award-winning student made wines and receive a 10% discount by the bottle or 15% discount by the case.

Salinas, California
Salinas, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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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Key Largo Food and Wine Festival 2012

Sunset, Key Largo, Florida
Sunset, Key Largo, Florida (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make plans to attend the Key Largo Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Florida.

WHEN: July 27th-August 5, 2012

WHERE: Various venues around Key Largo

There will be 10 glorious days of wine tasting events, cooking demonstrations, themed wine dinners, food and wine pairing classes, progressive wine dinners, art and wine shows. The Festival’s Finale will feature ‘A Taste of Key Largo’ at the Sundowners restaurant complex grounds.


For more information visit:http://www.keylargofoodandwinefestival.com/

Key Largo Sunset
Key Largo Sunset (Photo credit: tomkellyphoto)

Taste of Key Largo 2012

A festival finale event, “A Taste of Key Largo,” is planned for 4-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Local chefs will prepare signature dishes. You can sample wines while you listen to live music. There will be mixology demonstrations and summer cocktail tastings on the water. Tickets to this event are $28 (incl. tax and tip) per person, including a souvenir tasting glass and gift bag.

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


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Santa Barbara Wine Festival 2012

Aerial photo: Santa Barbara, California
Aerial photo: Santa Barbara, California (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The three-day Santa Barbara Wine Festival kicks off at the historic De La Guerra Adobe Courtyard with the Old Spanish Nights Tapas and Wine Tasting on Thursday, July 19th from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., showcasing some of the finest wines from Spain and Santa Barbara. There will be traditional live music by Luna Gitana, spicy tapas appetizers and flamenco dancing.

This is a locator map showing Santa Barbara Co...
This is a locator map showing Santa Barbara County in Southern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, July 20th from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. the new Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting will allow participants to learn about the science of wine glasses. Take home a four-piece boxed set of wine glasses. Later, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., the Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting takes place at the charming old-world carousel at Chase Palm Park Plaza, where there will be samplings of extremely limited reserve level wines matched with gourmet appetizers, artisan cheeses and fresh strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain.

The event ends with a beachside bash on Saturday, July 21,  from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. with samplings of more than 350 fine wines from every region of California during the Beachside Food & Wine Fest. More than 40 wineries will offer their best selections paired with gourmet appetizers. Regional breweries and distilleries will also offer craft beer and spirits.

A portion of net proceeds is donated to the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County.

“The mission of the Foodbank is to provide nourishment to those in need by acquiring and distributing safe nutritious foods via local agencies and providing education to solve hunger and nutrition problems in Santa Barbara County. During 2009, the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County distributed 9.2 million pounds of food from two warehouse locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.”

This image shows a red wine glass.
This image shows a red wine glass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When: Thursday, July 19-21, 2012

Where: Santa Barbara, Claifornia

Ticket prices vary for each event. For tickets and information, call 800-595-4849 or visit www.californiawinefestival.com

Here’s the Event Schedule:

1. Old Spanish Nights – Wine Tasting on Thursday, July 19, 2012 6:30 – 9 pm Casa De La Guerra Courtyard

This new and exciting event precedes Santa Barbara’s world-famous “Old Spanish Days” Fiesta by a few weeks, and in the spirit of Fiesta, the night is charged with exciting Spanish music, passionate flamenco dancing, and spicy appetizers. Santa Barbara County’s finest wines will be spotlighted along with hot Spanish imports! Don’t miss this festive upscale event! Includes an 18oz keepsake wine glass

Advance Ticket Price – $49 (Gate Price $55)

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2. Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting on Friday, July 20, 2012 Riedel Wine Glass Seminar & Tasting | New to this year’s festival! 4:30 – 6 pm Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort’s Reagan Room 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard, Santa Barbara, CA

The California Wine Festival will host a Riedel “Glassware Journey” tasting/seminar where attendees will explore how the shape and size of the glass effects the perception of the wine on the palate. This educational and fun seminar and wine tasting will be conducted by an expert from the world famous Riedel Glassware Company, preeminent wine glassware manufacturer. Each attendee will receive their own set (to take home) of four varietal specific wine glasses (valued at $123) for the seminar/tasting. Guests attending this fascinating class will also get “front of the line” privileges if attending the CWF Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting immediately following the seminar just a short walk from Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort. Each guest receives a four piece boxed set of Riedel Vinum XL wine glasses valued at $123.

Only 180 tickets available!

Advance Ticket Price – $79 (Gate Price $100)

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3. Sunset Rare & Reserve Wine Tasting on Friday, July 20, 2012 6:30 – 9 pm Chase Palm Park (near carousel)

This romantic evening of rare wine tasting begins with a champagne reception under the stars at Santa Barbara’s charming old-world carousel at Chase Palm Park Plaza. Extremely limited reserve level wines are matched with gourmet appetizers from top local chefs, artisan cheeses, even fresh strawberries dipped in a chocolate fountain while live bluesy jazz keeps things super cool. Includes an 18oz keepsake wine glass

Advance Ticket Price – $110 (Gate Price $140)

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4. NEW! Early Entrance Beachside Wine Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:30 am-4pm* Chase Palm Park Oceanside

Sip your favorite wines and savor all the gourmet foods for an additional 90 minutes (Enter at 11:30 am, not 1 pm) at this years Beachside Wine Festival. Avoid the crowds and lines, step right up to your favorite wineries and restaurants without waiting. Enter with the Press and VIP’s into an uncrowded Festival grounds and enjoy extra time to talk and sample with the winemakers and restaurateurs before the general public is admitted at 1:00 pm. Early Entrance tickets do not include admission to VIP Pavilion. Ticket price includes an 18 oz keepsake wine glass.

Only 500 available!

Advance Ticket Price – $94 (Gate Price $105) Buy Tickets Now

5. Beachside Wine Festival on Saturday, July 21, 2012 1 pm – 4 pm Chase Palm Park Oceanside

This is the “Biggest Wine Festival Under the Sun” in Santa Barbara! A spectacular gathering of over 200 of California’s finest wines from every wine region in the state – showcasing a total of over 350 fine wines at our sunny beach front location. Over 2,500 wine fans will grab their glass and start swirling and sipping just a frisbee throw away from the sparkling Pacific, while live music on stage keeps the party going. Includes an 18oz keepsake wine glass

Advance Ticket Price – $69 (Gate Price $80) Buy Tickets Now

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

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Wine Riot in Chicago

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...
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Attend the Wine Riot in Chicago on June 1-2, 2012 at Great Hall at Union Station. Sip and Savor 250 wines from around the globe!

Event Name Date Time Price Quantity
Opening Night Friday, June 1 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $60.00
Riot 1 Saturday, June 2 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. $50.00
Riot 2 Saturday, June 2 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. $50.00

The Deal with Wine Riot

“Wine Riot is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe. Travel the world of wine all under one roof and tackle things you’ve never tried before. We’ve rallied up a team of die-hard experts to bring you the brain juice: interactive booths and crash courses loaded with tips and tricks for conquering the wine world. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. The best part is, we made an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later, arming you with all the tools needed for total wine domination.”

Click here for more information about Wine Riot: http://secondglass.com/wineriot/

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


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Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival in Myrtle Beach South Carolina

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Attend the 3rd Annual Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine & Spirits Festival in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The event will take place in Myrtle Beach on the weekend of April 26-28, 2012.

Here’s the Coastal Uncorked Food, Wine and Spirits Festival schedule. Events include: Restaurant Week Events, beer and wine dinners, tasting tents and a tasting finale. There will be an  Oyster Roast at the Sea Captain’s House that will kick-off the festival’s third year on the Grand Strand. The Oyster Roast will feature live music in addition to wines and spirits samples and oyster dishes. Tickets are $25. The main events will be held April 26-28, 2012 at The Market Common and Ocean Boulevard. The Market Common will host “Sip, Savor & Stroll” on

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Thursday, April 26 where guests can sample food and wine from restaurants in the complex for $10. Friday and Saturday, tickets can be purchased for the “Oceanfront Grand Tasting Tents.” Tents with food, wine and spirits samples will be set up on Ocean Boulevard between 8th and 9th Avenues North in Myrtle Beach. There will be three tasting sessions at the tents and tickets are $30 per session. “The Chef’s Challenge and Tasting Finale” will wrap up the week’s events with local chefs battling to create the ultimate treats for attendees. Live entertainment and, of course, wine and spirits will be available at the finale. Tickets start at $50 for the event. Combination tickets that include admission to all three tasting sessions in the oceanfront tent and a seat at the finale are available in limited quantities for $100 per person. Other events include various “Wine Dinners” and “Beer Dinners” throughout the week at participating restaurants. They’ll create dinner menus with various wines and beers served during each course. Three course tasting menus will be offered at local restaurants participating in the festival for $20.12.

Visit the Events Page on www.MyrtleBeach.com for complete details on this year’s events.

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


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Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine 2012 in New York

WHEN:  April 19-22, 2012

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Lake Placid, from Whiteface Mountain; most of the islands and part of the south shore are part of the Wild Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

F00d and wine devotees will converge upon Lake Placid; a lovely village in the Adirondack Mountains in Essex County, New York. This will be the 7th-annual Adirondack Festival of Food and Wine. This year’s theme will be “The Culinary Melting Pot of Taste.”

There is a Festival of Food and Wine package for the 7th-annual Lake Placid event. Participants will enjoy wine tastings, seminars, interactive food demonstrations and tastings, a grand tasting reception, a seven-course dinner and admission to a cooking competition. Guest chefs will prepare international delicacies using flavorful locally-grown Adirondack meats and cheeses in the Inn’s Adirondack-themed private dining room.

Here are some of the Festival highlights:

  • An opening reception featuring guest mixologists
  • Guest Chef cooking demonstrations
  • The “Ready-Set-Cook! Competition” which pits the Inn’s culinary team against the talented guest chefs.
  • A seven-course dinner paired with wines prepared by guest chefs, the Inn’s culinary team and a guest sommelier.
  • A farewell brunch and tasting featuring live jazz music.
The Culinary Institute of America
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Chefs will offer expertise from world-class institutions such as the New England Culinary Institute, Culinary Institute of America and the Research Chefs Association. A master sommelier, brew master, gardener, baker and chef will all be presenting at this year’s event.

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


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Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine: Global Wine and Food Events

The Park Hyatt Masters of Food & Wine Program is a series of Global Food and Wine Events. These culinary weekend workshops are available at Park Hyatt hotels. Park Hyatt chefs and sommeliers lead masters-in-training  quarterly classes. Park Hyatt Masters events take place on the following dates:  January 13-15; March 23-25; June 22-24 and September 21-23, 2012.

Here’s how it works. The Park Hyatt chefs and sommeliers lead masters-in-training seminars in different types of

“hands-on courses” on the designated day:

(1) In the Field: Interaction with artisanal food or beverage purveyors

(2) In the Kitchen: Onsite cooking, prep workshops, and specialty tastings and

(3) In the Moment: Tips on service and presentation.

Check out the full calendar of events and participating properties’ itineraries at www.mastersfoodandwine.com.

Here’s a list of some of the activities from the website:

Park Hyatt Maldives will host a fishing excursion led by the hotel’s Executive Chef and resident Marine Biologist. The following day, guests will collect local produce on a farm on a nearby island. After returning to the resort, they will learn regional cooking techniques and will enjoy a traditional Maldivian meal prepared with the fresh ingredients caught and collected.

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Park Hyatt Washington will host a local microbrew tasting with the brew masters at PortCity Brewing Company, a winter tea blend tasting with Certified Tea Master Rodrick Markus, and an intimate cooking class with Blue Duck Tavern Chef de Cuisine John Melfi highlighting the season’s best ingredients.

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi will host an excursion to a local date farm. Following the excursion, guests are invited to a cooking class led by the culinary team where they will learn to prepare the region’s famous hot and cold mezza as well as delicious Arabic sweets.

Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is partnering with ski legend Chris Anthony and Silver Oak Cellars to host a weekend of great skiing, delicious food, and decadent wine. Après-ski, enjoy tasty Colorado cuisine prepared by 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill’s Executive Chef, Christian Apetz, and a reserve wine tasting led by Silver Oaks.

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Park Hyatt Chicago will hosts an evening of wine, beer and a variety of Judy’s Goat Cheeses on March 23, 2012.  Participants will experience a behind-the-scenes kitchen tour and interactive cheese and wine/beer tasting in our Wine Cellar.

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

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Atlanta Food and Wine Festival 2012 in Georgia

Attend the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival 2012 from May 10th to the 13th in Midtown, Atlanta Georgia.

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Atlanta is a vibrant cultural, economic, and culinary powerhouse. This is the home of the The Coca Cola Company and the Home Depot Empires. There are plenty of intersting sites in Atlanta, Georgia. I love the Georgia State Capitol Building.

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The city is home to a plethora of high-end chef-driven restaurants in Atlanta’s neighborhood including: Bocado, Bacchanalia, Flip Burger Boutique, and Miller Union in West Midtown, Empire State South in Midtown and Two Urban Licks and Rathbun’s on the east side. On Buford Highway,  from Buckhead to Gwinnett County, Atlanta has plenty of international food and ethnic restaurants including Vietnamese, Indian, Cuban, Korean, Mexican, Chinese and Ethiopian. Local landmarks include: The Varsity (opened in 1928) and Mary Mac’s Tea Room (opened in 1945). Paschal’s and the Busy Bee Cafe are local  soul food favorites.

Get your tickets here: http://atlfoodandwinefestival.com/. Support the Festival Founders Council’s charitable partners. Join award-winning chefs, sommeliers and beverage innovators for a four-day culinary journey through Atlanta at the 2nd annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

Here’s a snapshot of the events:

1. Learning Experiences More than 80 carefully-crafted cooking and cocktail demonstrations, technique labs, food and beverage tasting seminars and panel discussions.

2. Tasting Experiences Festival Tasting Tents like none other with chef-curated “trails” to guide guests through the best flavors of the region and other Southern regions around the globe.

3. Connoisseur Experience Limited in quantity. An exclusive program with reserve food and beverage classes and tastings and access to a very special Connoisseur Lounge.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero is the Queen of Bacchanalia Events and writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com


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