Six-Week Long Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel Attracts Luminaries in Food, Wine & Art

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The Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel begins on January 16th and continues to February 26th 2006. Affording guests the opportunity to meet renowned national and international luminaries in the culinary, wine and art worlds this smartly planned six-week event caters to connoisseurs and novices alike. Grand vintner’s dinners, food and wine pairings with nightly featured wine flights, rare vintage tastings, celebrity chefs and winemakers, an acclaimed seacoast art show, classes, Bubbles and Jazz Sunday brunches, and educational seminars with notable oenophiles will offer something for everyone.

What do Paul Prudhomme, Gina Gallo, Arrows Restaurant, Moet and Chandon, Melissa Kelly, Ferrari-Carano, and Master of Wine Bill Nesto all have in common? They are just a few of the celebrity Chefs and master wine makers at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel for the second annual Winter Wine Festival. From January 16th to February 26th, grand vintner’s dinners, food and wine pairings, specialty classes, tasting seminars, rare wines, Champagne brunches, Riedel glass demos, an art show, ice carvings, jazz and flamenco are just some of the events of this six–week long food and wine extravaganza at this historic coastal resort.

Opening the festival, the first week will be a celebration of Italian Food and Wine. January 19th, bringing one of Italy’s treasures with a rare Library Tasting of Bertani Amarone. The famed ’67, ’68, ’75, ’76 and ’97 vintages will be paired with artisanal cheeses by local cheese authority Winn Rhodes from South St. & Vine Market. The next night brings Master of Wine Bill Nesto and David Campbell of Ceres Street Wines to show the Majesty of Piedmont in a very limited seating of some of the world’s greatest wines. The week will culminate on Saturday the 21st with a five-course Grand Italian Wine Dinner by the James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly, pairing the menu to wines of undeniable class from the many regions of Italy.

If anyone were born to make wine it would be Gina Gallo, granddaughter of none other than California wine pioneer, Julio Gallo. In a very rare visit to the seacoast, Gina, one of Sonoma’s bright young stars, will preside over a hands-on blending seminar and three-course wine dinner on January 25th. A prize will be awarded to the guests whose blend of wine is judged the best of the evening.

California’s prestigious Kendall-Jackson Winery will host a five course Dueling Chef’s Dinner created by Wentworth by the Sea Hotel’s highly acclaimed Executive Chef Dan Dumont and the KJ’s own Chef Justin Wangler and Master Winemaker Randy Ullom on January 28th.

Ferrari-Carano will lead a World Exclusive vertical tasting of Tresor, their master blend of all five Bordeaux varietals on February 1st. This is the first and maybe last time as production of this magnificent wine from California’s Alexander Valley is so very limited.

If you’ve ever wanted to know more about premium sakes then mark February 3rd .The hotel’s marina restaurant, Latitudes, will be the site for Sushi, Sake, and Tempura with Philbrick’s Fresh Market’s wine buyer Todd Carey, Sushi Chef Nelly Naing Lynn and the Wentworth’s Banquet Chef Ken Shimer.

Saturday February 4th brings the winery owner and chef of the highly acclaimed, award-winning Justin Wines from California. This Grand Vintner’s Dinner starts with a meet and greet reception with passed hors d’ouevres and then presents a five-course dinner prepared by the chef who knows these wines best. The Justin Isosceles and Obtuse Port are not to be missed.

“A Feast for the Eyes” celebrates the aesthetics of good food, wine, and art with paintings and sculptures by some of the Seacoast’s finest artists on display in the common areas of the hotel. Enjoy the art of food and wine with a reception with the artists, passed hors d’ouevres, and a cash bar on February 8th.

To continue this exploration of the age-old intertwining of wine and art, Jan Shrem, owner of Clos Pegase in Napa Valley, will give his vibrant and humorous multi-media presentation, Bacchus the Rascal, while offering some of his single-vineyard wines on February 10th.

The vibrant, trend setting wines, food, and culture of Spain come to the festival on February 11th with Spanish Wine, Tapas, and Flamenco.

One of America’s first celebrity chefs, the venerable Paul Prudhomme of New Orleans, and the five member ’96 Culinary Team USA will reunite on February 17th for preparation of the dinner that won them Gold in Luxembourg, paired with wines from the hotel’s cellars. The evening starts with a meet and greet cocktail reception with this great American and the team he advised to the World Cup.

Kermit Lynch has been called the most important wine importer in the United States for seeking out small producers who make unfiltered wines in traditional methods. This dinner of all Burgundy wines, on February 21st, provides the opportunity to drink these wines from what may be the greatest wine region of the world.

A grand festival deserves a grand finale and the owners of Sakonnet Vineyards and Arrows Restaurant team up for the last of the Grand Vintner’s Dinners in the Festival on February 25th. Named one of 50 best restaurants in America by Gourmet Magazine, their passion for natural ingredients and inventive style will highlight these superb wines.

Every Sunday during the Festival brings the elegant Moet and Chandon White Star Champagne to the already spectacular Bubbles and Jazz Brunch.

Flights Nights are featured every weekday from 5-7pm with winemakers and noted wine authorities from around the world, along with complimentary hors d’ouevres in Roosevelt’s Lounge. Riedel Glass demonstrations will be conducted with complimentary glassware to bring home at several of these Roosevelt’s events. Food writer Rachel Forrest will be here broadcasting her radio show “Wine Me Dine Me” live on several of the events.

Specialty Cooking Classes will be held throughout the festival at Atrezzi Fine Kitchen Store on Market Street in Portsmouth NH.


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