Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa Celebrates Its Annual Wine Lovers' Weekend

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Enjoy a weekend of fine wine and cuisine as Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Illinois, celebrates their annual Wine Lovers' Weekend, March 24-27, 2011. Whether you're a novice or seasoned wine lover, this event has something for everyone.

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Enjoy “Great Flavors, Bold Foods” at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s Annual Wine Lovers’ Weekend, March 24-27, 2011. The weekend agenda is filled with presentations by top winemakers, wine tastings, educational seminars and exquisite culinary-infused wine luncheons and dinners.

“For eleven years Eagle Ridge has been hosting the Wine Lovers’ Weekend and each year we add a new twist to enhance the event,” said Eagle Ridge Food & Beverage Director, Don Pleau. “This year’s theme, ‘Great Flavors, Bold Foods,’ promises to be very special as we explore wines and viticulture from areas such as Chile, Italy, Argentina and Australia.

“Wine Lovers’ Weekend if perfect for the novice just becoming interested in wine or the seasoned veteran with a cellar in their basement,” added Pleau who is also one of the resort’s resident Sommeliers. “Join us for the special weekend, it promises to be filled with ‘Great Flavors and Bold Foods."

While the weekend promises to be one filled with fine wine and dining, it features professional wine enthusiasts and culinary artists such as:

  •     Antonio Sanguineti, wine maker and consultant, of Sanguineti Winery in Tuscany, italy. Antonio will host the event’s Friday night dinner, “The Italian Table, Small Vineyards, Big Foods, ” concluding the dining experience with “Grappa, The Italian Cordial.”
  •     William Whiting, Director of Wine Education, Banfi Vintners, Old Brooksville, New York. William tailors and implements educational programs for both trade and consumers with a focus on the wines of Italy, Chilie, Argentina and Austrialia. He will specifically host the Saturday evening dinner, “The South American Experience: Modern Wine, Traditional Foods,” followed by “A Single Malt Night Cap,” to conclude the day’s events.
  •     Bryan Gentile of Moet et Chandon, one of the finest and iconic wine producers in the world, is an expert is fine sparkling wines. Bryan will conclude the weekend with his presentation at “The Winemakers Panel Sparkling Sunday Brunch.”

Sessions include Beer, Cheese and Brothers Ale and Cheese Tasting with Jim and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing Company in Warrenville, Ill.; “Exploring Italy’s Small Vineyards” with Antonio Sanguineti; “To Oak or Not to Oak, The Story of Chardonnay” with Stephen Curtis, Eagle Ridge’s own Sommelier and Restaurant Services Manager; “Noechcnul Sdrawkcab Eht (The Backwards Luncheon)” presented by Don Pleau, Food & Beverage Director at Eagle Ridge and a Sommelier; “A Romp Thru the Vineyards of Chili and Argentina” with William Whiting; and a culinary exhibition by Eagle Ridge’s Chef Morgan Wesley, “The Asian Influence.”

A Bacchus Cellar Wine Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 24 to prelude the weekend wine events. The dinner is separate from the Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package being offered. Tickets are available for $100 per person. To book this unique, particular event, call 800-892-2269.

Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package
Guests who are interested in attending this weekend getaway can book a Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package that includes two-night accommodations, sponsored meals and beverages, and admission to all scheduled wine seminars. Package rates start at $369 per person, excluding tax and resort amenity fee, and can be booked by calling Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa at 800-892-2269.

About Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

Located on 6,800 acres amid the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa in Galena, Illinois, is a full-spectrum resort complex located 150 miles west of Chicago. The property showcases superior golf with 63 holes on four acclaimed courses which include the North Course; the South Course; the East Course (9-holes); and the resort’s crowning achievement, The General, an 18-hole, par 72 course with over 250 feet of elevation changes throughout.

Lodging accommodations at Eagle Ridge are delightfully unique with 80 quaint Inn rooms and over 250 villas and distinctive homes to choose from throughout the property.

For the resort’s corporate clients Eagle Ridge boasts 15,000 square feet of state-of-the-art meeting space, in addition to beautiful conference homes for small, elegant meetings. The entire facility is also the perfect venue for banquets, weddings and theme parties.

Eagle Ridge offers three distinctive restaurants that include award-winning Woodlands Restaurant, along with Spikes Bar & Grill and Paisanos. Other amenities include the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, providing ten treatment rooms for a complete sensory experience, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool, sauna and steam room.

The resort lays claim to numerous industry awards and recognition:

•In 2010, Golf Magazine listed The General as the #4 “Best in Illinois” course to play alongside the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” ranking.

•In 2000, 2008 and 2010, Golf Magazine listed The General among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” in the magazine’s ranking.

•For three straight years Golfweek named The General one of the best resort courses in the annual Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses listing in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

•In 2009, Golf Digest named The General one of the best golf courses in the state of Illinois for The World’s Greatest Golf rankings, 2009-2010. The General was named #24 in the state of Illinois. The rankings were put out as a supplement to the May 2009 issue of Golf Digest.

•In 2009, Golfweek named The General second in the state of Illinois for Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play listing, published July 2009.

•In 2008 and in 2009, Successful Meetings honored Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa with the “Pinnacle Award” as voted by readers in the Hotels & Resorts category.

•In 2009, Zagat ranked Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s The General, North and South courses in the 2009 America’s Top Golf Courses, sixth edition as ranked and reviewed by players.

The property is the perfect backdrop to an incredible selection of outdoor activities including miles of biking, hiking and horseback riding trails, as well as tennis, hot air balloon rides, boating and fishing on the picturesque 220-acre Lake Galena. For reservations or additional information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit http://www.eagleridge.com.

For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Sue Schubert, Advertising & Promotions Manager
Phone: (815) 776-5059        
Fax: (815) 777-0445
E-mail: bschubert(at)eagleridge(dot)com

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