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Sep 27, 2013
Terri Judson

Wine industry a huge economic generator


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With the start of the 33rd annual Fall Okanagan Wine Festival just around the corner, a new report has been released that shows wine tourism has an economic impact of $140 million annually on the Okanagan Valley.

A collaboration of the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, the B.C. Wine Institute and the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College, the report was based on more than 1,000 interviews at member wineries and at wine festivals and found that there are more than 1,400 full-time jobs in tourism and related employment.

Wine festivals generate $87 million in direct annual economic impact and $52 million in indirect economic impact, while net annual government revenue from wine tourism is $4 million.

Interviews conducted as part of the survey revealed that destination wine tourists spend on average, $475 a trip to the Okanagan, and regional wine tourists spend $120 a visit, with two people the most common size of a group.

On the whole, wine festivals tend to attract a younger audience, and nearly 70 per cent of wine tourists have at least two years college or university education.

“This study really validates the importance of wine tourism to our local economy and how the wine festivals and its hundred-plus member wineries have been successful at engaging consumers in unique and authentically British Columbian wine experiences year-round,” commented Blair Baldwin, professor at the Okanagan School of Business at the college, and manager of the festivals.

“You get to meet the characters behind the wine and experience wine country the way it’s meant to be enjoyed—in a fun and social atmosphere,” commented Eric von Krosigk, chairman of the wine festivals society. “This study is welcome news and underscores the belief that wine tourism is a terrific economic driver.”

This year’s fall wine festival begins next week, when it’s expected to bring more than 800,000 tourists to the valley to visit some of the more than 200 wineries, taste and buy some of the 80 varietals of wines, eat at restaurants and attend festival events.

While here, they’ll have a taste not only of the wines produced in previous years, but of the grape harvest, which is well underway in the 9,800 acres of vineyard planted in the region.

During the Oct. 4 to 14 fall wine festival this year, there are more than 150 events through the Okanagan and Similkameen, from wine and cheese pairings, to wine-paired dinners, receptions, vineyard lunches, art walks, music, grape stomps and theatre.

For details, pick up a copy of the events guide wherever B.C. wines are sold, or go to: www.thewinefestivals.com

 

jsteeves@kelownacapnews.com

 

 

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Sep 26, 2013
Terri Judson

Elgin, Tombstone hosting wine festivals

The state’s longest running wine festival is helping to launch the state’s newest festival.

The Village of Elgin Winery will hold its 31st Harvesting of the Vine Festival this weekend. In November the winery will help Tombstone Wine Works host its inaugural Tombstone Festival of the Vine.

Village of Elgin Winery owner Gary Reeves said he convinced the folks at Tombstone Wine Works to launch the festival. Reeves makes wine for Tombstone Wine Works.

The Tombstone festival will feature nine wineries from around the state including Tombstone’s two — Wine Works and Silver Strike — and several from Sonoita/Elgin including Village of Elgin and Kief-Joshua.

Reeves and his wife/business partner Kathy started their Harvesting of the Vine Festival when they launched their winery 31 years ago. It celebrates the area’s rich viticulture history — their winery is one of the oldest in the state and is a central player in the state’s wine industry . The festival, which attracts between 1,000 and 1,500 people, will feature Reeves’ wines alongside Tombstone Wine Works, Four Monkey and Mountain View Cellars. Bisbee band Buzz the Soul Senders will perform both days.

The festival also celebrates the Village of Elgin Winery’s harvest, which brought in 350 to 400 tons of fruit from 103 acres of vines. The yield is among the largest — if not the largest — from Arizona vineyards this year.

“This has been a very long crush,” Reeves said Monday as he prepared to harvest the final vines.

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Sep 25, 2013
Terri Judson

Wine pours $140M into local economy

For 33 years the Okanagan has been celebrating the best it has to offer, and this year is no exception.

The fall wine festival takes place October 4-14 and with 150 events through the Okanagan and Similkameen Valley, it may come as no surprise that wine festivals and tourism actually contribute $140 million in economic impact annually to the local area.

Recently voted the top interior festival by BC Living Magazine and best BC wine festival by the Georgia Straight, the Fall Okanagan Wine Festival has been ranked among the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association for over a decade.

A research report released by the the Okanagan Wine Festivals Society, the British Columbia Wine Institute, and the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College found wine festivals generate $87 million in direct annual economic impact and $52 million in indirect economic impact.

Blair Baldwin, a professor at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College says there are over 1,000 full-time jobs in wine tourism and tourism related employment on an annual basis and more than 460 indirect jobs.

“This study really validates the importance of wine tourism to our local economy and how the wine festivals and its 100 plus member wineries have been successful in engaging consumers in unique and authentically British Columbian wine experiences year round and directly yielding increases in the sale of wine, food and accommodation.”

The Okanagan Wine Tourism Industry Economic Impact Report stats the net annual government revenue from wine tourism is $4 million and the value added or GDP impact attributed to Okanagan wine tourism is $69+million.

However, according to Premier Christy Clark, the wine industry is contributing more than tourism revenue and jobs, it’s also a source of pride for our province.

“Festivals like this are a great way to highlight some of the Okanagan’s and the world’s best wines, and I encourage everyone to check it out.”

The 33rd Fall Okanagan Wine Festival will kick off with the Annual BC Wine Awards Reception on October 3 and wrap up at the Valley First Grand Finale Consumer Tastings on October 11 and 12.

Event and ticket information is available at www.thewinefestivals.com

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Sep 21, 2013
Terri Judson

Seen & Heard: Amenities at 443 Greenwich

Seen Heard: Amenities at 443 Greenwich

••• The best look yet of 37 Warren’s rooftop addition. Sorry about the haze—I shot it through a window.

••• If you sign up for emails from 443 Greenwich, the big conversion underway in northwest Tribeca, you get this info sent to you: “Residents will enjoy a 24-hour doorman, 24-hour concierge valet and live-in resident manager. 443 Greenwich will feature a 71-foot indoor swimming pool, children’s playroom, landscaped roof terrace, fitness center, private fitness studios, as well as both men’s and women’s locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas. There will be private storage rooms and a wine cellar. Also, a limited number of indoor parking spaces will be available for purchase. Preview showings will begin in late fall of 2013, with the on-site sales office scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.” A 71-foot pool is mighty nice! Although why not go four feet more and have a 25-yard pool, which is a standard length? (That’s what Asphalt Green has.)

••• Tony sent in this photo of the Pier 26 restaurant-in-progress, although he says there was no progress happening when he walked by: “Not a single soul at the site at around 2:45 on Friday afternoon.” He also noted that there’s a charging station for mobile devices near the playground on Pier 25.

••• The Radio Lilac crafts marketplace at the Lilac (docked at Pier 25) will be Sept. 28, 1-7 p.m. There will also be music and a cash bar.

••• “New York Wine Festivals announces the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad New York in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, November 9. The autumn tasting event will feature 200+ wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines plus light fare by Union Square Events, Conrad New York’s exclusive caterer. Attendees will also enjoy live contemporary jazz performances during each tasting session by Grammy®-nominated guitarist Gil Parris.” Tickets are $99.

••• Is this a thing? (I tend to read all advertising imperatives as if they’re angry, so when I see this, I read, “Chop your own goddamn salad!”) Anyway, it’s at Canyon Ridge deli on Church, if you think you’re ready.

Canyon Ridge salad sign

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Sep 19, 2013
Terri Judson

Montgomery Wine Festival, Katy Sip n Stroll celebrate Texas wines

Montgomery Wine Festival, Katy Sip n Stroll celebrate Texas wines

Montgomery Wine Festival, Katy Sip n Stroll celebrate Texas wines



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RON’S WINE PICK

2008 Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

Characteris tics: This red wine has a nose of cherry and currants, with a hint of vanilla, provided by oak barrel aging. This wine has a great mouth feel with a long, lingering finish.

Pairs with: Grilled Texas Steaks

Grown:Texas High Plains

Cost: $17.99 per bottle.

Where: H-E-B grocery stores


Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 4:00 am


Montgomery Wine Festival, Katy Sip n Stroll celebrate Texas wines

By Ron Saikowski / Wine WalkAs the weather cools, check out several local and regional wine festivals celebrating one of the greatest grape harvests ever.


As the grape harvest is winding down in Texas, Texas wineries are excited and want to share their wines with you, the Texas wine consumers. Two of my favorite wine events share this weekend. I wish I could divide myself into “halves,” but that will not happen. The local big wine festival will be held in Historic Montgomery starting from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. under the big wine tents. Sixteen Texas wineries will pour their best wines for your pleasure. Pair those wines with Texas foods from a variety of vendors and great Texas music from eight different Texas music groups. Live cooking demonstrations are also in store for you. Free admission is allowed but you will need to purchase tasting tickets and a glass either at the gate or online for a 25 percent discount. For more information on this annual event and to purchase tickets online, go to www.ExperienceMontgomery.com.

I will be traveling to Katy for the “Katy Sip n Stroll” charity event this Saturday where 20-plus wine sampling stations, local restaurant samplings, live music, craft beer gardens and more will benefit the wonderful work of Cinco Charities. There will be special live auction items benefitting Cinco Charities including a special wine tasting for 20 hosted by “yours truly” in the fermentation room of Bernhardt Winery. Special perks come along with this item including wine thieving from my personal oak barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon and possibly from a Bernhardt Port Barrel. Who will be the lucky person to get this? The last time this was offered at a charity event, the bids went up to $5,000! This event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs through 8. Event sponsor is Kroger’s making the event cost a low $35 per adult and $65 VIP Package per adult. For more information, go to www.SipAndStroll.com. Tickets purchased online are also discounted.

On Sept. 27 and 28, the Texas Reds Steak and Grape Festival will celebrate Texas wines and Texas steaks in historic downtown Bryan. The mastermind of this event is Paul Bonarrigo of Messina Hof Winery. This event is a huge Texas wine event with thousands of wine aficionados sipping on great Texas wines under wine tents and great grilled Texas steaks paired with Texas music! More information will be provided in next week’s wine column.

October is Texas Wine Month

The Texas Department of Agriculture has designated October as Texas Wine Month. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the crisp fall weather along with Texas wines. The nine wineries that make up the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail will be celebrating Texas wines with their Sausage and Wine Trail event during the first two weekends in October in Houston’s Hill Country, north and west of Houston. Your October Wine and Sausage trail ticket price of $30 for a single ticket or $50 for a Ticket for Two includes two select wine tastings, paired with a unique sausage dish at each winery PLUS a Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail glass. The nine Trail member wineries include:

• Bernhardt Winery near Plantersville

• Cork This! Winery in Montgomery

• Messina Hof Winery in Bryan

• Peach Creek Vineyards in College Station

• Pleasant Hill Winery in Brenham

• Retreat Hill Winery Vineyard near Navasota

• Saddlehorn Winery east of Burton

• Texas Star Winery south of Richards

• Windy Winery near the Brenham Airport

When you arrive at your first winery, you will receive a 12- ounce commemorative wine glass to use and keep for all of your tastings. In addition, visit all nine member wineries and that ticket holder will receive a commemorative Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail two-stage professional wine opener. The value of this ticket is over $85 per person!

Your trail tickets are good on any of the dates, Oct. 5-6 and 12-13, regardless of when you purchase them. Blaze your own trail and pick where you want to start and where you want to end. You have four days over two weekends to visit all nine wineries. The official hours for this event are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday for each trail weekend.

All wineries are open during the official trail hours. Several wineries open earlier or close later than the official hours, so please check the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail website for specific winery hours.

Ron Saikowski may be reached at rsaikowski@comcast.net.

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Sep 19, 2013
Terri Judson

Arizona uncorked: fall wine festivals

Arizona winemakers are celebrating the harvest with statewide fall festivals that kick off next weekend in Sedona. It’s a chance to taste the fruits of the vine, meet winemakers and learn their secrets. It’s also a chance to celebrate a growing force in Arizona’s agri-tourism industry. “Arizona Wine is the best thing that has happened to Arizona in a long time in terms of an economic engine. It is one of the few industries that grew in the recession,” said Sandy Moriarty, who founded the Sedona Wine Festival in 2009. “And the wines are really good.”

Sedona will celebrate its fifth annual festival Sept. 28-29. Over the third weekend in October, Willcox dots it historic downtown Railroad Park with wine-tasting tents for the fall installment of its twice yearly Willcox Wine Country Festival.

And the granddaddy of all of Arizona’s wine events, the Arizona Wine Growers Association’s Festival at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, will showcase top winemakers from around the state in mid-November.

Here’s a guide to help you make the most of the festivals.

Fifth Annual Sedona Wine Festival

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29.

Where: Beneath a 13,000-square-foot tent at Sedona Airport, 235 Air Terminal Drive, Sedona. Sedona is about four hours by car from Tucson.

Cost: $20 in advance at sedonawinefest.com, $25 at the door. VIP premium tickets $40 in advance, $45 at the door if available.

Details: sedonawinefest.com

History: Started by Sandy Moriarty, a community activist and member of Sedona’s interim city council after Sedona incorporated in the late 1980s. A self-proclaimed “major wino,” she launched the first festival in 2009 with a handful of wineries; about 700 people turned out. Last year’s festival attracted 2,500 people and featured more than a dozen wineries, most of them from the Verde Valley. This year’s event includes 15 wineries, live entertainment and food vendors.

Taste the wine: Arizona wineries represented at the festival include Cottonwood’s Alcantara and Arizona Stronghold; Willcox-based Zarpara Vineyard; Tough Country Wines from rural Skull Valley; Page Springs Cellars and Javelina Leap from nearby Cornville; Scottsdale-based Su Vino Winery; and Jerome-based Cellar 433, home of John McLoughlin’s family of wines including Bitter Creek, Jerome Winery, Dribble Creek and Sultry Cellars.

Moriarty said she is most excited about the introduction of Prescott’s Superstition Meadery, the only winery in Arizona to produce honey wine, which predates any other fermented beverage in human history. “I’m going to be very excited to taste it,” Moriarty said.

Eat the food: Several Sedona restaurants will be selling food during the festival — the Sedona Airport’s Mesa Grill, brick-oven pizza from Andiamo Pizza, and gourmet fare from Poco Diablo Resort’s T. Carl’s Restaurant and Culinary Creations By Beth.

Stay the night: Sedona is home to some of the state’s most exquisite resorts including Enchantment Resort tucked into the picturesque Boynton Canyon (starting at $395 a night, enchantmentresort.com); and L’Auberge de Sedona alongside Oak Creek (suites start at $364 a night; lauberge.com). Rates start at $80 per night at The Sky Ranch Lodge at the airport (skyranchlodge.com).

Explore the grapes: While you’re in town, check out a local winery or tasting room. Some suggestions:

  • Alcantara Vineyard (alcantaravineyard.com), 3445 S. Grapevine Way in Cottonwood, about a 30-minute drive.
  • Made In Arizona Wine and Gift (facebook.com/MadeinArizonaWineandGift), 235 N. State Route 89A, in the Oak Creek Marketplace in uptown Sedona.
  • Javelina Leap Winery (javelinaleapwinery.com), 1565 Page Springs Road in Cornville, about 15 minutes outside Sedona.
  • Caduceus Cellars (caduceus.org), 158 Main St., Jerome, about 40 minutes outside Sedona.
  • Pillsbury Wine Company (pillsburywine.com), 1012 N. Main St. in Old Town Cottonwood, about 30 minutes outside Sedona.

Willcox Wine Country Festival

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 20.

Where: Historic Railroad Park, downtown Willcox, about 90 minutes east of Tucson.

Cost: Admission is free; $15 for eight pours and a souvenir, embossed, long-stem wine glass.

Details: willcoxwines.com

History: The first festival was held in spring 2010, organized by Willcox Wine Country, a conglomerate of wineries that market Willcox’s burgeoning wine industry. The group holds two two-day festivals a year — in October and in May.

“It’s a venue for a lot of the wineries to show off their new wines,” said Robert Carlson of Carlson Creek Vineyard. Carlson is on the organizing committee and his vineyard will participate in the festival.

Last year, as many as 2,500 people attended. In addition to wine tastings, four bands from Bisbee, including the popular Nowhere Man and A Whiskey Girl, will perform.

Taste the wine: The festival will feature as many as 16 wineries, most of them from Willcox including Pillsbury Wine Company, Zarpara, Flying Leap Vineyards, Sand-Reckoner Vineyards, Kief-Joshua Vineyards and Keeling Schaefer Vineyards.

Eat the food: The Dragoon Café food truck, which dishes up Southwest-inspired fare including garlic-lime pulled pork sandwiches, chile sirloin burgers and spinach feta tarts; and Rodney’s, a popular Southern soul food diner, 118 N. Railroad Ave., in Willcox’s historic downtown, will have food for sale.

Stay the night: While less than a 90-minute drive from Vail, consider staying the night. Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat Bed and Breakfast 7101 E. White Pacheco St., is about 14 miles from the festival grounds and not far from the picturesque Chiricahua National Monument. Rooms run $139 a night, double occupancy, and reservations are a must: 1-520-384-6474. There’s also the Quality Inn, Days Inn Willcox, Super 8 Willcox and Holiday Inn Express Willcox — all clustered near Interstate 10 — offering rates from $55 to $81.

Explore the grapes: Several wineries offer discounted tastings if you bring in your festival glass. There are several tasting rooms near the Railroad Park festival grounds including:

  • Keeling Schaefer Vineyards (keelingschaefervineyards.com), 154 N. Railroad Ave.
  • Carlson Creek (carlsoncreek.com), around the corner at 115 Railview Ave.
  • Coronado Vineyards (coronadovineyards.com), 2909 E. Country Club Drive.
  • Take a short drive along Kansas Settlement Road to Pillsbury (pillsburywine.com) at 6450 S. Bennett Place; or Zarpara (zarpara.com) at 677 S. Zarpara Lane.

The Festival at the Farm

When: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 1-5 p.m. Nov. 16.

Where: The Farm at South Mountain, 6101 S. 32nd St., Phoenix. It’s a 90-minute drive west of Tucson.

Cost: $75 for the Nov. 15 Grand Tasting at Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain, which includes food and wine samples; $65 in advance with discounts for the Nov. 16 festival, which includes wine tastings from more than 20 Arizona wineries, lunch and live entertainment.

Details: azwinefestivalatthefarm.com

History: The first festival was held five years ago as a way for Arizona Winegrowers Association to celebrate Arizona wineries and promote the wine to folks who might still be skeptical that Arizona can produce quality wine.

“Any time you can get a person to taste the wine, that changes people’s minds,” said Justin Ove, the sales manager and event coordinator for Cottonwood-based Arizona Stronghold, one of the state’s biggest wine producers.

Taste the wine: 32 vineyards including Sonoita’s Callaghan Vineyards, Lawrence Dunham Vineyards from Fountain Hills, Juniper Well Ranch Vineyards from Skull Valley outside Prescott and Elgin’s Lightning Ridge Cellars will pour .

Eat the food: Quiessence, the celebrated restaurant at The Farm At South Mountain, will host the Grand Wine Tasting, and food will be prepared by the Tempe-based Santa Barbara Catering Co., which dabbles in such delicacies as tableside torched beef tenderloin and a coffee and black pepper crusted strip loin steak on the grill. Quiessence is between chefs after Greg LaPrad took off to open a restaurant in Sonoita’s wine country in June. His Overland Trout, 3266 Highway 82 in Sonoita, could open later this month.

Stay the night: The Phoenix area is home to dozens of fine hotels and resorts. Closest to the festival is the Legacy Golf Resort Phoenix (shellhospitality.com), 6808 S. 32nd St. Rates start at $169 a night.

Explore the grapes: The Phoenix area has a couple wineries worth the drive:

  • Studio Vino (studiovino.com) at 1825 E. Guadulupe in Tempe.
  • Su Vino Winery (suvinowineryaz.com), 7035 E. Main St., Scottsdale.

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Sep 18, 2013
Terri Judson

New York Wine Festivals Presents the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad …

NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – New York Wine Festivals announces the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad New York in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The autumn tasting event will feature 200+ wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines plus light fare by Union Square Events, Conrad New York’s exclusive caterer. Attendees will also enjoy live contemporary jazz performances during each tasting session by Grammy®-nominated guitarist Gil Parris.

Tasting tables located throughout the venue will offer a wide array of high-quality wines from around the globe including Burgundy samplings, Italian varieties, Champagnes, and selections from Portugal. California offerings will feature top mainstays, plus exciting dark horse grapes showcasing the state’s range.

New York Wine Festival’s popular winter tastings have sold out for the last four years and this autumn’s event is expected to do the same. Festival attendees can choose from two sessions: Afternoon: 3-6pm or Evening: 8-11pm. For an additional fee, guests may take an Exclusive Wine Class taught by the American Sommelier Association’s top sommeliers. Three classes are offered during each session: History in the Tasting, Principles of Blind Tasting, and Sugar Spice and Everything Twice.

“This year’s event is our most elegant yet. Set at Conrad New York, featuring a curated wine selection by Vintry Fine Wines, light fare by Union Square Events, and live performances by a top contemporary jazz artist, guests will be treated to an incredible wine, food and entertainment experience,” notes S.W. Kimball, Founder, New York Wine Festivals.

“We’d be delighted if attendees viewed the Autumn Wine Festival as a weekend getaway by staying at the Conrad New York for one or two nights, with special rates starting at $299 per night,” said Robert Rechtermann, General Manager, Conrad New York.

Musical guest, guitarist Gil Parris, known for his special blend of blues, jazz, rock, and smooth jazz, has recorded and toured as both a solo artist and sideman with Dr. John; Blood, Sweat Tears; Diane Schuur; David Mann; and Toni Braxton, among others.

Sponsors include Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, TMRW: The Most Romantic Wine, The Naked Grape Wine, OneHope Wine, Wine Sisterhood, Kelly Jones, and Green Mountain Energy; more to be announced shortly.

A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit Creative Arts Workshops for Kids (CAW), a nonprofit arts education and youth development organization dedicated to empowering urban youth through the use of the arts.

NYC Autumn Wine Festival tickets are on sale now, priced at $99. (Final week: $109) Space is limited; advance purchase is recommended. An additional $25 per Wine Class applies for those adding classes to their festival experience.

For details or to purchase tickets to the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad New York, visit www.nywinefestivals.com, or order by phone at (866) 811-4111.

About New York Wine Festivals
New York Wine Festivals hosts elegant wine tasting events at first class venues around the city.  The company’s goal is to provide a wine tasting experience that allows guests to sample as many diverse wines as possible while enjoying great music and the company of other wine lovers. Visit www.nywinefestivals.com.

About Conrad New York
Located in the heart of Battery Park City, Conrad New York is a new contemporary luxury hotel. With magnificent Hudson River views, the 463 all-suite hotel is adjacent to Hudson River Park, close to many of the city’s iconic landmarks and neighborhoods, including TriBeCa and SoHo. The hotel boasts a seasonal rooftop bar with striking views of the New York Harbor and Statue of Liberty and over 30,000 square feet of adaptable meeting space. With exclusive caterer Union Square Events, Conrad New York meets and exceeds the needs of weddings, private celebrations, corporate meetings, and fundraising galas. Visit www.conradnewyork.com/USE.

About Vintry Fine Wines
Vintry Fine Wines brings fine wine to NYC’s revitalized downtown. With 2,500+ selections focusing on both collectibles and drinkables, Vintry is a destination in bourgeoning Battery Park City. Featuring iconic design marrying classic and modern elements by architecture firm Rogers Marvel, this indicates what the store is all about: the best wines from both old and new world regions. Visit www.vintryfinewines.com.

SOURCE New York Wine Festivals

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Sep 18, 2013
Terri Judson

New York Wine Festivals presents the NYC Autumn Wine Festival

NEW YORK, NY – New York Wine Festivals announces the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad New York in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The autumn tasting event will feature 200+ wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines plus light fare by Union Square Events, Conrad New York’s exclusive caterer. Attendees will also enjoy live contemporary jazz performances during each tasting session by Grammy®-nominated guitarist Gil Parris.

Tasting tables located throughout the venue will offer a wide array of high-quality wines from around the globe including Burgundy samplings, Italian varieties, Champagnes, and selections from Portugal. California offerings will feature top mainstays, plus exciting dark horse grapes showcasing the state’s range.

New York Wine Festival’s popular winter tastings have sold out for the last four years and this autumn’s event is expected to do the same. Festival attendees can choose from two sessions: Afternoon: 3-6pm or Evening: 8-11pm. For an additional fee, guests may take an Exclusive Wine Class taught by the American Sommelier Association’s top sommeliers. Three classes are offered during each session: History in the Tasting, Principles of Blind Tasting, and Sugar Spice and Everything Twice.

“This year’s event is our most elegant yet. Set at Conrad New York, featuring a curated wine selection by Vintry Fine Wines, light fare by Union Square Events, and live performances by a top contemporary jazz artist, guests will be treated to an incredible wine, food and entertainment experience,” notes S.W. Kimball, Founder, New York Wine Festivals.

“We’d be delighted if attendees viewed the Autumn Wine Festival as a weekend getaway by staying at the Conrad New York for one or two nights, with special rates starting at $299 per night,” said Robert Rechtermann, General Manager, Conrad New York.

Musical guest, guitarist Gil Parris, known for his special blend of blues, jazz, rock, and smooth jazz, has recorded and toured as both a solo artist and sideman with Dr. John; Blood, Sweat Tears; Diane Schuur; David Mann; and Toni Braxton, among others.

Sponsors include Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, TMRW: The Most Romantic Wine, The Naked Grape Wine, OneHope Wine, Wine Sisterhood, Kelly Jones, and Green Mountain Energy; more to be announced shortly.

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Sep 17, 2013
Terri Judson

New York Wine Festivals Presents the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad …




NEW YORK, Sept. 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – New York Wine Festivals announces the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad New York in downtown Manhattan on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The autumn tasting event will feature 200+ wines curated by Vintry Fine Wines plus light fare by Union Square Events, Conrad New York’s exclusive caterer. Attendees will also enjoy live contemporary jazz performances during each tasting session by Grammy®-nominated guitarist Gil Parris.

Tasting tables located throughout the venue will offer a wide array of high-quality wines from around the globe including Burgundy samplings, Italian varieties, Champagnes, and selections from Portugal. California offerings will feature top mainstays, plus exciting dark horse grapes showcasing the state’s range.

New York Wine Festival’s popular winter tastings have sold out for the last four years and this autumn’s event is expected to do the same. Festival attendees can choose from two sessions: Afternoon: 3-6pm or Evening: 8-11pm. For an additional fee, guests may take an Exclusive Wine Class taught by the American Sommelier Association’s top sommeliers. Three classes are offered during each session: History in the Tasting, Principles of Blind Tasting, and Sugar Spice and Everything Twice.

“This year’s event is our most elegant yet. Set at Conrad New York, featuring a curated wine selection by Vintry Fine Wines, light fare by Union Square Events, and live performances by a top contemporary jazz artist, guests will be treated to an incredible wine, food and entertainment experience,” notes S.W. Kimball, Founder, New York Wine Festivals.

“We’d be delighted if attendees viewed the Autumn Wine Festival as a weekend getaway by staying at the Conrad New York for one or two nights, with special rates starting at $299 per night,” said Robert Rechtermann, General Manager, Conrad New York.

Musical guest, guitarist Gil Parris, known for his special blend of blues, jazz, rock, and smooth jazz, has recorded and toured as both a solo artist and sideman with Dr. John; Blood, Sweat Tears; Diane Schuur; David Mann; and Toni Braxton, among others.

Sponsors include Dr. Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, TMRW: The Most Romantic Wine, The Naked Grape Wine, OneHope Wine, Wine Sisterhood, Kelly Jones, and Green Mountain Energy; more to be announced shortly.

A portion of the festival’s proceeds will benefit Creative Arts Workshops for Kids (CAW), a nonprofit arts education and youth development organization dedicated to empowering urban youth through the use of the arts.

NYC Autumn Wine Festival tickets are on sale now, priced at $99. (Final week: $109) Space is limited; advance purchase is recommended. An additional $25 per Wine Class applies for those adding classes to their festival experience.

For details or to purchase tickets to the NYC Autumn Wine Festival at Conrad New York, visit www.nywinefestivals.com, or order by phone at (866) 811-4111.

About New York Wine Festivals
New York Wine Festivals hosts elegant wine tasting events at first class venues around the city.  The company’s goal is to provide a wine tasting experience that allows guests to sample as many diverse wines as possible while enjoying great music and the company of other wine lovers. Visit www.nywinefestivals.com.

About Conrad New York
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Festival continues to draw wineries, wine lovers in 30th year

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Ginger Baker serves a wine tasting for Dave Wisner, left, of Upperco, Audrey Berkowitz of Olney and David Hodges of Columbia at Old Westminster Winery Sept. 8. The winery, located just south of Westminster is open to the public on weekends for events ranging from wine and YOGA to wine tastings with live music.



If You Go

What: The Maryland Wine Festival

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster

Cost: $30 for general admission, $65 for Premiere Tent, $20 for ages 13 to 20 and non-drinkers, and children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. Tickets may be purchased in advance with $3 off general admission and the Premiere Tent via www.marylandwine.org/mwf

For more information: Visit www.marylandwine.org/mwf or call the Farm Museum at 410-386-3880


Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:15 am


Festival continues to draw wineries, wine lovers in 30th year

By Carrie Ann KnauerTimes Correspondent

Carroll County Times

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In its 30th year, The Maryland Wine Festival continues to offer new wineries and new attractions to lure wine lovers from across the region.


This year’s festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Carroll County Farm Museum, which has hosted the festival since it was conceived. Forty wineries from across the state will be present for attendees to sample from, including five new wineries that are taking part for the first time, said Kevin Atticks, executive director of the Maryland Wineries Association.

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Carrie Ann Knauer writes from Westminster.

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