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Early Preview of the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival!

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Logo 2-15-2016 Segoe Black CenteredSummer is officially here, and it’s time to start looking forward to one of the premier events of the year, which happens at the end of summer – the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival.  Now we’re not wishing our summer away by any means, just anticipating an elegant and fun weekend to cap it off.  There will be lots of wine and food in the intervening time.  Still, this particular event has long been our favorite for several reasons, including its overall excellence as well as the fact that it supports the Preservation Society of Newport County, an organization we also support personally.

Each year we preview the tweaks the Newport Mansions event organizers have introduced to make the event better.  This year is a bit different, as there are more than just minor additions.  The weekend gets some new events entirely in 2016, sees the seminar series once again expand in number and breadth, and introduces a new VIP ticket option for early access to the Grand Tastings as well as a special VIP area.  On Thursday night they are introducing an intimate Bordeaux dinner in the Marble House Gold Room.  This is changing,  but still maintaining the core of what makes it great.

We’ll be previewing the events and the seminars in more detail as we get closer, but here is the latest press release to get you thinking about it.  We’ll see you there!




Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival Announces the 2016 All-Star Line-Up


NEWPORT, RI (June 15, 2016) ­– The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 11th year from September 22 – 25, 2016. Signature events include the Bordeaux Dinner on Thursday evening, the Wine & Rosecliff Gala on Friday evening, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday, the Vintner Dinner on Saturday evening, Newport After Dark on Saturday evening, Jazz Brunch on Sunday and Seminars in The Breakers Stable and Carriage House throughout the weekend.  Tickets are now on sale at

The elegant Friday night Wine & Rosecliff Gala will feature exquisite wines, award-winning chefs, spirits on the terrace, live music and dancing in the Rosecliff ballroom. Chefs for the evening include: Chef Terence Feury of 41 North (Newport), Chef Josue Louis of Bistro du Midi (Boston), Chef Mary Dumont of Cultivar (Boston), Chef Lou Rossi of Castle Hill Inn (Newport), Chef Dante de Magistris of Dante (Boston), Chef Shaun Velez of Deuxave (Boston), Chef Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. (Cambridge), Chef Robert Sisca of Providence G (Providence), Chef Kevin O’Donnell of SRV (Boston), Chef Peter Quinion of Parsnip (Cambridge), and Chef Jason Santos of Abby Lane (Boston).  Featured wines include  Champagne Taittinger (Champagne, FR), Maison Joseph Drouin (Burgundy, FR), Château D’Esclans (Provence, FR), Elk Cove Vineyards (Oregon), Chateau de Beaucastel (Rhone, FR), Catena Zapata (Mendoza, Argentina), Robert Mondavi Winery (Napa, CA), Marchesi di Barolo (Piedmont, IT), DAOU Vineyards (Paso Robles, CA), Champagne Gosset (Champagne, FR),  Larkin Wines (Napa, CA) and Wölffer Estate Vineyard (Sagaponack, NY).

Once again, the Marble House lawn will be the setting for the two-day Grand Tastings, which offer guests an afternoon of entertainment, as well as the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from local, regional and national restaurants and purveyors. This lively event includes the Nobilo Oyster SeasideBar, Pop Up Tastings in the Chinese Tea House, and non-stop chef entertainment  in the Rosé Grill Garden presented by Château D’Esclans and Lynx Grills.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival is FOOD & WINE Magazine.  Additional sponsors include National Trust Insurance Services, Champagne Taittinger, Lynx Grills, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Robert Mondavi Winery, Nobilo Wines, Alta Vista Estate Vineyards, Sequoia Grove, Atria Senior Living, José Cuervo, Hennessy Cognac, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Southeastern New England, United Airlines, Forty 1˚ North, Dole & Bailey, Nestle Waters North America and Calvisius Caviar.

Proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.  Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2016 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit


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