Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Guide to the 'Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz', April 22nd-24th at Mohonk Mountain House by Philip S. Kampe



This is the third year that I will attend the ‘Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz’, the brainchild of well known and popular wine educator, Kevin Zraly and wine and spirits importer, Sam Ramic, 

Add a staff of dedicated volunteers and wine judges from the International Wine Masters and you have a the makings of the premier New York state wine event. Why not make the event accessible to Manhattan, only 90 miles away and showcase the ‘Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz’ at the showplace of American historical hotels, the Mohonk Mountain House.

Why not invite the leaders of the wine and food industry to show their goods, hold seminars, create wine dinners, raise money for Cystic Fibrosis with a silent auction and stage celebrity chef demonstrations.

After a year of planning, on Friday, April 22nd, the ‘Wine & Food Festival of New Paltz’ will begin year three on the road of becoming the next major wine and food festival in America.

Visit the festival’s website, www.InternationalWineMasters.com for the complete schedule.  The event will take place from Friday, April 22nd through Sunday, April 24th.

If you have not visited the Mohonk Mountain House, the spectacular retreat will literally knock your socks off. The Victorian castle was built in 1869 on cliffs above Lake Mohonk. The result is a European style hotel lodged in the scenic Hudson Valley of New York. Overnight reservations for the Mohonk Mountain House can be made by calling 888-976-0785

      

Members of the trade can receive on complimentary ticket per establishment for the April 23rd , 11am-4:30pm Grand Tasting.
Download the Trade Registration Form online for approval.
The form can be found at: www.InternationalWineMasters.com
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Event Schedule:
Friday, April 22nd
2-11pm  Registration
2-3pm  (Trade only) A Journey through Wine "A 40 Year Perspective" with Kevin Zraly (Suite 61)
3:30-4:30pm  (Trade only) Wine Seminar with Michael Weiss in the Sunset Lounge
4:45-5:30pm  (Trade only)  Sam Ramic is the moderator for ‘Trade Talk’ (Suite 61)

                                       The 'Saber Ceremony' featuring Sam Ramic

5:30-6:15pm  ‘La Mancha--Spain’s Awakening Giant’. Wine seminar with Mike Rupic (Sunset Lounge)
6:30-7pm  ‘Meet and Greet’ Welcome Reception featuring Sam Ramic’s ‘Saber Ceremony’. By Invitation Only (Sunset Lounge Porch)
7:30-10pm  Wine and Food Gala  (Main Dining Room)
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Saturday, April 23rd
9-4pm Registration for day guests (Mountain View room)
11-Noon  "Old World Sparklers"—Wine Seminar with Steven Koplan (Sunset Lounge)
11:30-Noon  Trade/Press tasting in the Main Dining Room
12-4:30pm  Grand Tasting  (Main Dining Room)
12-12:45pm  Food Demonstration with Pastry Chef, Rose Beranbaum  (Main Dining Room)
12:45-2:15pm  White Wines of the Loire Valley and Red Wines of the Rhone Valley. Wine Seminar with Kevin Zraly  (Sunset Lounge)
1:15-2pm  Food Demonstration with PETER X. KELLY (Main Dining Room)
2-5:30pm  Red Carpet Cru Tasting  (Parlor)
2:30-3:15pm  Food Demonstration with SARA MOULTON  (Main Dining Room)
3-4pm  Wine & Food Pairing with Michael Weiss and Ric Orlando  (Sunset Lounge)
3:30pm  Food Demonstration with Rodanna Di Michele  (Parlor)
3:30-4:30pm  Food Demonstration with Marcus Guilliano  (Main Dining Room)
5-5:45pm  Wine & Cheese Seminar with Lou DiPalo  (Sunset Lounge)
5:45pm  Emperor Vodka Tasting with Zina Mashin  (Suite 61)
6:15pm   LAST shuttle to the parking lots  (Guest Services)
6:30-8pm Silent Auction to benefit Cystic Fibrosis  (Hall outside the Main Dining Room)
7:30-10:30pm  Dinner Dance  (Main Dining Room)
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Sunday, April 24th
10:30-11:30am  Food Seminar with SARA MOULTON  (Sunset Lounge)
11-11:45am Biodynamic, Organic and Vegan Wines with Nadine Audray  (Mountainview)
11:30am  Champagne Brunch  (Main Dining Room)
11:30am  Food Seminar with Rose Beranbaum (Main Dining Room) beginning of brunch
1pm Awards Ceremony hosted by Sam Ramic  (Parlor)
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Isn’t it time to escape the hustle and bustle of the world and sample over 700 wines from around the world at the incomparable Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York?
Be there or be square!!

Philip S. Kampe

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