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Guests Enjoy Reimagined Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival

By October 26, 2020Rhode Island, Top News

The 15th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, hosted by the Preservation Society of Newport County and presented by Food and Wine magazine, took place on Sept. 18-20. This year, the format of the multiday showcase of regional, national and international wine and spirits brands was reimagined to fit within COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, with smaller, seated educational events and tastings. Guests flocked to the sold-out dinners at area restaurants, seminars and Sunday brunch. The weekend showcased a lineup of top wine talent as educational presenters. The roster on Sept. 18 included “Discover Rías Baixas Albariño: A Taste of Spain’s Atlantic Coast Awaits You in Newport,” a study of white wines from the region led by Master Sommelier Michael Meagher; “American Dreams,” which featured the stories of American iconic wine brands Cakebread, St. Francis, Sequoia Grove, Résonance and Domaine Carneros, led by Rhode Island’s Matthew MacCartney, 2020 Festival Wine Director and Master of Wine Student; “Take a Rosé Journey with Château d’Esclans,” an exploration of the new generation of rosé wines; the “History and Heritage of Mount Gay Rum,” showcasing the Barbados rum line and cocktails; and “Bourbon Tasting & Cocktail Seminar,” which showcased Woodford Reserve in the art and history of making bourbon led by Bruno Carvalho. Sponsors included Ca’del Bosco, Château d’Esclans, Rías Baixas, Santa Margherita, Cointreau, Tequila Herradura, Kobrand Fine Wine & Spirits, Masi, Montes, Mount Gay Rum, Rémy Martin, Seghesio Family Vineyards, Pascal Schildt Selections and Woodford Reserve. All proceeds benefited the historic preservation efforts of The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island.

Photos by Laura Widness.


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