Newport’s Hotel Viking hosted its grand opening reception for the second annual Viking Wine Festival on January 28. The event showcased wine and food in a taste of “what’s to come” in the upcoming series. The Viking Wine Festival features seven winemaker-hosted dinners with special guests from Sonoma, Napa Valley, Washington, South Africa, Italy and Germany. The first in the series began on February 4, showcasing Matt Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Winery from Sonoma, California. The series included: February 11, Giovanni Pasquero of Paitlin Estate of Piedmont, Italy; February 18, Christophe Hedges of Hedges Family Estate of Red Mountain, Washington. Upcoming dinners include March 4, Sean Larkin of Larkin Wines of Napa Valley; March 11, Raimund Prüm of S.A. Prüm from Mosel Valley, Germany; March 18, Joe Anderson of Benovia of Sonoma, California; and March 25, Gary and Kathy Jordan of Jardin/Jordan Wine Estate of Stellenbosch, South Africa. More information is available at vikingwinefestival.com.