Concord, NH – In late January, the biggest names in the wine world will flock to New Hampshire – not Napa Valley – for a week-long celebration of wine known as New Hampshire Wine Week. For the past 9 years New Hampshire Wine Week has attracted legends like Michael Mondavi, Cristina Mariani-May, Joel Peterson and Merry Edwards who participated in intimate wine dinners, exclusive panel discussions and tastings and the largest wine event in northern New England, the Winter Wine Spectacular. Dozens of wine industry titans, boutique vineyard owners and local producers will participate in the New Hampshire Liquor Commission’s 9th Annual New Hampshire Wine Week, which takes place Jan. 27 – Feb. 2. View a full list of celebrity appearances and register for events online at www.NHWineWeek.com.
“With dozens of intimate wine dinners in every corner of the state pairing delectable cuisine with fantastic wines, bottle signings, two exclusive wine discussions and tastings, and the Winter Wine Spectacular, Wine Week simply cannot be missed,” said Nicole Brassard Jordan, New Hampshire Liquor Commission wine marketing specialist. “Only in New Hampshire will you be able to interact and learn directly from wine celebrities and sample a wide variety of wines. At some events, you can purchase the wines of your choice, and at the Winter Wine Spectacular attendees can pre-order their favorites with an exclusive show discount. Attendees can also use our all new, state-of-the-art web app with their smart phones."
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission created Wine Week in 2005 after two great years of the Winter Wine Spectacular, the largest wine event north of Boston. This event gives customers the opportunity to sample some of the 7,000 wines available at New Hampshire’s 77 Liquor & Wine Outlets and allow them to meet with nationally and internationally acclaimed winemakers at dozens of events throughout the state.
“Wine Week taps into New Hampshire, and the region’s love of wine,” said Joseph W. Mollica, chairman of the New Hampshire Liquor Commission. “With more than $273 million in wine sales last Fiscal Year, which marks a 7.3-percent increase from the previous year, New Hampshire is a significant player in the wine world. Our status draws the industry’s premier wine producers, who travel great distances each January to interact with our customers. The wine world has taken notice; New Hampshire is wine country.”
NHLC’s 9th Annual Wine Week features numerous events and celebrity bottle signings at select NH Liquor & Wine Outlets, celebrity wine dinners at some of New Hampshire’s leading restaurants and three signature events.
On Wednesday Jan. 29, NHLC will host two “Cellar Notes” series events, each featuring four elite wine experts for an educational tasting seminar, reception, bottle-signing and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
The Manchester Cellar Notes series will feature the following winemakers at the Puritan Backroom Event & Conference Center located at 245 Hooksett Road, Manchester, NH:
- Rob Mondavi Jr. - president of winemaking and co-founder, Folio Wine Partners & Michael Mondavi Family Estates
- Joel Peterson – winemaker, Ravenswood Winery
- Farrah Felten- Jolley – co-owner of Klinker Brick Winery
- Cheryl Indelicato – owner, Handcraft Artisan Collection
Due to the success of last year’s Cellar Notes series a second event has been added for 2014. The Portsmouth Cellar Notes series will feature the following winemakers at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center located at 100 Deer Street, Portsmouth, NH:
- Michael Philips – co-owner and CEO, Michael David Winery
- Joseph Carr – owner, Joseph Carr Wines
- Janice Mondavi – co-proprietor, Charles Krug Winery
- Melissa Stackhouse – vice president/winemaking, J Vineyards & Winery
Wine Week culminates with the 11th Easter Seals Winter Wine Spectacular, the largest wine tasting in northern New England which takes place at the Radisson Hotel Manchester on Thursday, Jan. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Along with nearly 1,800 wines, the Winter Wine Spectacular features scrumptious local fare, a silent auction and raffle, the Bellman Cellar Select VIP tasting room, and the chance to meet and learn from more than 50 wine personalities. This marquee event drew a sold-out crowd of 1,500 people last year. The 2014 Winter Wine Spectacular will be hosted in the Radisson Hotel’s ballroom and Armory.
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission has launched a unique, one-of-a-kind web app that will enable visitors to use their mobile devices, phones or tablets, to explore the various wine products, make tasting notes, and even order their favorite selections from the event. The checkout process will allow the user to modify selections, select one of the 77 convenient store locations to pick up their order, and take full advantage of the 15 percent discount on the purchase of 6 to 11 bottles, or even 20 percent on 12 or more bottles.
The Winter Wine Spectacular raises much-needed funds for Easter Seals New Hampshire, which provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
“Proceeds from the Winter Wine Spectacular directly support our early intervention program,” said Christine Pederson, director of events and corporate relations with Easter Seals New Hampshire. “This statewide program provides much-needed services and therapy for hundreds of children ages three months to three years with a variety of developmental delays and physical disabilities. Studies have shown that these early intervention programs can help many children from needing support later in life.”
Tickets for the Grand Tasting cost $65 per person, and tickets providing access to the Grand Tasting and Bellman’s Cellar Select cost $125 per person.
“Wine Week is a week for everyone who enjoys wine,” Brassard Jordan said. “With so many wines to choose from in New Hampshire, wine can be overwhelming. That’s why Wine Week is such a great time to get out there, try something new, learn about its origins and appreciate all the great wines New Hampshire has to offer, from local and international wineries.”
Some of the Wine Week 2014 participants include:
Michael Mondavi & Rob Mondavi, Jr. – Folio Fine Wine Partners & Michael Mondavi Family Estate
Joel Peterson – Ravenswood Winery
Andrea Cecchi – Cecchi Wines
Joseph Carr – Joseph Carr Wines
Marco Fizialetti – Castello Di Querceto
Melissa Stackhouse – J Vineyards & Winery
Pat Henderson – Kenwood Vineyard
Philip diBelardino – Banfi Vintners
Wendy Lange – Lange Estate Winery
Michael Phillips – Michael David Winery
Peter Merriam – Merriam Vineyards
Serge Dore – Serge Dore Selections
Suzanne Groth – Groth Wines
Yoav Gilat – Cannonball Wine Company
Bill Murphy – Clos LaChance Winery
Gary GiCenzo – Forenzo Vineyards
Gianni Abate – Morgan Winery
Guillaume Bousquet – Domaine Bousquet
Maria Helm Sinskey – Robert Sinskey Vineyards
Marc & Janice Mondavi – Charles Krug Winery
Eleanor & Albert Leger – Eden Orchards
Bob Dabrowski – Candia Vineyards
Amy LaBelle & Cesar Arboleda – LaBelle Winery
Michael Fairbrother – Moonlight Meadery
Guillaume Touton – Monsieur Touton Selection LTD
Geoff Whitman – Michael Mondavi Family Estates
Tony Sasa – Tony Sasa Wines
Michael Eddy – Ghost Pines
Humberto Berlanga – Geyser Peak Vineyards
Robert Bliefer – Food Network
Ariane Bouron – PJ Mumm
Caterina Sacchet – Carpineto
Farrah Felten-Jolley & Stefan Jolley – Klinker Brick Winery
Alejandro Maria Lopez – Trapiche
Alessandro Marino – Cesari
Rob Stuart – R Stuart & Co. Winery
Cheryl Indelicato – HandCraft Artisan Collection
Peter Oldak – Jewell Towne
For more information on Wine Week events and to purchase tickets, visit www.NHWineWeek.com
About the New Hampshire Liquor Commission
The New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) operates 77 retail locations throughout the Granite State and serves more than 9 million customers each year. More than $2 billion in net profits has been raised since the first store opened in 1934. NHLC had its best sales year ever in fiscal year 2013, generating $603.5 million in total sales, an increase of $38.9 million – or 6.9 percent over the previous fiscal year. Total liquor revenues reached $145.6 million, which are used to fund programs including education, health and social services, transportation and natural resource protection through New Hampshire’s General Fund. NHLC is expecting to net an additional $1 billion for the state in the next seven years. Visit www.LiquorandWineOutlets.com to locate a store, search for product availability, learn about monthly sales, review wine tasting schedules, and sign up to receive significant savings with monthly email extras.