Wine Industry Giants to Descend on Florida this January for the 16th Annual Naples Winter Wine Festival
A star-studded lineup featuring some of the most celebrated vintners from around the world will head to Naples, Florida for the 16th annual Naples Winter Wine Festival, taking place from January 29-31, 2016. In attendance will be proprietors from more than 40 wineries in 13 global wine-producing regions, eight countries, and three continents. These top vintners will pour some of the most sought-after and collectable wines in the world for Festival guests.
“One reason the Naples Winter Wine Festival is so special is that we consistently attract the world’s most beloved and celebrated vintners,” said Sandi Moran, Vintner Chair and Co-Chair of the 2016 Festival. “The influence of this year’s vintners on the global wine world is unparalleled, and we are so grateful that they are contributing their time to help us raise millions of dollars for children in need.”
Leading the impressive lineup are Paul and Emily Michael of the Peter Michael Winery, who have been selected as Honored Vintners because of their unwavering commitment to the Festival and uncanny ability to produce many of the most highly rated wines in the world. Of the 214 reviews of their wine by legendary critic Robert Parker, Jr., 200 were awarded 90 or more points and five received perfect 100-point scores.
Also in attendance will be Ted Baseler of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena, who will hold a special tasting on January 28, one day before the Festival officially begins, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the “Judgment of Paris.” At this notable event in U.S. wine history, these two American wineries bested the top châteaux and domaines of Bordeaux and Burgundy in a blind tasting, catapulting California wines onto the world stage.
Full vintner lineup for the 2016 Festival:
Vintage Cellar Vintners – Will pour at the pre-Festival Wine Tasting and Luncheon to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Judgment of Paris.
Bo Barrett of Chateau Montelena in Calistoga, California
Ted Baseler of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in Napa, California
Featured Luncheon Vintners – Will pour during a luncheon after Meet the Kids Day, when guests witness first-hand the life-changing impact of funds raised during the Naples Winter Wine Festival.
Ann & Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards in St. Helena, California
Florencia Palmaz of Palmaz Vineyards in Napa, California
Jennifer & Stephen McPherson of Promise in St. Helena, California
Jenny Marie & Rutger de Vink of RdV Vineyards in Delaplane, Virginia
Susan & Tor Kenward of TOR Kenward Family Wines in St. Helena, California
Featured Dinner Vintners – Will pour during intimate dinners hosted by Festival Trustees in elegant, private homes and settings throughout Naples.
Marilisa Allegrini of Allegrini Estates in Valpolicella, Italy
Jean Charles Boisset of Boisset Collection in St. Helena, California
Jean-Emmanuel Danjoy of Château Clerc Milon in Bordeaux, France
Isabel & François Perrin of Château de Beaucastel in Rhône, France
Mary & Terry Peabody of Craggy Range Vineyards in Havelock North, New Zealand
Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Napa, California
Grace & Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon
Thibault Liger-Belair of Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair in Burgundy, France
Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville, California
Amy Marks of Gemstone Vineyards in Yountville, California
Pam& George Hamel, Jr. of Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma, California
Bill Price, III of Kistler Vineyards in Sebastopol, California
Maggie Henríquez of Krug Champagne in Champagne, France
Nancy & John Lasseter of Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen, California
Lamberto Frescobaldi of Marchesi de’ Frescobaldi in Tuscany, Italy
Ali & Charles Banks of Mayacamas & Trinity Hill in Napa, California
David Pearson of Opus One in Oakville, California
Emily & Paul Michael of Peter Michael Winery in Calistoga, California
Teri & Ron Kuhn of Pillar Rock Vineyard in Napa, California
Agustin Francisco Huneeus of Quintessa in Napa, California
Juan Mercado of Realm Cellars in St. Helena, California
Fernando Remírez de Ganuza of Remírez de Ganuza in Rioja, Spain
Annette & Doug Shafer of Shafer Vineyards in Napa, California
Shari & Garen Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California
Robert Haas of Tablas Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles, California
Michael Twelftree of Two Hands Wines in Barossa Valley, Australia
Elisa Kwon & Pablo Álvarez of Vega Sicilia in Ribera del Duero, Spain
Barbara Banke of Vérité in Healdsburg, California
VIP Party/Auction Day Vintners – Will pour at the opening party and prior to the start of the electrifying live auction.
Roy Chapin IV of 4 Winds Winery in Napa, California
Susan Krausz of Arkenstone Estate Winery in Angwin, California
Joe Donelan of Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rose, California
Tony Lombardi of Lombardi Wines in Cotati, California
Reneé & Goran Radevi? of Radevi? Estate Wines in Podgorica, Montenegro
Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York
Steven Spurrier of Bride Valley Vineyards in Dorset, England
The following Central Coast wineries will have their own designated pouring station at the Auction Day Luncheon.
Jim Clendenen of Au Bon Climat in Santa Barbara, California
Frank Ostini of Hitching Post/Hartley-Ostini in Santa Barbara, California
Justin Baldwin of Justin Vineyards & Winery in Paso Robles, California
Bob Lindquist of Qupe Wine Cellars in Santa Barbara, California
Justin Smith of Saxum Vineyards in Paso Robles, California
Bion Rice of Sunstone Vineyard & Winery and Artiste Winery & Tasting Studio in Santa Barbara, California
Brian Talley of Talley Vineyards in Arroyo Grande, California
Maurice Wedell of Wedell Cellars in Arroyo Grande, California
In addition to these vintners, the Naples Winter Wine Festival will feature top culinary talent, including Chef de Cuisine, Rick Tramonto of Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans.
Since its inception, the Festival has raised more than $135 million dollars to support its founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation, whose annual grants have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel.
Ticket packages to this year’s Naples Winter Wine Festival, limited to 580 guests, start at $10,000 per couple. Also available is a $25,000 package that includes reserved seating for a party of four at a vintner dinner and under the auction tent. For more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, please visit http://www.napleswinefestival.com or call 888-837-4919.
About the Naples Winter Wine Festival
The Naples Winter Wine Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious charity wine auctions, bringing together renowned vintners and chefs with wine enthusiasts and philanthropists for a three-day Festival that raises millions of dollars for underprivileged and at-risk children. Every dollar raised under the tent funds the Festival’s founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), whose annual grants and strategic initiatives have provided more than 200,000 children with the services and resources they need to excel. For more information, please visit Napleswinefestival.com.