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Wine Industry Giants to Descend on Florida this January for the 16th Annual Naples Winter Wine Festival

September 08, 2015

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.


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