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French Quarter Wine Festival

Posted by sfinnin on 2010-01-14 16:27:55 (2810 views)

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Modeled after the prestigious Boston Wine Festival, the dinners, hosted by either the winemaker or proprietor, will showcase wines from California, Oregon, Washington State and Italy. Building ont he success of previous years, founder Daniel Bruce has invited twelve phenomenal wineries to participate. Dishes for each dinner will be created by Chef Michael Farrell to complement the vintner's selections.

We welcome you to become part of this year's festivities and look forward to seeing you at the Fourth Annual French Quarter Wine Festival!

To register for an event, please visit our website at or 504.648.6113.

Schedule of Events

Grand Opening Reception, $65
Friday, February 26, 7PM
Come celebrate the opening night of the 2010 French Quarter Wine Festival at the Maison Dupuy Hotel. Sample more than 50 wines from the many wineries featured in this year's festival.

Cliff Lede Vineyards, Wine Dinner, $105
Tuesday, March 2, 7PM
Cliff Lede Vineyards is a newcomer in the Napa Valley winemaking circuit, having released its first wine in 2002. The vineyards are planted with cabernet sauvignon, malbec, cabernet franc, merlot and petit verdot, the basis of their Bordeaux style wines. Jack Bittner imparts a great opportunity to sample an assortment of these fantastic wines including their meritage blend Poetry.

Pio Cesare, Wine Dinner, $95
Wednesday, March 3, 7PM
Pio Cesare has been producing top Barolos, barbarescos, barberas and nebbiolos, since 1881. This event is a rare opportunity to Pio Boffa, great-grandson of the founding family. Enjoy an unforgettable evening of these handcrafted, minimal-intervention styled, world renowned, Piedmont wines with an inspired four course Northern Italian meal.

Hanzell Vineyards, Wine Dinner, $105
Tuesday, March 9, 7PM
From high in the Sonoma Mountains, Hanzell produces handcrafted, Burgundian-style chardonnays and ponot noirs. Enjoy many older vintages of these outstanding wines, as President Jean Arnold Sessions discusses Hanzell?s philosophy and approach to creating old world styled wines in California. A fabulous meal by Chef Farrell will follow, accompanied by a surprise vintage from Hanzell?s cellars.

Hedges Family Estate, Wine Dinner, $95
Wednesday, March 10, 7PM
Founded by Tom Hedges in 1986, Hedges Family Estate has focused on cabernet sauvignon, syrah and merlot blends in the French winemaking style. Join Tom and Anne-Marie as they present these blends along with their port-style dessert wine from Red Mountain AVA in Washington State, the site of this family owned and run winery.

Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Wine Dinner, $115
Tuesday, March 16, 7PM
Founded in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an independent, estate-based winery located outside St. Helena. Damian Parker, vice president and director of winemaking for Joseph Phelps, joins us for an evening featuring wines from their Freestone project, as well as a full range of wines including their famous Bordeaux blend Insignia.

Viader, Wine Dinner, $105
Wednesday, March 17, 7PM
Viader Vineyards is located on the steep rocky slopes of the Howell Mountain overlooking Napa Valley. Delia Viader, proprietor and winemaker, has succeeded in producing brilliant wines by observing a biodynamic approach. She follows a strict philosophy of allowing the handpicked grapes and terroir to express themselves naturally in every glass.

Darioush, Wine Dinner, $115
Tuesday, March 23, 7PM
Most noted for its Bordeaux-style estate wines, Darioush crafts fine wines from its vineyards located in the appellations of Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. Join Dan De Polo, President of Darioush, as he discusses the winery?s minimal approach to winemaking, while tasting their chardonnay, viognier, shiraz, pinot noir and Bordeaux varietals.

Trefethen Family Vineyards, Wine Dinner, $105
Wednesday, March 24, 7PM
The legacy continues to this day, with an unsurpassed passion for winemaking at this family owned estate vineyards and winery in the heart of Napa Valley producing world class chardonnays and cabernets. Join the Trefethens as they lead a wonderful evening of wine tasting.

Simi, Wine Dinner, $95
Tuesday, March 30, 7PM
One of the oldest Sonoma wineries founded in 1876, Simi has continued to grow as a landmark California house, branching from its beginnings in the Alexander Valley to the Russian River Valley. Simi?s portfolio of wines include cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, shiraz, pinot noir, and zinfandel. Winemaker Steve Reeder will present these quality wines, as well as their Landslide Vineyard cabernet sauvignon, alongside delectable cuisine.

Soter Vineyards, Wine Dinner, $95
Wednesday, March 31, 7PM
Founded by Tony Soter, who is well known for consistently producing world class wines at Etude for more than 25 years, Soter is among the top wineries in Oregon. Located in Willamette Valley, they produce outstanding pinot noirs as well as sparkling wines, meritage blend and cabernet franc. Join winemaker, James Cahill, as he shares the history and winemaking style that has put this winery on the map.

Silver Oak Cellars, Wine Dinner, $125
Tuesday, April 6, 7PM
Since its founding in 1972, Silver Oak has devoted their efforts to the pursuit of a single wine with a style all its own, cabernet sauvignon. Winemaker Daniel Baron continues this commitment to excellence today. He will lead us through this dinner featuring several vintages of Silver Oak?s Alexander Valley and Napa Valley cabernets, and their new venture Twomey Cellars and its pinot noirs and merlots.

Tablas Creek Vineyard, Wine Dinner, $95
Wednesday, April 7, 7PM
Tablas Creek is considered a pioneer in Paso Robles, as it was the first to import vines from the Rhone region of France and plant them in the limestone rich soil of the area. Their philosophy of minimal intervention coupled with the age old traditional blending styles of Chateauneuf-du-Pape have been the cornerstones of their success. Partake in a rare opportunity to meet Robert Haas, founder of Tablas Creek and enjoy a variety of these spectacular organic wines.

Closing Reception, $65
Thursday, April 15, 7PM
The Fourth Annual French Quarter Wine Festival concludes with a celebration of some of the year?s favorite wines, plus a preview of wineries you can anticipate enjoying in 2011. Relish a stellar selection of wines and savor a signature Chef Farrell buffet of both white and red wine inspired dishes.


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