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Chefs, Vintners Paired for 2017 NWWF

The Naples Winter Wine Festival has released its 2017 lineup of epicurean celebrities.

BY August 10, 2016


For the past 17 years, it's been fun to see which food world dignitaries will travel to Southwest Florida for the Naples Winter Wine Festival, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious.

The talent is expectedly deep for the 2017 fest, and there are some familiar faces along with intriguing wunderkinds.

Wolfgang Puck

As for the chefs, Wolfgang Puck, who had previously this year been named the 2017 Naples Winter Wine Festival's Chef de Cuisine, is returning for his third star turn (his first in the honorary role). A testament to the strength of the lineup, Top Chef star Tom Colicchio will also be cooking a Friday night vintner dinner, and in total, the 18 chefs cumulatively hold 11 Michelin stars and 13 James Beard Awards.

We have the full chart of which chefs will be paired with each vintner below for the dinners on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017. But two more refreshing pairings are Ryan Hardy of New York’s Charlie Bird, representative of a new wave of culinary celebrities, with Château Haut-Brion and Francis Mallman, Argentina’s most celebrated chef, with both Silver Oak and Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate.

For the 2017 festival, Pierre Lurton of Bordeax’s Château Cheval Blanc and Château d'Yquem is the Honored Vintner, and he is joined by three dozen other dignitaries who represent the best of 12 wine producing regions throughout the world.  




Sandrine Bégaud of

Château Canon/Château Rauzan-Ségla in Bordeaux, France

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair of

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair in Burgundy, France

Wolfgang Puck of

Wolfgang Puck Worldwide in Los Angeles, California

Shari & Garen Staglin of

Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California

Gerry Klaskala of

Aria in Atlanta, Georgia

Anne-Caroline Biancheri of

Antucura in Mendoza, Argentina

Blakesley & Cyril Chappellet of

Chappellet Vineyard in St. Helena, California

Cassidee Dabney of

The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Barbara Banke of

Lokoya in St. Helena, California

Nancy Oakes of

Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Turid Hoel Alcaras of

Château Haut-Brion in Bordeaux, France

Ryan Hardy of

Charlie Bird in New York, New York

Tim Mondavi of

Continuum Estate in St. Helena, California

Grace & Ken Evenstad of

Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon

David Féau of

Wally's Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California

Elisabetta Gnudi of

Borgo Scopeto & Caparzo in Tuscany, Italy

Valerie & Jeff Gargiulo of

Gargiulo Vineyards in Napa, California

Angelo Auriana of

Officine Brera in Los Angeles, California

Dimitri Augenblick of

Château Cos d’Estournel in Bordeaux, France

Guillaume d’Angerville of

Domaine Marquis d’Angerville in Burgundy, France

Enrique Olvera of

Pujol in Mexico City, Mexico

Pierre Lurton of

Château Cheval Blanc/Château d'Yquem in Bordeaux,France

Missy Robbins of

Lilia in Brooklyn, New York

Leslie & Rich Frank of

Frank Family Vineyards in Calistoga, California

Béatrice & Laurent Drouhin of

Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy, France

Richard Reddington of

REDD in Yountville, California

Ann Colgin & Joe Wender of

Colgin Cellars in St. Helena, California

Michael Tusk of

Quince Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Marilisa Allegrini of

Allegrini in Valpolicella, Italy

Pamela & George Hamel, Jr. of

Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma, California

Colin Bedford of

The Fearrington House in Pittsboro, North Carolina

Daphne & Bart Araujo of

Accendo Cellars in Napa Valley, California

Salvatore Ferragamo of

Il Borro in Tuscany, Italy

Dustin Valette of

Valette in Healdsburg, California

Gaia Gaja of

GAJA in Piedmont, Italy

David Kinch of

Manresa Restaurant in Los Gatos, California

Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of

Darioush in Napa, California

Peter Sisseck of

Dominio de Pingus in Duero River Valley, Spain

Dean Fearing of

Fearing's in Dallas, Texas

Madaiah Revana of

Revana Family Vineyard in St. Helena, California &

Alexana Winery in Newberg, Oregon

John Minas of

The Edison in Tallahassee, Florida

Deborah & Bill Harlan, Will and Amanda Harlan of

Harlan Estate in Oakville, California

Olivier Krug of

Krug Champagne in Champagne, France

Tom Colicchio of

Crafted Hospitality in New York, New York

Alejandro Bulgheroni of

Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate in Napa Valley, California

David Duncan of

Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, California

Francis Mallmann of

Bodega Garzón in Garzón, Uruguay


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