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NWWF 2019: A Great Vintage in the Making

The Naples Winter Wine Festival has released its star-studded roster of chefs and vintners for the January event—and it’s shaping up to be an incredible year, indeed.

BY September 18, 2018


One thing that has come to be a given in the Naples Winter Wine Festival’s 19 years of existence is that its organizers know how to bust out the big guns. The annual reveal of which chefs and winemakers are flying in to cook and pour their hearts out in the name of charitable giving is for local food lovers what Oscar announcements are for cinema buffs.

The co-chairs of the 2019 festival, to be held Jan. 25-27, gave a sneak preview in July, when they said Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood in Yountville would be the festival’s Chef de Cuisine, joined by Daphne and Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars as the Honored Vintners. They’ve now released the full list of more than 50 collaborators, and you can see for yourself below that they’ve continued the tradition of making this a “Who’s Who” in wine and food. One thing the organization’s trustees have gotten really good at is creating an intriguing blend of household names, like Tom Colicchio and two Mondavis (Tim, of Continuum in St. Helena and Carlo, of RAEN in Sonoma), and emerging leaders, like James Beard winners and nominees in cities not covered by the Michelin Guide as well as new winemakers who are earning more points from Robert Parker and his cohorts than Serena or Rafa in a tennis match.

Tickets are sold for the entire weekend (the entry price for a couple is $12,500). Some vintners participate in Friday’s Meet the Kids Day luncheon, while others are paired with the chefs to cook at intimate dinners that are hosted at homes throughout Naples (the 500-plus attendees select and then are assigned to attend one). Many also have wines featured at the capstone auction.

Meet the Kids Day Vintners

Ann & Dick Grace of Grace Family Vineyards in St. Helena, California

Kevin Kinsella of Kinsella Estates in Sonoma, California

Larry Stone of Lingua Franca in Salem, Oregon

Samantha & Patrice Breton of Vice Versa Wines  in St. Helena, California



Vintners & Chefs

Daphne & Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars in Napa, California

Cassidee Dabney of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee

Tim Mondavi of Continuum in St. Helena, California

Carlo Mondavi of RAEN Winery in Sonoma, California

Cinzia Merli of Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy

Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood in Yountville, California

Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery in St. Helena, California

Tom Colicchio of Crafted Hospitality in New York, New York

Rotem & Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine in Beaune, France

David Duncan of OVID in ST. Helena, California

Angelo Auriana of Officine Brera in Los Angeles, California

Cliff Lede of Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa, California

Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, Colorado

Shari & Garen Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California

Thierry Rautureau of Luc/Loulay in Seattle, Washington

Jim Bailey of Knights Bridge Winery in Calistoga, California

Barbara Banke of Gran Moraine Vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon and Zena Crown Vineyard in Salem, Oregon

Nancy Oakes of Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, California

The Miller Family of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates in Santa Maria, California

PierFilippo Abbruzzese of Valdicava in Montalcino, Italy

Rogan Lechthaler of The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Vermont

Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in Napa, California

Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, California

Giovanni Manetti of Fontodi in Greve in Chianti, Italy

Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville, California

Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York, New York

Jean-Charles Cazes of Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, France

Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Louisiana

Elisabetta Gnudi of Borgo Scopeto & Caparzo in Montalcino, Italy

Naoko and Maya Dalla Valle of Dalla Valle Vineyards in Oakville, California

Markus Glocker of Bâtard in New York, New York

Lucas Löwi of Bodega Numanthia in Valdefinjas, Spain

Matt Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Wines in Sebastopol, California

Bill Telepan of Oceana Restaurant in New York, New York

Nicholas Allen of Carte Blanche Wine in Napa, California

Roberta Ceretto of Ceretto in Alba, Italy

John Tesar of Knife at The Highland in Dallas, Texas

Grace & Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon and Château de la Crée in Burgundy, France

Vitaly Paley of Paley Hospitality Group in Portland, Oregon

Véronique Drouhin-Boss of Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France and Domaine

Drouhin Oregon in Dundee, Oregon

Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina

Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in Reims, France

David Pearson of Opus One Winery in Oakville, California

Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois

Dimitri Augenblick of Cos d’Estournel in Saint- Estèphe, France

Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro in San Giustino, Italy

Joseph Lenn of JC Holdway in Knoxville, Tennessee


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