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Critically Acclaimed Vintners Will Grace the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Twenty-nine of the most revered names in the world of wine will arrive in Naples, FL, Jan. 27-29 for the 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival, “Believe in the Magic.”



There are nine vintners making their festival debut this year including GAJA, one of Italy’s greatest Barbaresco and Barolo producers, Dana Estates from Rutherford, which received a perfect 100-point score from wine critic Robert Parker Jr. for its 2007 Lotus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils from Burgundy, who according to the New York Times has experienced a “stunning revitalization” since it was purchased by Joseph Henriot in the mid-1990s. Also new to the festival is Korta Katarina from Croatia, owned by Naples Children & Education Foundation Trustees Penny and Lee Anderson, who will generously pour their wines as one of the vintners at the luncheon following the Meet the Kids Day event.



Vintners for the 2012 festival come from four continents and seven countries. Domestic producers will represent 59 percent of participating vintners, with an impressive 41 percent coming from as far as Australia, Argentina and Europe.



“We are thrilled to have good friends from California and Oregon who have been extremely generous over the years and are returning to participate,” said Bob Clifford, festival co-chair and trustee of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, which founded the festival in 2001. “We are also very excited to share the table with an extensive array of internationally renowned producers participating in this year’s event,” adds co-chair Joan Clifford. “Each year our call for NCEF’s children’s causes gets just a little bit louder, and our event gets just a little bit more magical in our efforts to help children in need,” she adds.



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Honored Vintner


   
HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg is the 2012 Honored Vintner

The 2012 Honored Vintner is HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, president of Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. Prince Robert is the great-grandson of Clarence Dillon, who bought Château Haut-Brion in 1935. His family acquired Château La Mission Haut-Brion, in 1983. Château Haut-Brion is one of only five of several thousand makers of Bordeaux to produce Bordeaux wines classified as Premier Grand Cru. In 2009, Château La Mission Haut-Brion was considered as a potential First Growth by the Liv-ex Bordeaux Classification. Combined, the two châteaux have received 12 perfect 100-point scores from top critics. A generous supporter of NCEF, the prince participated in the 2004 and 2010 festivals. He is among 29 world-famous vintners who will personally pour their special wines during the festival.



The 2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival will hold a special C’est Magique Honored Vintner wine tasting and lunch Thursday, Jan. 26 from10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples Florida. The tasting will be hosted by the festival’s 2012 Honored Vintner , HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, president and CEO of Domaine Clarence Dillon, parent company of the legendary Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion. A comparative tasting of five of the most legendary vintages from the two châteaux will be presented: 1961, 1982, 1989, 1990 and 2000, followed by a lunch at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort’s Lemonía restaurant, featuring two additional and extremely rare vintages as “surprise wines.” The event will be moderated by Bordeaux critic James Molesworth.



2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival Participating Vintners
*connotes first-time participants


Daphne and Bart Araujo
Araujo Estate Wines, Calistoga, CA
paired with chef Charles Phan of The Slanted Door for “The Magic of Art & Wine” dinner

Piero Incisa della Rochetta
Bodega Chacra, Patagonia, Argentina
paired with chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken for the “Abracadabra” dinner

Greg Brewer
Brewer-Clifton, Santa Rita Hills, CA*
paired with chef Bill Telepan of Telepan for the “Black Magic” dinner

Bettina and Don Bryant, Jr.
Bryant Family Vineyard, St. Helena, CA
paired with chef Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s for the “Magical Mystical You” dinner

Clovis Taittinger
Champagne Taittinger, Reims, France
the official Champagne of the festival

Jean-Philippe Delmas and HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg
Château Haut-Brion and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, Bordeaux, France
paired with chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group for the “Soirée Magique avec Vins et Nourriture” dinner

Ann Colgin, NCEF Honorary Trustee
Colgin Cellars, St. Helena, CA
paired with chef Wolfgang Puck of Wolfgang Puck Worldwide for the “Smoke and Mirrors” dinner

Dimitri Augenblick
Château Cos d’Estournel, Bordeaux, France
paired with chef Nick Anderer of Maialino for the “Presto Chango” dinner

Young Hwa Chung and Hi Sang Lee
Dana Estates, Rutherford, CA*
paired with chef Justin Bogle of GILT for the “Wizardry of Wine” dinner

Shahpar and Darioush Khaledi
Darioush, Napa, CA*
Meet the Kids Day vintner

Philippe Prost
Domaine Bouchard Pére & Fils, Burgundy, France*
paired with chef Justin Bogle of GILT for the “Wizardry of Wine” dinner

Grace and Ken Evenstad, NCEF Trustees
Domaine Serene, Willamette Valley, OR
paired with chefs Rick Tramonto and John Folse of Restaurant R’evolution for the “Where the Magic Begins” dinner

Peter Sisseck
Dominio de Pingus, Ribera del Duero, Spain
paired with chef Bill Telepan of Telepan for the “Black Magic” dinner

Kerry Murphy
DuMOL, Russian River Valley, CA*
paired with chefs Kerry Simon and Nona Sivley of LA Market Restaurant for the “Some Enchanted Evening” dinner

Giovanni Manetti
Fontodi, Panzano in Chianti, Tuscany, Italy
paired with chef Sisha Ortúzar of Riverpark for the “Magical Mystery Tour” dinner

Gaia Lorenza Gaja
GAJA, Barbaresco, Italy*
paired with Chef de Cuisine Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia for the “Floating Fair” dinner

Valerie Boyd and Jeff Gargiulo, NCEF Trustees
Gargiulo Vineyards, Oakville, CA
paired with chef Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant for the “Enchanting Illusions” dinner

Ann and Dick Grace
Grace Family Vineyards, St. Helena, CA
Meet the Kids Day vintner

Jennifer and Don Hartford
Hartford Family Winery, Sonoma Valley, CA*
paired with chef Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm for the “Magical Moments” dinner

Bobbie and Lou Kapcsándy
Kapcsándy Family Winery, Napa Valley, CA
paired with chef Sisha Ortúzar of Riverpark for the “Magical Mystery Tour” dinner

Penny and Lee Anderson, NCEF Trustees
Korta Katarina, Orebic, Croatia*
Meet the Kids Day vintner

Robin Lail
Lail Vineyards, Rutherford, CA
paired with chefs Rick Tramonto and John Folse of Restaurant R’evolution for the “Where the Magic Begins” dinner

Véronique Drouhin-Boss
Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Willamette Valley, OR
paired with chef Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s for the “Magical Mystical You” dinner

Annette and Doug Shafer
Shafer Vineyards, Napa Valley, CA
paired with chefs Nancy Silverton and Matt Molina of Osteria Mozza for the “Magic of the Night” dinner

Deirdre and Dick Shea
Shea Wine Cellars, Yamhill-Carlton District, OR*
paired with chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink for the “Grand Illusion” dinner

Shari and Garen Staglin
Staglin Family Vineyards, Rutherford, CA
paired with chef Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken for the “Abracadabra” dinner

Michael Twelftree
Two Hands Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia
paired with chef Joseph Lenn of The Barn at Blackberry Farm for the “Magical Moments” dinner

Pablo Álvarez Mezquíriz
Vega Sicilia, Valbuena de Duero, Spain
paired with chef Michael Schwartz of Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink for the “Grand Illusion” dinner

Barbara Banke
Vérité and Stonestreet Wines, Sonoma Valley, CA
paired with chef Stephan Pyles of Stephan Pyles Restaurant for the “Liquid Alchemy” dinner

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