Each year there is an event that captivates the attention of Orange County residents. This year, The Balboa Bay Club & Resort will once again host its ever-popular Sixth Annual Food and Wine Festival. This will include eight events occurring over the course of the Memorial Day Weekend - beginning Friday May 22nd through Sunday May 24th, 2009. Acclaimed winemakers, celebrated chefs, Master Sommeliers, and noted experts will serve as the guides, charming festival goers with educational seminars, wine events, and endless tasting tables.
Treat yourself to a weekend getaway enjoying fine wines from around the world, and relaxing in luxury, overlooking spectacular bay views from your waterfront suite at the Balboa Bay Club and Resort. Package rates for the event and guest room booking will be discounted. Call Le Rêve to take care of all the details and create a truly memorable weekend retreat that will become a cherished tradition.
So that you are "in the know," here is the schedule of the incredible events taking place during the Newport Beach Food and Wine Festival.
The Grand Tasting
Wines from Around the World
Saturday May 23rd, 7:00-10:30pm
The Elegant Grand Ballroom.
Over 60 wineries from around the world will be present, including Estate and Reserve bottles typically found only at the winery. Carving stations, seafood, imported cheeses, and desserts will be artfully prepared by Chef Josef Lageder and his culinary team. Guests will mingle with Master Sommeliers as they enjoy live music, culinary delights, and wines from around the world.
Friday, May 22nd
Tasting with The Masters ~ 6:00 pm
Master Sommeliers Ron Mumford, M.S. and Ira Harmon, M.S. will lead guests through an informative session on how to participate in a professional wine tasting experience.
"South America on the Bay" ~ 6:30 to 10:00 pm
With numerous wineries represented, guests will enjoy premier South American wines, delightful food stations, and an eight piece festive salsa band completing the ambiance - all under the stars overlooking the Bay.
Saturday, May 23rd
Exclusive "Concha Y Toro" Winery Luncheon ~ 11:30 am
The famous South American Winery's Ambassador Philip Di Belardino will escort guests through a delicious luncheon featuring South American cuisine, with wine pairings from Concha Y Toro Winery. Each wine will be carefully selected to complement the menu.
Chardonnay's from Around The World
~ 3:00 pm
Our Master Sommeliers will explore Old World and New World Chardonnays in this afternoon tasting. The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral. With many of the flavors derived from such influences as terroir (the soil) and oak, the wine has different styles - from elegant, to buttery or with hints of fruit.
Red Wine Blending With Clos Du Bois "Marlstone"
~ 4:30 pm
Guests will enjoy blending their own meritage using the grape varietals that make up Marlstone. Larry O'Brien, Master Sommelier with Beam Wine Estate, will lend his expertise and each participant will take home their own blend!
Sunday, May 24th
First Cabin Restaurant European Breakfast Buffet ~ 11:00 to 1:30 pm
Including a complimentary glass of Sparkling Wine. Guests will enjoy this buffet brunch in the dining room, or on the outside Terrace overlooking the bay.
Cigars, Cognacs & Cocktails on
The Terrace ~ 4:00 pm
Join us on the bayside Terrace, as award-winning Master Mixologist and performer Livio Lauro educates guests on the history of the martini and cocktails. Following this, everyone will enjoy hand-mixed cocktails, cognacs and cigars, hand-rolled by a local artisan.
For event tickets contact The Balboa Bay Club & Resort at 949.630.4146.
To create a truly memorable weekend getaway contact Le Rêve
to take care of all the details.
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