The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, one of the East Coast’s most sophisticated and anticipated events, returns for its 12th year  September 21- 24, 2017. Signature events include the Burgundy Dinner at The Elms, Wine & Rosecliff Gala at Rosecliff, Grand Tastings on Saturday and Sunday at Marble House, the Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff, Newport After Dark at Forty 1˚ North, the Sunday Jazz Brunch on the terrace of Marble House and seminars in The Breakers Stable and Carriage House throughout the weekend.  Tickets are now on sale at

The culinary and vintner talent shines radiantly at the elegant Friday night Wine & Rosecliff Gala featuring exquisite wines, 14 award-winning chefs, spirits on the terrace, live music and dancing in the Rosecliff ballroom. Restaurants and chefs for the evening include:

  • Bar Mezzana, Colin Lynch
  • Belle Mer, David Blessing
  • Castle Hill Inn, Lou Rossi
  • Cultivar, Mary Dumont
  • Doretta Taverna and Raw Bar, Brendan Pelley
  • Forty 1˚ North, Terence Feury
  • Gracie’s, Matthew Varga
  • Jamestown Fish, Matthew MacCartney
  • Parsnip, Peter Quinon
  • Providence G, Robert Sisca
  • Red Lion Inn, Brian Alberg
  • Mills Tavern, Rachel Klein
  • SRV, Kevin O’Donnell
  • The Spiced Pear, Tom Duffy
  • Vermont Creamery

Featured wineries at Wine & Rosecliff  include:

  • Bertani (Veneto)
  • Bodega Catena Zapata (Mendoza)
  • Castello Banfi (Brunello di Montalcino)
  • Ceretto (Piedmont)
  • Champagne Gosset (Aÿ)
  • Champagne Taittinger (Reims)
  • Château d’Esclans (Provence)
  • Château de Beaucastel (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)
  • Château Fuisse  (Burgundy)
  • Dr. Loosen (Mosel)
  • Graham’s Port (Porto)
  • Hewitson (Barossa)
  • Mas de Daumas Gassac (Languedoc)
  • Mt Veeder Winery (Napa Valley)
  • Rochioli (Russian River Valley)
  • The Prisoner (Napa Valley)
  • Trefethen Family Vineyards (Napa Valley)
  • WillaKenzie (Willamette Valley)

Once again, the Marble House lawn will be the setting for the two-day Grand Tastings, which offer guests an afternoon of entertainment, as well as the opportunity to sample hundreds of wines from around the world and cuisine from local, regional and national restaurants and purveyors. This lively event includes the Meiomi Seaside Bar, non-stop chef entertainment on the Monogram Culinary Stage, the Rosé Grill Garden featuring Château D’Esclans and the Castle Hill Inn Seaside Café.

The Vintner Dinner at Rosecliff will include a champagne reception, followed by a five-course dinner prepared by award-winning chefs. Each course will be paired with select wines presented by a vintner who will speak about the winery, the specific wine, the vintage, and why it pairs with the dish.

The exclusive Burgundy Dinner at The Elms will feature exquisite Burgundy wines paired with the cuisine of award-winning chef Tony Maws of Craigie on Main in Cambridge, MA.

In addition, throughout the weekend a series of wine & food seminars will be presented at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House, featuring experts discussing topics ranging from oysters to cheese & wine pairings, champagne & caviar, a bourbon tasting and more.

Proceeds from the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit organization accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and dedicated to preserving and interpreting the area’s historic architecture, landscapes and decorative arts.  Its 11 historic properties—seven of them National Historic Landmarks—span more than 250 years of American architectural and social development.

For more information on all of the weekend’s events and to purchase tickets for the 2017 Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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