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September 28, 2009

Arizona Biltmore’s Winemaker Dinner Details

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The Arizona Biltmore is pouring its 20th season of Winemaker Dinners, holding eight monthly epicurean events from October 2009 to May 2010 that feature noted California, Washington, Oregon and French wines along with guest chefs from top resorts nationwide.

For the 2009-2010 season, the dinners will showcase wineries from famed wine-growing regions including California’s Napa Valley and Sonoma County, Washington state’s Columbia Valley, Oregon’s Willamette Valley and Reims, France. The dinners will be held in the historic resort’s signature restaurant, Wright’s at The Biltmore.

Each event will feature a unique menu of four to six courses, with a complementary wine poured with each course. Three of the dinners will be prepared by guest chefs from nationally known resorts including Boca Raton Resort & Club, La Quinta Resort & Spa and Hotel Del Coronado. Biltmore Executive Chef Todd Sicolo, Wright’s Chef de Cuisine Conor Favre and other Biltmore chefs will create the other menus. A representative of the dinner’s featured winery will participate in the epicurean evening, talking about the wines, answering questions and spending time with guests.

A sparkling and unique feature, not offered at other such dining events, will be creative displays of beautiful designed jewelry by Molina Fine Jewelers of Phoenix – creating a perfect pairing at each dinner of fine wine, gourmet cuisine and fabulous jewels.

The 20th season of Winemaker Dinners will feature the following wineries:

-Oct. 1, 2009: Heitz Cellars, Napa Valley.
-Nov. 5, 2009: Erath & St. Michelle Wine Estates, Willamette Valley/Columbia Valley.
-Dec. 3, 2009: Taittinger, Reims, France. With Guest Chef: Andrew Roenbeck, Executive Chef, Boca Raton Resort & Club
-Jan. 7, 2010: ZD Wines, Napa Valley.
-Feb. 4, 2009: B.R. Cohn Winery, Sonoma County.
-Mar. 4, 2009: Rubicon Estate-Francis Coppola, Napa Valley. With Guest Chef: Jeff Lunak, Executive Chef, La Quinta Resort & Spa
-Apr. 1, 2009: Newton Vineyards, Napa Valley. With Guest Chef: Brian Sinnott, Executive Chef, 1500 at Hotel Del Coronado
-May 6, 2009: Rombauer Vineyards, Napa Valley.

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