Pebble Beach Resorts calls it “the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast”. It’s an annual occasion that features over 100 celebrity chefs, and hundreds of wineries. Which legends of the culinary world have appeared at this gathering? How about Wolfgang Puck, Daniel Boulud, and Masaharu Morimoto? Of the many. What’s the event, taking place from March 31 – April 3, 2016? It’s Pebble Beach Food & Wine.
Ideas abound at this four-day event. Having a dinner party soon? Need to add a few more bottles of vintage wine to the cellar? Want to know how to prepare that certain special dish? Then you’ll want to join the chefs, master sommeliers, and food & beverage experts coming in from all over the world just for you. Want to feel even better? This festival contributes to your local charities, including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, and more.
Let’s talk about your wine cellar, or favorite vintage. Pebble Beach Food & Wine is well represented. Many legendary wines and winemakers will be in attendance. You’ll sample and learn about rarest of wines to those that are simply “fun and engaging.” Whether you’re just beginning your collection and experience, or are an expert, there will be a workshop or event for you. Some of the best wines in the world will be offered Opening Night, and of course there will be Grand Tastings. Here’s just a few of the wineries that will be featured this year:
- Bergere Champagne. Founded in 1949, this extraordinary winery has produced Champagne from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. Each bottle, in the respectful Champenoise tradition.
- Bernardus Winery. Yes, another of our own, will be in attendance. You’ve probably driven by, or maybe stopped in at their Carmel Valley Road winery. Their Marinus Estate Bordeaux style red is their foundation.
- Gargiulo Vineyards. This Napa Valley operation is a boutique family winery. Their handcrafted wines are grown from two Oakville estate vineyards. Known for Money Road Ranch, and 575 OVX.
- Jean-Luc Baldès. This is the premier estate from the Cahors region of France. It’s beautiful 160 acres lies along the banks of the River Lot. This winery produces bold Malbec-based wines.
- Veuve Clicquot. Their non-vintage Brut is known the world over. It’s a classical blend of two-thirds black grapes, with one-third Chardonnay. Dry and elegant.
Do any of the above wineries have you dreaming of the festival already? If not, fear not, as there are another 150 to choose from!
Golf and wine mix: yes. In a way… join in on March 31, 2016 at Pebble Beach Golf Links for the Celebrity Chef & Winemaker Golf Tournament. This premier event is not to be missed if you (a) love golf, (b) want to watch and play golf with your favorite celebrity chefs or master sommeliers, and (c) you also love good wine and food. This $1,000 fantasy may be just to your liking. Of course, many other special events will take place over the festival’s marvelous four days. Here’s a small sample for you:
- Opening Night Reception. March 31, taking place at The Inn at Spanish Bay, the kick-off event features “a night of unbridled indulgence”! That means you can sample decadent food, while sipping on a selection of 200 wines.
- Living Local – The Bounty of Monterey. This April 1 event also takes place at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Our microclimate offers an incredible variety of wines, from Pinot Noirs to crispy acidic whites.
- The Spellbinding Wines of Antica Terra. One of the nicest, most widely respected winemakers in America, Maggie Harrison will explore with you “wines that epitomize place”, some of the finest from Oregon.
If you’re ready to purchase tickets for one or more of the many events taking place at Pebble Beach Food and Wine, head over to this website now! If you want to learn before making your decision, this is the site’s main Web page.
This list was accurate at the time of publication; please check directly with the venue(s) to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.