Schedule of Events

Friday, August 29

Welcome Reception 3:30pm-4:30pm Join fellow festival guests for a toast of bubbly and meet our presenting chefs and wine experts. Question the team and get insider tips for the weekend. Presented by Biltmore.

new new vs. old old
“New New World vs. Old New World” 4:30pm-5:45pm Modern Takes on Wine in the New World such as Waterbrook Reserve Malbec, Willow Crest Pinot Gris, Waterbrook Mélange White, and Waterbrook Sangiovese Rose.  Discuss new modern winemaking techniques and how these contrast with the Old world styles.  Old World Wines to be presented are Canoe Ridge Reserve Chard, Primarius Pinot Noir and a couple of others. Discuss the Burgundian styles of these two wines, and how they differ from new world styles and techniques. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Shane OwensMeet the Expert: Shane Owens, Divisional Vice President of Sales, Precept Wine Company 5:45pm-6:45pm Shane Owens is a  20- year veteran of the wine industry having worked with Constellation Wine Company and Ste Michelle Wine Estates where he developed  a passion for Pacific Northwest Wines such as Chateau Ste Michelle, Columbia Crest, Col Solare. 14 Hands and Spring Valley. Shane is currently with Precept Wine Company, the largest privately-owned Pacific Northwest Wine Company with vineyards in Washington State, Oregon and Idaho. Notable Wineries represented include Waterbrook, Canoe Ridge, Willow Crest and Browne from Washington State and Primarius from Oregon.

Wine and Dine Reception 7:00pm-9:00pm Embrace the essence of a modern day street food festival, as you savor delicious fare prepared by the Pinehurst Resort culinary team, led by Resort Executive Chef, Thierry Debailleul. Relish in the delightful scents and tastes that run the gamut from upscale ready-to-eat foods to haute sensations, and enjoy the sensational, vibrant scenes of an indoor-outdoor culinary fair. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Grand Dessert BuffetGrand Dessert Buffet and Tasting 9:00pm-11:00pm Every sweet tooth will be satisfied with the immense assortment of dessert masterpieces prepared by Pinehurst pastry Chef Joey Norombaba and his team. They will exhibit their impressive and innovative skills to present an array of confectionary Southern delights, complemented by fine dessert wines. Gain a true sense of the South with a live bluegrass band, a tasty collection of moonshine cocktails, and a one-of-a-kind experience with our very own guest Mixologist. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

SATURDAY – August 30

Culinary Demo Luncheon 11:30am-1:30pm Experience a live cooking show as our featured chefs demonstrate their culinary skills at this interactive lunch event. Savor every course while watching the chefs prepare their specialty dishes, paired perfectly with the wines of their choice. You can even take home the prized recipes. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

The Liberated Enjoyment of Food & Wine 1:45pm-3:00pm This is THE quintessential workshop on matching wine with food. It explores pertinent history while building out the premises of why wines and foods do and don’t go together. A comprehensive study of the ‘five keys to wine’ and ‘three keys to food’ that delineates the basis of all food and wine pairing. This seminar is geared at everyone, regardless of level of experience, and will bridge those with minimal and those with ample amounts of experience. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Luis TorresMeet the Expert: Luis Torres, Wine Expert and Educator, Academy of Wine 3:00pm-3:30pm South American-born, Chicago-raised Luis Torres studied Food Science and Technology before spending 15 years in the restaurant industry. His experience includes an apprenticeship at Charlie Trotter’s with Master Sommelier Larry Stone, studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers, The Wine and Spirits Education Trust and management and wine buying responsibilities for all of Hilton’s Chicago star properties.. He currently supports extensive business development in Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Extreme Terroir Chilean Tasting 3:30pm-4:45pm The extreme climates and geography of Chile from North to South encompasses almost 2,500 miles of coastal and mountain terroir with varied climates. In this seminar, we’ll walk through the diverse appellations with Jake Pippen from Vine Connections, an expert in the new wines of Chile. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Jake Pippin
Meet the Expert: Jake Pippin, Vine Connections 4:45pm-5:15pm Jake Pippin was born and raised in Oregon’s wine country, but it wasn’t until studying abroad in Vienna, Austria that he discovered his passion—a passion that includes the people, communities, and geographies that make wine more than just a beverage and turn it into bottled culture. Jake’s passion for  Chilean wine and culture is contagious!

Cyrus Deconstructed* 3:30pm-4:45pm Taste Cyrus, Alexander Valley Vineyards Flagship Meritage Blend, and sample all of its components. In this seminar, you’ll taste Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Malbec and Merlot, some bottled exclusively for this event! Discover the characteristics of each of these Bordeaux varietals as well as the history of American Meritage wines and how winemakers masterfully blend them to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts! (*Premium Seminar – $25 surcharge) Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Max VaterMeet the Expert: Max Vater, Alexander Valley Vineyards 4:45pm-5:15pm Max Vater was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, and currently resides in Jacksonville FL. For the past ten years, he has been with Alexander Valley Vineyards, a California winery, as the Regional Sales Manager in Southeastern U.S.A.

The Other Wines the Tuscans Drink 5:00pm-6:15pm This seminar will explore the rise of Bolgheri from an area mostly known for Rose into a destination for top flight reds and Cabernet Sauvignon. We’ll touch on Marchese Antinori’s historical role in developing Bolgheri into the area it is today. You will learn about soil differences within the area and have the chance to taste Vermentino, Rose, Il Bruciato and Guado al Tasso. This session also touches on the developing area of Cortona and the potential of Syrah in the area. You’ll taste two Syrah’s from La Braccesca, demonstrating the contrast between the light everyday style known as Achelo, and the rich, fuller style that is Bramasole. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Thom HorseyMeet the Expert: Thom Horsey, National Wine Educator, Ste Michelle Wine Estates 6:15pm-6:45pm Thom Horsey, National Wine Educator for Ste Michelle Wine Estates, is a 35 year veteran of the wine industry, and is a member of the Society of Wine Educators and is Certified Specialist in Wine. Thom has conducted and developed well over 1200 training’s, seminars, dinners and tastings on almost every aspect of wine.

Walk Around & Wine Tasting 7:00pm-8:00pm Our second Grand Tasting of the festival is a precursor to our gourmet dinner. Sample top vintages from participating wineries. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Norman Van AkenKey West Gala Dinner 8:00pm-11:30pm In keeping with our Caribbean-inspired menu, the Gala dinner features a “Key West” theme. Celebrity Chef Norman Van Aken will prepare the dinner and speak about his books, No Experience Necessary: A Memoir” and My Key West Kitchen: Recipes & Stories.  Guests will enjoy four modern courses expertly paired with premier wines. The night ends on the dance floor with live music from Alternate Take. Doors open for seating at 8:00pm sharp. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

SUNDAY – August 31

Brewmaster’s Brunch 11:30am-2:00pm Make your way around our beer garden, featuring some of the best craft breweries local to Carolina. Toast with Champagne at noon and feast from Pinehurst’s expansive Sunday buffet. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Iron Chef CompetitionIron Chef Competition 2:00pm-3:15pm Watch as expert chefs Steven Queen and Glen Benskin compete in our own version of “kitchen stadium” as they test their speed, artistry, and creativity in this culinary battle of the festival.  The chefs have 1 hour to complete 3 courses themed around the surprise key-ingredient and critiques by our panel of judges. Host of the competition will keep audience members in the loop on ingredient origins, comments from the judges, and updates on the chefs’ progress. Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

The NEW American Frontier: A Tour of the Pacific Coast 3:45pm-5:15pm Explore the award-winning wines from the masterful mind of Aurelio Montes with Alberto Eckholt, Winemaker from the Montes Winery in Chile. Taste wines from Chile, Argentina, and California; all crafted under the artful hands of Eckholt. Travel up the coast of the Pacific, tasting as you go. Taste exciting, rich reds from Chile’s central valley and elegant sippers from the cool-climate vineyards of Chile’s northern, coastal region. Jump into California and taste tantalizing pinot noir grown just miles from the pacific, sumptuous Paso Robles Syrah, and culminate with the Montes Family’s Icon Cabernet from Napa Valley! Purchase Individual Ticket(s)

Alberto Eckholt
Meet the Expert: Alberto Eckholt, Winemaker, Vina Montes USA 5:15pm-5:45pm Born in Santiago, Chile in 1985, Alberto was always attracted to farming and agricultural life. Eckholt earned an Engineering degree in Agronomy with a major in Enology  from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. After finishing his studies, he was hired as assistant winemaker at the Montes winery in Apalta, Chile under the tutelage of Master Winemaker and President of Montes Winery Aurelio Montes. After working abroad for a time, he returned to Montes and overseeing production of the Montes portfolio out of the winery in Apalta, Chile. The wines he produced that year are coming on the market now to critical acclaim.

Moore County Chamber and Pinehurst Resort present “The Culinary Showcase” 6:00pm-8:30pm Top chefs from the Sandhills compete for the Culinary Cup. Taste various entrees and desserts prepared by our finest Moore County restaurants, accompanied by an array of wines.

Individual tickets are also available for purchase.