Sally and I spent this past Friday evening and Saturday at the Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival. If you’re and wine and food lover, events such as this need to be put on your “bucket list”. Friday evening we attended a private preview party in the main cooking demonstration tent where Champe Speidel, Chef/Owner of Persimmon, located in Bristol, Rhode Island did a series of food and wine pairing demonstrations. Then it was on to the Gala opening event at Rosecliff Mansion, where the food and wine continues to amaze (especially the deserts…).
While we were at the Gala, we met a most delightful and very accomplished artist Thomas Arvid. For the past 20 years he has done only work relating to his passion, wine. The entire evening was so exciting that Sally and I forgot to take pictures! We were also pleased to find other members of the Boston design community represented, running in to Bob Ernst of FBN Construction, Debra Clark of Clark Kitchens, Guy and Glenn Murray of Stone Technologies, Chris Zizza of C&R Floors and several folks form Scandia Kitchens.
Saturday, we spent a leisurely morning walking up and down Thames Street, taking in the scenery before we headed back to the Festival. We arrived about noontime and had an opportunity to check out the Infiniti tent before wandering in to the main tasting tent. We were delighted with how it all came out! (I’m already thinking about next year…) We caught up with Thomas, our favorite artist, and of all the wines we sampled; the most memorable wines were from the Loire Valley. If you’re looking for white wines that are delicious alternatives to chardonnay, you need not look further.
By the time we left at 3:30 PM, the main tasting tent was mobbed. Our final stop before heading home was a polo match. Jen Driscoll, who produces the digital design magazine, Perspective New England, had invited us to join her family and friends at the match. It was Hat Day and all the ladies dressed the part. It was the perfect way to end the day before heading home.