Wednesday, January 14, 2009

2009 Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth By the Sea in Newcastle Jan 16, 2009

N.H., Seacoast wineries ready to impress at 5th annual Wine Festival
By Ryan Alan
Contributing Writer
Thursday, January 8, 2009

It's time to raise the glasses high for the Seacoast and New Hampshire wine industry!

Representatives of both will be doing just that as the fledgling New Hampshire Winery Association (, formed in 2006, participates for the first time as a group in the annual Winter Wine Festival at the Wentworth By the Sea in Newcastle.

It's a fifth anniversary celebration that opens Jan. 16 and runs through Feb. 28 with a variety of programming including award-winning winemakers and industry experts and chefs from throughout the nation and world leading Grand Vintner dinners, tastings, educational and entertainment events, music and more.

(A complete schedule is available online at:

The Winery Association will take part in the gala kick-off Grand Tasting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16. There will be hundreds of wines and visiting chefs preparing lavish hors d'oeuvres throughout all of the historic hotel's ballrooms.

Ben Baldwin and the Big Notes will provide music for dancing in one of the ballrooms and a live duo will perform in the jazz lounge.

It is an opportunity to explore the vineyards of the world under one roof, said Michele Duval, Wentworth wine director and executive director of New England Wine Festivals.

Happy to share that roof this year are members of the New Hampshire Winery Association said Heather Houle, director of sales, marketing and events at Flag Hill Winery and Distillery in Lee, and a coordinator of the association's participation in the festival.

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