The wine will flow freely for the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival, as winemakers from six continents and 10 countries fly in to the Mid Atlantic region May 14-18. Four of the 2013 festival favorites - Château Tanunda, Hand of God, Domaine Kikones and Martinelli Winery & Vineyards - have returned for 2014, and the festival will toast the 16 new wineries joining the celebration.
All the wine poured at the festival is being donated by the winemakers, who are also contributing their time and talent.
Festival founder and Board President Ajit George said, “We welcomed seven winemakers from five continents last year, and have more than doubled that number in only our second year. We are thrilled to bring the world of wine to the Mid Atlantic, and with the addition of Kerry Damskey, master winemaker from Sula Vineyards in India, we have secured participation from a sixth continent, Asia. The only way we can top that is if we can find some friends in Antarctica!” Africa, Australia, Europe, North America and South America are represented.
Many of the festival wines will be available for sale Saturday, May 17, at the festival’s Wine Shop in the Bazaar at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Wilmington and at preferred purveyors and wine suppliers in Delaware.
In its second year, the festival features international vintners and chefs in collaboration with local talent, delivering once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Festival events range from moderated tastings to three-course lunches to seven-course dinners, with more than 60 percent of the 50 events built around wine.
Winemaker bios as well as festival event descriptions can be found on www.mawff.org. For more information about the festival, call Laura Stimson at 302-660-2200, Ext. 105.