Meet the winemakers event set May 17 in Rehoboth Beach

May 12, 2014

Three award-winning winemakers who will be visiting Rehoboth Beach for the MidAtlantic Wine and Food Festival will appear at an informal Meet the Winemakers event  at Eden Restaurant Saturday, May 17.

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Tastings of several of each winemaker’s varietals will be accompanied by finger foods provided by Eden’s acclaimed chefs, Andy Feeley and Danielle Panarello.

Appearing are:

Regina Martinelli, Martinelli Winery & Vineyards, California

Regina Martinelli comes from a lineage of farmers, starting with her great-grandfather, Giuseppe Martinelli, who planted the family’s flagship vineyards in 1885. After college, Regina spent 10 years in sales and marketing positions while obtaining her master’s degree in orga­nizational development. Now she has returned to her vineyard roots, where the winery remains family-owned and -operated, with Regina serv­ing as executive vice president. The primary goal of Martinelli Winery & Vineyards is to handcraft excellent wines born in their vineyards.

Tom Mortimer, Le Cadeau Vineyard, Oregon

Tom Mortimer and his wife, Deb, are the proprietors of Le Cadeau Vine­yard. Tom’s passion for wine collecting and love of Oregon merged with the purchase of 28 acres of raw hillside land in 1997. After clearing the land and the initial planting of six acres of Pinot Noir, the Mortimers produced the first vintage of Le Cadeau in 2002. Today Tom and Deb manage the farming and development of the vineyard, the winemaking team, and the marketing of Le Cadeau to top restaurants and retailers in the U.S., Canada, Germany, and Sweden. Le Cadeau Vineyard specializes in estate-grown Pinot Noir from the Chehalem Mountains AVA of Oregon’s Willamette Valley.

Jon Staenberg, Hand of God Wines, Argentina

Jon Staenberg and Santiago Achaval, one-time classmates at Stanford Business School, now partner in Hand of God wines in Mendoza, Argentina. Jon will pour from the inaugural vintages of this new winery, as well as wines from Achaval Ferrer. Wine Advo­cate awarded 92 points to one of the wines from Hand of God; Achaval Ferrer boasts four of the five highest-rated wines from Argentina (receiv­ing 99s and 98s) from Wine Spectator, and Achaval Ferrer is ranked the highest-rated Argentine wine to date by The Wine Advocate.

The public is invited to stop by anytime between 1:30 and 4 p.m. at Eden Restaurant, 23 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach to meet these notable winemakers and vineyard owners.