Desert festival of wine, food & the arts

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden owners Charlie Pasarell Jr. and Raymond J. Moore, in association with Anthony Dias Blue, Wine & Spirits Editor of Bon Appetit, are pleased to announce a new wine and food festival in the breath taking Palm Springs resort area, April 2-4, 2004.

Grounds, Stadium

The Desert Festival of Wine, Food & the Arts will be a dazzling showcase featuring internationally acclaimed chefs, top wineries and fine art at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the Pacific Life Open tennis tournament.  "It is with great excitement and anticipation that my partner, Charlie Pasarell, and I announce the launch of the inaugural Desert Festival of Wine, Food & the Arts to be held in our tennis stadium.  We have high expectations for this event and intend to make it an annual "must attend" for the connoisseurs of Southern California," comments Moore.

Celebrity chefs and renowned wineries will participate in a three-day epicurean feast. The weekend will include Celebrity Chef Luncheons, Wine Seminars, Cooking Demonstrations, Reserve Tastings and a Gala Evening.  Grand Tastings will be held in the evenings and will feature 50 wineries and many of the best restaurants in the Palm Springs area. The festival will conclude on Sunday with a delicious Champagne Brunch featuring champagnes from the last remaining family-owned Grand Marque producers of Champagne.        

Program Director - Anthony Dias Blue, Wine & Spirits Editor of Bon Appetit

DESERT FESTIVAL OF WINE, FOOD & THE ARTS/Add one Dianne Funk, promoter of the Indian Wells Art Festival joins the festival weekend to present over 150 of the Southwest's finest painters, sculptors, glass blowers, jewelers, potters and artisans who incorporate the distinctive designs, colors, landscape and heritage of the lifestyles of the Southwestern region, both traditional and contemporary.
Participating chefs include:
Joachim Splichal (Patina), Julian Serrano (Picasso), Celestino Drago (Drago), Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Border Grill), Francois Payard (Payard), Gary Danko (Gary Danko), Bradley Ogden (Bradley Ogden's in Caesar's Palace), Roy Yamaguchi (Roy's), Lee Hefter and Sherry Yard (Spago Beverly Hills), Terence Brennan, (Artisanal)

Participating wineries include:

Australian Premium Wine Collection, Beringer Vineyards, Casa Lapostolle, Caymus Vineyards, Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards and Winery, Champagne Bollinger, Champagne Pol Roger, Champagne Duval Leroy, Champagne Laurent Perrier, Champagne Tattinger; Duckhorn Wine Company, Frederick Wildman & Sons, Greg Norman Estates, Hartford Court, Louis M Martini Winery, New Zealand Winegrowers, Niebaum Coppola, Robert Mondavi Winery, Stonestreet, San Francisco International Wine Competition Winners, San Francisco World Spirits Competition Winners, The Wines of South Africa, Wolf Blass

Events include:

Grand Seminars

Oakville and the Stag's Leap District
Michael Mondavi will lead a seminar of these two ultra-premium Napa Valley appellations, covering Robert Mondavi Winery significant vintages.  Together you will review older vintages of the celebrated Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve through the recent 2000 vintage, the first wine fermented in the French oak tanks in the winery's new To-Kalon Cellar.

Poster chosen for festival logo by artist Pirri

Shiraz Around Australia
Traverse Australia with the Wolf Blass wine making team. You will begin their journey in Victoria, stopping along the way in the McLaren Vale, Adelaide Hills and the Barossa Valley. By the end of this tour you will have experienced first hand the stylistic differences of this great grape by tasting the finest wines made in each of these renowned appellations.

Louis Martini Monte Rosso Vineyard Vertical
Mike Martini will lead an incredible tasting of his legendary Cabernet Sauvignon, known for its richness and complexity, fine balance and beautiful structure. The Monte Rosso Vineyard is one of the oldest and greatest vineyards in California, and has achieved cult status as the source of consistently superb, long-lived Cabernet Sauvignons.

The Wines of Knight's Valley
Beringer's winemakers will introduce you to their winemaking secret, the Knight's Valley, known for producing the best of Bordeaux grapes varieties with it's unique soil and cool climate. You will experience two vintages of Beringer's Alluvium white and red, plus a five-vintage vertical of the acclaimed Knight's Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pinot Noir's Coming of Age in America
This symposium tasting will feature prime examples from the best Pinot Noir appellations in California and Oregon. You will taste great wines from each of the key Pinot Noir appellations ~ Sonoma's Russian River Valley and Carneros; San Louis Obispo's Edna Valley; Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley and Santa Rita Hills; and Oregon's Willamette Valley.

Reserve Tastings

Duckhorn: Paraduxx Blending Seminar
Participants will blend their very own wine, aided by Paraduxx winemaker, Bill Nancarrow. Paraduxx is Duckhorn's unique Napa Valley proprietary blend, combining Zinfandel and the classic Bordeaux varietals of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Following in the European tradition, you will create your own proprietary blend.

Robert Mondavi: A Vertical Tasting of To-Kalon and Reserve Cabernets
Michael Mondavi will lead this tasting featuring the impressive To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, a single vineyard, extremely limited release wine, along with other reserve wines from comparable vintages.

Caymus Vineyards : A Vertical Tasting of Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Caymus proprietor and wine maker Chuck Wagner will lead you through an incredible tasting of this legendary Cabernet Sauvignon
Joseph Phelps : A Vertical Tasting of Insignia
Join Joseph Phelps President Tom Shelton in the tasting of a wine consistently rated in every wine journal's Top Ten; voted Wine of the Year by the San Francisco Wine Competition in 2003.
Stonestreet : A Vertical Tasting of Alexander Mountain Estate
Winemaker Mike Westrick will lead you on a tasting of one of California's premier vineyards, specifically focused on Cabernet Sauvignon from the unique mountain terroir of the Alexander Mountain Estate.
Kendall-Jackson: A Vertical Tasting of Stature Cabernet Sauvignon
Chief winemaker Randy Ullom will lead a tasting of this impressive wine, the pinnacle of Kendall-Jackson winemaking achievement. This limited edition and limited production wine is only made in the finest vintage years.

Grand Food Seminars
Pairing Wine with Cheese with Terence Brennan of Artisanal
An expert tasting of fine cheeses with appropriate wine accompaniments.
Fusion Cooking with Roy Yamaguchi
A dramatic and useful cooking demonstration by Roy.
Making Chocolate Happen!
A delight for chocaholics! Sherry Yard and Francois Payard will reveal their secrets in a detailed demonstration. A tasting will be included.

The Too Hot Tamales Rock the Kitchen
Mary Sue Millikin and Susan Feniger demonstrate how to add spice to your life.
A Passion for Pasta
A Celestino Drago Cooking Demonstration.
Sushi Savvy
A lively lesson on making sushi - with wine pairings included!
Packages for the Desert Festival of Wine, Food & the Arts go on sale on Monday, November 3, 2003.  They include:

Festival Package ($850/per person):
Includes Luncheons, Grand Tastings, Choice of 5 Wine Seminars and/or Cooking Demonstrations, Champagne Brunch, Admission to the Arts Festival

Platinum Package ($1000/per person):
Includes Luncheons, Grand Tastings, choice of 2 Reserve Tastings, Choice of 5 Wine Seminars and/or Cooking Demonstrations, Champagne Brunch, Admission to the Arts Festival

Hotel & Ticket Package:
Pair a ticket package with one of the participating fine Indian Wells luxury hotels.  Details in December 2004.

The Indian Wells Tennis Garden promises to be an ideal location for the Desert Festival of Wine, Food & the Arts.  The true desert oasis is home to the Pacific Life Open, one of the most prestigious men and women's tennis events in the world. Situated at the base of the breathtaking Santa Rosa Mountains in Southern California, the Indian Wells Garden boasts a 16,000-seat stadium. "The venue…is rimmed by mountains and soaked in sunshine," commented Frederick Klein of the Wall Street Journal.

For more information about the first annual Desert Festival of Wine, Food & the Arts, go to  For event tickets call 800.999.1585.

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