Take a tour around the world of food and wine. Led by vintners and industry experts, these engaging educational seminars are designed for every wine and food lover. From Oysters to Artisan Cheese to Bubbles and Caviar… there is an interesting and tasty seminar for everyone!

All seminars take place at The Breakers Stable & Carriage House on Coggeshall Avenue, Newport, unless otherwise noted.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Le Grand Fromage
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $65

Back by popular demand! Take a trip around the globe with an expert selection of artisanal cheeses each with their own taste, texture, story and sense of place along with a flight of a wines from a variety of regions. 

Featured wines: 
Jean-Luc Colombo, la Redonne, Côtes-du-Rhône Blanc, France
S.A. Prüm, Blue Slate Riesling, Mosel, Germany
Fontanafredda, Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy
St. Francis Winery, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California



Flight of the Oyster 
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $65

The flavor profiles of different oysters are indeed varied and complex, often described much in the same way one discusses fine wines.  Join us for a guided oyster odyssey as we navigate the fresh waters of Rhode Island to experience the tastes and the subtle differences between a variety of legendary local oysters. The experts from Midtown Oyster Bar will educate us on these beautiful bivalves from various Rhode Island oyster farms.  Learn from our visiting wine educators about each of the wine pairings selected to complement the oysters’ unique characteristics.

Featured Wines:
NV Michele Arnould, Blanc de Noir Grand Cru, Verzenay
2017 La Berriere, Muscadet Côtes de Grandlieu Sur Lie
2017 Domaine Fournier, Sancerre
2017 Château d’Esclans, Rock Angel, Côtes de Provence
2017 Chappellet, Chenin Blanc, Napa Valley



SIMI Luncheon 
12:00 PM -2:00 PM
Grace Vanderbilt Hotel    
Admission: $75

Celebrate the flavors of Sonoma County in an elegant and historic setting, the Grace Vanderbilt, one of Newport’s iconic hotels. This three-course luncheon will be carefully designed and prepared by SIMI Winery Chef Kolin Vazzoler in partnership with hotel Chef Anthony Theocaropoulos. These two culinary artists embrace the practice of using farm fresh, seasonal products in their dishes. Each course will be perfectly paired with a SIMI wine and presented by one of the visiting winery experts.

Featured Wines:
NV SIMI Blanc de Noir Sparking Wine
2014 SIMI Russian River Chardonnay
2015 SIMI Carneros Chardonnay
2015 SIMI Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2015 SIMI Russian River Pinot Noir
2014 SIMI Landslide Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon



Bodega Catena Zapata: World Class Malbec from Argentina
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $65

Learn about the most famous Argentinian Malbec.  With its Bordelaise (Bordeaux) importance and southwestern French (Cahors) birthplace, it has found a happy home in the high-altitude hillsides of the Andean Mountains of Argentina.  The altitude, exposure to the sun, complex and unique soil types and elective winemaking all play a role in the success story of this legendary winery.  Join Catena Brand Ambassador and Advanced Certified Sommelier Marika Vida on a whirlwind tasting tour of Bodega Catena Zapata – wines of unparalleled quality, class and style.

Featured Wines:
2015 Catena Classic Malbec
2015 Catena Lunlunta Malbec
2016 Catena Altamira Malbec
2014 Catena Alta Malbec
2014 Catena Zapata Nicasia Vineyard Malbec
2015 Catena Zapata Malbec Argentino

A Rosé Kind of Day
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $65

Rosé has taken the world by storm. The past few years have seen an accelerated expansion like no other category of wine.  Celebrate this universally adored, refreshing and food-friendly wine with a variety of rosés that span from the Mediterranean to the United States. Your exploration will be led by one of Boston’s best loved sommeliers, Lauren Dadonna of Del Frisco’s Boston.

Featured Wines:
Familia Pasqua, 11 Minutes Rosato, Veneto, Italy
Le Roi des Pierres, Rosé, Sancerre, France
Baron de Ley, Rosado, Rioja, Spain
Château Miraval, Côtes de Provence, France
Goldeneye, Vin Gris of Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, California



A Golden State of Mind
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $65

California is the epicenter of the American wine industry. Learn what makes this vast west coast landscape so important to the quality, the integrity and the character of the wines it produces. Guests will taste a wide selection of California Cabs from six different wineries that exemplify the variety and quality that make California wines famous worldwide.

Featured Wines:

Chappellet, Signature, Pritchard Hill
Trifecta Cellars & Winery, St. Helena
Aloft Winery, Howell Mountain
Long Meadow Ranch, Rutherford
Stonestreet Winery, Alexander Valley
Justin Winery, Reserve, Paso Robles




Bubbles and Caviar: An Italian Love Affair
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $65

Bubbles and Caviar have long been considered a perfect gourmet match. Taste and learn about two of the world’s most appreciated and luxurious delicacies, discovering how the flavors of the caviar are beautifully enhanced by the texture of these Italian bubbles and the varying degrees of body and dryness. Experience the delicious pairing of Calvisius Caviar, one of the finest caviar producers in Italy, and the legendary Italian bubbles producer Ca’ del Bosco. Learn about the history and underlying magic of the world’s most extravagant tandem indulgence.

Featured Italian Wines:
MV Ca’ del Bosco, Cuvée Prestige, Franciacorta
MV Ca’ del Bosco, Cuvée Prestige  Rosé, Franciacorta
2013 Ca’ del Bosco, Vintage Collection Dosage Zero, Franciacorta
2008 Ca’ del Bosco, Riserva Annamaria Clementi, Franciacorta




Saturday, September 22, 2018

Opus One
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Breakers Stable & Carriage House
Admission: $150

In 1978 Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi created a single red wine of absolute quality that would reflect the personality and character of both partners.  The two men imagined a seamless blend of their winemaking and their cultures.  This trailblazing joint venture began in Napa Valley with its first vintage in 1979.  Opus One has since grown to worldwide recognition.  Since 2001, Opus One’s wines have been crafted by one winemaker, Michael Silacci.  This prestigious tasting, presented by the winery’s senior stateswoman France Posener, will take an in depth look at the evolution of the winery’s grape growing, winemaking philosophy and expert techniques that all contribute to the beauty that is Opus One.

Featured Wines:
Opus One 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2013


All seminar attendees must be 21 or over.  No one under the age of 21 will be admitted.