Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival

My favorite event of the year, Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival has come and gone. It was, as expected, a beautiful day filled with food, wine, and sunshine. We were completely blessed with the weather, had a great tasting crew, and had the opportunity to taste many wines from around the world.

The grand tasting took place at Marble House, one of the majestic mansions on Newport’s Bellvue Avenue. Marble House sits on a a large expanse of green grass that rolls down to the Cliff Walk, Newport’s famous walk along the ocean.

Marble House Matble House


This was our wine tasting view.


We started out with the bubbly, of course, and had a few sips at the Loire Valley, Mionetto, and Mumm Napa tables. While tasting at the Mumm table, I ran into Catherine Stanton Schiff, host of the show Cocktails for Everyone. We had dinner months ago, and it was so nice to see her again!

Loire Valley Wines   Mionetto   bubbly  
Mionetto       Foreau Vouvray Brut

Delicious bites were everywhere, and we were sure to take wine tasting breaks for some food samples. Alaska Seafood’s table was hard to miss, and they were giving out recipes as well as crab cocktail. I chatted with their Marketing Director for a bit and learned that they have some fun recipe contests coming up. Speaking of, if you haven’t buzzed my Alaska Seafood Foodbuzz recipe, you can do so here:  Pretty please ;)

We sampled some truffles with a tea-scented filling, Williams Sonoma pumpkin bread and hot apple cider, and the famed lobster macaroni and cheese from Russell Morin Catering. Last year we ate more than our fair share of this mac and cheese, and this year it was as perfect as ever.

Alaska Seafood crab claws
tea truffleslobster macaroni and cheese William Sonoma Pumpkin BreadimageThis is just a fraction of the food samples we tried. Add to this multiple servings of the best fish chowder I have ever eaten, Food Should Taste Good chips, gazpacho, gelato, and more.


As always, it was fun to taste wine from wineries we have visited. Out of all of the wines that we tasted at the Newport Mansions Festival, my favorites were ones we had already tried from Ladera. Their Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is one of my favorite Cabs, and since we joined their wine club, there will be some on its way to our house very soon. The son of the owners of Ladera was pouring, and he of course knew a lot about the wines and the property and exuded that friendly vibe that is so widespread in Napa.

Mumm Napa Alexander Valley Vineyards
Ladera Vineyards Kerrygold Butter

Other favorites included the Cyrus Cab from Alexander Valley Vineyards, a Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc-Viognier, plus a little snack from Kerrygold to cleanse the  palate. I actually got full from all of the food samples I tried!

We stopped to check out Billy Costa in the cooking demo tent before heading out back once again. I didn’t realize this last year, but the pagoda that is in the Marble House’s backyard houses some of the best food at the Newport festival in addition to a tasting bar, this year featuring Rhone wines.

 Billy Costa

While inside the pagoda, I sampled some delicious Grenache Syrah wines as well as some of the most heavenly pumpkin bread pudding with warm vanilla caramel sauce. Add that to my “must-make” fall list!

Viognier Marble House pagoda  
Rhone wines
Mumm Napa goldfish crackers

I have started really enjoying Rhone varietals like Syrah, Grenache, and Viognier, so I was glad to see the Rhone so well-represented. I would have also loved to have seen some Austrian wine, but if it was there, I must have missed it.

We followed the event by toasting with some more Mumm Napa, snacking goldfish at the Newport Marriott, and then heading off for some dinner.

I say it all the time, but I can’t say enough how much I love the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. It is in one of the most breathtaking settings in New England and offers such high end food and wine, all in a not-too-crowded, friendly environment. I think that next year I want to make an entire weekend out of it to attend more of the events and to soak up the lovely Newport vibe. The event planners do an amazing job; I wish they would do it twice a year!

Technorati Tags: , , , , , ,


Tags: events, Food, Ladera, Mumm, Newport, sparkling wine, wine

  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Meghan, it looks like it was a wonderful day! The views are amazing!


  2. Heather’s avatar

    I love Newport and used to live a few towns away. I never made it to the Food Festival but I loved walking on the Cliff walk.

    Beautiful pictures!


    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I have never gone to do the Cliff Walk, I definitely need to!


    2. Daisy’s avatar

      No wonder this is your favorite event of the year! What incredible views to go along with great food and wine.


    3. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

      Looks like a fun day! The weather was perfect to be by the ocean!


    4. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

      Gorgeous pics! I love the Newport Mansions and this looks like such a fun event.


    5. Amie’s avatar

      Looks like it was a great time!! I won tickets to yesterday’s Grand Tasting but sadly wasn’t able to go (or find anyone else who could either…) Maybe next year! :) Great report of the day.


    6. Sues’s avatar

      This looks like so much fun!! I’ve actually never been to Newport… We had a family trip planned when I was 16 then my dad got sick at the last minute! We always talk about how we should go now (12 years later!), but haven’t. Your post definitely makes me want to plan a little trip, though :)


      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Blogger field trip to Newport?! :)


      2. Kim’s avatar

        You’re making me miss living near the coast (I’m a California girl as I believe you know) with such spectacular photos. There’s nothing better than sitting outside near the ocean with a bottle of wine, a good meal, and a cool breeze blowing through. Simply splendid. Ahh.

        Food, wine, beautiful views. What more could you ask for?


        1. traveleatlove’s avatar

          That is our one stipulation for moving, we have to have an ocean within 30 minutes. I love it!


        2. Megan’s avatar

          Newport is gorgeous… add in a wine tasting and it must be such an incredible experience. I’ve often thought of going to that event… maybe next year. It’s nice seeing it through your lens anyways!


        3. Tiffany’s avatar

          You named several of my favorite wines, great post!


        4. Katie’s avatar

          I’ve been wanting for a couple years to go to the Newport Mansions Wine and Food Festival. I’ll have to do it now next year after looking at your photos and reading your post. Amazing!


          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            I am definitely going again next year. It is the best food and wine festival I have ever been to. We should get a group together!


          2. Brie’s avatar

            this looks like fun! i just covered my town’s wine & food festival, too. it’s amazing getting to taste so many great wines and dishes all at once! your view was a lot better than mine though!


          3. Elina’s avatar

            Looks gorgeous!!
            PS – Can you share some tips on how you do these little photo collages? I want to play with formatting like that too! :)


            1. traveleatlove’s avatar

              I write my posts in Windows Live Writer, so I just insert a table with x number of rows and columns, then copy the photos into the table and resize them.


new restaurant
WordPress SEO fine-tune by Meta SEO Pack from Poradnik Webmastera