The Ahwahnee's Annual Vintners' Holidays Series Is On!


Photo courtesy of The Ahwahnee.

Be wined, dined, and educated in beautiful Yosemite National Park: now in its 30th year, the ~VINTNERS’ HOLIDAYS~ event series is underway at The Ahwahnee hotel with 32 of California’s best vintners. Through December 8th, guests at each session will have personal access to meet the vintners, learn about the latest trends in viticulture, taste the wines, and enjoy a five-course, candlelit gala dinner in The Ahwahnee’s grand Dining Room. Executive chef Percy Whatley will design the gala dinner to compliment the often rare or limited-release wines from participating wineries. New wineries joining this year include Hitching Post Winery and Blackbird Vineyards.

Book now for special two- and three-night packages at The Ahwahnee ($896 and up) and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls ($665 and up), which include lodging, two tickets to the gala dinner, four wine tasting seminars, and admission to the Meet the Vintners reception. The Vintners’ Holidays package gives you the option for a special Thirsty Thirties add-on package ($30) that includes preferred seating at tasting seminars for two, one bottle of fine wine per room, and one complimentary breakfast for two adults—enter promo code 30VINTNERS when making your reservation. Also, additional tickets for the gala dinner may be purchased for a reduced price of $199 per person, including gratuity and excluding tax.

Here’s the schedule for the remaining sessions: Session II November 9th-10th (Wed-Thu): Hitching Post Winery, Blackbird Vineyards, Rombauer Vineyards, Corison Winery; moderator: Gilles de Chambure, M.S., director of wine education, Meadowood. Session III November 13th-15th (Sun-Tue): Mumm Napa, Provenance Vineyards, Villa Toscano Winery, Sbragia Family Vineyards; moderator: Evan Goldstein, M.S., and president, Full Circle Wine Solutions, Inc. Session IV November 16th-17th (Wed-Thu): Talley Vineyards, Rosenblum Family - Rock Wall Wine Co., Jaffurs Wine Cellars, Joseph Phelps Vineyards; moderator: Michael Stepanovich, wine journalist and judge. Session V November 27th-29th (Sun-Tue): Handley Cellars, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Simi Winery, Terre Rouge & Easton Wines; moderator: Peter Marks, M.W., and vice president of education, Icon Estates. Session VI November 30th-December 1st (Wed-Thu): Halleck Vineyard, Mount Veeder Winery, Gianelli Vineyards, Ravenswood Winery; moderator: Peter Marks. Session VII December 4th-6th (Sun-Tue): Tablas Creek Vineyard, Huge Bear WinesandBeckstoffer Vineyards, Failla Wines, Turley Wine Cellars; moderator: Dan Berger, wine journalist and judge. Session VIII December 7th-8th (Wed-Thu): Ceja Vineyards, Karly Winery, Tolosa Winery, Chateau Montelena Winery; moderator: Dan Berger.

Make reservations online or call 801-559-4903. The Ahwahnee, 1 Ahwahnee Dr. at Tecoya Rd., Yosemite National Park.

Event Info

Sunday Nov 6, 2011 – Thursday Dec 8, 2011
The Ahwahnee
1 Ahwahnee Dr. at Tecoya Rd., Yosemite National Park