WINE FESTIVAL lineup unveiled with internationally renowned wine and culinary legends


The Naples Winter Wine Festival (NWWF) has confirmed its star-studded roster for its 19th annual event, themed “Joyto the World,” this January in Naples, Florida.

The three-day Festival, held annually at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, will take place January 25-27, 2019 and will feature some of the world’s most celebrated chefs, vintners and Master Sommeliers.“

Each year, the Naples Winter Wine Festival not only attracts new talent from around the world, but also welcomes back many of our veteran culinary and wine experts who have been with us year after year,” said 2019 Festival Co-Chair Linda Koehn. “With this year’s theme, ‘Joy to the World’, we are looking forward to commemorating the 19-year legacy of the NWWF and its founding organization, the Naples Children & Education Foundation (NCEF), and working together towards rebuilding a brighter and better future.”

This year’s Chef de Cuisine, Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood, and Honored Vintners, Daphne and Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars, both hail from Napa, California and will team up alongside 50 other iconic chefs and vintners flying in from cities around the world to kick off the weekend Festival with 18 intimate Vintner Dinners hosted by Festival Trustees in private homes and settings throughout Naples.

Both longtime supporters of the NCEF and NWWF, James Beard nominee Richard Reddington and Daphne and Bart Araujo will headline the highly anticipated Wine Festival, which will bring needed resources to the Collier County community.

“The Naples Winter Wine Festival is an iconic culinary and wine event and it’s a great honor to be chosen as the Chef deCuisine this year,” said Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood. “This event holds a very special place in my heart and I’m thrilled to be back for my eighth festival.”“

As supporters of the Naples Winter Wine Festival since 2002, we are thrilled to be returning with Accendo Cellars, our family wine, for the 2019 NWWF as Honored Vintners,” said Daphne and Bart Araujo. “It is a privilege to represent Napa Valley alongside the many dedicated food and wine professionals that participate in this star-studded event and give back to Collier County each year, and to see the lovely friends we have made over the years.”“

Both Richard Reddington and Daphne and Bart Araujo have been longstanding supporters of the Naples Winter Wine Festival and Naples Children & Education Foundation,” said 2019 Festival Co-Chair Brian Brady. “Their continued involvement has been crucial in our efforts to better the lives of the underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County, by providing access to important resources and support they need to excel.”

To kick off the weekend’s festivities, the Naples Children& Education Foundation will be hosting their annual Meet the Kids Day on Friday morning. Guests will have a chance to meet children who have received resources and support from NCEF funds and see how their involvement has positively impacted the community.

The morning culminates in a heartfelt presentation showcasing remarkable success stories that NCEF has made possible. Following the presentation, attendees will enjoy a lunch and meet the four renowned vintners. Friday evening, guests will have a chance to enjoy intimate dinners with award-winning chefs and renowned vintners hosted by Festival Trustees in private homes and settings throughout Naples.


Daphne & Bart Araujo of Accendo Cellars in Napa, California Tim Mondavi of Continuum in St. Helena,
Carlo Mondavi of RAEN Winery in Sonoma, California Cinzia Merli of Le Macchiole in Bolgheri, Italy
Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery
in St. Helena, California
Rotem & Mounir Saouma of Lucien Le Moine in Beaune, France David Duncan of OVID in St. Helena,
Cliff Lede of Cliff Lede Vineyards in Napa, California
Shari & Garen Staglin of Staglin Family Vineyard in Rutherford, California Jim Bailey of Knights
Bridge Winery in Calistoga, California
Barbara Banke of Gran Moraine Vineyard in Yamhill, Oregon and
Zena Crown Vineyard in Salem, Oregon
The Miller Family of Bien Nacido and Solomon Hills Estates in Santa Maria, California
PierFilippo Abbruzzese of Valdicava in Montalcino, Italy Shahpar & Darioush Khaledi of Darioush in
Napa, California
Giovanni Manetti of Fontodi in Greve in Chianti, Italy
Valerie Boyd & Jeff Gargiulo of Gargiulo Vineyards in Oakville, California Jean-Charles Cazes of
Château Lynch-Bages in Pauillac, France
Elisabetta Gnudi of Borgo Scopeto & Caparzo in Montalcino, Italy Naoko and Maya Dalla Valle of
DallaValle Vineyards in Oakville, California
Lucas Löwi of Bodega Numanthia in Valdefinjas, Spain
Matt Hobbs of Paul Hobbs Wines in Sebastopol, California
Nicholas Allen of Carte Blanche Wine in Napa, California Roberta Ceretto of Ceretto in Alba, Italy
Grace & Ken Evenstad of Domaine Serene in Dayton, Oregon and
Château de la Crée in Burgundy, France
Véronique Drouhin-Boss of Maison Joseph Drouhin in Beaune, France and
Domaine Drouhin Oregon in Dundee, Oregon
Olivier Krug of Krug Champagne in Reims, France
David Pearson of Opus One Winery in Oakville, California
Dimitri Augenblick of Cos d’Estournel in Saint- Estèphe, France Salvatore Ferragamo of Il Borro in
San Giustino, Italy

Cassidee Dabney of The Barn at Blackberry Farm in Walland,Tennessee
Richard Reddington of REDD and Redd Wood in Yountville, California

Tom Colicchio of Crafted Hospitality in New York, New York Angelo Auriana of Officine Brera in Los
Angeles, California Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, Colorado
Thierry Rautureau of Luc/Loulay in Seattle,Washington
Nancy Oakes of Boulevard Restaurant in San Francisco, California

Rogan Lechthaler of The Downtown Grocery in Ludlow,Vermont

Dustin Valette of Valette in Healdsburg, California
Charlie Palmer of Aureole in New York, New York

Donald Link of Herbsaint in New Orleans, Louisiana
Markus Glocker of Bâtard in New York, New York

Bill Telepan of Oceana Restaurant in New York, New York

John Tesar of Knife at The Highland in Dallas,Texas

Vitaly Paley of Paley Hospitality Group in Portland, Oregon

Mike Lata and Jason Stanhope of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde
Restaurant in Chicago, Illinois Joseph Lenn of JC Holdway in Knoxville,Tennessee

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