Now entering its sixth year,the 2015 Puerto Vallarta Wine Fest is scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. Wednesday,Feb. 25 at Hotel Casa Velas,which boasts an estate-like atmosphere and is situated along the fairways of the Marina Vallarta Golf Club,just seconds from the beach and minutes from the Puerto Vallarta International Airport. Like most of the other festival locations,the resort is also within easy walking distance of downtown Puerto Vallarta’s 500-slip marina and 15 minutes from the charming old town center.
“The Vallarta Wine Fest provides attendees the experience of wine culture in all of its different artistic expressions,cultures and its main exponent: wine and food pairing,” write festival organizers in a press release about this year’s event. “Vallarta Wine Fest is a celebration that honors wine; every year we invite different countries to honor and learn from their history,wine experience,trade and products.”
The opening night event will serve as a welcome party,giving guests a change to socialize with more than a dozen wine experts,who will be on hand to discuss manufacturing,pairing and serving techniques. Secrets Vallarta Bay will host a lecture by leading winemakers and sommeliers about the history and evolution of wine at 11 a.m. Thursday Feb. 26,followed by an evening event at the resort beginning at 6 p.m. with a variety of delectable offerings prepared by the best local restaurants.
Chef Ignacio Cadena and sommelier Agustín Rodríguez will deliver the festival’s keynote address at 10 a.m. Friday,Feb. 27 at the Sheraton Buganvilias Resort,covering “Mexican Cuisine & Wine,” which is a topic that has garnered much international attention in recent years. The growing success of similar festivals like the annual Puerto Vallarta International Gourmet Festival,along with the much-celebrated yearly food and wine festivals in Cabo San Lucas and the Riviera Maya,and a favorable write-up last May in the New York Post featuring “Excellent Wines from Mexico,” are just a few of the reason’s everyone’s talking about wine and traditional Mexican cuisine.
This year,the Vallarta Wine Fest will hold the main tasting event from 1 – 6 p.m. Saturday,Feb. 28 at Velas Vallarta,featuring tastings of the best international wines and hosted by winemakers from Mexico and around the world. Finally,the festival will close with a street festival from 6-10 p.m. Sunday,March 1 in Lazaro Cardenas Square. A wide variety of local restaurants will be on hand,with select offerings paired with wine and musical entertainment throughout the evening.
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