Wine And Beer Seminars Complement Sun WineFest Weekend


Bernie Lubbers, Kate MacMurray, Hugh Sisson, Aurélie Botton & Neil Bernardi to host exclusive seminars during Sun WineFest weekend
Sun WineFest attendees as well as wine and beer enthusiasts can enhance their weekend with the Sun WineFest Seminar Series presented by igourmet. A Grand Tasting ticket is not required to attend the seminars hosted by Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Heavy Seas Beer, MacMurray Ranch, Marnier Lapostolle and Migration Duckhorn. Each seminar will provide unique opportunities to learn about beer and wine from the experts that create them.
“Things You Never Knew About Bourbon; Sampling And Education”
Presented by Bernie Lubbers, Beam Global Spirits & Wine
Hosted by Bernie Lubbers, this seminar teaches you the history, different flavor profiles and characteristics of five delicious high end bourbons.  Explore how bourbon was first discovered while sipping on America’s top five bourbons.  Attendees will receive a copy of Bernie Lubbers book – Bourbon Whiskey our Native Spirit: Sour Mash and Sweet Adventures. The seminar will take place from 12:45pm to 1:45pm on Saturday, January 28th at Todd English’s Tuscany. Tickets to the seminar are $65.00 per person. 
From Angus to Pinot: Kate MacMurray
Presented by Kate MacMurray, MacMurray Ranch
This seminar features a verbal history of growing up at MacMurray Ranch in the Russian River Valley told by native daughter, Kate MacMurray.  Guests will taste through the portfolio of wines including the incredible Pinot Noirs!  The seminar will be held from 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Saturday, January 28th at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain. Tickets for this event are $65.00 per person.   
Heavy Seas Beer & Cheddar Pairings
 Presented by Hugh Sisson, Heavy Seas Beer
Tasting and pairing of six varietals of Heavy Seas Beer with a unique assortment of Cheddar Cheeses.  How could you go wrong with this one! The seminar will be held from 2:30pm to 3:45pm on Saturday, January 28th at Todd English’s Tuscany. Tickets for this event are $50.00 per person.   
Lapostolle – Organic and Biodynamic Winemaking in Chile
Presented by Aurélie Botton, Marnier Lapostolle
Lapsotolle’s mission is to make world class quality wines combining French essence with the exceptional qualities of the Chilean terroir. Their winemaking philosophy is based upon producing wines that express their origin, as well as respecting and working in harmony with the environment. A vision based on minimal intervention resulting in quality wines that are produced along the natural life cycle of the grapes to minimize the use of natural resources and waste production. Join us for a tasting of four Lapostolle Wines including the Icon of the winery – Clos Apalta. This exclusive event will be held from 1:00pm to 2:00pm at Todd English’s Tuscany on Sunday, January 29th. Tickets for this event are $60.00 per person.   

Exploration of Terroir with Neil Bernardi- Migration Winemaker

 Presented by Neil Bernardi, Migration Duckhorn
Since crafting its premiere vintage of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir in 2001, Duckhorn Wine Company’s Migration has earned acclaim for a refined and compelling style of winemaking that seamlessly balances vibrancy and finesse. Today, guided by winemaker Neil Bernardi — a cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay specialist — Migration has taken flight. Defined by the idea of movement, Migration is dedicated to going beyond its original home and exploring Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California’s finest cool-climate appellations. “Traditionally at Duckhorn Wine Company,” says Neil, “the character of a particular wine is deeply connected to a specific place or region. Migration offers a different paradigm. We are starting with a clearly defined style and exploring how that style can be expressed in different winegrowing regions, which is a fascinating prospect.”  Join Neil Bernardi in a unique and exciting seminar as he tastes you on his award winning Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from the Anderson and Russian River Valleys. Together you will explore Chardonnay through the lens of its best vineyards, and through the most expressive fruit sources of this white varietal.  You’ll then learn about Pinot Noir and how terroir plays an important role in the blending of this red varietal.  This seminar will help you gain a better understanding of how a winemaker goes about making a vineyard designated wine versus a blended wine, and reveal many details about the winemaker’s approach and philosophy when making a wine. The seminar will take place from 3:00pm to 4:30pm on Sunday, January 29th at Todd English’s Tuscany. Tickets to the seminar are $60.00 per person.
Tickets for the Grand Tasting, Elite Cru Tasting and Bubbles & Bon Bons may be purchased online at,, over the phone at 1.800.745.3000 or in-person at the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  Tickets for seminars are available through the Mohegan Sun Box Office in person or at 860.862.8499. 
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