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New World Wine & Food Festival Sets Wine Seminars

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Geography and climate played major roles in making this red wine.

The New World Wine & Food Festival is gearing up for May 12-16. This new spring date is set to coincide with the Valero Texas Open, a new partner for the festival.

The  latest additions to the schedule of events are two wine seminars to be held in the afternoon of May 15 at the Hilton Palacio del Rio, 200 S. Alamo St., downtown.

The wine seminars are described below. For a complete schedule of events and ticket information visit

Napa Valley Rocks
1 p.m., Hilton Palacio del Rio, $35 per person
Napa Valley Rocks will dig into what makes the Napa Valley America’s premier winegrowing region. You’ll explore the unique geological formation of the valley, why it is the ideal climate to grow grapes, historical milestones, and the tradition of leadership that is continued today.

Mastering Wine Aromas & the Aroma ‘Wheel of Fortune’
3 p.m., Hilton Palacio del Rio, $35 per person
Wine is experienced through different senses — sight, aroma, and taste. But more than 90 percent of our sensory perception of it derives from its aroma. This presentation familiarizes participants with common wine aromas while presenting a thought- provoking and fun competition. Participants learn how to define wine aromas, understand “off” aromas (faults), and develop an aroma vocabulary to identify and discuss wines and their characteristic aromas (e.g., what does a great Cabernet Sauvignon smell like?).

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