Two Days to Sip, Swirl and Taste
Rancho Mirage’s very best chefs team with award-winning wineries from Napa, Sonoma, Paso Robles, Santa Barbara, Lodi, Washington State, The Santa Lucia Highlands, and Temecula for the third annual Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival (RMWFF).
Two days of tastiness
When David Fraschetti, the founder of the festival, decided to create the event, he did a lot of research to make sure it was all the great things wine lovers expected and none of what they didn’t enjoy. He told Palm Springs Life he attended 18 different winery festivals over two years, always inquiring about what people liked most about festivals and what they would change. “We took notes,” he said. “The overwhelming response was to get rid of the beer, get rid of the spirits, and make it about the wine again. If you’re at a wine-tasting event, you need to have a fresh palate.”
This is exactly what is delivered at the Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival. An all-inclusive General Admission and Early Entry Ticket for February 28 and 29, 2020, includes an elegant crystal souvenir wine glass and limitless tastes of more than 200 handcrafted award-winning wines from top tier wineries.
First-timers and seasoned attendees will find that RMWFF is about people coming together to celebrate a shared passion for great wine and gourmet food. To enhance the experience, winery owners, winemakers and winery representatives will be on hand to offer information and practical knowledge about their delicious offerings.
Oenophiles won’t want to miss the Special Sunset Rare and Reserve Tasting (Feb. 28, 4 – 6:30 p.m., $65). Limited to just 300 ticket holders, this will be the toughest ticket in town. California’s best winemakers dust off bottles and attendees get the opportunity to try rare and reserve wines, some that are impossible to buy and are no longer in distribution.
The night also includes hot and cold gourmet appetizers prepared by top chefs from the Coachella Valley’s most popular restaurants. Plus, The Rancho Mirage Wine and Food Festival Silent Auction of fine wines, exotic large format wine bottles and special luxury wine tours raises money for charity.
Isn’t it Grand?
The following day, on Feb. 29 (1:30-5 p.m., $95), the Grand Tasting Finale at Rancho Mirage Community Park includes hundreds of premium California wines served up with the best of the Valley’s local top chefs and vendors of all things related to wine. Spend the day relaxing or dance to live musical entertainment.
Plan to attend both days to take it all in? Why not stay local? Numerous resorts around Rancho Mirage provide spacious rooms, poolside patios, private villas and options to suit any wine enthusiast.