VIP At Winter Wine Festival

January 13, 2018 | Schuster Center


January 13, 2018


Saturday 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Ticket Info

$100 (Includes ticket to Winter Wine Festival and parking at The Arts Garage.)

Banfi: The Pursuit of Excellence

Enjoy the VIP experience at the Winter Wine Festival! VIP’s enjoy everything that’s included with the Winter Wine Festival, plus an exclusive session with William J. Whiting, Wine Education Director of Banfi Vintners of Old Brookville, N.Y., the leading U.S. wine importer and a major producer of premium offerings in Italy. The VIP wine experience also includes wine tasting and pairing of Chef-created small bites.

In his role, Mr. Whiting tailors and implements educational programs for the staff of Banfi wholesalers as well as the sales personnel of key on-premise and off-premise accounts throughout the United States and Europe. His presentations focus on the wines of Italy, Chile, Argentina and Australia, while his classroom venues vary from Banfi’s corporate headquarters in Old Brookville to the premises of local distributors, restaurants and wine shops. He also helps to create tools about wine to educate industry professionals, students in the hospitality field, and the general public. He keeps abreast of developments in the industry through active involvement with professional organizations such as the Society of Wine Educators, American Wine Society, and the Dionysian Society International.

Part of the third generation involved in the family business, Mr. Whiting is a grandson of John F. Mariani, Sr., who founded Banfi in 1919. The firm today enjoys the unique claim of representing three brands among the nation’s 10 top-selling imports, and its Italian vineyard estate, Castello Banfi of Montalcino, Tuscany, has won Italy’s highest wine honor four times — the Premio Gran VinItaly — as International Winery of the Year.

After learning about Banfi Vintners,  head down to the WINTER WINE FESTIVAL featuring over 50 wines in the Schuster Center’s beautiful Wintergarden atrium. Visit themed stations and explore wines with the wine experts at each station, including: Napa vs. Sonoma, International Wines of Interest, Bordeaux vs. Napa, and Sparkling from Around the World. You’ll be inspired by great conversations and a fun afternoon.

Selections of wines include wines from the Prisoner Wine Company, Stag’s Leap Cellars, Nic Feuillatte, Chateau Sichel Margaux, Simi, Mt Veeder, Rodney Strong, and many more. A buying guide will be provided for attendees to make notes and retail purchases will be available at the end of the event. There will be a 10% discount on cases purchased.

Tickets to the VIP Banfi: The Pursuit of Excellence experience include the VIP seminar, entry to the WINTER WINE FESTIVAL, samples from each wine station, an artisan cheeses and charcuterie station during the WINTER WINE FESTIVAL, and parking in The Arts Garage.

Must be 21 or older to purchase and participate. Please drink responsibly.



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Age Recommendation

Must be 21 or older to attend.