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The Ahwahnee Announces 32nd Annual
Vintners’ Holidays Lineup Featuring California’s Finest Wineries
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Yosemite’s Vintners’ Holidays sessions include a welcome reception
with vintners, multiple wine-tasting seminars and a five-course gala dinner
The Ahwahnee Announces 32nd Annual Vintners’ Holidays Lineup Featuring California’s Finest Wineries
Yosemite National Park, CA – July 2013 / Hospitality 1ST / The Ahwahnee, a AAA Four-Diamond hotel nestled in the heart of scenic Yosemite Valley, announces the lineup for the 32nd Annual Vintners’ Holidays event series showcasing more than 20 of California’s best wineries. Vintners’ Holidays runs over a series of six sessions from November 11 to December 6, 2013 where attendees and vintners celebrate fall harvests with enlightening wine tastings and seminars, a small private reception to meet the vintners in person, and a five-course gala dinner where each course is prepared by Executive Chef Percy Whatley and The Ahwahnee Culinary Team to complement the often rare or limited-release wines shared by the participating wineries.
The Ahwahnee Announces 32nd Annual Vintners’ Holidays Lineup Featuring California’s Finest Wineries
“Vintners’ Holidays is always a wonderful start to the holiday season at The Ahwahnee,” said program director Kathy Langley. “This year’s stellar lineup of vintners includes returning favorites as well as some great new participants, and an exciting combination of wine varietals that is sure to delight our guests, no matter their level of wine appreciation or knowledge.”

Since its inception as a small gathering of vintners and hotel guests in the winter of 1982, Vintners’ Holidays has become a premier and much-sought-after destination for wine aficionados and winemakers alike. Vintners’ Holidays allows the vintners to relax after their busy harvest season and share the fruits of their labor with Yosemite visitors. Many vintners have participated multiple years, and returning for the 2013 season are boutique producers, such as Hartford Family Winery, as well as widely recognized names such as Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards and Benziger Family Winery. New wineries joining the festivities this year are Moraga Estate, Smith-Madrone and Franciscan Estate Winery. Each Vintners’ Holidays session offers an exciting wine adventure. From the legendary Margarit Mondavi of Mondavi Winery to Andy Beckstoffer, who single-handedly changed the wine business and was inducted to the Vintners Hall of Fame.

The 2013 Vintners’ Holidays schedule includes the following winemakers and moderators:

Session 1: November 11-12 (Monday-Tuesday)
Moderator: Ellen Landis, Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine & Owner, Landis Shores Inn
Bob Linquist, Qupe
Robert Foley, Robert Foley Vineyards
Frank Ostini & Gray Hartley, Hitching Post Wines
K.R. Rombauer, Rombauer Vineyards

Session 2: November 13-14 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Moderator: Evan Goldstein, Master Sommelier & President, Full Circle Wine Solutions, Inc.
Tom Rinaldi, Provenance Vineyards
Ed Sbragia, Sbragia Family Vineyards
Rob McNeill, Don & Sons
George Bursick, Villa Toscano

Session 3: November 17-19 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Moderator: Dan Berger, Wine Journalist & Judge
Steve Urberg*, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards
Robb Talbott, Talbott Vineyards
Dan Goldfield, Dutton-Goldfield
Ben Cane, Twomey Cellars

Session 4: November 20-21 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Moderator: Dan Berger, Wine Journalist & Judge
Stu Smith, Smith-Madrone
Scott Rich*, Moraga Estate
Chris Benziger, Benziger Family Winery
Daniel Baron, Silver Oak Cellars

Session 5: December 1-3 (Sunday-Tuesday)
Moderator: Peter Marks, Master of Wine & Vice President of Education, Constellation Academy of Wine
Margrit Mondavi, Robert Mondavi Winery
Jeff Stewart*, Hartford Family Winery
Janet Myer, Franciscan Estate Winery
Jason Hass, Tablas Creek

Session 6: December 4-5 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Moderator: Peter Marks, Master of Wine & Vice President of Education, Constellation Academy of Wine
Melissa Stackhouse*, J Vineyard & Winery 
Tim Carl of Huge Bear Winery & Andy Beckstoffer of Beckstoffer Vineyards
Ed Kurtzman*, August West Wines
Joel Peterson, Ravenswood Winery

*Indicates new winery or winemaker this year.

Special two- and three-night packages for Vintners’ Holidays are available at either The Ahwahnee or Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, and include lodging, two tickets to the Gala Vintners’ Dinner, admission to the “Meet the Vintners” reception and four wine tasting seminars. These special packages represent a significant value and guest savings off the regular rack rate for accommodations and services. The following rates are based on double occupancy, subject to change, and do not include room taxes. Individual tickets for the Gala Dinner may be purchased at $199 per person, including gratuity and excluding tax.

The Ahwahnee
$898 per couple (two-night package)
$1148 per couple (three-night package)
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
$664 per couple (two-night package)
$797 per couple (three-night package)
Curry Village Cabins
$680 per couple (two-night package)
$821 per couple (three-night package)

For more information on Yosemite’s Vintners’ Holidays at The Ahwahnee or to make reservations, call 801-559-4949 or visit www.YosemitePark.com/Vintners.

About The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee, the AAA Four-Diamond hotel featuring rustic architecture with Native American, Middle Eastern and Art and Crafts design elements, is located in scenic Yosemite National Park, which is home to stunning natural beauty, year-round activities and historic charm. The Ahwahnee was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and in 1987 it was listed as a National Historic Landmark. Condé Nast Traveler magazine recognized The Ahwahnee was in the 2010 “Reader’s Choice Awards” as one of the top 100 resorts in the United States. For more information, visit www.YosemitePark.com/ahwahnee.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts
Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader, providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special Places (SM) with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and in Niagara Falls State Park., as well as Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida and numerous operations within National Parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Olympic, Shenandoah and Yosemite. Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite and the Park Gate Lodges at Yellowstone, including the West Yellowstone Holiday Inn, Gray Wolf Inn and Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel are owned and operated by the company. Internationally, the company operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.DelawareNorth.com/parks-and-resorts-home.aspx.

About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

Media Contact:
Lisa Cesaro, Public Relations
DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
209-372-1445
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