Wine Tasting Weekend with Kevin Zraly
January 3 – 5, 2020
Join us for a culinary weekend as we explore great wines, excellent music, and delicious food! Renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly of the Windows on the World Wine School will guide you through an exceptional tasting of 8 wines from 8 different wine regions from around the world. The weekend begins with a local tasting of wine, beer, and cider. This year New York Times best-selling author Frances Largeman-Roth rejoins Kevin with a chocolate talk and how-to demonstration and tasting featuring chocolate bark! Then Mohonk’s own Culinary Team, led by Executive Chef Jim Palmeri, will show you how to create a masterpiece of your own with the simplest of ingredients, tasting to follow. On both Friday and Saturday enjoy live music debuts by High Season and Jazz & Swing with Charles Turner. This year it’s all about the wonder of culinary and artistic variety and tantalizing your senses!
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
What the Locals are Drinking
5pm – 6:30pm
Kevin will be our guide as we explore some of the amazing adult beverages made right here in the Hudson Valley. The creators of these wines, ciders, and beers will be on hand and provide tastings and items for purchase.
An Hour of Chocolate with Frances Largeman-Roth
New York Times best-selling author Frances Largeman-Roth will explore the history of the cacao bean, health benefits of chocolate, and demonstrate how to make chocolate bark with a tasting and wine pairing during.
Live Music: High Season
Directly after the Chocolate Bark enjoy music from High Season as they play original pop, blues, surf and western swing along with covers ranging from Merle Haggard to Duke Ellington.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
Culinary Demonstration and Tasting
Always informative, always enjoyable and always delicious – join Mohonk’s Executive Chef Palmeri as he leads a demonstration and tasting to start your day right!
Wines of the World! Tasting and Reception with Kevin Zraly*
2:30pm – 5pm
Renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly leads you on a tasting journey around the world through the following wines: German Riesling, French Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre), Italian Brunello di Montalcino, Sonoma, California and Burgundy, France Chardonnay, Argentinean Malbec, Willamette Valley, Oregon Pinot Noir, and Napa, California Cabernet Sauvignon.
You’ll taste these 8 different wines as you learn about wine styles and developing your own taste, and discover details about acidity, tannin, oak, and fruit. Kevin leads the way with stories, myths, and tantalizing tales. After the wine tasting, join Kevin for a reception with a curated menu of hors d’oeuvres by the Mohonk culinary team. This will also be your chance to purchase a signed copy of Kevin’s bestselling wine book, Windows on the World Complete Wine Course.
*Note: Pre-registration with overnight reservation is required. There is a $60 per person program fee for admittance to the wine tasting and/or the reception which follows. Space is limited. Persons under age 21 may not attend the wine tasting.
Live Swing and Jazz: Charles Turner
More details to come.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
Dining Room History and Kitchen Tour
Join our Dining Managers for an informative talk and walk to our Dining Rooms and the newly renovated Kitchen.
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADERS
Kevin Zraly is the founder and teacher of the immensely popular Windows on the World Wine School, which has graduated over 20,000 students since its inception. Creator of the famous wine list at Windows on the World (which sold more wine than any restaurant in the World), he is the author of Kevin Zraly’s Windows on the World Complete Wine Course, the #1 selling wine book in the world, The Ultimate Wine Companion, Guide to American Wine, and Red Wine, among others. He teaches the Sherry-Lehmann/ Kevin Zraly Master Wine Classes and his own Advanced Wine Classes in New York City. Kevin was honored with the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Culinary Institute of America. He has been featured in The New York Times, People magazine, The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Newsweek, and USA Today, among others. His charisma, engaging style, and love of wine captivate everyone he teaches. To learn more, please visit www.kevinzraly.com.
Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN, is a New York Times best-selling author and nationally recognized health expert. Frances was the Food and Nutrition Director at Health magazine for nearly eight years. She is a contributor to Today.com and Parents magazine. Frances is the author of Feed the Belly: The Pregnant Mom’s Healthy Eating Guide and co-author of the bestselling The CarbLovers Diet and The CarbLovers Diet Cookbook. Her latest cookbook is Eating In Color: Delicious, Healthy Recipes for You and Your Family. She has appeared on Today Show, Good Morning America, Access Hollywood Live, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, and The Dr. Oz Show. She also hosts The Milk&Honey Kitchen with Frances on YouTube and provides private nutrition counseling to clients through her Healthy House Calls. Frances earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her dietetic internship at Columbia University. Frances lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and three kids. To learn more, go to www.franceslargemanroth.com, or follow her on Instagram @FrancesLRothRD.
Charles Turner, winner of the first 1st Annual Duke Ellington Vocal Competition in New York City, has held residencies, hosted, and performed at venues such as Dizzy’s Club, Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Smoke Jazz club, and the historic Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem. Turner’s Sophomore Album “ Single & In Love”, produced by Grammy award winning drummer Ulysses Owens Jr. has received critical acclaim and continues to play all across the world. Charles’ passion to bring swing and jazz to listeners of all generations and backgrounds proceeds through his new band and project Charles Turner & Uptown Swing. Bringing the Swing and Spirit of Harlem to music lovers and dancers around the world.
High Season combines the talents of Jack Petruzzelli, Cameron Greider, and Adam Bernstein. Collectively they have recorded, toured, produced or co-written with Patti Smith, Freedy Johnston, Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osborne, Sean Lennon, Ian Hunter, Levon Helm, Jonathan Coulton, and many others. Together they play original pop, blues, surf and western swing along with covers ranging from Merle Haggard to Duke Ellington. Founded in 2017 they have played venues or festivals in NYC, NJ, MA, and the Hudson Valley.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
When you visit for Wine Tasting Weekend, your overnight package includes:
- Breakfast: Breakfast Buffet with made-to-order omelets, our famous mini-waffles, and more, and Continental Breakfast
- Brunch: Brunch Buffet or Surrey Brunch
- Dinner: Surrey Fine Dining or Modern American Menu
- Guided Outdoor Activities such as Snowshoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, and Nature Hikes (weather permitting)
- Ice-skating in our open air pavilion
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Guided Nature Hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events and more! See schedule of activities >
A la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyperlocal draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our Main Dining Room