Wentworth by the Sea Hotel | January 18, 2019 - February 17, 2019


about the festival

We couldn't be more excited about the roster of excellent wines and personalities we have assembled for this winter's wine festival presented in the luxury and comfort of the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel. This will be our 13th year bringing together the superb cuisine of the Wentworth's culinary team with winery representatives and their premium wines from around the globe amid the polished hospitality of our service staff in this grand setting on a little island, off the coast of New Hampshire.

From multi-course Grand Vintner’s Dinners or A Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom to weekday Flight Nights or Shell-Shocked, the oyster event in SALT’s lounge to the lavish Bubbles and Jazz Brunches, the common thread running throughout is always of excellence. Please join us for a month of celebrating these masters of their craft and the inspiration they bring us.

To make your reservation by phone, please call: 603.422.7322

To purchase tickets online, click here


Fridays, January 18th & February 15th 6–8:30pm

The Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom is nothing less than a playground for food and wine lovers. Guests will be able to choose from a vast array of wines in this walk-around event, with numerous wine stations offering classics from the Old World, modern wines from the New World, international sparkling wines, Ports and dessert wines. SALT’s professional team of chefs will prepare their award-winning cuisine at chef action stations. Choose between small plates, artisanal cheeses, an antipasto station, a carving station and more with live jazz by recording artist Chris Klaxton.

$49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity



Madeleine is a fourth generation Provencal winemaker, though initially her university studies at the Sorbonne and Edhec Business School launched her into a marketing career with Nestle in Paris. It did not take her widowed father Brice long to lure her back to their 300 hectare estate 15 k north of Aix-en-Provence, convincing her that her business skills married to vineyard management and winemaking duties could gain Chateau Barbebelle the recognition it deserved.

Catherine Mousset married Robert Barrot and their part of the inheritage was named Vignobles Mousset-Barrot, which Robert managed and developed for 30 years. Today it’s their two daughters, Gaelle and Amelie, who are in charge of the property. Amelie, after graduating with a masters in Economy from the Grenoble University and a masters in Business and Oenology from Dijon Business School, decided to join the property in 2001.


Bring Winemaker Experience Closer

Reception 6pm • 4-Course Dinner 7pm

The Grand Vintner’s Dinners, now a Winter Wine Festival tradition, fully express the epitome of the Festival’s philosophy on the marriage of food and wine. Hosted by winemakers from the finest wineries around the world, each dinner starts with a meet and greet wine reception with passed hors d’oeuvres. Chef Ken Lingle then presents a dinner with ingredients carefully selected to enhance each wine. Service is in the dramatic presidential style by a highly trained staff, a spectacle not to be missed.

  • saturday, January 19th Kendall Jackson Wines with Randy Ullom

In 1993, Randy was hired by Jess Jackson to reopen Edmeades in Mendocino and act as a winemaker for the launch of the new Jackson Family label Camelot Vineyards in Central California. In March of 1997, Randy was named Winemaster for Kendall-Jackson Winery as a nod to his intimate involvement in the intricacies of the viticultural and winemaking programs of the brand. In 2006, he also became the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for overseeing the ongoing business operations within the company. Following that stint for a few years, Randy has settled into the continued role of SVP / Winemaster for Kendall-Jackson with oversight of Chile.

$104.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • saturday, February 2nd dry creek wines with tim bell

Tim Bell, winemaker at Dry Creek Vineyard, has worked with a wide range of grape varieties and wine styles in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and the Central Coast: Still wine, sparkling, dessert, even Kosher. Tim’s creativity in blending and extensive experience shaping wine quality in the vineyard made him a great choice for the winemaking team at Dry Creek Vineyard starting in 2011. He graduated with honors in winemaking at UC Davis, learning the intricacies of wine chemistry and microbiology that inform his stylistic choices in creating delicious blends. With this education, and formative experiences in a previous career selling wine, Tim arrived at a balanced, complex winemaking style shaped by his precise palate and preference for wines that define their varietal character.

$104.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • Saturday, February 9th John anthony Wines with geoff whitman

Geoff Whitman’s wine industry career spans over two decades. His roles include fine wine hospitality and sales, major account sales and distribution, wine-making, production, and executive leadership. Having worked with industry icons across all facets of the business, Geoff brings broad expertise and deep relationships to his position with John Anthony Family of Wines.

$104.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • Saturday, February 16th Caymus wines with dan campbell

Dan Campbell has been with Caymus Vineyards for 6 years now, and has been in the Wine Industry for over 30 years in various sales and sales management roles. As North Division Manager at Caymus, Dan manages 15 states and 18 distributors in the Northern US.

$204.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

Wine Education

Friday, February 8th 7–9pm featuring lux Wines with david turcan

David Turcan grew up on the family vineyard in Provence (Domaine Les Vaucedes, Cotes du Luberon) and, after getting his Engineer Degree in Chemistry and Project Management, he graduated from the Business School of Burgundy with an MBA in International Wine & Spirits Trade. While in France, David worked for a couple of wineries in the Rhone Valley and the Languedoc, before moving to the US in November of 2000 to represent The Gabriel Meffre winery from the Rhone Valley with their importer.

The importer, Commonwealth Wine & Spirits, eventually hired him to represent their entire import portfolio nationally for four years, then their Fine Wine portfolio in MA for three years. He was then hired by the E&J Gallo Winery and helped their MA distributor, the Martignetti Companies, with their Key Accounts for five years. Since July 2014, he has been managing the LUX Wines portfolio, exclusive importer of Allegrini, Pogglio al Tesoro, Pieropan, Renato Ratti, Jermann, Argiano, and Tornatore for New England.


$49.95 per person

Sundays • 10am–2pm For over a decade now the best motivation for getting out of bed on Sunday has been the spectacular Bubbles and Jazz Brunch at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel. This great tradition continues during the Festival—but with a special feature. High-scoring, premium sparkling wines from around the world are poured, helping to you linger longer over this languorous meal.

Calendar of Bubbles:

  • January 20 - Mionetto Prosecco, Italy

  • January 27 - Lunetta Prosecco

  • February 3 - Cupcake Prosecco, Italy

  • February 10 - Poema

  • February 17 - La Marca

Call to Reserve - 603-373-6566


FRIDAY, February 1st

$59.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity