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Wine & Food at Newport’s Mansions


The Preservation Society of Newport County
The Marble House, where the Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival’s Grand Tastings take place on the back lawn.

By Danielle Ossher

The fresh, crisp air of fall is here, and what better way to greet this glorious New England season than with a fine glass — or, really, several glasses — of wine amidst the grandeur of Newport’s celebrated Gilded Age mansions.

The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival kicks off with a sold-out opening gala Friday night at Rosecliff, but the party continues all weekend with tastings, seminars, and other events set for the splendid mansions of Rosecliff, The Elms, and Marble House. Now in its ninth year, the event features hundreds of wines from across the globe, delectable cuisine from notable chefs, and a varied collection of seminars lead by authorities on food and wine among them none other than Martha Stewart and TV-personality/chef Sara Moulton. They will whip up some dishes during the Grand Tastings at the Jenn-Air Master Class Culinary Stage (Moulton on Saturday, Stewart on Sunday). And for those who may need a vino-break, Stella offers its Beer Garden where Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and specialty Cidre will be paired with chocolate, cheese, and fruit by Master Chef Daniel Joly.
The best part: As you savor world-class wines and scrumptious fare, know that you’re helping support the beauty that surrounds. All proceeds from the event-filled weekend benefit The Preservation Society of Newport County, a non-profit with 11 historic properties, dedicated to preserving the region’s exquisite architecture, landscapes, and decorative arts.
For more information about the 9th annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, visit
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