Breakthru WI Brings Food and Wine Experience back to Kohler

Aug. 1, 2016

Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin, along with Destination Kohler, are pleased to unveil the wine and spirit lineup for the 16th annual Kohler Food and Wine Experience October 20-25, 2016, in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Throughout the four-day festival, guests will have the opportunity to attend more than 100 wine and spirits spirit seminars, featuring over 50 of the world’s most respected wine and spirit producers.

As the exclusive wine and spirit sponsor of the Kohler Food and Wine Experience, Breakthru WI and its supplier partners have crafted a world class wine and spirit experience for attendees complete with expertly-led tastings, insightful pairing seminars and hands-on demonstrations.  Guests will have unrivaled access to speak with and learn from the industry’s most influential wine professionals, including:

  • Gustavo Bertagna – Enologist, Susana Balbo Wines
  • Luigi Coppo – Family Member & US Managing Partner, Coppo Winery
  • John Doxon – Global Sales Director, Dry Creek Vineyard
  • Robert Fisher – General Manager, Fisher Vineyards
  • Craig Hall – Vintner, Hall Wines
  • Christine Hanna – President & Owner, Hanna Winery and Vineyards
  • Robert Jennings – Owner & Vintner, Paratus Vineyards
  • Anna Maria Ponzi – President & Director of Sales & Marketing, Ponzi Vineyards
  • Lucia Raimondi – Owner, Villa Monteleone
  • Rick Sayre – Vice President & Director of Winemaking, Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Christopher Silva – President & CEO, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
  • Fred Zammataro – COO/CFO/Executive VP, Schramsberg Vineyards

Not to be overshadowed by the impressive wine lineup, luxury and craft spirits will once again have a large presence at this year’s Food and Wine Experience. Attendees will not only be able to taste rare spirits, but also learn from international ambassadors how to pair them with complex dishes, rich chocolates and use them to craft impressive cocktails.

“We are honored to once again partner with Destination Kohler for this year’s Food and Wine Experience,” said Breakthru Beverage Wisconsin VP Nate Phippen. “For the past 16 years, Kohler has built Food and Wine into one of the nation’s premier culinary events and we look forward to working alongside them for years to come as we create a food and beverage experience unlike any other.”

Demonstrations, tastings, seminars and special event prices range from free to $189 per person. Throughout the weekend, guests can enjoy complimentary demonstrations and tastings at various locations throughout the resort, such as The Taittinger Bubble Tent, The Shops at Woodlake, Kohler Design Center and Woodlake Market. For more information and the full event lineup, visit Kohler Food and Wine Experience.

Wine Seminar Spotlight

  • ZINTASTIC! Zinfandel Component Blending Seminar by Christopher Silva, President & CEO, St. Francis Winery & Vineyards
  • The Progression of Ponzi: Library Tasting of Chardonnay & Pinot by Anna Maria Ponzi, President and Director of Sales and Marketing of Ponzi Vineyards
  • Iconic Cabernet Vertical Tasting with Rodney Strong Single Vineyard Cabernets by Rick Sayre, Vice President & Director of Winemaking, Rodney Strong Vineyards
  • Fly with Us: Two appellations and Two Generations with Rob Fisher, General Manager Fisher Vineyards
  • Taittinger Time! in Taittinger Bubble, by Ron Breitstein of Kobard Fine Wine and Spirits

Spirits Seminar Spotlight

  • Geeking Out on Macallan with Raquel Raies, The Macallan US National Brand Ambassador
  • When Whiskey Met Chocolate with Tullamore DEW’s Caroline Hand
  • Straight Outta Wisconsin - An Adventure in All Local Cocktail Ingredients with Joey Houghtaling of Death's Door Spirits
  • Handcrafting a Single Barrel by The Balvenie Brand Ambassador Jonathan Wingo
  • Convivial Cocktail Academy with Hendrick’s Gin’s Fred Parent
  • A Taste of the Good Stuff at the Templeton Rye Trailer with Michael Kilmer, Templeton Rye Brand Manager

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