Mohegan Sun WineFest 2015

Mohegan Sun WineFest 2015

Each January, Mohegan Sun Casino hosts the state’s largest wine and food event. Now in its 12th year, the three-day event features beer, wine, specialty spirits and delectable food dishes — perfect to imbibe and indulge!

Mohegan Sun Casino hosts the state’s largest wine and food event.

Mohegan Sun Casino hosts the state’s largest wine and food event.

At the grand tasting sessions, wine and beer enthusiasts can enjoy tasting over 1,000 brands from all around the world and sampling special sponsor spirits.

 

Wine and beer enthusiasts can enjoy tasting over 1,000 brands from all around the world!

Wine and beer enthusiasts can enjoy tasting over 1,000 brands from all around the world!

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You can find your usual favorites and experience new vineyards.

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You can find your usual favorites and experience new vineyards.

You can find your usual favorites and experience new vineyards.

Also, you can preview of some of the hottest trends quenching the world’s boozy thirst. Molecular mixology uses the equipment and techniques of molecular gastronomy. These methods allow the making of greater intensities and varieties of flavor, flavor combinations and different ways of presenting drinks, for example using gels, powders, foams, atomized sprays as well as affecting the appearance of the cocktail. Imagine having your cocktail in the form of a caviar pop-able sphere!

Molecular mixology

Molecular mixology

You’ll even find cheese, olive oil and chocolate vendors demonstrating how their products best pair with various alcohols.

Also sample cheese, olive oil and chocolate to see which goes best with various wines.

Also sample cheese, olive oil and chocolate to see which goes best with various wines.

The grand tasting also offered the purchase of tastings of fare from participating restaurants. Food exhibitors included Agave Grill, Feng Asian Bistro, First & Last Tavern, Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, Matunuck Oyster Farm, NoRA Cupcake Company and a few others.

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

NoRA Cupcake Company

NoRA Cupcake Company

If you’re a foodie like me, you’ll enjoy that at Saturday and Sunday’s grand tastings there were also celebrity chef demonstrations throughout the day.

At the grand tastings there were also celebrity chef demonstrations throughout the day.

At the grand tastings there were also celebrity chef demonstrations throughout the day.

Mark Dixon, WFSB meteorologist, was one of the emcees.

Mark Dixon, WFSB meteorologist, was one of the emcees.

Mark Dixon, WFSB meteorologist, was one of the emcees.

On Sunday, the chef demos included Betty Fraser & Manouschka Guerrier, Georges Mokbel, William Kovel and Sandy Squillante. I learned a few interesting cooking tips and techniques.

Chef Georges Mokbel

Chef Georges Mokbel

Chef William Kovel

Chef William Kovel

Some of the celebrity chefs were also available to sign their cookbooks. I obtained Georges Mokbel’s “Everyday to Gourmet” cookbook and had it signed.

Me & Chef Georges Mokbel

Me & Chef Georges Mokbel

Like the name, this cookbook not only shows you how to create flavorful everyday dishes, but it also spins these same dishes into a gourmet level using simple techniques, adapted to the home cook.

"Everyday to Gourmet" Cookbook by Chef Georges Mokbel

“Everyday to Gourmet” Cookbook by Chef Georges Mokbel

We’ve made a few recipes from the cookbook and they are delicious! This is the blueberry French toast, everyday version, which is becoming a staple for Sunday morning breakfasts at my house. The kids say, “It’s the bomb!”

From a day filled with tastings, demos and samplings, you may be asking which beverages were some of my new favorites? I’ll be on the lookout for Fishers Island Lemonade this summer and Gloria Ferrer sparkling wines to enhance a celebration.

Two of my faves -- Fishers Island Lemonade & Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine

Two of my faves — Fishers Island Lemonade & Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine

Christine and I truly enjoyed the Mohegan Sun WineFest and look forward to returning next year.

Christine and I will definitely be back next year!

Christine and I will definitely be back next year!

Now off to the casino for some fun with a little “scratch” cash!

Off to the casino!!

Off to the casino!!

 

Have you ever been to the Mohegan Sun WineFest?

What’s your favorite wine – red or white and brand?

 

Disclaimer:  While I was provided with media tickets to the Mohegan Sun WineFest by their marketing/PR team, the opinions and views expressed above are my own and describe my personal experience at the event. 

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