• Tuesday , 21 November 2017

Golden Nugget’s International Winefest Gave 65 Ways to Wine with Kathie Lee Gifford

Photos, story by Lou Perri

The Golden Nugget International Winefest held over the last weekend in August was a feast “under the stars” just as the press release stated. The event on Friday evening featured Kathie Lee Gifford who boasted about her wine called GIFFT, in partner with a Monterey estate vineyards. The name stands for Gifford’s last name and inspired by her belief that love and friendship are gifts. Four wines that make up the GIFFT label were on display – rose, red blend, pinot grigio and chardonnay.
The two-day celebration of the grape featured wines of more than 65 vintners from around the world. Golden Nugget‘s Scott Tarwater, corporate director of wines and special events, noted that the winefest gives one the opportunity to taste test a variety of wines. Tarwater said that there is a nationwide trend of keen interest in wines outside of California, including wines from different countries and specific regions of a country. An International Winefest offers guests a wealth of wines and styles, he told Explore New Jersey.
The two-night wine tasting extravaganza, where wine lovers and enthusiasts were invited to enjoy wines from around the world, was spent with winery ambassadors and winemakers sampling over 65 of the most prolific wineries’ collections complemented by award-winning cuisine. The Grand Tasting event took place on August 27 where attendees tasted over 100 wines from Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, Germany, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

The Golden Nugget International Winefest sign.

The Golden Nugget International Winefest sign.

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International Winefest ladies enjoying their vino in blue.

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Antipasto was served as a complement to the wines.

Antipasto was served as a complement to the wines.

Slies of peppersalso were served.

Slies of peppersalso were served.

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Gollden Nugget signage features an electric car.

Gollden Nugget signage features an electric car.

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A trio entertains at the International Winefest.

A trio entertains at the International Winefest.

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Golden Nugget Wine Queen walks amid the guests at the International Winefes.

Golden Nugget Wine Queen walks amid the guests at the International Winefes.

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Kathie Lee Gifford pours a sample of GIFFT wine for a happy guest.

Kathie Lee Gifford pours a sample of GIFFT wine for a happy guest.

Kathie Lee Gifford poses for Explore New Jersey with a bottle of GIFFT wine.

Kathie Lee Gifford poses for Explore New Jersey with a bottle of GIFFT wine.

Kathie Lee Gifford poses with a server at the GIFFT table.

Kathie Lee Gifford poses with a server at the GIFFT table.

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Assorted olives were enjoyed as part of the antipasto.

Assorted olives were enjoyed as part of the antipasto.

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An artichoke salad also was on the menu.

An artichoke salad also was on the menu.

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A server pops open a bottle of French champagne

A server pops open a bottle of French champagne

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Servers pose with bottles of wine.

Servers pose with bottles of wine.

Servers pose with bottles of imported wines.

Servers pose with bottles of imported wines.

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