Palate pleasers: Whiskey, wine seminars still open at Bern's Winefest

Most of the Bern's Winefest soirées are sold out, but a few have wine and whiskey left to discover.

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Palate pleasers: Whiskey, wine seminars still open at Bern's Winefest

The 18th annual Bern's Winefest — held at the Epicurean Hotel and soon-to-open Haven from Thursday, April 16, to Monday, April, 20 — will feature toothsome eats and hundreds of wines from around the globe. Although a number of events, including the Grand Tasting, are sold out, there are three yet-to-filled gatherings left to entice festgoers' palates. 

From 7 to 8 p.m. April 17 in the Epicurean's classroom theater, Michter's Whiskeys master distiller Willie Pratt, who's been in the industry for more than 40 years, and Bern's director of spirits Dean Hurst will lead a presentation on American whiskey.

Guests will taste five of the brand's offerings, including the Sour Mash and Toasted Bourbon, alongside small bites from chef Chad Johnson.

On April 18, the Frias Family Vineyard's Wine Blending Seminar, kicking off at noon, will showcase a lineup of various wines as well as a picnic lunch at 1:15 in the Epicurean's garden terrace.

And later on, starting at 3 p.m. in the theater, six vintages, the 1988 and the 2007 among them, will be served during the Masi 'Costasera' Amarone sampling. Tony Apostolakos, Masi director of marketing and sales for the United States, will get guests acquainted with the family-run winery's style.

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