Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort offers Wine Lovers’ Weekend March 26-28

From press release

GALENA, Ill.—Escape for a culinary weekend retreat at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, 444 Eagle Ridge Drive, Galena, Ill., as the resort hosts its annual Wine Lovers’ Weekend, March 26-28. This weekend is filled with wine-centric tastings, luncheons, dinners, and seminars featuring some of the world’s top names in the wine industry.

Notable participants of Wine Lover’s Weekend at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa include the following:

→ J. Patrick Henderson, winemaker, Kenwood Vineyard in Kenwood, Calif. Henderson will be hosting the Friday night “Call of the Wild” Jack London Dinner as well as holding a seminar Saturday, March 27, about how to Taste Wine Like the Pros. Henderson is a graduate of the viticulture and enology program at the University of California at Davis, and is a member of The American Society for Enology and Viticulture.

→ Jeff Stewart, winemaker, Buena Vista Carneros Winery in Sonoma, Calif. Stewart along with Jorge Hernandez of J. Vidal-Fleury will be hosting the Saturday night Dueling Wineries Wine Dinner. Stewart’s fascination with the French lifestyle and wine culture is what led him to pursue a career in wine. Stewart, like Henderson, is also a graduate of the viticulture and enology program at the University of California at Davis.

→ Jorge Hernandez of J. Vidal-Fleury in the Rhone Valley, France. Hernandez will be joining Jeff Stewart of Buena Vista Carneros Winery in hosting the Saturday night Dueling Wineries Wine Dinner and leading a seminar Saturday titled, “The Judgment in Paris.” Hernandez has been a wine educator since 1983, and also writes and records fine wine radio spots that are broadcast weekly in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

Other dining opportunities and sessions include a Beer, Cheese & Brothers Ale Tasting with Jim and Jason Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing Company in Naperville, Ill., Cab in the 1990s seminar with Mickey Schofield of J.W. Deutsch, Wisconsin’s Finest; Korbel Brandy luncheon featuring Rex Clarke from Korbel Brandy, Mr. Mixology session with Certified Sommelier Steven Curtis, Templeton Rye after dinner tasting, The Bubbly Cellar Sunday Brunch and The Winemaker Panel. For times, details and more, call (800) 892-2269.

Available Thursday, March 25, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa will offer a Bacchus Cellar Dinner featuring five wines from Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2009 to kick-off Wine Lovers’ Weekend. The dinner is separate from the Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package. Tickets are available for $80 per person if you book the Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package. Those guests will also receive 40 percent off their room rate for Thursday, March 25. To book this reservation, call (800) 892-2269.

Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package

Guests who are interested in attending this weekend getaway can book a Wine Lovers’ Weekend Package that includes two-night accommodations, sponsored meals and beverages, admission to all scheduled wine seminars and tastings, and a ticket to the Grand Tasting Event that takes place at the Galena Convention Center Friday, March 26. Package rates start at $489 per person, excluding tax and resort amenity fee, and can be booked by calling Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa at (800) 892-2269.

Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa

On 6,800 acres amid the rolling hills of northwestern Illinois, Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa is a full-spectrum resort recognized nationally by outlets including Wine Enthusiast, Midwest Living, and Travel + Leisure Golf. The property provides a superior golf experience with 63 holes on four acclaimed courses. The resort offers distinctive dining options including The Woodlands Restaurant & Lounge and Spikes Bar & Grill, both catering to guests and locals alike.

Amenities on the property include the tranquil Stonedrift Spa, state-of-the-art fitness center with an indoor pool and sauna, along with an endless array of seasonal outdoor activities including hot-air balloon rides, horseback riding, cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, biking and hiking on miles of trails and fishing and boating on the 220-acre Lake Galena.

For reservations or more information, call (800) 892-2269 or visit online at

From the Mar. 10-16, 2010 issue

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