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All great things start from the ground up and, for construction-guru turned winemaking master Joseph Phelps, that idea could not be more true. In the late 1960’s Phelps was running one of the largest construction companies in the country when we took on a project in St. Helena, California. Enamored with the splendor of Napa Valley, he purchased 600 acres of his own and construction began again, this time on his very own winery.

Four decades later, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is among the most acclaimed labels in the industry. The flagship wine, Insignia, has earned numerous accolades including three perfect scores and a “Wine of the Year” honor by Wine Spectator in 2005. The brand’s estate-grown wines include a number of varieties, from Cabernet Sauvignon to Viognier, but it is Phelps’ life-long love affair with the wines of Burgundy that have truly influenced his style. A style that is refined, celebrated and coming soon to the tables of Shore Lodge.

On April 11, we are honored to be featuring Joseph Phelps wines at one-of-a-kind winemaker’s dinner. As part of the 2015 Shore Lodge Culinary Festival, Joseph Phelps will be paired along an incredible collaborative menu created by the event’s four celebrity chefs: Chef Wiley Earl from Fork and Alavita, Chef Aaron Wermerskirchen from Juniper on 8th, Chef Chris Kastner from CK’s Real Food and our own Chef Steve Topple from Shore Lodge. On Saturday, April 11, these chefs will come together to each prepare one course of the dinner to be paired with Joseph Phelps wines. A vineyard representative will be on hand to share the nuances of each pairing and tales from the brand’s great history.

This very special dinner is just one of the many events planned in the 2015 Shore Lodge Culinary Festival. The weekend festivities kick off with cooking classes followed by a Meet The Chefs reception on Friday night. The next day, the heat gets turned up as the chefs go head-to-head in a culinary battle modeled after the Food Network show, Chopped. A handful of lucky guests will get to cook in the competition by reserving very limited number of Chef’s VIP Packages. During the competition, a local farmer’s market will take place and afterwards, a wine education class will be offered before the winemaker’s dinner. To round out the experience, a lavish Sunday brunch will be offered in the Lake Grill to send guests on their way with happy hearts and full stomachs.

For more information or to reserve your Culinary Festival package, call 208-634-2244.