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2012 Naples Winter Wine Festival

Twenty-nine world-famous vintners will be in attendance at the 2012 Naples Wine Festival taking place January 27-29th. “Believe in the Magic” is the theme for this  event and with nine talian producers making their debut, including the infamous Gaja – a producer of Barbaresco and Barolo. Additionally, top vintners like Dana Estates of Rutherford and Domaine and Domaine Bouchard Père & Fils from Burgundy will be there as well.

All in all, there will be wineries from four continents and seven countries – 59% from the USA and 41% from Australia, Argentina and Europe.

About Naples Children & Education Foundation
The Naples Children & Education Foundation has raised more than $94.5 million at the Naples Winter Wine Festival since 2001 to create and expand charitable programs serving underprivileged and at-risk children in Collier County. As a direct result of the investments of NCEF, more than 125,000 children have had their lives improved. The foundation is governed by a nine-person board, representing 69 trustees, and currently supports 23 grantees and long-term strategic initiatives focused on children’s early learning, medical/oral health, out-of-school programs, behavioral health and childhood hunger.

The Naples Winter Wine Festival, the most successful charity wine auction in the world, is the primary source of funds for the NCEF. Wine Spectator magazine has ranked NWWF as the nation’s top charity wine auction since 2004. The auction raises an average of $8 million over the course of four-to-five hours. The festival is planned and executed by the trustees, foundation staff and hundreds of volunteers.

Festival events span three days, beginning with Meet the Kids Day, during which guests interact with children who have benefited from festival proceeds and witness charitable dollars at work. Guests enjoy wine tastings throughout the weekend. They also attend intimate dinners prepared by famous chefs at private homes of NCEF trustees with wines selected and poured by renowned vintners. A festival highlight takes place at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Golf Resort – a founding sponsor of the festival – with a culinary showcase and live auction of 65 lots. A wine-down party that evening and brunch the next day bring festivities to a close.

Festival ticket packages are $8,500 per couple; $20,000 for reserved seating at the same vintner dinner for two couples. For a schedule of 2012 festivities and more information about the Naples Winter Wine Festival, visit www.napleswinefestival.com or call 888-837-4919.