Nov 16 - 18, 2023
VIP Preview Night
Get an exclusive sneak peek at the Festival before it opens to the public on VIP night. With just 500 tickets available, VIP Preview Tickets include specialties from small plate restaurants; wine, beer, and distilled beverage tasting sessions, Meijer Food Stage and Meet the Maker presentations, tasting tickets to sample select new releases, special vintage wines, and exclusive beverages served only Thursday, and a VIP Festival sampling glass.
|Where||Winery / Brewery / Distillery||Name|
|The Vineyard/Booth 23||Round Barn||Limoncello Cream|
|The Vineyard/Booth 24||Tabor Hill Winery||Brut Rose|
|The Vineyard/Booth 26||Motu Viget Spirits||Roselawn Pinapple Rose|
|The Vineyard/Booth 27||Cooper's Hawk||Grateful - Red Blend|
|The Vineyard/Booth 27||Cooper's Hawk||Grateful - White Blend|
|The Vineyard/Booth 28||GR Noir||The Dream|
|The Vineyard/Booth 29||Mitten Brewing Co.||Imperial Peanuts and Crackerjack|
|The Vineyard/Booth 38||Lost Fawn Winery||Lost Fawn Honey|
|The Vineyard/Booth 48||Pax Wines||2020 Grizzly Peak Syrah|
|The Vineyard/Booth 56||Babich Wines Limited||Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2022|
|The Vineyard/Booth 57||Williamette Valley Wines||Whole Cluster Pinot Noir|
|The Vineyard/Booth 58||Craggy Range||2021 Sauvignon Blanc|
|The Vineyard/Booth 58||Williamette Valley Wines||White Pinot Noir|
|The Vineyard/Booth 71||Chateau Ste. Michelle||2020 Cold Creek Cabernet Sauvignon|
|The Vineyard/Booth 72||Patz and Hall||2018 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay|
|The Vineyard/Booth 109||Joseph Phelps||2019 Insignia|
|The Vineyard/Booth 111||Montes||2019 Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon|
|The Vineyard/Booth 111||Bodega Norton||2019 Reserve Malbec|
|The Vineyard/Booth 128||J Vineyards & Winery||2021 Russian River Vallye Chardonnay|
|The Vineyard/Booth 128||J Vineyards & Winery||J Cuvee 20|
|The Vineyard/Booth 128||Pahlmeyer||Jayson Cabernet Sauvignon|
|The Vineyard/Booth 167||Highlands 41||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|The Vineyard/Booth 167||Highlands 41||Black Granite Red Blend|
|The Vineyard/Booth 187||Vosa Spirits||Spirit Based Ready to Drink Beverage|
|The Vineyard/Elite Collection||Masi||2017 Masi Costasera|
|The Vineyard/Elite Collection||Fonseca||10 year|
|The Vineyard/Elite Collection||Gruet||Sparkling Brut|
|The Vineyard/Elite Collection||Taittinger||Brut la Francisas Sparkling|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||SOREL|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||Tom Bullock's Burnt Orange Boubon Whiskey|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||IslandJon Vodka|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||Birdie Brown Straight Whiskey|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||Black Momma Vodka|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||NYAK Cognac|
|The Vineyard/Spirits Tasting Session||Black Spirits Legacy||Tcapri Tequila Reposado|
|Meijer Marketplace||Stock da Bar Vodka||Stock da Bar Vodka|
|Beer City Station/Booth 501||Archival Brewing||Harwood Porter and Strict Observance Belgian Dubbel|
|Beer City Station/Booth 502||City Built||Magnitude - Maple Boubon Barrel Stout|
|Beer City Station/Booth 550S||Finnish Long Drink||Release of Peach|
|Beer City Station/Booth 609||Cider Boys/Stevens Point Brewery||Cider Boys Cranberry Razz|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||The Gold Standard|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Pink Peppercorn Gin|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Green Oaxacan Corn|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Amaro|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Ben's Apple Brandy|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Botanical Gin|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Cider Cask Bourbon|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Hazelnut Coffee Liqueur|
|The Barrel Room||Green Door Distilling||Vodka|
Meijer Food Stage Presentation:
Delicious Baba Ghanoush – Hanna Awada, Karen Akouri | 6:30p-7p
Meet the Maker Conversations:
Perfect Pairings… Wine, Cheese and Apples – Meghan Sedivy | 7:30m-8p
Must Haves! Reds from Around the World – Ray Isle | 7p-7:30p & 8p-8:30p
Beer City Tour – John “Gonzo” Gonzalez | 7p-7:30p
Unique Beer City Tastes – Jeremiah Zimmerman | 8p-8:30p
Exploring Michigan Black Spirits – Lazar Favors| 7p-7:30p & 8p-8:30p
Jeremiah Zimmerman | President of the Beer City Brewers Guild
Jeremiah Zimmerman will be featured at the 16th International Wine, Beer, and Food Festival’s VIP Tasting Event. As President of the “Beer City Brewers Guild” and a devoted member of the Government Action Committee for the “Michigan Brewers Guild, Jeremiah has been quietly working behind the scenes to promote and celebrate the vibrant brewing culture of Grand Rapids.
Jeremiah will be leading a curated tour of special beers such as Pure Michigan Winter Pilsner by Shorts, Perrin Reserve, Founders The Cranfather, Speciation Macaronage, and Adesanya Real Freaks. Find out why these beers are so special at the Beer City Tasting Session only available at Thursday’s VIP Preview Night.
John “Gonzo” Gonzalez & Amy Sherman | Behind the Mitten
John “Gonzo” Gonzalez and Amy Sherman currently co-hosts “Behind the Mitten”, a travel radio show and podcast on more than 13 stations across Michigan.
They will be offering a guided tour through Beer City Station at 7 pm, featuring brews and ciders that will only be served on Thursday, including special tastings from City Built Brewing, Guardian Brewing, Burzurk Brewing and Mitten Brewing.
Jonathan Pullis | Master Sommelier, Wine Educator
Board of Master Sommeliers at Wine Chips, Wine Director at Madame Ushi in Aspen, CEO of Chef’s Club—a collaboration with Food & Wine magazine.
Jonathan will be co-presenting the “Must Haves! Red Wines from Around the World” Tasting Session on Thursday at 7 pm in The Vineyard.
Lazar Favors | Owner, Black Spirits Legacy
Serial Entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of Black Spirits Legacy / Michigan Black Spirits.
Lazar will be presenting two spirit focused Tasting Sessions titled “Exploring Michigan Black Spirits”. These spirits will only be available for sampling at the Tasting Session in The Vineyard at 7 pm and 8 pm.
Meghan Sedivy | Health and Wellness Expert
Meghan Sedivy RD, LDN is a Media Spokesperson, Corporate Registered Dietitian and Health and Wellness Strategy Manager for Fresh Thyme Market. In this role, she supports health and wellness programming, customizes educational experiences both on and off the camera and partners with key vendors and brands within the industry to help meet customers on their health and wellness journey.
Meghan will be presenting on the Meet the Maker stage.
Ray Isle | Author, Editor for Food & Wine
Longtime executive wine editor for Food & Wine, as well as the wine and spirits editor for Travel + Leisure. Author of the newly released (11/14/23) The World in a Wine Glass.
Ray’s new book, “The World in a Wine Glass”, will be available for purchase and autographing at the VIP Preview. Ray will also be co-presenting “Must Haves! Red Wines from Around the World” Tasting Sessions on Thursday at 7 pm and 8 pm in The Vineyard.
Vincent Morrow | Chairperson of the Diversity Committee on the Court of Master Sommeliers
Master Sommelier, Chairperson of the Diversity Committee of the Court of Master Sommeliers and Board of Master Sommeliers at Wine Chips. In 2022, he was named the Michelin Guide California’s Sommelier of the Year, VinePair’s Next Wave Sommelier of the Year, and the Iconoclast Dinner Experience Wine Honoree.
Vincent will be co-presenting the “Must Haves! Red Wines from Around the World” Tasting Session with a focus on African American wine makers on Thursday at 8 pm in The Vineyard.
Pairing Dinner Add-On:
A limited number of VIP Preview Plus Tickets are available for $225 and include the addition of a special one-hour multi-course meal and beverage pairing from one of the following restaurants.
First Course – Shrimp Dijon
Jumbo shrimp coated with white wine and Dijon, dusted with seasoned flour and sautéed. Served with white wine butter.
Paired with EOS Sauvignon Blanc.
Second Course – Butternut Squash Lasagna
Layers of butternut squash, house made pasta, and assorted cheeses.
Paired with Hayes Ranch Chardonnay.
Third Course – Stuffed Pork Tenderloin
Pork loin stuffed with prosciutto, fennel, rosemary, and mushrooms roasted and served with a savory Jus.
Paired with Domaine De La Bastide Cotes du Rhone.
Fourth Course – Carrot Cake with Pineapple flower
Traditional carrot cake with pineapple, coconut, and carrots with a cream cheese frosting. *Nut free
Paired with Founders Centennial IPA.
First Course – West Coast Oysters Two Ways
Raw oyster on the half shell with frozen champagne mignonette, southern fried oyster with remoulade.
Paired with Mawby Sex Sparkling Rosé.
Second Course – Roasted Squash Bisque
Butternut squash with nutmeg crème fraiche and candied pecans.
Paired with the Urban Squirrel – Kyodie ravin’ apple whiskey, rittenhouse rye, long road nocino, walnut bitters, maple syrup, and dried apple chip.
Third Course – Smoked Carpaccio
Smoked tenderloin with shaved onion, arugula, manchego, and caper aioli.
Paired with Hess Shirtail Ranches Chardonnay.
Fourth Course – Lamb and Mushroom Risotto
Braised lamb shank, king trumpet, beech & king blue oyster mushrooms with point reyes blue cheese, toasted walnuts, and lamb bordelaise.
Paired with Bodega Norton Select Malbec.
Fifth Course – Pumpkin Spice Profiteroles
Pumpkin mousse, bourbon bacon caramel, cinnamon Chantilly cream, and spiced almonds.
Paired with Pumpkin Spice Dude – Eastern Kille utility vodka, Kavanagh Pumpkin Spice Irish Cream, kahlua, nutmeg, and shaved chocolate.