Tastemakers, seasoned gourmets, chefs and winemakers from around the world, have started to arrive in the British Virgin Islands. They are to join residents of the British Virgin Islands, to participate in the five dinners of the 2011 Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners, which will be held between November 16th and 20th at exclusive private villas and special locations in the British Virgin Islands.
The BVI Tourist Board is a major sponsor, together with Allivictus, OHMS and Caribbean Cellars. Mr. Ajit Mathew George, Founding Chairman of the BVI Charitable Fund stated that $100,810.26 in net proceeds from past Virgin Islands Winemakers Dinners have already been distributed to 9 beneficiaries in the British Virgin Islands. An itemized list of who received these net proceeds is available to review under BVI Charitable Fund on www.winemakersdinners.com.
The five award winning international winemakers who will be in attendance, and personally pour their wines, include Michael De Loach of Hook and Ladder Winery, Russian River Valley, California, USA; Gonzalo Lainez of Bodegas Roda, Rioja, Spain; Philippe Marchal of Maison Louis Jadot, Burgundy, France; Jim Bernau of Willamette Valley Vineyards, Oregon, USA; and Regina Martinelli of Martinelli Winery, Russian River Valley, California, USA. All the winemakers are volunteering their time without any compensation and donating their wines.
The wines, all of which have been personally selected by the above winemakers, will be carefully paired with five course gourmet dinners prepared by superb chefs from throughout the world, under the leadership of Executive Chef Mathayom Vacharat from St. John’s Catering.