Palm Springs Life Festival announces In Vino Veritas in collaboration with Gambero Rosso, the leading guide to the best food and wines of Italy. (  Taking place at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016, the once in a lifetime two day wine tasting and culinary event is being specially curated by Gambero Rosso.  Guests will sample wines from 25-30 of the most distinguished Italian wineries and winemakers, who will be on-site to personally present their best wines.


The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage executive Chef, Bruno Lopez will prepare a series of multicourse meals for exquisite wine parings that allow guests to experience the balanced, harmonious, complex, and complete range of wines served. Salvatore Ferragamo, grandson of the esteemed fashion designer, and co-founder of Ferragamo family winery, Il Borro, will host a Winemaker dinner on Saturday, April 23 featuring Il Borro’s most important wines and vintages; legendary wineries Antinori and Petrolo will host Winemakers’ lunches on the 23rd and 24th  featuring top vintages of their award-winning Tignanello, Guado al Tasso and Galatrona wines.


“I am so excited to partner with Gambero Rosso and the Ritz Carlton to bring the best of the Italian winemaking tradition to the Coachella Valley,” said event producer Barrett Wissman.  “Salvatore Ferragamo, Albiera Antinori and the Antinori family and Luca San Just, the proprietor of Petrolo, have been friends and colleagues for many years and we are very excited to be partnering with them again in our series of Winemakers’ lunches and dinners at the Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage.”


The event closes out the Palm Springs Life Festival, the premier cultural arts and lifestyle event in the Coachella Valley presented by Palm Springs Life Magazine and IMG Artists and produced by Barrett Wissman, the Chairman of IMG Artists.  The events running from March 20, 2016-April 24, 2016 feature a stellar lineup of today’s top artists, fashion designers, and culinary superstars.


Some of the stars to appear include opera legends Plácido Domingo and Renée Fleming, violinists Midori and Sarah Chang, cellist Nina Kotova, pianist Jean Yves Thibaudet, guitarist Angel Romero, fashion designers Zandra Rhodes, Michael Costello and Marc Bouwer, and chefs Cat Cora, Gail Gand, and the Hearty Boys.

For full schedule and ticket information for the Palm Springs Life Festival, visit


WHEN:       Saturday, April 23, 2016 and Sunday, April 24, 2016

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

In Vino Veritas: Wine Tasting Day 1

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In Vino Veritas: Winemaker Lunch, featuring Antinori Wines

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In Vino Veritas: Winemaker Dinner, featuring Il Borro Wines,

hosted by Salvatore Ferragamo

Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

In Vino Veritas: Wine Tasking Day 2

Sunday, April 24, 2016 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In Vino Veritas: Winemaker Lunch, featuring Petrolo Wines


WHERE:     The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage 

68900 Frank Sinatra Drive

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


About Antinori: 

The Antinori family has been in the winemaking business since 1385 and is known for producing some of Italy’s most sought-after wines. Their excellent wines from Tuscany and Umbria have been recognized on an international level. Their Tignanello and Solaia have become emblems of their estate in the heart of Chianti Classico, with the former being one of the area’s first reds to be produced with a nontraditional variety and without white grapes.

About Petrolo:

Petrolo, a Tuscan winery with Roman origins, is run by the Bazzocchi-Sanjust family. Their wines are produced from three separate vineyards, with most grape varieties consisting of sangiovese, merlot, and cabernet sauvignon. One of their best products, Galatrona, has become an internationally esteemed merlot.

About Il Borro:

The Il Borro estate has existed since at least the 12th century and is run by Salvatore Ferragamo, whose family acquired the ancient property in 1993. Il Borro produces exquisite wines in the beautiful green hills of Tuscany. Grape varieties include sangiovese, merlot, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and petit verdot. The grapes are hand-picked, destemmed, crushed, and stored for maturation in Il Borro’s historic medieval cellar.

Participating Wineries: 

Allegrini, Ca’Maiol, Cusumano, Famiglia Cecchi, Fattoria Petrolo, Ferghettina, Il Borro, Jermann, Le Monde, Marchesi Antinori, Masciarelli, Nals Margreid, Ottella, Pala, Pietradolce, Poderee Sapaio, Primosic, San Felice, Schiopetto, Tenuta Di Angoris, Tenute Rubino, Velenosi, Medici Ermete, Castellare di Castellina, Rocca di Frassinello, and Feudi del Pisciotto

About Gambero Rosso: 

In 1986, Gambero Rosso made its first appearance as a food-and-wine focused weekly supplement in the daily newspaper, Il Manifesto. The year after, the first Gambero Rosso wine guide was printed. In 1999, the first thematic television channel in Europe, Gambero Rosso Channel, was founded, soon followed by the Città del Gusto, the schools, a master program, and recently, the public stock offering in November 2015. Today Gambero Rosso is the publishing and training leader in Italy in the field of wine and food. In Italy, Gambero Rosso has established Città del Gusto sites in seven cities (Rome, Milan, Naples, Lecce, Catania, Palermo and Torino), and several schools abroad where courses at amateur, professional and managerial levels are held along with gala tastings and other wine-related events. The Vini d’Italia Wine Guide is translated into Chinese, Japanese, English and German. The Gambero symbol of wine excellence, Tre Bicchieri (three glasses), has become the benchmark award, and an unquestioned reference point, a guarantee of premium quality all over the world. It has even been chosen as the criteria for access into some of the most important wine monopolies in the world. Alongside the Italian monthly, Gambero Rosso Wine Travel Food is the international magazine in English, read by experts and wine enthusiasts allover the world.

Author: So Cal Life Mag Guest Post

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