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San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival


The 14th annual San Diego Bay Wine + Food Festival, taking place on Nov. 12-19 is one of the largest wine and food festivals in the country, dubbed the Coachella for your mouth. Join over 150 wineries, breweries and spirit purveyors, 60 of San Diego’s best restaurants, and 10,000 wine and food aficionados from across the nation for the biggest wine and food celebration on the West Coast.

Events will be happening at different locations throughout the city, and many notable events will be taking place at The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, many of which include the hotel’s award-winning Chef Aron Schwartz of Marina Kitchen.

Events include:

Culinary Icons Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m. featuring Chefs of the Relais & Châteaux Gourmet restaurants and luxury hotels around the world. Each course is expertly paired with wine. Hosted by Chef Aron Schwartz of Marina Kitchen and Chef Bernard Guillas of The Marine Room.

Wine and Music with Winemaker on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 10:45 a.m. Clark Smith leads a musically inspired seminar that explores the impact music has on the taste of wine.

Blind Taste With The Masters on Friday, Nov. 17 4 p.m. Join world-renowned Master Sommeliers and San Diego's brightest Somms as they battle it out in this Blind Tasting. Journey with each Sommelier as they take you through an exciting tasting experience of six wines as you try to establish each wine's varietal, region, and vintage utilizing classic techniques involving sight, smell, and taste. Find out what the professionals look for and how to identify different varietals and wine styles of wine by following the Master Sommelier's technique of identification. Moderator, Nick Hetzel, MS; - Sommelier Panelists Rusti Gilbert, Josh Orr and Paul Krikorian.

The Tasting at SommCon on Friday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Can’t wait for the Grand Tasting? Get up close access to over 100 wineries and winemakers from around the world in this exclusive pre-Grand Tasting. Mix and mingle with the superstars of the wine industry and see if you can grab a chat with one of the many Master Sommeliers and Masters of Wine in attendance.

The Vault Access on Friday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Indulge in the full tasting at SommCon Experience with access to The Vault, an exclusive area of highly allocated wines curated by the Festival Producers.

Roots Dinner Experience on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. Chef Aron Schwartz of the famed Marina Kitchen invites you to join him and special guests Chef Suzette Gresham of two-starred Michelin Acquerello of San Francisco, and US French Master Chef, Chef Bernard Guillas of the The Marine Room, and Chef Kelly Mariani of Scribe Winery, for a nostalgic dining experience that takes you back to their beginnings. At this amazing wine-paired dinner, you’ll discover the bites that first got them hooked.

For more information on the entire event schedule, visit:

The Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is at 333 W Harbor Drive in San Diego. 619.234.1500.

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