Memphis Three-Day Event To Celebrate Wine, Food, and Music

MEMPHIS (January 11, 2017) – Wine lovers, foodies, and music enthusiasts from all over the region rejoice! Mark your calendars now for the second annual Vintage901 Festival in Memphis March 2-4, 2018.

Vintage901 is a three-day Spring wine festival designed to enhance community experience and cultural awareness for diverse audiences in unique, intentional spaces while featuring the best in artisanal wines, an array of local flavors with a nod to global sensibilities and music that blends the classic and the eclectic.

Each of the three days of this fun, unique gathering will represent its own unique wine experience.

Friday’s Grand Tasting at Crosstown Concourse will entail an evening of wine tastings prepared by Grand Sommelier Laurie Forster, The Wine Coach and food selections from local restauranteurs. Tickets are $65 and will be available at the door.

Saturday’s Perfect Pairings at Memphis College of Art will experience a four-course dinner by award-winning Chef Kelly English of Iris Etc. Catering. Laurie Forster will pair two wines with each course for a dining adventure all guests are sure to enjoy. Tickets are $250 in advance.

Sunday’s Sparkling Brunch at Shelby Farms Park will close the event with a brunch pairing with wines hand-selected by Laurie Forster. Tickets are $85 in advance.

A three-day pass is available for $315 through January 26 with code EARLYPASS and then $375 in advance of the event. Each guest who purchases an early bird three-day pass will receive added exclusive benefits with their ticket.

Vintage901’s Grand Event Sommelier: “The Wine Coach” Laurie Forster is one of America’s leading wine experts and author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. Laurie is a Certified Sommelier, National Speaker and TV personality who is not afraid to tell you her first wine came from a box. Her edgy approach to demystifying wine caught the eye of major networks and led her to guest appearances on Dr. Oz, FOX Morning News, Martha Stewart Living Today and ABC News at Noon.

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This Vintage901 weekend is designed for people of all backgrounds to join in celebrating community, culture and purpose.

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Vintage901 Wine Festival Returns in March


A three-day wine festival is returning to Memphis in March, building on its inaugural offering last year and again steering proceeds to the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis.

Vintage901 is set for March 2-4 as a celebration for wine lovers, foodies and music enthusiasts from across the region. Each of the three days will offer its own unique wine experience.

Festival organizer Stephanie Ferreira had dreamed about hosting such an event in Memphis for a few years before its launch in 2017. She helped organize a team of small businesses and other help to pull off Vintage901 also partly as a result of attending other such wine events outside of Memphis and wanting to be involved in one here.

“We have a passion for this,” she said. “There’s a group of us, about five women. We want to do things that will be helpful to other people. So the Women’s Foundation was definitely the group we wanted to partner with.

“I would like everyone to be a part of this. That’s what Vintage901 is about. This is about Memphis. I think it’s intentional to do this type of event here, for us to be able to come together.”

See the full article at Memphis Daily News.

Coming soon: Black Restaurant Week and Vintage 901


This weekend also marks Memphis' first Vintage 901 festival, a wine, food, and music event that takes place Friday, March10th through Sunday, March 12th at three different venues.

The festival, organized by Memphian Stephanie Ferreira and national wine celebrity Laurie Forster, will feature a wine-pairing dinner on Friday, a wine-tasting event Saturday, and brunch on Sunday.

"Stephanie came to see me at an event in Connecticut, and we've been working on this a long time," Forster says.

Forster is known as the Wine Coach and has appeared on Dr. OzMartha Stewart Living, ABC News, and Fox Morning News, and she authored the book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. She is known for taking the snobbery out and putting humor into wine knowledge.

"It's about wine and laughter," Forster says. "I call it edutainment. We don't need our pinkies out."

See the full article at the Memphis Flyer.

WATCH: Weather + Wine = a complicated relationship



Meteorology and climate plays an unbelievably important role in your wine!

I talked with Rick Farwell with Pyramid Wine and Spirits about how weather plays a role in the production of the grapes and how the Mid-South fits into the grape-growing picture.

We also talked about celebrating wine… along with food, music and more at Vintage901, an intimate 3-day event coming up March 10-12 here in Memphis.

Watch the full interview at WMC Action News 5.

Vintage901: A New Showcase of Memphis’ Food, Wine, and Culture


Memphis is a destination that has made a significant impact on American culture as we know it. The city was prominent during the Civil Rights movement and is the birthplace of blues music. Visitors to the city will love the historical attractions, unique community gatherings, world-class BBQ, and more.

Vintage901 is entering its first year, and event runners are looking to set a new standard for Tennessee food and wine themed events. The goal of this event is to showcase great food, wine, and music while bringing a variety of people together to share their individual stories. The event lasts three days and each day presents patrons with a new experience. Laurie Forster,  a contributor to networks like Fox News and NBC because of her knowledge of wine, will be the Grand Sommelier. Music acts including Monty Alexander (Friday), Willie Ziavino and the C.O.T. Band (Saturday afternoon), Nick Black (Saturday evening), and Stephen Lee (Sunday) will be performing individually. Vintage901 is also an event that serves the community, supporting the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis. We got the chance to interview event founder, Stephanie Ferreira, to speak about this first-time showcase of wine and food.

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Wine lovers, foodies, and music aficionados from all over the region rejoice! A new, intimate festival is coming to Memphis March 10-12, 2017. Mark your calendars now for Vintage901.

Vintage901 is a three-day wine festival complete with tastings, tapas, salsa, soul and jazz that brings the world to Memphis, Tennessee to celebrate wine, food and music. Vintage901 features the best in artisanal wines, an array of local flavors with a nod to global sensibilities, and music that blends the classic and the eclectic.

Each of the three days of this fun, unique gathering will represent a unique wine experience.

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Preparations Underway for New Vintage901 Festival


For foodies and lovers of memorable culinary experiences like Stephanie Ferreira, the community around it all tends to be talked about with as much passion sometimes as the food and drink.

Like all tribes, foodies like Ferreira – who runs her family’s small event planning and floral businesses and who also has founded the new wine, food and music festival Vintage901 – speak a common language. They also share an interest in enjoying and enlightening themselves and each other about their passion.

See the full article at Memphis Daily News.