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WHISKEY WINE & WILDLIFE ON JEKYLL ISLAND ANNOUNCES FINAL SCHEDULE

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (January 13, 2020)Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3, a  culinary event on Jekyll Island, Georgia, blends gourmands with nature, taking place February 6 – 9, 2020. W3 artfully combines legendary beverage tastings of all kinds – from all types of spirits, beers, whiskies, and wines, along with inspired cuisine from some of the south’s best chefs and local culinary superstars, with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close. Tickets are all-inclusive with beverage and culinary tastings for this boutique foodie event. Limited quantities advance discount tickets are still available online before January 31, 2020.

The Friday W3 Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip has already sold out; an additional Wine Cruise finale event on Sunday, February 9 from 2 – 4 pm has just been added to the schedule.

A record number of restaurants will be sampling their culinary delights on Friday night and Saturday afternoon – food and beverages all included with the ticket price for each event, including: Certified Burgers & Beverage, Halyards/Tramici/La Plancha, The Beach House Restaurant, Sea Island Resort, The Westin Jekyll Island, The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Grand Champion BBQ, B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, One Hot Mama’s, The Whiskey Room, The Sea Pines Resort, Thrive at Fredrica and Southern Soul Barbeque.

The weekend’s events will once again raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation.

Attendees can expect to receive a souvenir glass to sip and savor unlimited tastings of great whiskey, spirits, wine, and beer – and savor culinary delights while enjoying some great music, all oceanfront and inclusive with admission ticket. The W3 events take place with breathtaking background views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Jekyll Island Beach Village and The Westin Jekyll Island. A special “Q-Alley” will be part of the Saturday afternoon festivities, with some of the South’s most revered Pitmasters and chefs. Friday’s “Master Class Pours” series of learning seminars, which feature some premium tasting opportunities and world-renowned beverage experts, Master and Advanced sommeliers, distillers and brewmasters. Visit www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com for more information on events, W3 Weekend Getaway Packages and fun volunteer opportunities to get involved behind the scenes of the festival.

Schedule of Events *Schedule of events and talent subject to change

Thursday, February 6: “W3 Wine Dinner and Launch Party”, 6:30 pm, The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island, with celebrity guest chef, Whitney Otawka – tickets include a signed copy of Otawka’s new cookbook, The Saltwater Table.

Friday, February 7: “W3 Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip”,11 am – 1 pm, Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf

Friday, February 7: “W3 Master Class Pours”, 12 – 4 pm, The Westin Jekyll Island- with opportunities to learn from the experts!

W3 Master Class Pours Schedule:

12 – 1 pm: “The Saltwater Table”, with Executive Chef/Author, Whitney Otawka and Southbound Brewing, Co.

1 – 2 pm: “Non-traditional Wine Pairings”, with Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane

2 – 3 pm: “Crab Rice Perloo”, with Chef Clayton Rollison and New Amsterdam Vodka

3 – 4 pm: “Jack Daniels Showcase”, with Assistant Master Distiller, Chris Fletcher, Jack Daniels Distillery

Friday, February 7: NEW event, “Food & Wine Pairing Dynamics”, 4:30 – 6 pm, The Westin Jekyll Island. An opportunity to learn all about tasting and pairing wines, with a special handbook created for the session. $50 from each ticket has been designated as a donation to the Jekyll Island Foundation.

Friday, February 7: “Whiskey Inspired”, 6:30 – 9 pm, The Westin Jekyll Island – Hotel takeover and Oceanfront Lawn.

Saturday, February 8: “Uncaged at The Westin”, 10 am – 12 pm, The Westin Courtyard

Saturday, February 8: “Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”, 1 – 4 pm, Jekyll Island Beach Village and Village Green- An afternoon of exceptional beverage and culinary tastings, great music, cooking demos- and experience the island’s native wildlife up close! Souvenir glass with unlimited culinary and beverage tastings. The popular “Sparkling Garden” will return once again with sparkling wines and beverages, sponsored by Aperol Spritz and Dasani Sparkling. Live music, oceanfront by Laiken Love and The Fellowship of Love Band. Guests will not want to miss sampling the Jack Daniels Whiskey Cocktail Challenge – and vote for their favorite bartender’s cocktail creation.

Atlanta Magazine Cooking Demo Stage (*Tastings for the first 50 people in attendance.)

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Georgia Grown Showcase, with Senior Executive Chef, Holly Chute and a showcase of Georgia Grown members.

2:30 – 3:15 pm: The Saltwater Table, with Chef/Author, Whitney Otawka

VIP Lounge, presented by The Moorings at Jekyll Harbor and Atlanta Magazine on The Westin Rooftop tickets available.

Sunday, February 9: “W3 Sunday Brunch”, 11 am – 2 pm (staged seating times), The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island- Brunch and unlimited tastings of Champagne, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more.

Sunday, February 9: “W3 Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip”, 2 – 4 pm, Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf.

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Whitney Otawka
Cook. Eat. Travel. Write

Whitney Otawka is a chef, cookbook author, recipe developer, and frequent traveler. Whitney’s perspective on cooking is guided by her early years growing up in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, college years cooking in the culinary mecca of the bay area, and submersion in the foodways of the American South. From produce and preservation to cooking outdoors over live fire, Whitney seeks to reflect the unique flavors that define the culture of the places we call home, over a shared table and a good meal of course.

She most recently lived on the remote and undeveloped Cumberland Island, Georgia, where she wrote her first cookbook, The Saltwater Table, an exploration of the flavors of the tropical south. She is currently off on another adventure looking for the next place to cook a good meal.

Follow Whitney’s Journey at www.whitneyotawka.com

WHISKEY WINE & WILDLIFE

DISCOUNT TICKETS EXPIRE JANUARY 31, 2019

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA (January 3, 2019)Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3, a  culinary event on Jekyll Island, Georgia, blends gourmands with nature, taking place February 7 – 10, 2019. W3 artfully combines legendary beverage tastings of all kinds – from all types of spirits, beers, whiskeys, and wines, along with inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars, with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close. Limited quantities advance discount tickets are still available online before January 31, 2018. As all the events for the 2018 festival sold out, festival organizers are limiting the numbers of discount tickets opportunities, which means take advantage of the discounts while available.

The weekend’s events will once again raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation.

Attendees can expect to receive a crystal souvenir glass to sip and savor unlimited tastings of great whiskey, spirits, wine, and beer – savor culinary delights and enjoy some great music, all oceanfront and inclusive with admission ticket. The W3 events take place with breathtaking background views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Jekyll Island Beach Village and The Westin Jekyll Island. A special “Q-Alley” will be part of the Saturday afternoon festivities, with some of the South’s most revered Pitmasters and chefs. Friday’s “Master Class Pours” series of learning seminars, which feature some premium tasting opportunities and world-renowned beverage experts, Master and Advanced sommeliers, distillers, and brewmasters. Visit www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com for more information on events, W3 Weekend Getaway Packages and fun volunteer opportunities to get involved behind the scenes of the festival.

Schedule of Events*Schedule of events and talent subject to change.


Thursday, February 7:W3 Wine Dinner and Launch Party”, 6:30 pm, The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island, with celebrity guest chef, Todd Richards

Friday, February 8:W3 Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip”,11 am – 1 pm, Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf

Friday, February 8:W3 Master Class Pours”, 1 – 5 pm, The Westin Jekyll Island- with opportunities to learn from the experts!

Friday, February 8:Whiskey Inspired”, 6:30 – 9 pm, The Westin Jekyll Island – Hotel takeover and Oceanfront Lawn

Saturday, February 9: NEW Event: “Uncaged at The Westin”, 10 am – 12 pm, The Westin Courtyard

Saturday, February 9:Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”, 1 – 4 pm, Jekyll Island Beach Village and Village Green- An afternoon of exceptional beverage and culinary tastings, great music, cooking demos- and experience the island’s native wildlife up close! Souvenir glass with unlimited culinary and beverage tastings.

VIP Lounge, presented by Ocean Oaks on The Westin Rooftop tickets available.

Sunday, February 10:W3 Sunday Brunch”, 12:15 pm (staged seating times), The Reserve, The Westin Jekyll Island- Brunch and unlimited tastings of Champagne, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more.

Top 5 Things to Love About Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife

We’re officially one week away from our annual Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife festival, and as we’re finalizing our event schedule, we can’t contain our excitement! With everything from a wine cruise and master class pouring to a whiskey-themed evening and a filling Sunday brunch: there’s truly an event for everyone. What’s more, with Jekyll Island as our host, there are countless opportunities to learn about and interact with the wildlife that call this stunning island home. And as tickets are flying and events are selling out, we thought we’d share with you the five things we love most about this culinary weekend with nature to convince you to grab those tickets before they’re gone .

1. Our First Two W’s

At a weekend that brings the best of the wine and whiskey world together, it’s hard not to love these two dynamic, expansive pours. At events like our Launch Party and the W3 Master Class Pours series, you can taste a selection of wines that are handpicked and explained by expert sommelier, Michael McNeill. And save your whiskey loving for evenings like Whiskey Inspired, where classic cocktails and whiskey-themed bites will be served, or an afternoon at a whiskey-focused tasting at W3 Master Class Pours.

2. Delicious Culinary Creations

While it may not be in our name, our weekend has no shortage of incredible culinary opportunities. Whether you’re a foodie who prefers to make the rounds at the restaurant booths, or an up-and-coming chef looking to expand your knowledge and skill, you’ll find it throughout our island weekend. Our headlining event, Whiskey Wine & Wildlife, is your ideal stop with tasty bites—including a mouthwatering BBQ alley—and cooking demonstrations. And the W3 Sunday Brunch is the perfect, laid-back island way to wrap up an exciting, food-filling weekend with your brunch go-tos, live music, and drinks.

3. The Wildlife

What sets this event apart from any other, and one of our favorite aspects of this weekend, is the opportunity to see wildlife up and close. Nature and animal lovers will want to take full advantage of the wildlife demonstrations held at our main Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife afternoon to learn and interact with Jekyll Island’s beautiful animals and habitats. This is their land first, and we’ll always be sitting front-row at the chance to learn a thing or two from them and reconnect with nature.

4. A Team of Chef and Beverage Masters

Wow—what a lineup! We would be nothing without the incredible experts that bring their professional knowledge and skill to our culinary celebration. James Beard Award chefs, Westin chefs, restaurateurs, and regional heroes alike will serve up their finest masterpieces all weekend long at events like W3 Launch Party, Whiskey Inspired, and the main event. And pros such as Georgia’s master sommelier Michael McNeill, craft brew Savannahian Kevin Ryan, and the whiskey empire of the Brown Forman Family will pour their most refined whiskeys and wines at our Master Class Pours and Whiskey Inspired.

5. The Island Getaway of Jekyll Island

Our hostess with the mostess, The Westin at Jekyll Island, provides the ideal island escape into Jekyll Island’s beauty. With biking and walking trails, educational outposts and exhibits, and serene oceanfront views, the island is your chance to disconnect from phones and spend time with family and friends over the best of the whiskey, wine and culinary worlds. And as you’re going for seconds, you’ll be benefiting the Jekyll Island Foundation, who’s mission is to assist with the conservation, education, and preservation of the island.

Our Top 3 Can’t Miss W3 Events

Pour yourself a glass of whiskey and sit down for this news: we’re only one week away from the big event! Between the preparations, scheduling and food/beverage sampling—someone’s gotta do it—we don’t know where all the time went. What we do know? This year’s festival lineup is one for the books, and we’re hoping you can join us all weekend long. But in case you can’t, we’ve pulled together a list of 3 can’t miss events.

W3 Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip

Friday, February 9, 2018
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf
Tickets: $50 per person

Always one of our most popular events, spend the Friday afternoon out on the water with Captain Phillip. This tour will capture a magical, serene side of Jekyll Island you can’t experience on land. While listening to Captain Phillip’s inside info as a local and bright storyteller, sip on a variety of refreshing and dynamic wines. And alongside the wine tastings, light food preparations will be served. Get your sea legs ready; this afternoon wine cruise is calling your name.

Whiskey Inspired

Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Location: The Westin Jekyll Island- Hotel Takeover and Oceanfront Lawn
Tickets: $90 per person
Wine Pull: $25 per cork or $40 for two
Whiskey Pull: $30 per cork or $50 for two

Whiskey is the star of the show at Friday night’s evening celebration. Make the rounds at whiskey-inspired tastings, cocktails, and treats ranging from savory to sweet crafted by some of the South’s most prestigious celebrity chefs and superstars. If you’re feeling lucky, try your hand at the wine or whiskey pull: pick from a range of numbered corks to collect your bottle of wine or whiskey ranging from $15 – $100 in value. You can also participate in the live auction with 6-8 luxury items, benefitting the Jekyll Island Foundation’s mission for conservation. But be on the alert! Bidding begins at 8 p.m. and ends at 8:45 p.m.

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3

Saturday, February 10, 2018
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: The Westin on Jekyll Island Beach Village Green
Tickets: $70 per person
VIP Tickets: $140 per person

The weekend’s main event will fill your afternoon with tons of tastings, demonstrations, and activities all centered around our three favorite ‘w’s. With upbeat live music creating the perfect island vibe, make your way through delightful culinary creations like our famous BBQ Alley, where last year welcomed popular eateries like B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, and Southern Soul Barbeque. With some of the South’s most notorious pitmasters behind the grill, dig into juicy, tender, and flavorful barbecue that will have you coming back for seconds (or thirds, if you’re like us!). Multiple stages will present cooking demos, cookbook signings, and interactive wildlife demos for a one-of-a-kind experience.

And that’s not even a whole list of the afternoon’s events. There will also be a silent auction benefitting the Jekyll Island Foundation, a cocktail challenge by Woodford Reserve, and informative beverage panels and tastings.

Make the main event even more special with a pair of VIP tickets to gain access to the VIP Lounge. Located on the Westin’s rooftop and The Reserve Restaurant, the lounge will provide a private bar, catered food, and a relaxing space to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the festival’s full swing.

W3 is a gourmand’s dream, make it a reality by joining us for a full weekend of stunning nature, decadent whiskey and wine, and tons of culinary creations. For a complete schedule, visit our event page.

More of a wine-o than a whiskey lover? We have a number of events crafted just for those who go gaga for grapes, led by experts like master sommelier Michael McNeill. Wine tasting can get a bad rep of being intimidating and even a little uninviting. Not so with our pros! They’ll be there to help answer any questions you have about the process or tastings being served. And since we’re on the subject, we’ve gathered a few key facts to get you well on your way to becoming a wine expert of your own.

Meet the Grapes

It’s easy to stick with what we know, and maybe we’ve gotten a little too cozy with our favorite Target budget wine. To master tastings like a pro, it’s good to know the whole range of wine. All 18 noble grapes. Noble grapes are the most popular, internationally-produced grape varieties. With nine red and nine white, they make for a whopping total of 18.

Reds:

  • Pinot Noir
  • Grenache
  • Merlot
  • Sangiovese
  • Nebbiolo
  • Tampranillo
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Syrah
  • Malbec

Whites:

  • Pinot Grigio
  • Riesling
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chenin Blanc
  • Moscato
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Semillon
  • Viognier
  • Chardonnay

The Creators

The grape industry is a big one, with many countries leading the way in producing popular wine. Here are the top three countries, and the wines they create:

France sells cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, pinot noir, granache, syrah, viognier, and chardonnay.

Italy is known for its sangiovese, nebbiolo, barbera, moscato, and pinot grigio

United States produce cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot, zinfandel. And within the U.S., 90% of our wine production is done in California, Washington, and Oregon.

The Sensory Experience

When sampling wine, there’s so much that can be discovered in terms of its scent, texture, and taste. But there are three main tastes that we primarily experience when sipping on wine.

Sweetness: Whether it’s a fruity-sweet or due to its sugar content, a wine’s sweetness is one of the first things that we taste. In general, alcohol is naturally sweet so wines with a higher alcohol content will usually have a more prominent sweetness.

Bitterness: Probably the subtlest taste you’ll experience, bitter wines are often ones that have not fully matured. Bitterness is also related to a wine’s tannin content. Tannin is a bitter-tasting organic substance found in grape skins, seeds, and stems.

Acidity: Acidity is the sharp, tart taste that comes from how ripe the grapes are. As grapes ripen, their acidity levels will diminish and won’t taste as tart.

To Swirl and Sniff or Not to Swirl and Sniff?

If you’ve been at wine tastings before, you’ll probably have noticed people sniffing and swirling their wine. You don’t have to do this, but it does enhance your tasting experience for a couple reasons:

  1. Holding your nose up to the glass and sniffing will allow you to recognize and isolate certain flavor components of the wine. Plus, much of the taste is linked to its smell, so without smelling the wine you won’t be able to taste it in full.
  2. Swirling allows for more oxygen in the wine. But, if you let a glass of wine sit overnight, the oxygen will oxidize the wine entirely and produce a flat, bitter taste.