Thursday, July 19, 2007

Crush in the City Wine Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach - August 11 and 12

Wine enthusiasts from all over Southern California are following the grapevine to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for Crush in the City, August 11 & 12. Guests can expect a wine-filled weekend complete with learning, experimenting, discovering, and most important, sampling! Special celebrity guest, Ted Allen, of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy," will be aboard to share his expertise on wine, food, and entertaining as he serves his favorite dishes and unveils what tickles his taste buds.

Featuring over 100 vineyards pouring hundreds of various wines, Crush in the City includes educational seminars providing the secrets to picking out the best wines, cooking demos from Robert Mondavi Private Selection, a variety of wine makers, sampling, live jazz, celebrity sightings, and so much more. Event hours are Saturday, August 11: 1:00pm - 9:00pm, and Sunday, August 12: 1:00pm - 7:00pm.

Ted Allen, acclaimed author, TV host, Robert Mondavi spokesman, and food and wine expert, will be aboard the Queen for the event on Saturday, August 11. Allen has earned his claim to fame as the cooking and entertaining coach for the hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." He also is a judge on Bravo's hit reality show "Top Chef," and on Food Network's "Iron Chef America." And this summer, Ted Allen will be debuting as the host of the new PBS wine series "Uncorked: Wine Made Simple."

A special pre-event wine dinner is being held Friday, August 10 in the Queen Mary's star restaurant, Sir Winston's. The dinner will feature a decadent meal prepared by the award-winning culinary experts aboard the Queen Mary, and will feature a delicious selection of wines. This event is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $70.00 per person and reservations can be made at (562) 499-1691.

Crush in the City is limited to guests 21 years and older. Minors will not be permitted to enter the event. Tickets are available online for $40.00 for a one day pass or $70.00 for a two day pass. Tickets can be purchased online at Crush in the City Wine Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach www.wantickets.com., Crush in the City Wine Festival at the Queen Mary in Long Beach www.localwineevents.com., or at the Queen Mary Box Office. A Crush & Stay Package is also available for those who wish to stay aboard the Queen Mary Hotel for the weekend's festivities. A one-night stay including (2) tickets to the Crush in the City event is $189.00, and a two-night stay including (2) tickets to the event is $358.00.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (562) 435-3511 Ext. 1145

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