GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)- The Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival continues to up its game when it comes to guest speakers and presenters. One of those is Ray Isle, an author and editor who will be in Grand Rapids on Thursday and Friday. Ray joins us today to talk about his presentation and new book.

Ray Isle is the longtime executive wine editor for Food & Wine and the wine and spirits editor for Travel + Leisure. His writing has also appeared in Departures, Wine & Spirits, Time, the Washington Post and many other publications.

He has won the IACP Award for Narrative Beverage Writing three times, the American Food Journalists Award for Beverage Writing, and the North American Travel Journalists Association Gold Award, and has been nominated three times for a James Beard Award in Beverage Writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, November 16
Must Haves! Reds from Around the World | 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm | The Vineyard: Wine Tasting
Must Haves! Reds from Around the World | 8:00 pm – 8:30 pm | The Vineyard: Wine Tasting
Friday, November 17
Must Haves! Reds from Around the World | 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm | The Vineyard: Wine Tasting

Festival Dates & Hours:

Thursday, November 16:Special Events
Friday, November 17:4pm-9pm
Saturday, November 18:2pm-9pm


Single Day Admission:$20 per person
Tasting Tickets:$0.50 per credit

VIP Night: Thursday, November 16

Attendees can get an exclusive sneak peek at the Festival before it opens to the public by attending VIP Night that Thursday. Tickets are limited and include specialties from small plate restaurants, a wine tasting session, a distilled spirit tasting session, and a beer tasting session; a demonstration on the Meijer Food Stage, a Meet the Maker presentation, 80 tasting tickets to sample select new release, special vintages, exclusive Festival beverages, and a VIP Festival sampling glass. There are also a limited number of VIP Preview Plus Tickets that include the addition of a special one-hour multi-course meal and beverage pairing from either Four Rose’s, One. Twenty. Three, or Monsoon (Festival Pairing Restaurants).  Click HERE to view the pairing restaurant menus.

Sponsored by the Grand Rapids Int’l Wine, Beer and Food Festival.