Upcoming Events



Oct 21 - 21, 2016
Artist Thomas Mann will don his chef's hat to host a private… more

Annual ‘Up on the…

Oct 21 - 21, 2016
The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital – a not-for-profit… more

Art is the Driving…

Oct 21 - Dec 30, 2016
Art has a power that reaches beyond personal visual expression. This exhibition… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Oct 21 - 22, 2016
Join us for the artistic and fearless group - The Cole Williams Band! more

Boo at the Zoo

Oct 21 - 29, 2016
Bring your little ghosts and goblins to Boo at the Zoo Presented by Bryan… more

Concerts in the…

Oct 21 - 21, 2016
Now in its ninth year, The Historic New Orleans Collection's Concerts in the… more

Danse Macabre- The…

Oct 21 - 30, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection will be offering a special Halloween-themed… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Oct 21, 2016
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Dragon Eye Moon

Oct 21 - 21, 2016
This band plays all the mixtures of Rock-N-Roll music. more

Education Gallery…

Oct 21 - Nov 27, 2016
Artists and Sense of Place Residency Show featuring artwork created by students… more

Ghosts in the Oaks

Oct 21 - 23, 2016
Join us at the Amusement Park & Storyland for this family friendly… more

Historic New Orleans…

Oct 21, 2016 - Apr 09, 2017
The Historic New Orleans Collection is gearing up for an exciting new… more

House of Blues…

Oct 21 - Dec 30, 2016
Every Friday join us in the Voodoo Garden for live music, beer and drink… more

New Orleans Secrets…

Oct 21 - 22, 2016
Part ghost hunt, part séance...there's nothing else in New Orleans like… more

Ogden Museum of…

Oct 21 - Nov 8, 2016
Each year, the Ogden Museum celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead),… more

Oktoberfest NOLA

Oct 21 - 22, 2016
Cost $8 - children 12 and under free - tickets available at gate … more

Spooky Tour for Kids

Oct 21, 2016 - Sep 21, 2026
On this tour for kids, we will search for and possibly find these playful and… more

The Franchise

Oct 21 - Dec 30, 2016
The best of the cream of the crop. A showcase of the heavyweights. The… more

Wheel Fun Rentals…

Oct 21 - 23, 2016
Located at New Orleans City Park, Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patch is the place… more

" Enduring Legacy,…

Oct 22 - 22, 2016
The Louisiana Creole Research Association presents a special collaboration of… more


Oct 21 - 21, 2016
Artist Thomas Mann will don his chef's hat to host a private… more

Independent Champagne & Sparkling Wine Invitational Convenes in New Orleans

April 15, 2010

Independent Champagne & Sparkling Wine Invitational Convenes in
New Orleans April 16-18, 2010
ICSWI teams up with local restaurants to offer attendees amazing full course meals paired with sparkling wines

WHAT: Independent Champagne & Sparkling Wine Invitational (ICSWI)

WHERE: New Orleans Morial Convention Center (NOMCC), La Louisiane Ballroom and Hall A

WHEN: April 16-18, 2010

The first ever ICSWI will take place in New Orleans, April 16-18, 2010, at the NOMCC. Designed to be an unforgettable three days of extravagance, education and fun, ICSWI will educate consumers and trade professionals about independent global producers who are making exceptional, hand-crafted products in the independent spirit. Nurturing the sparkling wine lover, attendees will be exposed to more than 150 independent growers and producers, 50 top sommeliers and more than a dozen leading national chefs.

The ICSWI Winemakers Dinner will offer attendees an intimate opportunity to enjoy a full course meal paired with sparkling wines at different restaurants around the New Orleans area. Participating restaurants include:

  • Bayona: “Club Trésors de Champagne" Dinner
  • Calcasieu by Cochon: “Italian Sparklings” Dinner
  • Galatoire’s: “Rose Only” Dinner
  • Gautreau’s: “Global Tour of the Top 10 Sparkling Wines” Dinner
  • Herbsaint: “Blanc de Noir versus Blanc de Blanc” Dinner
  • Meson 923: Raventos Cava Pairing Dinner
  • The Hotel Monteleone sponsored by Ruinart Champagne - “Bubbles and The Bayou” hosted by New Orleans’ legendary Poppy Tooker and Chef Chuck Subra (Executive Chef of La Cote Brasserie & native of New Iberia, Louisiana). This evening will celebrate Louisiana’s locally grown cuisine paired with champagne.

Event attendees will be able to taste and network with independent growers to learn about the differences in styles, regions and country production methods, as well as meet with top chefs and sommeliers to test drive innovative and unexpected food and sparkling wine pairings.



  • Fri, April 16: Champagne and Caviar Reception sponsored by Oxford American Magazine & The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 5-6:30p.m. INVITATION ONLY - please contact Katie Callahan for invitation.
  • Fri, April 16: Winemakers Dinners, see restaurants above, 7-10 p.m.
  • Fri, April 16: Bubbles and Blues on Bourbon Street, Astor Crown Plaza Hotel, 9-11 p.m.
  • Sat, April 17: The Bubbly Block Party on Rue Royal, Royal Street, 6-9 p.m.

HOURS: 9am-5pm

PRESS ROOM: Room 211
HOURS: 9am-4pm

ICSWI: Katie Callahan, 212-758-5322,
New Orleans CVB: Tara Letort, 504-566-5048,; Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962,
NOMCC: Rosalie Mortillaro, 504-582-3027,