Boston Wine Festival

Twenty-five years ago, when Chef Daniel Bruce was one of the country’s most promising young culinary talents, he was lured into the kitchens of Boston’s landmark waterfront hotel, the five star Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf. Almost immediately upon taking the reins, his passion for pairing the flavors in food and wine launched the hotel’s most successful ongoing event, the Boston Wine Festival.  Now celebrating it’s Silver Anniversary, the Festival has evolved into a world renowned series featuring winemakers from some of the world’s best wineries. Over two decades of developing the Festival, Daniel has created more than three thousand original dishes, each one designed to perfectly complement the special wine with which it was served.

Daniel has earned the Boston Harbor Hotel a reputation for excellence in its culinary offerings.  Meritage, one of Boston’s few Forbes four star restaurants, is the manifestation of Daniel’s passion for food and wine pairing, a bold restaurant with an innovative menu designed to marry culinary flavors to wine flavors. His latest endeavor, the waterfront Rowes Wharf Sea Grille, celebrates the sea through its breathtaking setting, nautically-influenced design, and menu which reflects the best of the local catch—the freshest seafood prepared in a minimalist yet artful way.

While always focused on the Boston Harbor Hotel, Daniel still has found time to lend his expertise elsewhere and expand his beloved Festival and Meritage.   In 2010, Daniel brought the Festival to Berkeley, CA, launching the Berkeley Wine Festival at the Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. The Festival’s growth and success has also generated new culinary endeavors in the host hotel, opening of a new Meritage restaurant at the Claremont. Inspired by Meritage at the Boston Harbor Hotel, this new restaurant similarly celebrates food and wine pairings.

Born and raised in northern New England, Daniel Bruce graduated with honors from Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, and then traveled to Italy and France for more traditional training. Upon his return to the United States, he began working in New York City at 21, becoming in quick time the youngest executive chef in the history of that legendary restaurant.  Daniel’s dream, however, was to return home to New England and find a place where he could fully develop the many dimensions of his talent and culinary interests.  Now in his 3rd decade at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Daniel has never allowed his time at the hotel to become routine, always finding creative ways to broaden the culinary experience of his restaurants’ patrons and guests of the hotel.

Internationally-renowned, Daniel Bruce has been awarded the title of Vice Consellier Culiniaire, Bailliage de Boston, and he has been honored twice as one of the “Best Hotel Chefs in America” at the James Beard House. In 2009 Daniel was the featured chef at the Celebrity Chef and Winemaker Auction Dinner at the Nantucket Wine Festival, as tribute to two decades of dedication to wine and food education. Additionally, Daniel is an honorary member of Chevalier du Tastevin and has been recognized by Boston magazine as the city’s Best Hotel Chef. Daniel has made numerous live television appearances on national programs such as NBC’s Today and Live with Regis and Kelly. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Johnson & Wales University in 1996 and in 2013 Chef of the Year by the Massachusetts Restaurant Association.

April 2014

  • Bernardus Winery

    It was once thought no wines compare to those originating from Bordeaux, France. Winemaker Dean de Korth of Bernardus winery has since changed this belief. Using the superior coastal appellation in California to create Bordeaux style varieties with complexity and texture, he single handedly produced wines bold enough to make the “Old World” sit up and take note.
  • Cain Vinyeard & Winery

    Situated in a truly spectacular location at the top of Spring Mountain, Cain’s vineyards face north, south, east and west. This mountain vineyard is dedicated to producing only three cabernet blends: Cain Cuvée, Cain Concept and Cain Five. Join Chris Howell, winemaker and general manager, who also is celebrating his 25th year at the winery. This unforgettable evening will be coupled with a spectacular dinner by Chef Bruce.
  • Cakebread Cellars

    Owner, Dennis Cakebread hosts tonight's seminar, followed by a special dinner featuring a variety of their sauvignon blanc, merlot, and Reserve wines from the Napa Valley. Discover how thirty years after their first vintage, Cakebread Cellars continues with its dedication to making the highest quality wines.
  • Château Cos d’Estournel

    This Saint-Estèphe winery is one of only fifteen classified second growths in Bordeaux. The vineyards are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grapes, which make up the varietals of this premiere wine. Dimitri Augenblick will discuss this winery’s commitment to producing big, bold, full bodied and concentrated wines that at the same time are perfectly balanced. As we taste through multiple vintages.
  • Château La Fleur-Pétrus

    Tonight we are pleased to have Edouard Moueix, grandson of Jean-Pierre Moueix, founder of Établissements Jean-Pierre Moueix. A premiere Bordeaux négociant and owner of the Château La Fleur-Pétrus and other prestigious Pomerol estates. This is a rare opportunity to taste through multiple vintages of their flagship La Fleur-Pétrus wines, including the highly touted 2009 vintage.
  • Châteauneuf-du-Pape

    Ambassador Alain Junguenet and his son, John, host a soirée featuring one of the greatest wine regions of the world in terms of value, the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This is an exclusive collection of hand-picked, small, family-owned estates. Take this unique opportunity to meet many of these winemakers. Chef Bruce will create a meal influenced by the culture and heritage of this special region.
  • Domaine Pierre Morey

    The Morey family origins can be traced back to at least to the sixteenth century. For twenty years, Pierre Morey was the winemaker at Domaine Leflaive and is considered one of the top winemakers in Burgundy. Since 2008, he has managed his family’s domaine along with his daughter, Anne. These stunning, long-lived, limited production wines are highly sought after for their complexity and balance.
  • Duckhorn Vineyards

    For over 30 years, Duckhorn Wine Co. has been crafting fine Bordeaux varietals from the Napa Valley. They first focused their passions on the production of merlot, which has led to a cult following of the signature dark, rich, tannic reds. Enjoy a four course dinner and learn more from the inimitable Dan Duckhorn, who returns to host a dinner for this special anniversary year.
  • Elk Cove Vineyards

    Elk Cove, making wine since 1977, is one of Oregon’s oldest wineries. Family owned and operated, this winery consistently receives high marks from numerous wine publications. Adam Godlee Campbell, winemaker and owner, will return to celebrate his newest vintages along with a library selection of his pinot trilogy: noir, gris and blanc, as well as a special 2000 9 liter Roosevelt vineyard pinot noir.
  • Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce

    Nickel and Nickel was founded in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente Winery. With the goal to produce 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. The winery’s current releases include Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah, as well as Russian River Valley Chardonnay, Syrah and Zinfandel. Partner, Larry Maguire presents the theses beautifully crafted wines as he discusses the philosophy behind this special winery.
  • Frederick Wildman

    Frederick Wildman has been an importer of prestigious wines since 1934. Tonight is a rare opportunity to meet six of their top Burgundian growers from their portfolio, including Beaujolais Cru, Chateau Fuisse, Domaine Christian Moreau, Domain Jacques Prieur, Maison Olivier Leflaive, and Domain Faiveley. We will start with a seminar, followed by an intimate dinner, not to be missed.
  • Frog’s Leap Winery

    Founder John Williams, a Wine Festival perennial favorite at Boston and our other Festivals, reaches deep into his cellar to experience the full scope of Frog’s Leap philosophy and organic approach. The winery’s primary focus is on sustainable farming and in understanding and appreciating the soil, which is clear in their merlots, sauvignon blancs, cabernet sauvignons and legendary zinfandels.
  • Hamilton Russell Vineyards

    The fresh breeze from the Atlantic Ocean is the key element to this cool South African Vineyard. With its rich terroir and a chilled climate, Hamilton Russell produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that is both exemplary and bold, yet refined. Join Owner and Winemaker, Anthony Hamilton Russell, as he shares his secrets of South African winemaking while enjoying a four-course dinner specially prepared by Chef Daniel Bruce.
  • Heitz Cellar

    Heitz vineyard was founded by Joe Heitz in 1961, who championed and pioneered vineyard designation in Napa Valley. The winery is situated near the eastern hills of Napa Valley and is known for its earthy Bordeaux-style wines, especially its production of cabernet sauvignon. Harrison Heitz, who represents the third generation of hosting a festival dinner, joins us to share wines from the Heitz’s portfolio and discuss their unique single-vineyard concept.
  • Joseph Phelps Vineyards

    Founded in 1972, Joseph Phelps Vineyards is an independent, estate-based winery located outside St. Helena. Damian Parker, vice president and director of wine making for Joseph Phelps, will join us for a seminar featuring wines from their Freestone project. A four course dinner will follow with a full range of wines, including their famous Bordeaux blend ‘Insignia’.
  • Miner Family Winery

    Founded in 1998, Miner is a dynamic family owned winery located in the Oakville appellation in the heart of Napa Valley. Dave Miner began his career at Oakville Ranch Vineyards and has earned critical acclaim since the release of his first vintage at Miner. Join Dave Miner as he shares the vineyard’s sensational portfolio of wines including its single-vineyard pinot noir, Oakville cabernet as well as their proprietal blend Oracle.
  • Opus One Winery

    Considered by many to be America’s first growth, Opus One is a legendary winery whose name is synonymous with perfection and harmony. Join fellow forager and winemaker Michael Silacci, along with the inimitable France Posener, for an exquisite dinner with these popular and highly desirable wines from California.
  • Patz & Hall

    Since the founding of Patz & Hall in early 1988, the winery’s goal has been to produce the finest quality chardonnay and pinot noir in California. Donald Patz returns to present another spectacular display of terroir driven wines produced from the winery’s distinctive vineyard sites throughout California, including its outstanding Pisoni Vineyards Pinot Noir. The evening will start with a seminar featuring eight of the spectacular 2012 vintages.
  • Peter Michael Winery

    In 1982, Sir Peter Michael started the winery on the western face of St. Helena in Sonoma Valley, with a commitment to create wines reflective of Old World traditions and New World influences with a focus on terroir. They have since expanded to the Sonoma Coast and produce hand-crafted chardonnays, Bordeaux blends and pinot noirs, in very limited quantities. Winemaker Nicolas Morlet continues the line of world class winemakers, which has been the hallmark of Peter Michael Winery.
  • Pio Cesare

    Pio Cesare has been producing top barolos, barbescos, barberas and nebbiolos, since 1881. Tonight is a perfect opportunity to meet Pio Boffa, great-grandson of the founding family for an unforgettable evening of these hand-crafted, classically styled and world renowned Piedmont wines with a creative four course meal.
  • Quarterly Review of Wines

    One of the world’s most influential wine magazines returns with a selection of wines from its 29th annual California “Best of the Best” issue. Richard Elia and Randy Sheahan will host this unique dinner as Chef Daniel Bruce pairs his cuisine with the Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay, Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon “One Point Five” and Donum Estate Pinot Noir, as well as other spectacular selections.
  • Ramey Wine Cellars

    David Ramey, owner of Ramey Wine Cellars, is known for his big cabernet sauvignons and full bodied chardonnays produced at his Healdsburg, California winery. David has been making great wine for more than two decades in Sonoma and Napa with houses such as Rudd, Dominus and Chalk Hill. The evening will kickoff with a seminar on aging of Chardonnays for stainless steel, concrete egg, old oak and new oak, and will continue with an extraordinary dinner.
  • S.A. Prüm

    Located on Wehlen-on-the-Mosel, one of the premier sites in all of Mosel, Prüm has been commercially producing wines for more than 200 years. Raimund Prüm took over the family business in 1971 and is renowned for producing some of the best rieslings in the world. Raimund, whose personality is unmistakable, hosts tonight’s dinner which will showcase these beautiful wines.
  • Shafer Vineyards

    Shafer Vineyards produces distinctively concentrated chardonnays, merlots and cabernet sauvignons. These wines, from the Stag’s Leap District, are renowned for their combination of power and finesse. This is a rare opportunity to meet President Doug Shafer as he presents several of his acclaimed varietals, including the highly sought after unblended Hillside Select Cabernet.
  • Silver Oak Cellars

    Since its founding in 1972, Silver Oak has devoted their efforts towards the pursuit of a single wine with a style all its own, cabernet sauvignon. Winemaker Daniel Baron continues this commitment to excellence and will lead us through dinner featuring several vintages of Silver Oak’s Alexander Valley and Napa Valley cabernets, as well as their new venture Twomey Cellars and its pinot noirs and merlots.
  • Soter Vineyards

    Located in Willamette Valley, Soter is among the top wineries in Oregon, producing outstanding pinot noirs as well as sparkling wines, and more recently chardonnay. Tony Soter started his career in Napa Valley in the 70's and made a name for himself consulting for several world renowned wineries. Tony founded his own label, Etude wines in 1982 and in 1997 he and his wife Michelle, both Oregon natives, established Soter Vineyards. For this special evening Tony will share a variety of wines representing his journey in the industry that has helped put Soter Vineyards and Oregon on the map.
  • Staglin Family Vineyard

    Staglin Family Vineyard is a family owned Napa Valley winery, devoted to producing extremely limited quantities of the highest quality wine from its own vineyard. Garen Staglin hosts this dinner showcasing a selection of their award winning chardonnays and cabernets as well as their Stagliano Estate Sangiovese.
  • Trimbach

    Trimbach has been producing brilliant wines since 1626. The heritage of the winery has been passed on from father to son for twelve generations, developing into one of the greatest wine houses of Alsace, France. The magniloquent Jean Trimbach will entertain and enlighten all. Sample the pleasures of the finest wines from Alsace, including a tribute to the first year of the Festival with his 1989 Clos Ste. Hune Vendanges Tardives ‘Hors Choix’.
  • Wagner Family of Wine

    Joseph and Chuck Wagner present the entire portfolio from this influential fifth generation, family-produced winery at the seminar and dinner. From their Conundrums, and Mer Soleil chardonnay, their Belle Glos and Meiomi pinot noirs, to their prominent Caymus cabernets, these wines continue to gain a reputation for quality, as well as consistency which few can match.
  • Women Winemakers of Napa

    Tonight we feature three pioneering women winemakers from Napa; Kim Nicholls from Markham, Marisa Taylor from Rutherford Hill and Elizabeth Vianna from Chimney Rock. These three women are featured in Vintage: Napa 2012 an upcoming series airing soon on American Public Television. The evening will kick off with a seminar on sauvignon blancs followed by a four course dinner paired with beautiful crafted wines. This is a rare opportunity to meet these innovative women and to listen to their perspective on winemaking.

Toll Free 1-888-660-WINE or Local 617-330-9355

[contact-form-7 id="8" title="Contact"]