Chef Bruce

The Boston Wine Festival

The Nation’s Longest Running Food and Wine Festival

The Boston Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted dinners, seminars and receptions taking place from January through March. Join us at one or several of the exciting events featured at the Boston Wine Festival including many of the best wineries and top personalities from the world of wine.

History of the wine fest


Celebrating Twenty-Eight Years of Food and Wine

Almost immediately upon taking the reins as Executive Chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, Chef Daniel Bruce’s passion for pairing the flavors in food and wine launched the hotel’s most successful ongoing event, the Boston Wine Festival.  Twenty-eight seasons later, the Festival has evolved into a world renowned series featuring winemakers from some of the world’s best wineries. Through almost three decades of developing the Festival, Daniel has created more than four thousand original dishes, each one designed to perfectly complement the special wine with which it was served. The Boston Wine Festival offers guests sensational events hosted by the world’s top winemakers.

special events and offers

Special Events And Offers

Grand Opening Reception

Champagne Dinner Dance

Valentine's Jazz Brunch

Overnight Stays

Each year's highlights include the Grand Opening Reception and the Valentine's Champagne Dinner Dance. 

Guests are invited to turn any evening into an overnight affair with a special Boston Wine Festival Promotion code to spend the night at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Learn More About Each Event Above!

2016 Boston Wine Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our 2016 Boston Wine Festival Sponsors!

Reviews and Insights

Testimonials of the Festival

Truly Must-Attend Wine and Food Event


Trefethen Family Vineyards has enjoyed being included in the prestigious Boston Wine Festival since its founding. Chef Daniel Bruce and team have an uncanny talent for creating perfectly-complimented wine and food pairings that are the centerpiece of the event. The uncompromised service from the Boston Harbor Hotel staff is perfectly tuned. The festival is an outstanding opportunity for both the wine-savvy and the oenophile to have intimate experiences with winemakers from the best vineyards in America. The Boston Wine Festival is one of the truly must-attend wine and food events year in and year out.

Janet Trefethen, Wine Grower Trefethen Family Vineyards

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Dan Duckhorn of Duckhorn Vineyards


What a run at the Boston Wine Festival! The longevity and levity are a testament to your untiring devotion to excellence and personal touch. It has been my extreme pleasure joining with you on this long running event. It is a wine industry standard that will live in a swirling glass memory forever.

Dan Duckhorn

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Dimitri Augenblick of Château Cos D’Estournel


I remember the first time I saw Chef Daniel Bruce, it was in Nantucket and he had a big T Bone on his hand, ready to be cooked.I told myself, this is the guy for a next pairing ! One year later, we had this wonderful Cos d’Estournel experience for the 25th Boston Wine Festival. The BWF is a great opportunity to live the best moments between food, wine and vintners. The organization is so amazing that we could compare it to the Haute Couture. But above all, it is a story of love, sharing and friendship.

Dimitri Augenblick

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Kathleen Heitz Myers and Harrison Heitz


Our family is proud that we have shared Heitz Cellars wines at the Boston Wine Festival for three generations.

In 1989, Chef Bruce had an exciting idea to create one-of-a-kind menus paired exclusively with the best wines in the country. It was an instant hit with wine lovers, and it has always been one of the best culinary events in the country.”

Heitz Cellars

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Doug Shafer, President of Shafer Vineyards


My dad and I have loved hosting wine dinners at the Boston Wine Festival from the very beginning. Chef Bruce and his staff never fail to surprise and delight with their wonderful, creative approach to food and wine – producing unforgettable synergy between what’s on the plate and what’s in the glass. Maybe it’s a Boston thing but the guests are always open to new things and a lot of fun to spend an evening with.

Doug Shafer

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Simply Delicious!


The recipes are so incredibly easy and flavorful! Some of my favorites are the New England clam chowder and the pan seared diver scallops with cider butter.... always takes me back to my summers in Nantucket! It's a great compilation of New England recipes.... I never grow tired of using this cookbook as my "go to".

Amazon, Mark V Forziati

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Fabulous, usable recipes! Great story!


This cookbook is more than a cookbook. It draws you into Daniel Bruce's world, and makes his recipes enticing. Then, when following his very clear, uncomplicated recipes [with wonderful comments] tasting the food is the reward.

Amazon, Barbara Butera Ferriter

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Our Boston Harbor Hotel Experiences


This was our 3rd visit to Wine Festival events in 2013, and our 19th year overall. We have always enjoyed our stays at the Boston Harbor Hotel, and hope to have many more. The service throughout is exceptional, and amazingly consistent from year to year. Many of the employees are of long tenure. Meritage is our favorite restaurant in the United States, and we particularly enjoy the offering of all dishes in both appetizer and entree sizes. We also stay at the hotel at different times of the year, and always find it to be the perfect "home away from home".

TripAdvisor, Robert A.

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Simply the Best!


We recently stayed here for the Boston Wine Festival--our 7th year! Chef Bruce does a magnificent job. I'm sure that next year's 25th anniversary will be a knockout. We look forward to returning each year for the quiet sumptuousness of the property. Each staff member is friendly and helpful. The rooms are very well appointed--down to having the Bose radio pre-programmed, so there's no hunting for stations! The location is great too; as well as the view of the harbor.

The hotel and the wine festival couldn't be a better complement to each other. When we leave, we know that it's one day closer to returning.


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Wonderful Short Break


We have stayed at Boston Harbor Hotel on several occasions when visiting Boston.
Even though we have not been back for 4 years, the staff recognized us and we felt very special. Room was well appointed, comfortable and fantastic view of the harbor. Dined in Sea Grille at lunch time. Food was really good - not too much as the American portions can be quite daunting. Front desk booked everything we wanted to do and made sure that a taxi was waiting for us whenever we needed one. We took advantage of the wine festival dinner during our stay. Food and wine tasting was fantastic. Can't wait until our next visit. Well done Boston Harbor for another memorable stay.

TripAdvisor, Christina

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