2017 Events

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January

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Grand Opening Reception

Friday, January 13
Reception, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Wharf Room, $100

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A Boston tradition and the cultural beginning of the New Year; join us to celebrate the opening night of the 28th anniversary of the Boston Wine Festival. Sample more than 50 wines from the many wineries featured in this year’s Festival and savor selections from Chef Daniel Bruce’s culinary creations.

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Battle of the Cabernets

Thursday, January 19
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $250

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A favorite event and the Festival’s most coveted theme dinner continues. The Battle of the Cabernets series showcases Napa Valley’s stars, while a distinguished panel of cabernet experts lead us through a blind tasting of California Cabernets. Experience the variety of dishes Chef Daniel Bruce matches perfectly to these powerful wines, and vote for your favorite in this year’s “battle.”

 

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Battle of the Cabernets

Friday, January 20 
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $250

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A favorite event and the Festival’s most coveted theme dinner continues. The Battle of the Cabernets series showcases Napa Valley’s stars, while a distinguished panel of cabernet experts lead us through a blind tasting of California Cabernets. Experience the variety of dishes Chef Daniel Bruce matches perfectly to these powerful wines, and vote for your favorite in this year’s “battle.”

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Meritage Madness

Wednesday, January 25
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $260

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Inspired by Daniel Bruce’s award-winning Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, we present Meritage Madness. This year we will taste many different vintages of these Bordeaux-style wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley. Participants will have the opportunity to taste contrasting styles, hear commentary from our panel of wine professionals and vote on your favorite Meritage of the night.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thursday, January 26
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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Ambassador Alain Junguenet and his son, John, host a soirée featuring one of the most valued wine regions of the world, 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.

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape 

Friday, January 27
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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Ambassador Alain Junguenet and his son, John, host a soirée featuring one of the most valued wine regions of the world, 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.

February

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Castellare di Castellina

Wednesday, February 1
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., the Atlantic Room, $175

Dinner Only 7:30 p.m., the Atlantic Room, $145

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The Castellare vineyards in Castellina are some of the highest elevation vineyards in Chianti Classico, which accounts for the low yields and concentration of fruit in these spectacular wines. Winemaker Alessandro Cellai begins with a seminar on a vertical of I Sodi di San Niccolo 2008-2012 followed by dinner with more stellar Sangiovese wines, as Chef Bruce passionately creates Tuscan inspired dishes.

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Clos du Val 

Thursday, February 2
Dinner, 7 p.m., the Atlantic Room,
$155

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Clos Du Val has been producing top quality Chardonnays and Cabernets, from their sites in Carneros and Stag’s Leap, for decades. Its Cabernet was one of the six wines chosen for the 1976 Paris tasting and multiple times they have been chosen as Winery of the Year in Napa. Today, Clos Du Val continues to produce some of the best wines in the valley. Winemaker Ted Henry joins us to host this dinner with these age worthy wines.

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Paul Hobbs Winery 

Friday, February 3 
Dinner 7 p.m.,  the Atlantic Room, $165

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Founded in 1991, Paul Hobbs produces wines that express their vineyard origins with finesse, complexity and authenticity. Paul Hobbs wines are fermented with native yeasts, aged in French oak, and bottled unrefined and unfiltered, allowing the vineyards to express their terroir. Host Matt Hobbs will lead us through the history of their extraordinary Sonoma and Napa wines.

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ROCO Winery 

Thursday, February 9
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Rollin Soles, owner and winemaker of ROCO winery in the Willamette Valley, returns to the Boston Wine Festival to showcase his new venture, having previously hosted a dinner in 2003 representing his first endeavor, Argyle. ROCO wines have received many awards for their elegance and balance, as well as their commitment to sustainability. We are pleased to welcome Rollin back to share his passion of creating these artisan wines with us.

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Paitin

Friday,  February 10
Dinner, 7:00 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Paitin was established in 1796, with the first Barbaresco Sorì Paitin bottled in 1893. This Piedmontese winery located on the hillsides of Nieve has been producing outstanding Barbarescos ever since, along with Arneis, Barberas, Dolcettos and Nebbiolos. Seventh generation winemaker, Giovanni Pasquero Elia, will present these artisan wines, while Chef Bruce creates his take on Northern Italian fare to complement these estate wines.

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Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Saturday, February 11
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Wharf Room, $195

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Champagne is for more than just toasting! Chef Daniel Bruce once again showcases his rare talents with his perfectly matched, all-Champagne dinner featuring wines from Moët & Chandon, including Moët Imperial Rose and everyone’s favorite, Dom Perignon. Share a romantic evening of live music and dancing, coupled with incredible wine and food.

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Valentine/ Jazz Brunch

Sunday, February 12
Brunch, Reservations between 10 a.m. and
2 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $110

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Join us at our beautiful waterfront location for a fantastic finale to Valentine’s weekend. Toast to romance with everyone’s favorite Moët & Chandon Champagne as you take in the view of Boston Harbor. Indulge in a lavish brunch buffet while delighting in the authentic sounds of a New Orleans Jazz band. Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy the perfect ending to this romantic weekend. 

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Château de Fieuzal

Wednesday, February 15
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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Located in the heart of the Graves, the cradle of Bordeaux winemaking, Château de Fieuzal takes its name from the family to which it belonged until 1851. This Graves great growth is famous for its elegant white wines and opulent red wines. Particular care is taken to make the most of Château de Fieuzal’s terroir to produce excellent wines and to protect the remarkably diverse natural environment. Winemaker Stephen Carrier hosts, as we welcome the winery to the Festival for the first time.

 

 

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Cakebread Cellars 

Thursday, February 16
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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David Griffiths hosts the seventh return of the very popular Cakebread Cellars to the Festival. He will feature a variety of their Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Reserve wines from the Napa Valley. After forty years, Cakebread Cellars continues with its dedication to making the highest quality wines.

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Hedges Family Estate 

Friday, February 17
Dinner, 7:00 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Founded by Tom Hedges in 1986, Hedges Family Estate has focused on Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot blends in the French winemaking style. Join second generation owner, Christophe Hedges, as he presents these biodynamic wines from Red Mountain AVA in Washington State, the site of this family owned and run winery.

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Beringer Vineyards 

Wednesday, February 22
Dinner, 7p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165

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Beringer Vineyards is the oldest continuously run and operated winery in the Napa Valley. Today, more than 130 years since its inception, the winery makes memorable wines from its great Napa Valley vineyards. Winemaker Mark Beringer, great, great grandson of the original founder, hosts this dinner featuring the many varietals that they produce, including the Private Reserve Chardonnay and Cabernet.

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Blackbird Vineyards 

Thursday, February 23
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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Blackbird Vineyards, a former walnut orchard first planted with Merlot vines in 1997, is now an ultra-premium label in its own right. Since the premier release of the 2003 vintage, Blackbird Vineyards’ winemaking team has handcrafted truly expressive wines with a focus on the varietals of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackbird Vineyards’ approach to winemaking involves intensive, hands-on, ‘best practice’ techniques to achieve the highest representation of terroir in their age worthy wines. Dylan York joins us for an exquisite evening.

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Tom Eddy Winery 

Friday, February 24
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Tom Eddy is a small, ultra-premium winery producing a wide range of limited-production varietal wines in Napa Valley. Owner and Winemaker Tom Eddy’s goal is to find the best grapes and make the best wine. Take this opportunity to taste several vintages of the winery’s Cabernet including a library selection, as well as his Orange Muscat, Pinot Noir and Z Port.

March

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Opus One Winery

Wednesday, March 1
Dinner 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $350

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Considered by many to be America’s first growth, Opus One is a legendary winery whose name is synonymous with perfection and harmony. The imitable France Posener will lead an evening featuring three decades of Opus with 2005, 2008 and 2013  vintages. This is a rare opportunity to experience the age-worthiness of these Bordeaux-style wines. Join us for an exquisite dinner with these popular and highly desirable wines from Napa Valley.

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Trimbach 

Thursday, March 2
Dinner, 7:00 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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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, along with a Special library selection of 1995 Cuvée Frederic Emile Riesling.

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Cabernet Reception

Friday, March 3
Reception, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room $95

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Cabernet Sauvignon, with its full-bodied, robust flavors, is a favorite among wine lovers. California is a region that produces some of the greatest Cabernets in the world. Embark on a tour of the many styles of California Cabernets. Sample an array of dishes that Chef Daniel Bruce will create to enhance these wonderful wines.

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Ramey Wine Cellars 

Wednesday, March 8

Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, The Atlantic Room $205

Dinner Only, 7:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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David Ramey, legendary 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 three decades in Sonoma and Napa. The evening will start with an exciting seminar on cork structure and how it affects the aging of wines

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S.A. Prüm

Thursday, March 9

Seminar and Dinner 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, The Atlantic Room $175

Dinner Only 7:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145

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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, an unmistakable personality, hosts this year’s dinner, which will showcase these beautiful age-worthy wines and will begin the evening with a seminar featuring a vertical of his highly touted Wehlener Sonnenuhr Old Vines Riesling 2004-2006.

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Mediterranean Reception

Friday, March 10
Reception, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $95

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Enjoy a relaxed evening of wine and food from the Mediterranean. This walk-around reception will treat you to the many different wines of Spain, Southern France and Italy, while you indulge yourself with Chef Daniel Bruce’s lavishly prepared buffet of Mediterranean dishes.

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The Great French Retrospective 

Wednesday, March 15
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $525

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Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to taste through five decades of some of the greatest French wines ever produced. Led by the legendary Fred Ek, founder of Classic Wine Imports in Boston, this dinner will feature five courses paired with 2002 Domaine Baumard, 1999 Corton Charlemagne, 1982 and 1961 Calon Segur, 1978 Guigal Côte Rotie, and finish with 1978 Rieussec Château Reserve. Tickets are extremely limited due to the exclusivity of these wines, so book early to experience this rare occasion.

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Staglin Family Vineyards 

Thursday, March 16
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $215

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Garen, his wife Shari and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of Staglin Family Vineyard, a 64 acre estate in Rutherford, California. This year they are celebrating their 30th anniversary in the winemaking business. The Staglins’ motto is “Great Wine for Great Causes” and through their operation of their winery, business interests, and support of various charitable causes, they have indeed lived up to that philosophy. In the last twenty years, causes they have chaired and donations from their wines have generated more than $900 million in contributions. Please join us for an incredible evening of great wines while Garen shares his passion for both wine and the community.

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Benovia Winery 

Friday, March 17

Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145

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Owner Joe Anderson joins us for a special night featuring his Russian River small lot of superbly balanced, artisan wines. Joe will share his philosophy of his winery team being an extension of an extraordinary family – one that eats, drinks and breathes a lifelong passion for wine. Enjoy a selection of Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs, Rose of Pinot Noir and other selections, paired to a four course meal by Chef Bruce.

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South African Reception

Wednesday, March 22
Reception, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $95

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This reception kicks off our week long celebration of South African wines, inspired by Chef Bruce’s visit to Capetown and the surrounding wine regions. This evening will feature many wines from the world’s longest wine route of over 500 miles. This is a great opportunity to taste these great value based wines along with traditional music and a buffet of African inspired dishes.

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Ken Forrester Winery 

Thursday, March 23
Dinner, 7:00 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145

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Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region, Stellenbosch, whose vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms on the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world!

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Jardin Winery 

Friday, March 24
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175
Dinner Only, 7:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145

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Family-owned Jordan Wine Estate, which is sold under the Jardin label in the United States, is situated in Stellenbosch, South Africa, the heart of the Cape Winelands, and has been transformed to become one of the leading estates in South Africa. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the vineyards, Jordan Wine Estate boasts spectacular panoramic views of Table Mountain, False Bay and the Stellenbosch Mountains. Gary and Kathy Jordan have been making award winning wines since 1993 on their 405-acre hillside property with a grape growing history going back over 330 years. Beginning with a seminar on these spectacular wines, this is an evening not to be missed.

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Forman Vineyard

Wednesday, March 29 
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Founded in 1983 by Ric Forman, the sole proprietor, Forman Vineyards produces small quantities of classically made Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon from the base of Howell Mountain. Over the years, this remarkable site has produced some unusually elegant wines. Ric returns for the fourth time to share with us his old world, non-conventional approach to winemaking.

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Marques de Vargas 

Thursday, March 30 
Dinner, 7:00 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Marques De Vargas, set in the middle of its own vineyards like a “Château,” is located in the heart of the Ebro Valley, in a region known as the “Three Marquis.” Producing balanced red wines, especially recommended for barrel aging, full-bodied and high acidity, they are dedicated to the production of excellent rioja wines. The vineyards are dry farmed, with minimal intervention and an organic approach. Owner, Don Pelayo de la Mata, leads us through an array of these wines.

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Ehlers Estate

Friday, March 31 

Dinner, Boston Harbol Hotel, Atlantic Room $155

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Ehlers Estate is unique in that it combines a minimal intervention, natural approach to winemaking all from their estate vines, within a socially responsible non-profit organization. The wines are produced focusing on biodynamic and organic techniques in the St. Helena appellation. Winemaker and General Manager Kevin Morrisey will engage you with the history of this one-of-a-kind operation.