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January

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Grand Opening Reception

Friday, January 9
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 26th Annual 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 bountiful buffet.

People who enjoy the Opening Reception will also enjoy the Valentines/Jazz Brunch, the Mediterranean Reception as well as the Cabernet Reception

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St. Supéry

Wednesday, January 14
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145
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St. Supéry is the largest family-owned, sustainably produced estate in Napa Valley. They are committed to sustainability and land stewardship. We welcome Emma Swain, CEO, who will host our opening dinner and present a fabulous collection of these elegant wines highlighted with their Elu and Virtu blends, along with signature Chef Bruce pairings.

People who enjoy this winery will also enjoy Grigch, Hanzell, Groth, as well as Trefethen

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Battle of the Cabernets

Thursday, January 15 and Friday, January 16
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $235
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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 leads 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.”

If you enjoy this dinner you may enjoy Meritage Madness, Revana, Opus One and Diamond Creek

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Pinot Dinner

Wednesday, January 21
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175
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Long-time Festival friend Howie Rubin returns to host an incredible evening featuring one of the world’s most renowned grape varietals –pinot noir. Tonight will feature many well-known pinot noirs from Burgundy and South Africa in a side by side comparison with their Californian and Oregon counterparts.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Hanzell, Paitin, Rising Stars and Drouhin

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Hall and Walt

Thursday, January 22
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165
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Kathryn Walt Hall returns to host a dinner featuring wines from Hall Winery, known for their well-balanced cabernets produced from specific blocks in and around Napa. She will also present her family-owned Walt Wines which makes distinctive Pinots and Chardonnays from grapes harvested from the Central Coast of California to the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Darioush and Larkin

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Darioush

Friday, January 23
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175
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Most noted for its Bordeaux-style estate wines, Darioush crafts fine wines from its vineyards located in the appellations of Napa Valley, Mt. Veeder and Oak Knoll. Join Allen Papp from the winery as he discusses the winery’s sensible approach to winemaking, while tasting through their chardonnay, viognier, shiraz, pinot noir and Bordeaux varietals and finishing with their late harvest Shahpar, named after Darioush’s wife.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Hall and Walt and Larkin

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Zenato

Wednesday, January 28
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175
Dinner Only, 7:30 p.m.  $145
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Founded in 1960, the Zenato family has set the bar on how great Italian wine can taste. Second generation Nadia Zenato continues the commitment to produce these outstanding wines. Come experience a guided tour through Italy’s Lake Garda and Valpolicella Classico region. Allow your palate to experience one of the most important milestones in Zenato’s wine-making evolution, its production of Amarones.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Marchesi Fumanelli

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Grigich

Thursday, January 29
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165
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Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley and founded by legendary winemaker Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, this winery is among the most recognized in California. Daughter, Violet Grgich, will showcase their richly textured and understated wines, from classic Napa Chardonnays, Zinfandels and Cabernets to the vineyard’s dessert wine, Violetta. Seize the opportunity to delight in the most discriminating wine and food aficionados.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy St. Supery, Hanzell, Groth as well as Trefethen

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Meritage Madness

Friday, January 30
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $235
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Inspired by Daniel Bruce’s award-winning restaurant Meritage, 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.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Battle of the Cabernets, Revana, Opus One, and Diamond Creek

February

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Hanzell

Wednesday, February 4
Dinner 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $185
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From high in the Sonoma Mountains, Hanzell produces handcrafted Burgundian style Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. Winemaker Michael McNeill hosts this dinner featuring their old world style of chardonnay and pinot noir. He will discuss their philosophy and approach to creating these great examples of reserve style wines in California. A fabulous meal by Chef Bruce will follow.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy the Pinot Dinner and St. Supery

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Trinchero

Thursday, February 5
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175
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Started in 1948, Trinchero is a well-recognized name in the Napa Valley. Winemaker Mario Monticelli will present the Napa Valley small production estates portfolio which focuses on single vineyard selections. With a total production of only 12,000 cases these wines represent some of the best handcrafted wines in Napa. Enjoy their range of single vineyard designated wines from sauvignon blanc to cabernet as Mario discusses his approach to craft winemaking.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy the Pinot Dinner, St. Supery and Hanzell

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Andrew Will

Friday, February 6
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145
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Situated on the small island of Vashon located off of Seattle, Chris Camarda has been quietly making some of the most highly acclaimed merlots and Bordeaux blends in all of Washington State for the past two decades. Robert Parker has gone as far as saying that his wines have almost “perfect tannins”. Join Chris for this rare opportunity to get a glimpse into his winemaking philosophy, and how he is consistently able to produce such extraordinary wine.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Larkin and Elyse

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Chappellet

Wednesday, February 11
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $195
Dinner Only, 7:30 p.m. $165

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Chappellet is a true hillside winery, residing 1,200 feet above the floor of Napa Valley. It is one of the first high-elevation vineyards built on the philoso­phy of sustainable farming. Chappellet wines have been sought after by collec­tors for their intensity and longevity. Cyril Chappellet, the family’s second genera­tion co-owner, will begin the evening with a seminar, and then will present his portfolio of wines from Pritchard Hill which showcases the great fruit extraction of these mountain wines.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Chateauneuf du Pape Thursday Dinner, Chateauneuf du Pape Friday Dinner, Domaine Francois Villard and Diamond Creek

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thursday, February 12 and Friday, February 13
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165
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Ambassador Alain Junguenet and his son, John, once again 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.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy Chappellet, and Domaine Francois Villard

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Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Saturday, February 14
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Wharf Room, $215
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Champagne is for more than just toasting! Chef Daniel Bruce once again shows his rare talents with his perfectly matched, all-Champagne dinner featuring wines from Moët & Chandon, including Moët Imperial Rosé and everyone’s favorite, Dom Perignon. Share a romantic evening of live music and dancing, coupled with incredible wine and food.

People who enjoy this dinner may also enjoy the Valentines/Jazz Brunch

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Valentine/ Jazz Brunch

Sunday, February 15
Brunch, reservations between 10 a.m. and
2 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $95

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Join us at our beautiful waterfront location for a fantastic finale to our Valentine’s weekend. Enjoy our favorite Moët & Chandon Champagne and the view of Boston Harbor. Enjoy a lavish buffet while delighting in the authentic sounds of a New Orleans Jazz band. Experience the essence of the Big Easy while enjoying wine chosen to complement Chef Bruce’s interpretation of Creole dishes. Don’t miss out on this chance to enjoy the perfect ending to this romantic weekend.

People who enjoy this brunch may also enjoy the Opening Reception, the Mediterranean Reception as well as the Cabernet Reception

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Domaine Francois Villard

Wednesday, February 18
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145
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This small winery is located in the Northern Rhone. Francois Villard founded the winery in 1990’s and is known as a Condrieu master. He hand picks his grapes on the steep slopes and picks them at maximum ripeness which results in a rich and concentrated wine. Join Francois as he enriches us with these age-worthy intense wines and taste first-hand why this small Domaine has such a well known reputation.

People who enjoy this may enjoy the Chateauneuf du Pape Thursday Dinner, Chateauneuf du Pape Friday Dinner, as well as Chappellet

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Groth

Thursday, February 19
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $195
Dinner Only 7:30 p.m. $165
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This family-owned Winery Founded in 1982 by Dennis and Judy Groth is located in Oakville. This year we are proud to have their daughter Suzanne host this dinner. The evening will begin with a special seminar featuring their 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 Oakville Reserve Cabernets. The evening will continue with a four-course dinner and finish with their late harvest 2005 sauvignon blanc available only at the winery.

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Paitin

Friday, February 20
Dinner, 7 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, will present these artisan wines at dinner. Chef Bruce will create Northern Italian fare to complement these estate wines.

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Castello di Cacchiano

Wednesday, February 25
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $145
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This winery has a truly amazing history, as the property and castle have been in the Ricasoli family for over 1,000 years. Located in the heart of Chianti, their wines reflect the best of the Sangiovese grape. Giovanni Ricasoli joins us for the first time to lead a tasting through their Rosato, Rosso, and D.O.C.G. Chianti wines as Chef Bruce prepares a Tuscan-inspired meal.

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Revana

Thursday, February 26
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $185
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Dr. Madaiah Revana is in pursuit of the best vineyard sites and winemaking practices throughout the world.  He has planted vineyards in Napa Valley, Willamette Valley Oregon and Mendoza Argentina. Revana, Alexana and Corazon del Sol wineries offer the opportunity to experience premium wines that capture the best of Napa, Oregon and Argentina's unique terroir.  The winemaking techniques reveal a transparency between the vineyard and the cellar.  These wines are farmed organically, with honest winemaking practices.  Respect and integrity for the vineyard lead to balanced, complex and vibrant wines with depth and clarity.

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Rising Stars

Friday, February 27
Dinner 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155
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Our tradition of presenting new and exciting wineries continues this year with Davis Family Vineyards and Casey Flat Ranch Vineyards. Davis Family produces a wide selection of wines from their Russian River winery, while Casey Flat Ranch, located in the Vaca Mountain Valley, produces Rhone and Bordeaux varietals. This is a great opportunity to try different wines from different locations, and hear two different perspectives on winemaking in California.

March

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Marchesi Fumanelli

Wednesday, March 4
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155
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The Marchesi Fumanelli family has been cultivating grapes and producing wines from their estate in the heart of Valpolicella since 1470. Located 8 miles from Verona, Fumanelli is one of the region’s largest and most historic family-owned wineries, having 78 acres of exclusively estate grown fruit, within the walls of their ancient property. Owner Armando Fumanelli will taste through these elegant Amarones.

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Larkin

Thursday, March 5
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room,
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Sean Larkin returns having first hosted a dinner as part of the 2007 Rising Stars Dinner. His rapid ascent to the top of his field in such a short time has been remarkable. His Cabernets and Cabernet Francs stand among some of the best in Napa. Join the gregarious Sean Larkin as he shares his passion for wines.

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Mediterranean Reception

Friday, March 6
Reception, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $90
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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 indulging yourself with Chef Daniel Bruce’s lavishly prepared buffet of Mediterranean dishes.

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Trefethen

Thursday, March 12
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155
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The legacy continues to this day with an unsurpassed passion for winemaking at this family-owned estate vineyard and winery in the heart of Napa Valley. Trefethen is known for producing world class chardonnays and cabernets. Join owner Janet Trefethen, one of the six winery hosts when the Boston Wine Festival began in 1990, for this special dinner. We are honored to have Janet return to the festival.

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Lail Vineyards

Friday, March 13
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $195
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This small family winery was founded by Robin Lail who will host this intimate dinner. Her family history in Napa dates back five generations to her great granduncle Gustav Niebaum, founder of Inglenook Vineyards. This boutique winery also has legendary winemaker Phillipe Melka at the helm. Their two estate vineyards Totem and Mole Hill produce minute amounts of sauvignon blanc, cabernet and cabernet blends. Her J. Daniel Cuvee pays tribute to the legacy of this family.

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Opus One

Wednesday, March 18
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $290
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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 1995, 2001, and 2011 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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Elyse

Thursday, March 19
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $185
Dinner Only 7:30 p.m. $155
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Ray Coursen, our long-time friend as well as owner and winemaker of his eponymous Napa Valley Winery, will lead an interactive blending seminar featuring the six Bordeaux grape varietals. This is a unique opportunity to try your own hand at blending. He will follow with a special dinner which will introduce you to his full portfolio of wines.

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Cabernet Reception

Friday, March 20
Reception, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room $90
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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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Drouhin

Wednesday, March 25
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $215
Dinner Only 7:30 p.m. $185
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Joseph Drouhin is one of the largest domaines in Burgundy and owns land throughout the region, including some of the most revered sites such as Clos des Mouches, Musigny, Clos de Vougeot and Corton-Charlemagne. Laurent Drouhin, one of four grandchildren who run the winery today, will narrate this evening’s seminar and dinner with the full array of their wines, along with Burgundian style cuisine.

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Diamond Creek

Friday, March 27
Dinner 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $210

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Founded in 1968, Diamond Creek is California's first exclusively cabernet sauvignon Estate Vineyard. Visionary pioneer Al Brounstein defied modern conventions and planted Bordeaux varietals on secluded Diamond Mountain. The three vineyards produce a small amount of long-lived wines that are elegant with great depth and richness. Son Phil Ross will discuss the differences imparted to the wine by the distinct soils and micro-climates of Diamond Creek Vineyards. Join us for this special dinner to celebrate the conclusion of the 26th Annual Boston Wine Festival.