2018 Events

We Are Excited To Announce The 2018 Boston Wine Festival Line-Up. Explore below for more information!

January

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Grand Opening Reception

Friday, January 12
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 29th 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 18
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.”

Thursday Night's Cabernet Sauvignon Selection:

2013 Burgess Cellars

2014 Hall Wines

2013 Hess Collection

2014 Martin Ray “Synthesis”

2013 Paradigm

2012 Pine Ridge Vineyards

2013 Ramey Annum

2014 ZD Wines 

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Battle of the Cabernets

Friday, 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.”

Friday Night's Cabernet Sauvignon Selection:

2014 BV Georges de Latour

2013 Burgess Cellars

2014 Hall Wines

2014 Odette Estate

2014 Paul Hobbs

2014 Plumpjack Winery          

2013 Ramey Annum                                                   

2012 Robert Foley                               

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Meritage Madness

Wednesday, January 24
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.

WINE SELECTION

2013 Chimney Rock Elevage Red

2017 Daou Estate "Soul of a Lion"                 

2014 Hess Collection “Lion Tamer”                                                           

2013 Jack Larkin Red                                                                                                      

2014 Jayson Pahlmeyer Red

2013 Miner Oracle Bordeaux Blend                                                         

2013 Page Family Cellars “Proprietary Red”

2014 Quintessa Napa Valley Red            

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Thursday, January 25
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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Once again we are proud to present 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 high-quality, small, family-owned estates. Take this unique opportunity to enjoy one of the most popular theme dinners at the Festival for the past nine years. 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 26
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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Once again we are proud to present 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 high-quality, small, family-owned estates. Take this unique opportunity to enjoy one of the most popular theme dinners at the Festival for the past nine years. Chef Bruce will create a meal influenced by the culture and heritage of this special region.

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Zenato Winery

Wednesday, January 31
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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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, hosted by owner Alberto Zenato. Allow your palate to experience one of the most important milestones in Zenato’s wine-making evolution, its production of Amarones.

February

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Far Niente Wine Estates

Thursday, February 1
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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Far Niente, located in Napa Valley, was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a forty-niner of the California gold rush and uncle of the famous American impressionist painter, Winslow Homer. In 1979, Gil Nickel purchased the winery. Today, almost 40 years later, Far Niente has expanded their offerings to include, not only their renowned chardonnay, cabernet, and dolce, but also their EnRoute winery, which produces Russian River pinot noir. This will be a special event, featuring wines from partner, Larry Maguire. The evening will begin with a seminar focusing on their single-vineyard designated wine, Nickel & Nickel cabernet.  Dinner will follow, focusing on Far Niente, EnRoute and their newest venture, Bella Union.

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St. Supery

Friday, February 2
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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St. Supéry Estate Vineyards and Winery is a 100% estate grown, certified Napa Green winery located in the renowned Rutherford growing region in the heart of Napa Valley. Through their sustainable winery and farming operations, they are protecting their land and environment for future generations. We welcome CEO, Emma Swain, who will host this dinner and present a fabulous collection of their single vineyard and Napa Valley Estate wines.

Reception

2016 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

First Course

2016 Napa Valley, Dollarhide Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course

2007 Napa Valley, Dollarhide Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Third Course

2013 Napa Valley Estate Élu Meritage Red

Fourth Course

2016 Napa Valley Estate Moscato

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Frog's Leap Winery

Thursday, February 8
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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John Williams founded Frog’s Leap in 1981 with a commitment to sustainable and organic farming. His wines are considered some of the most age-worthy in Napa. In 2012, John realized a life-long dream of producing a one hundred percent estate cabernet sauvignon. John has been a longtime friend and host to the Boston Wine Festival. Tonight, we start with another interesting seminar titled “Merlot – Napa’s Most Misunderstood and Perhaps Finest Varietal”. This seminar will be followed by a memorable dinner.

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Grgich Hills Estate

Friday,  February 9
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $175

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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. His daughter, Violet Grgich, returns to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Tonight will showcase their richly textured and understated wines, from classic Napa chardonnays, zinfandels and cabernets to the vineyard’s dessert wine, Violetta. We are delighted to have Violet return to celebrate this milestone with us.

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Valentine’s Dinner Dance

Saturday, February 10
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 shows his rare talents with his perfectly matched, all-Champagne dinner featuring wines from Moët & Chandon, including Moët Imperial, Moët Vintage Blanc 2008, Moët Rose NV, Moët Vintage Rose 2008, and Moët Nectar Blanc. Share a romantic evening of live music and dancing, coupled with incredible wine and food.

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Valentine/ Jazz Brunch

Sunday, February 11
Brunch, Reservations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $100

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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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Old World / New World Pinot Noir

Wednesday, February 14
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 Europe and South Africa in a side-by-side comparison with their California and Oregon counterparts.

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Van Zellers & Co.

Thursday, February 15
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Habor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Cristiano Van Zeller represents the 14th generation of his family as a Douro winery owner, dating back to before the designation of Ports. By 23 years old, he was already CEO of Quinta do Noval –an impressive beginning of a legendary career. Since then he has continued to be at the forefront of changes in the region. In 1986, the Douro region was designated as DOC. Today, these wines represent over one third of all total wine sales in the region and have garnered critical acclaim throughout the world. We are honored to have Cristiano join us to share with us these spectacular wines from this historic region of Portugal.

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Château Cos d’Estournel 

Friday, February 16
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $450

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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 premier wine. Dimitri Augenblick will passionately present this winery’s commitment to producing big, bold, full-bodied and concentrated wines that at the same time are perfectly balanced.  The evening will feature many vintages of this incredible age worthy Bordeaux.

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Center of Effort

Wednesday, February 21
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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Owner, Bill Swanson, and winemaker, Nate Carlson, return to Boston to share with us their spectacular wines from California’s Edna Valley. Their commitment to producing world-class, estate-grown, chardonnay and pinot noir has established Center of Effort as one of the top wineries in the Central Coast.  They focus on the vineyard’s lean soils, nuanced terrain, ocean-cooled climate, and pristine environment. This special terroir continues to create incomparable growing conditions for Burgundian varietals.

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Burgess Cellars

Thursday, February 22
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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We are honored to pay homage to legendary founder, Tom Burgess, who was the first winemaker to host a dinner at the Boston Wine Festival in 1990.  His son, Steven, has led the winery since 2005, significantly improving all aspects of the winemaking process and elevating Burgess Cellars to one of the premier wineries in the Valley. Steven returns for a special evening, starting with a seminar featuring some of his father’s favorite vintages. Chef Bruce will recreate the original dinner menu from the 1990 Burgess Wine Festival dinner. Join us as we pay tribute to a special man.  

WINE LIST 

Reception

2015 Burnside Road Chardonnay 

First Course 

2013 Grenache

Second Course 

2013 Mountaineer- a Reserve Red Blend

Third Course 

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Fourth Course

2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

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Revana Family Vineyard

Friday, February 23
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $185

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Dr. Madaiah Revana has established some of the best vineyard sites throughout the world, including Napa Valley in California, Willamette Valley in Oregon, and Mendoza in 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 and with minimal intervention winemaking practices.  Respect and integrity for the vineyard leads to balanced, complex and vibrant wines with depth and clarity. Tonight, Madaiah will also showcase two special projects that are not available in the market.

WINE SELECTION

Reception

2015 Alexana Pinot Gris

First Course

2013 Revana Carneros Chardonnay

Second Course

2014 Alexana Estate Pinot Noir

2012 Sitar “Encore” Pinot Noir

Third Course

2011 Revana Estate Cabernet

Fourth Course

2014 Revana Estate Cabernet

Fifth Course

2013 Alexana Late Harvest Riesling

 

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Schloss Johannisberg

Wednesday, February 28
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Schloss Johannisberg, located in the distinguished German wine-growing district of the Rheingau, has been committed to producing only world-class Rieslings for almost three-hundred years. 100% Riesling was first planted here in 1720, making Schloss Johannisberg the oldest Riesling vineyard in the world. With an exceptional reputation amongst wine connoisseurs worldwide, Schloss Johannisberg was finally designated as its own appellation within the Rheingau in 1971. Today, Schloss Johannisberg, has the most comprehensive Riesling library in the world, with wines dating back as far as 1748. Join Stefan Doktor, Managing Director of the winery, as he leads us through this remarkable history and shares with us some great vintages of his wines. Chef Bruce will create his take on a variety of German dishes to complement the wine selection.

March

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Larkin Wines

Thursday, March 1
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165

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The imitable Sean Larkin returns for the third time having, first hosted a dinner as part of the 2007 Rising Stars Dinner and again in 2015. He will present his limited production of Napa Valley cabernets and cabernet francs, which continue to receive rave reviews. Sean’s passionate approach to wine making and his larger than life personality will make this a night you won’t forget. The evening will be highlighted with his Jack Larkin Meritage wines.

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Halter Ranch Vineyard

Friday, March 2
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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Halter Ranch, located in the heart of Paso Robles’ Westside Adelaida district, was purchased by Hansjörg Wyss in 2000. His commitment to producing high-quality wines with a sense of place has resulted in some of the best wines of the region. Winemaker Kevin Sass, formerly of Justin Winery, leads the team of this highly sustainable winery. The evening will begin with a lively seminar and continue with a dinner showcasing his Block 22 syrah and his signature wine, Cuvée Alice.

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Peter Michael Winery

Wednesday, March 7
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $235 

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In 1982, Sir Peter Michael started this 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, returns to the Festival as he continues in the line of world-class winemakers, which has been the hallmark of Peter Michael Winery.

WINE SELECTION

2014 L’Après-Midi Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Belle Côte Chardonnay

2006 Les Pavots Cabernet Sauvignon Blend Magnums

2014 Au Paradis Cabernet Sauvignon

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Opus One Winery

Thursday, March 8
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. Wine Festival regular, France Posener, will lead an evening featuring three decades of Opus from 1998, 2006, and 2014. 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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California Cabernet Reception

Friday, March 9
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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The Hess Collection

Wednesday, March 14
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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Started in 1844, Hess Family Estate is a family owned, fourth-generation company. Hess Collection was their first winery established over 30 years ago by Donald Hess. Located on the volcanic slopes of Mt. Veeder, Hess Collection has a commitment to sustainable vineyard practices. Winemaker, Dave Guffy, will start the evening with a seminar showcasing their Icon series of wines. The dinner will highlight wines from the various series from the winery. 

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Cain Vineyard & Winery

Thursday, March 15
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $225
Dinner only, 7:30 p.m., $195

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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 29th year at the winery. This unforgettable evening will be coupled with a spectacular dinner by Chef Bruce. The seminar will start with a tasting of two decades of Cain Five. We will taste different vintages of his finest wine to better understand the aging potential and amazing complexity found only in a well-matured bottle.

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Hall Wines

Friday, March 16
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165

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Kathryn Hall returns to host a dinner featuring wines from Hall Wines, which is known for their well-balanced cabernets that are produced from specific blocks in and around Napa. She will also present her family-owned Walt Wines, which makes distinctive pinot noirs and chardonnays from grapes harvested from the central coast of California to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. 

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Martinelli Winery

Wednesday, March 21
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $155

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Martinelli is a family-owned winery in Sonoma that has been growing grapes since 1887. Their estate-grown grapes were so highly sought after that in 1973 the family decided to produce their own wines. Consulting with legendary winemaker Helen Turley, Martinelli Winery has positioned itself as one of the premier wineries in Sonoma. The charismatic Regina Martinelli will return to host this year’s event.

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Page Wine Cellars

Thursday, March 22
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165

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We welcome back Bryan Page for a third time. He returns to showcase his ever growing Napa portfolio, which includes the small production Le Nu Chardonnay and Revolver Wine Company with varietals ranging from sauvignon blanc to his premium meritage blend, The Stash. Chef Bruce will create a perfect match from his stash of ingredients.

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Mediterranean Reception

Friday, March 23
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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Robert Foley Vineyards

Wednesday, March 28
Seminar and Dinner, 6:30 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $205
Dinner only, 7:30 p.m., $185

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Acclaimed winemaker and accomplished musician, Robert Foley, was the founding winemaker at Pride Mountain Wines. In 1998, Bob and his wife Kelly Kahoe started their own boutique winery on Howell Mountain. They consistently produce highly regarded varietals ranging from lighter Rhone style blends to their signature full bodied reds.  The evening will begin with a seminar followed by a dinner with the opportunity to sample a variety of their wines, including the Griffin as well as Kelly’s Cuvee syrah.

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Allegrini Winery

Thursday, March 29
Dinner, 7 p.m., Boston Harbor Hotel, the Atlantic Room, $165

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For four hundred years, the Allegrini family has been making exceptional valpolicella wines just north of Verona. We are honored to have owner Marilisa Allegrini join the Festival to present her classic and cru wines at this special dinner. Chef Bruce, drawing from his own Northern Italian history, will create his interpretation of regional dishes. 

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Diamond Creek Vineyards

Friday, March 30
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 the secluded Diamond Mountain. The three vineyards produce a small amount of long-lived wines that are elegant with great depth and richness and are likened to some of the top Bordeuxs. Son, Phil Ross, will discuss the differences imparted to the wine by the distinct soils and micro-climates of Diamond Creek Vineyards.