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2021 Events

OLD WORLD / NEW WORLD PINOT NOIR

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $195

Long-time Festival friend, host, and wine expert, 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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MERITAGE MADNESS

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $275

This year we will taste many different vintages of these Bordeaux-style wines from 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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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

Once again, we are proud to present a selection of wines from one of the world’s most valued wine regions, 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 of the Festival for the past decade. Chef Bruce will create a meal influenced by the culture and heritage of this special region.

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CHATEAUNEUF DU PAPE

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

Once again, we are proud to present a selection of wines from one of the world’s most valued wine regions, 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 of the Festival for the past decade. Chef Bruce will create a meal influenced by the culture and heritage of this special region.

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FAR NIENTE

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $195

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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ELK COVE

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $175

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.

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MOET & CHANDON

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

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 2012, Moët Rose NV, Moët Vintage Rose 2012, and Moët Ice.

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TRUCHARD

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $175

Proprietors Jo Ann and Tony Truchard pioneered grape growing in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. This small family-owned vineyard makes 100 percent estate owned and bottled wines. Please join the Truchards who were honored as American Winery of the Year in 2003. Sample wines such as their famous syrah and cabernet sauvignon beside a fine meal by Chef Bruce.

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DOUBLEBACK

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $195

Drew Bledsoe, legendary quarterback for the Patriots, founded Doubleback in 2008 in Walla Walla Washington where he grew up. He focuses on producing world class sustainably grown cabernet with elegance and balance. Since its inception this wines have garnered praise and notoriety as some of the best wines from the Northwest. Tonight is a rare opportunity to meet Drew and listen to his passion for winemaking.

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ZENATO

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

Founded in 1960, the Zenato family has set the bar on how great Italian wine can taste. Second generation, Nadia and Alberto Zenato, continue the commitment to produce these outstanding wines with enthusiasm, tenacity and dedication. Come experience a guided tour through Italy’s Lake Garda and Valpolicella Classico region, hosted by Vittorio Marianecci from the winery. Experience one of the most important milestones in Zenato’s wine-making evolution, its production of Amarone.

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JOSEPH DROUHIN

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $205

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, including special past vintages, to commemorate the grand finale of the 30th annual Boston Wine Festival.

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FROG'S LEAP

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

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 lifelong dream of producing a one hundred percent estate cabernet sauvignon. John has been a longtime friend and host to the Boston Wine Festival. Tonight, John will present a remarkable lineup of wines with selected vintages from the past three decades of zinfandel, merlot, and cabernet. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

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GRGICH HILLS ESTATE

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

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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BATASIOLO

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

Batasiolo is located in the Langhe district of Piedmont, and produces wines from 9 estate vineyards.  Their focus on Nebbiolo di Barolo grape, produces some of the top Barolos in the region. Join Ricardo March, Vice president of North America who will lead us through an array of wines from this highly recognized winery, while Chef Bruce creates a memorable meal featuring some of the ingredients from this unique region.

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ST. SUPERY

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $175

St. Supery is the largest family-owned, sustainably produced estate in Napa Valley. They are committed to sustain­ability and land stewardship. We welcome CEO, Emma Swain, who will host this dinner and present a fabulous collection of their elegant wines highlighted by their Elu and Virtu blends.

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ROBERT FOLEY VINEYARDS

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

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 showcasing a rare vertical of 06, 07, 08, 09 limited production Howell Mountain Cabernets. Dinner will follow and will include the “Griffin” as well as Merlot and Claret.

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COPPER CANE

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $175

Fifth generation winemaker, Joe Wagner, whose family founded Caymus, returns to share with us his new venture, Copper Cane. Showcasing wines from Oregon, Sonoma and Napa, Joe will present a wide range of varietals at this highly anticipated dinner. Wines featured will include Elouan, Belle Glos and Quilt.

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SILVER OAK

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $210

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

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RAMEY WINE CELLARS

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $185

David Ramey, legendary owner of Ramey Wine Cellars, is known for his big Cabernet Sauvignons and fullbodied Chardonnays produced at his Healdsburg, California winery. David has been making great wine for more than four decades in Sonoma and Napa. The evening will start with an exciting Seminar on the “age-ability” of Chardonnay, followed by a meal perfectly paired with these delicately balanced wines.

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DONALD PATZ WINE GROUP

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Meritage Room | $175

Boston Wine Festival veteran (2007) and former partner of Patz & Hall, Donald Patz, returns to New England for a remarkable evening. His new venture features three different wineries from three different regions of California: Maritana Vineyards in Russian River, which produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; Secret Door Winery in Napa which makes Cabernet Sauvignon, and Termenim in Mendocino County, which produces Marsanne, Roussanne, and Syrah.

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2021 Boston Wine Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our Boston Wine Festival Sponsors!