2019 Events

 Explore The 2019 Boston Wine Festival Line-Up!

Opening Reception
GRAND OPENING RECEPTION

Reception | 7 p.m. | the Wharf Room | $110

A Boston tradition and the cultural beginning of the New Year; join us as we celebrate the kick-off of the 30th anniversary of the Boston Wine Festival. This year, top winemaker Anthony Hamilton Russell and his wife Olive will be traveling from South Africa to debut their winery’s newest wine. Sample more than 50 other 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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OLD WORLD / NEW WORLD PINOT NOIR

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

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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​​​​​​​BATTLE OF THE CABERNETS

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $265

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. 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

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $265

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. 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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PIO CESARE

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

Pio Cesare has been producing top barolos, barbarescos, barberas and nebbiolos, since 1881. This winery, led by Pio Boffa, the great-grandson of the founding family, produces handcrafted, classically styled and world-renowned Piedmont wines. Tonight, we are honored to welcome the Boffa family as Chef Bruce creates Northern Italian inspired dishes that pair with these amazing wines.

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COPPER CANE

Seminar | 6:30 p.m. | Dinner | 7:30 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $185
Dinner Only | 7:30 p.m. | $155

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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MERITAGE MADNESS

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

Inspired by Daniel Bruce’s award-winning Meritage Restaurant + Wine Bar, we present Meritage Madness. This year we will taste 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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FAR NIENTE WINE ESTATES

Seminar | 6:30 p.m. | Dinner | 7:30 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $225

Dinner Only | 7:30 p.m. | $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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DOMAINE DU PÉGAU

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

Tonight, we have the pleasure of introducing Laurence Pégau, the owner and winemaker of Domaine du Pégau, as part of our popular two-night series of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This is a rare opportunity to taste Domaine du Pégau, as well as their newest addition, Chateau Pégau.

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CHÂTEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE

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

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 of the Festival for the past ten years. Chef Bruce will create a meal influenced by the culture and heritage of this special region.

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TRIMBACH

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $165

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. Chef Bruce will honor Trimbach with interpretations of local dishes.

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RISING STARS DINNER

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $165

We welcome the return of the Rising Stars Dinner in an effort to introduce to Boston some of the top young talents of California. Tonight, we introduce two very special hosts. We welcome Bravium winemaker, Derrek Rohlffs, whose philosophy of minimal intervention wines produces amazing Russian River Valley chardonnay and Anderson Valley pinot noir. From Trinchero Family Estates, winemaker, Mario Monticelli of Napa, joins us to pour his hand-crafted sauvignon blancs and single vineyard cabernets. This is a great opportunity to experience two diverse wineries in one dinner.

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WINE SELECTION

 

Reception

2017 Bravium Rose of Pinot Noir, Santa Lucia Highlands, CA

2017 Trinchero, “Mary’s Vineyard” Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, CA

 

First

2016 Bravium Chardonnay, Russian River, CA

 

Second

2015 Bravium Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, CA

2014 Bravium “Wiley Vineyard,” Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, CA

 

Third

2013 Trinchero “Forte” Bordeaux Blend, Napa Valley, CA

 

Fourth

2013 Trinchero “Mario’s” Cabernet, Napa Valley, CA 

2012 Trinchero “BRV” Cabernet, Napa Valley, CA 

 

Fifth

2015 Trinchero “Mary’s Vineyard” Semillon, Napa Valley, CA

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HALTER RANCH VINEYARD

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $155

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’s dinner will showcase their Block 22 Syrah, Cuvée Alice, and their signature wine Ancestor.

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FROG'S LEAP

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $175

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, 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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UNCORKED FOR A CAUSE

Reception | 7:00 p.m. | the Wharf Room | $110

This year, we are partnering with Share our Strength for an unforgettable evening to help raise funds towards ending hunger and poverty. Hosted by Taniya Nayak, this walk-around reception will treat you to the many different wines from around the world, while you indulge yourself with Chef Daniel Bruce’s lavishly prepared small plates. Featuring interactive ‘wine-wall’ and ‘wine-door’ auctions, guests have the opportunity to go home with their own incredible bottles of wine, while giving back to the community.

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VALENTINE’S DINNER DANCE

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

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 2009, Moët Rose NV, Moët Vintage Rose 2009, and Moët Nectar Blanc. Share a romantic evening of live music and dancing, coupled with incredible wine and food.

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CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH

Brunch | Reservations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.| the Atlantic Room| $115

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 entertaining sound of a live band. Enjoy the perfect ending to this romantic weekend.

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STAGLIN

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $225

Garen, his wife Shari and their children, Brandon and Shannon, are founders of Staglin Family Vineyard, a 64-acre estate in Rutherford, California. 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 $920 million in contributions. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards their philanthropies, including their main cause, the Music Festival for Brain Health. 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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DOMAINE FRANÇOIS VILLARD

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $155

This small winery is located in the Northern Rhône. François Villard founded the winery in 1990’s and is known as a Condrieu master. He handpicks his grapes on the steep slopes and picks them at maximum ripeness which results in a rich and concentrated wine. Join François as he enriches us with these age-worthy, intense wines and taste first-hand why this small domaine has such a well-known reputation.

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MARQUÉS DE VARGAS

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $165

Marqués 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 in acidity, they are dedicated to the production of excellent rioja wines. The vineyards are dry farmed, with minimal intervention and an organic approach. Coincidentally, Chef Bruce celebrated his 30th wedding anniversary at all three of these wineries last fall and will create a menu inspired by his incredible experience. Owner, Don Pelayo de la Mata, will leads us through an array of these wines.

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MORLET FAMILY VINEYARDS

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

Born in Epernay, France, fifth generation winemaker, Luc Morlet, founded his namesake winery in 2006 with a commitment to producing old world style wines in the new world of Napa and Sonoma. His minimal intervention and careful selection of vineyards has resulted in wines of distinct character, depth and flavor. Luc is the former winemaker (now consultant) of Peter Michael Winery, where his brother Nick, a festival favorite, returns a week later on March 6th, bringing an interesting family twist to the 30th season.

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CASTELLARE DI CASTELLINA

Seminar | 6:30 p.m. | Dinner | 7:30 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $195
Dinner Only | 7:30 p.m. | $165

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 featuring a vertical of Rocca di Frassinello, the top wine of the Rocca di Frassinello Maremma project. The seminar will be followed by a dinner with stellar Sangiovese wines, as Chef Bruce passionately creates Tuscan inspired dishes.

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DELILLE CELLARS

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $165

DeLille Cellars, founded in 1992, is a small, independently owned, family winery located in Woodinville, WA. Tonight, we welcome long-time festival friend and owner, Jay Soloff. For the past three decades, DeLille has consistently been producing the highest level of Bordeaux-style wines in the Northwest. These Red Mountain AVA wines have garnered many awards and praise from some of the nation’s toughest critics. Savor the selections of DeLille wines and the evenings delectable pairings.

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LARKIN WINES

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

The imitable Sean Larkin is back by popular demand! 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. Join us for the first ever winemaker-hosted Saturday night event.

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PETER MICHAEL WINERY

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $245

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. He has since expanded to the Sonoma Coast and produces 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.

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DARIOUSH

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

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. This is a rare opportunity to join owner, Darioush Khaledi, as he discusses the winery’s sensible approach to winemaking. Taste through their chardonnay, viognier, shiraz, pinot noir and Bordeaux varietals and finish with their late harvest Shahpar, named after Darioush’s wife.

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SILVER OAK

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $225

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. Tonight, we have the incredible opportunity to welcome back long-time winemaker, Daniel Baron, who came out of retirement to host just this one evening. He will share the stage with owner, David Duncan, who will enlighten us with stories of the history and color that has made this one of Americas truly iconic brands.

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BEST OF WILLAMETTE

Dinner | 7:00p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $175

Tonight, we pay homage to Oregon wines with a brand new and exciting theme dinner. Chef Bruce traveled to Willamette in September and was fortunate enough to spend time at Soter, Elk Cove and Drouhin. The wines he tasted inspired him to create this special event and invite all three wineries to be showcased during this milestone year. Tony Soter from Soter Vineyards, Adam Campbell, from Elk Cove, and David Millman, from Domaine Drouhin, will lead a diverse and entertaining evening finished with a special surprise that draws from their experiences together.

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CAKEBREAD CELLARS

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

Owner, Dennis Cakebread, who was one of the festivals first hosts, returns for the fifth time to lead us through an exciting evening of fantastic wines. The very popular Cakebread Cellars will feature a variety of their sauvignon blanc, merlot, and reserve wines from the Napa Valley. After more than forty years, Cakebread Cellars continues with its dedication to making the highest quality wines.

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PAITIN

Dinner | 7 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $165

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.

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TENUTA SAN GUIDO (SASSACAIA)

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $395

Marchese Mario Incisa della Rochetta, first planted cabernet grapes in Bolgheri in 1944 for personal consumption. His wines were not released commercially until 1968. Tenuta San Guido is widely known for being the first ‘super-tuscan’ and in 1994 was given its own DOC. This winery’s soil is similar to the Graves area of Bordeaux with its gravely soil that is known for producing incredible cabernet sauvignon. Granddaughter and family ambassador, Priscilla Incisa, joins us for the first time as we celebrate an evening of Sassicaia, with ‘06, ‘12, ‘13, ’14 and ‘15 vintages. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and is not to be missed.

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HIRSCH

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $185

Hirsch Vineyards overlooks the Pacific Ocean on the very edge of the Sonoma Coast. This was the first vineyard planted in the area to produce premium pinot noir. Their pinot noirs and chardonnays represent a pure style of winemaking that focuses on single vineyards and micro plants. Owner, Jasmine Hirsch, will lead us through an evening discussing their farming first philosophy and minimal intervention winemaking approach.

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OPUS ONE WINERY

Seminar | 6:30 p.m. | Dinner | 7:30 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $395
Dinner Only | 7:30 p.m. | $365

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, Michael Silacci, will lead this incredible evening featuring three decades of Opus (1990, 2001 and 2015). 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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DIAMOND CREEK VINEYARDS

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $250

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 Bordeaux. Son, Phil Ross, will discuss the differences imparted to the wine by the distinct soils and micro-climates of Diamond Creek Vineyards.

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E. GUIGAL

Dinner | 7:00 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $235

In 1946, E. Guigal was founded in the Rhône Valley by Etienne Guigal, where his son, Marcel, was winemaker and director for 45 years. The torch has been passed to the third generation, Philippe Guigal, who is now managing director and winemaker. We are fortunate this evening to welcome back this amazing winery, considered by many to be best of the Rhône. Tonight, we will taste through many of their wines impeccably paired by Chef Bruce.

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JOSEPH DROUHIN

Seminar | 6:30 p.m. | Dinner | 7:30 p.m. | the Atlantic Room | $225
Dinner Only | 7:30 p.m. | $195

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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2019 Boston Wine Festival Sponsors

Thank you to our Boston Wine Festival Sponsors!