Boston Wine Festival Kicks Off January 8th

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The Boston Wine Festival, which is regarded as the longest running wine and food festival in the country, will be kicking of its 27th anniversary this month. If you are a fan of food and wine, this offers a great opportunity to learn more about area wineries as well as the world famous dinners of the Boston Harbor Hotel.

About the Boston Wine Festival

The Boston Wine Festival provides opportunity to sample more than 50 wines from a variety of wineries. In addition to offering wine sampling, the Boston Wine Festival also features seminars, receptions and brunches. The following are some of the events you can enjoy as part of the festival during the month of January:

  • Grand Opening Reception (January 8th in the Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel): Opening night, offering samples of more than 50 wines and selections of Chef Daniel Bruce’s culinary creations. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $100.
  • Battle of Cabernets (January 13th and 15th in the Atlantic Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel): Offers a tour of the many styles of California Cabernets as well as opportunities to sample an array of dishes and wine pairings created by Chef Daniel Bruce. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $250.
  • Pinot Dinner (January 20th in the Atlantic Room at Boston Harbor Hotel): An evening hosted by Howie Rubin featuring many well-known pinot noirs from Burgundy and South Africa as well as their California and Oregon counterparts. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $175.
  • Donelan Family Wines (January 21st in the Atlantic Room at Boston Harbor Hotel): Meet with Joe Donelan and winemaker Joe Nielsen to learn more about winemaking and Rhone varietals focusing on syrah and grenache made in the Old World style. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $155.
  • Meritage Madness (January 22nd in the Atlantic Room at Boston Harbor Hotel): Offers tastings of different vintages of Bordeaux-style wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley while also listening to a panel of wine professionals. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $260.
  • Rising Stars (January 27th in the Atlantic Room at Boston Harbor Hotel): A presentation of new wineries, including G Wine Cellars and Balletto Winery. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $155.
  • Chateauneuf-Du-Pape (January 28th and 29th in the Atlantic Room in the Boston Harbor Hotel): Offers the opportunity to meet winemakers from an exclusive collection of small, family-owned estates. Starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $175.

Dining at the Festival

The Boston Wine Festival was the brainchild of Chef Daniel Bruce of Meritage Restaurant, which is located in the Boston Harbor Hotel. Since dreaming up the festival nearly three decades ago, Chef Bruce has watched the festival grow into one of the most famous food and wine events in the country. Throughout the three months of the festival, Chef Bruce pairs some of the world’s finest wines with his culinary stylings. Coupling his knowledge of wine with his expertise in culinary delights, Chef Bruce offers a tasty dining experience overlooking Boston’s waterfront.

While the opening ceremony takes place on January 8th, the Boston Wine Festival will continue through March. So, if you don’t have the opportunity to enjoy the festival this month, you still have two additional months to make it to the festival. Or, help make winter pass by more quickly into spring as you enjoy the festival on a regular basis throughout the festival season.

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