Sunday Grand Tasting - Jan. 22
The Grand Tasting is a celebration of wine, food and culture from the greatest wine-growing regions of the world. Admission includes tastings from over 300 wineries, celebrity chef demonstrations and wine talks and entertainment on the Grand Entertainment Stage.
Sunday Grand Cru Wine Lounge 1-5PM, includes Grand Tasting admission Sunday
Reserve level wines will be featured in this separate and sophisticated setting for the most serious wine enthusiast. All wines have been hand-selected and will be presented by representatives of the actual wineries.
Several top winemakers will be on hand to discuss their wines as they are poured. Over forty different wines will be featured.
A select number of area restaurants will also be providing tastes of their most popular dishes.
A limited number of tickets are available in order to maintain a high-quality tasting experience, so order your tickets now!
Grand Cru ticket also includes same-day admission to Grand Tasting.
Armand de Brignac Champagne Experience Sun Jan 22 11am
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. The Armand de Brignac family has owned this boutique Champagne maison and cultivated vineyards in the Montagne de Reims terroir since 1763. Armand de Brignac exemplifies winemaking expertise and passion for the art of Champagne. In fact, Armand de Brignac was rated No. 1 among the world’s best Champagnes in Fine Champagne magazine after a blind tasting in 2010. Recently our beloved Boston Bruins celebrated with a fabulously expensive 30 liter Midas bottle of Armand de Brignac Gold after winning the Stanley Cup.
Join Tami Moccia, sommelier representative of Armand de Brignac Champagne in a presentation of the history and philosophy of this outstanding producer and taste four of their Champagnes: Brut Gold, Brut Rose, Blanc de Blancs and Demi-sec.
Pinot Noir Clone Seminar, Hosted by Davis Bynum Sun Jan 22 11am
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. Do you drink Pinot Noir and wonder how wine from the same year and same region can be so different. Then this seminar is for you!
Davis Bynum Winery in the Russian River region of Sonoma has been growing and vinifying Pinot Noir from a varied selection of clones for decades. Recently they have been keeping those clones separate at harvest and in the fermenter so that we can taste each component wine comprising their 2009 Russian River Pinot Noir separately before tasting the finished blend.
Clones play a major role in determining which facets of this wonderfully complex grape variety will emerge from the glass. Prior to the importation of Dijon clones from Burgundy, there were but two or three clones available. When the Dijon clones from France’s Ministry of Agriculture cleared quarantine, Pinot Noir production got a lot more interesting. You will come away from this seminar with a greater appreciation for the efforts expended by Davis Bynum to produce superior Pinot Noir.
Sun “One Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly" 11:30am-12:30pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. Noted wine expert and educator Kevin Zraly leads his highly acclaimed one-hour, fast-paced, action-packed wine seminar. Zraly, often called the “one man Cirque du Soleil” takes you on a tasting tour of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. With his characteristic high-octane, witty style, Kevin’s approach to teaching wine is to strip away the snobbery and intimidation, making it a fun and approachable voyage of discovery for the senses. Expand your wine vocabulary as Kevin demystifies the usage and meaning of common wine terms such as acidity, tannin, oak and fruit, and learn helpful tips to address the often daunting task of pairing wine and food. Kevin also discusses the lies, myths and misconceptions about wine, the differing ways people taste wine, emerging wine regions, and how to find the best value bottles for every budget. Participants are guaranteed an early entrance to the Grand Tasting. This seminar is sure to sell out quickly, so register early!
Spain: Liquid Geography! Sun Jan 22 11:30am
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. Discover Spain's Liquid Geography. Spain is today producing some of the most remarkably varied and complex wines in the world. The country’s nearly 70 distinct regions feature the highest average altitudes and driest climates. The vineyards are planted with more than 400 indigenous varieties of some of the world’s oldest vines. And the country is regularly cited for providing amazing value. In this seminar discover why Spain is widely considered the most rewarding wine producing country in the world.
Let Patrick Mata, co-owner and founder of Ole Imports who was selected ‘Wine Personality of the Year’ by Robert Parker and also proclaimed by Food & Wine magazine as ‘One of the 35 most fearsome talents in wine in the US’ taste you through the wines of this remarkable country. From the Cavas of the Penedes, to the amazing whites of Galicia and the ethereal Mencia of Bierzo, to the Garnacha wines of the Terra Alta, down to the Mediterranean to the wines of Priorat and the Monastrell of Yecla, and on to the classic wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero…and more!! Patrick is one of the top driving forces in the “New Spain” of today – do not miss this opportunity!
Cheese and Wine Matching Seminar with Brad and Brian Wasik of the Wellesley Cheese Shop Sun Jan 22 12pm
If you thought you knew wine and cheese, think again. Join us as Brad and Brian Wasik, Cheese Meisters Extraordinaire, lead us through the ins and outs of pairing these delicious substances (both a product of fermentation) with one another. Brad and Brian are the owners/proprietors of the Wellesley Cheese Shop (one of the oldest and busiest full service cheese counters in the United States) known to the locals as simply “Wasik’s”. Their mother Carol will also be on hand to field questions. Len Presutti, the Corporate Wine Educator of the Martignetti Companies and a Certified Wine Educator will provide color commentary on the specific wines chosen to accompany the various cheeses. This is sure to sell out so don’t hesitate!
Celebrate Castello di Monsanto’s 50th Anniversary with a Vertical Tasting of Famed Chianti Classico Riserva Il Poggio! Sun Jan 22 12:30pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. The family operated Castello di Monsanto is fortunate to own some of the best vineyard sites and the largest reserves of Chianti Classico in Tuscany. In 1962, Fabrizio Bianchi founded the winery after it was presented to him as a wedding gift from his parents. That same year, pioneering Monsanto was the first winery to make a Chianti Classico Cru from the single ‘Il Poggio’ vineyard and worked to eliminate white grapes from Chianti Classico Riserva blend. Travel back in time and taste the history and celebration of Castello di Monsanto. You have the rare opportunity to experience a range of rare and aged Riserva wines produced by this illustrious property including vintage 1977 ‘Il Poggio’. This is a seminar that is not to be missed!
Bodega Catena Zapata- 110 years of defining Argentine wine with Fernando Buscema, Director of Research Sun Jan 22 12:30pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. A family winery with 110 years of experience growing Malbec: from father to son, brother to sister, the Catenas have passed on the tradition of tending vines and winemaking in Mendoza. In the 1980’s, Nicolás Catena changed the history of Argentine wine when he dared to believe that a wine could be made in Mendoza that would stand with the best of the world! Planting Malbec at an altitude where no one thought it would ripen, studying climate and soil to the smallest detail, developing the first ever clonal selection of Argentine Malbec, Bodega Catena Zapata has lead the Argentine explosion throughout the world. The seminar leader, Fernando Buscema, Director of Research for the winery, will discuss the innovations and taste five of the estate’s top wines, all rated highly by Robert Parker, including the vintage 2000 Catena Alta Malbec and the Nicolas Catena Zapata 2007! ‘When all is said and done, Catena Zapata is the Argentina winery of reference – the standard of excellence for comparing all others’ The Wine Advocate (Dec 2007), Wine Enthusiast ‘New World Winery of the Year’ 2010, ‘The Best of the Best for All-Around Excellence’– The Wine Advocate (Dec 2010, Decanter Magazine Man of the Year 2009: Nicolas Catena Zapata.
The Finger Lakes, Developing into a World Class Wine Producing Region Sun Jan 22 1pm
The graceful vine covered slopes overlooking the picturesque Finger Lakes of upstate New York are amongst the oldest vineyards in the country. In the past decade the region has undergone an evolution in quality and is garnering much deserved recognition. Those beautiful Finger Lakes vineyards are now recognized as one of North America’s most exciting wine regions and earning international praise for its outstanding Rieslings. Join Thomas Pastuszak, wine director at the hotspot, Colicchio & Sons Restaurant in New York City, for a discussion and tasting of wines from the region. Learn about the early history of grape growing and why the Finger Lakes have an ideal terroir for cool climate grape varieties such as Riesling, several examples of which will be sampled along with other standouts.
The Tuscan Gem: Ornellaia Vertical Tasting Sun Jan 22 2pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. Join Alessandro Lunardi, the U.S. Director for Tenuta dell’Ornellaia, as he leads you through the wines of this iconic estate from Bolgheri on the Tuscan coast. The tasting includes the 2009 Le Volte dell’Ornellaia, the 2009 Le Serre Nuove dell’Ornellaia, and four vintages of the highly acclaimed Ornellaia: 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2008 all highly rated and just as highly sought after. The estate’s uncompromising commitment to excellence is a benchmark for wine quality in Italy today.
The Rhône Valley: A River Runs Through It…Sun Jan 22 2pm
“It’s a river on a wild journey south, beginning at the frozen Rhône glacier in alpine Switzerland, roaring over the French border, and ending in the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way, it endlessly twists and turns through a patchwork of geologic configurations, which yield some of the very most delicious wines on earth.” Saveur, December 2011. This seminar gives you an opportunity to taste a broad range of wines from the Rhone Valley and take a journey along the Rhône River. Rhône Valley Wines have charmed palates since the Romans discovered something special about this place in Southeast France 2000 years ago. Reserve your palate here today!
Wine Spectator Presents…Great Grapes – and Great Buys – from Around the Globe Sun Jan 22 2:30pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. There’s a world of grapes, from international superstars to local heroes that make wonderful wines. Take a trip around the globe with Wine Spectator director of education Gloria Maroti Frazee. Learn to evaluate wines like a pro as you taste iconic styles from established regions and discover notable examples that demonstrate the quality that can be achieved in up-and-coming areas. Vinous destinations will include the Rhone, Washington State, Napa Valley and Spain among others.
Luscious Wines with Drops of Sweetness– for Sipping Before and After a Meal Sun Jan 22 3pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. You’ve had red, you’ve had white. Now try brown and purple wines. These wines have the kick of being fortified, and the prestige of great traditions. They are wines you may have heard of, and can finally sample yourself: nutty madeiras, super-rich ports and deeply flavored muscats. Not sure how, what or when to order? This seminar answers all your questions – and tells you why!
Rodney Strong Symmetry Meritage Blending Seminar Sun Jan 22 3:30pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. Meritage is the term coined several decades ago for red wines which use the five Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot in the blend.
In this seminar you will taste the five component wines which comprise Symmetry and while you are tasting, you will be tutored on how each works in concert with the other wines in the blend. Then you will taste the finished version of Symmetry.
After that, the fun begins: you will be given a pipette, a beaker and samples of the component wines and work in teams to make your very own Meritage. Writing from firsthand experience, this is educational, fun and challenging all at once, especially when prizes are in the offing. Perfect for wine geeks!
The Diversity of Italian Wines with Bill Nesto, M.W. Sun Jan 22 3:30pm
Limited Quantity Tickets available onsite. Italian wine is a world of infinite dimensions. It is by exploring these multiple dimensions that we get a sense of its whole. Bill Nesto, Master of Wine with particular interest and expertise in Italian wine, leads a tutored tasting of bottles from notable producers throughout Italy. The sampling exposes the potpourri of colors, smells, tastes, and textures that together help us understand the whole of what Italian wine is. Learn where and how the grapes of each wine is grown, how the wines are made, and how the surrounding cultures have nurtured them. Attending producers or their representatives will tell the stories behind the wines.