32nd Annual Boston Wine Festival Brochure

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BOSTON 2019 This year we are pleased to carry on our journey as the nation’s longest running and most extensive wine and food pairing series. Continuing his renowned tradition of presenting an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker-hosted dinners at the Boston Harbor Hotel, founder of the Boston Wine Festival, Chef Daniel Bruce, maintains his unique philosophy of matching dishes to wines by tasting the wine first and creating flavor profiles that enhance both the food and wine experience. Since Boston Harbor Hotel’s reopening

the Unitd States – allowing them to travel

on June 26, we have been committed to

to Boston from other cities in this country

providing guests with a safe environment

as part of this year’s unique celebration.

to enjoy visits to Boston, knowing that we have comprehensively studied every aspect of our business to ensure that we are following the best advice offered by city, state and federal agencies.

Sensational dinners will be hosted by

the John Adams Presidential Suite, make

the world’s most renowned winemakers.

the Boston Harbor Hotel a destination

A stellar lineup of wineries including

Beyond Compare.

Joseph Drouhin, Frogs Leap, Batasiolo and Silver Oak. Join us at one or several

Where necessary, we have modified our

of the exciting events hosted by the top

operations to enhance cleanliness and

personalities from the world of wine.

promote appropriate social distancing as the health and safety of our guests remain the top priority. For those of you who have previously attended our wine dinners, you will find changes both subtle and significant. Some of the more notable changes to our protocols include reduced seating capacities and parties seated only within their own social groups.

and Boston’s most luxurious living space,

For special events, the hotel offers a wide variety of function rooms perfect for every business or social occasion. Each room provides a magnificent view of

The festival’s very popular themed dinners

Boston’s historic harbor; the ideal setting

continue with the Battle of the Cabernets,

for a wedding, gala or corporate function.

Meritage Madness, Old World/New World

Contact the Catering Department to plan

Pinot, and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We

your special occasion at 617.439.7000, ext.

welcome back long-time hosts including

5200, or e-mail catering@bhh.com.

local wine expert, Howie Rubin as well as critic and writer, Matt Schaffer and other long time Boston personalities.

Join us at one or several of the exciting events featured at this year’s Boston Wine Festival. In the past, many of the events

A member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

have sold out early in the season – with



limited capacities, we anticipate this to

AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-

be the case more than prior years. We

Star waterfront hotel welcomes guests

encourage you to purchase your tickets

arriving by land or sea. Located on the

now to experience the wonders of Chef

historic Rowes Wharf Harbor, the Boston

Bruce’s unrivaled approach to wine and

Harbor Hotel’s inviting ambiance and

food pairing. Chef Bruce and the Boston

This incredibly noteworthy season that

unparalleled service provide the ideal

Harbor Hotel look forward to celebrating

will include many returning top producers

home away from home for travelers. Five-

the remarkable 32-year history of the

from around the world. We are proud to

star accommodations with sweeping views

Boston Wine Festival with you at our

present these legendary vintners who hail

of Boston’s cityscape or breathtaking

waterfront property – an iconic beacon of

not only from our country, but also from

waterfront, a contemporary spa and fitness

hope for the city of Boston.

France and Italy as the hosts are living in

center, world-class dining, 34-slip marina

With dinners taking place on Friday and Saturday evenings, guests will have an opportunity to enhance their experience with an overnight stay or weekend getaway at the hotel through our special Boston Wine Festival guestroom rate.



Wine Festival reservations and information, www.BostonWineFestival.net, 888.660.Wine, or 617.330.9355


FRIDAY, JANUARY 29 & SATURDAY, JANUARY 30 Chateaunuef-du- Pape

The Festival’s most coveted themed 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 diversity of dishes Chef Daniel Bruce matches perfectly to these powerful wines, and vote for your favorite in this year’s “battle.”

Once again, we are proud to present a selection of wines from one of the world’s most valued wine regions, Châteauneufdu-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.

Dinner, 7 p.m., the Meritage Room, $265

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22 Old World, New World Pinot Noir

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

Elk Cove

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 wellknown pinot noirs from Europe and South Africa in a side-by-side comparison with their California and Oregon counterparts.

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

Far Niente

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.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 Moët & Chandon

Dinner, 7:00 p.m. the Meritage Room, $195

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

Far Niente, located in Napa Valley, was founded in 1885 by John Benson, a fortyniner 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 the entire portfolio led by Eric Penny from the winery. The evening will focus on their single-vineyard designated wine, Nickel & Nickel cabernet, Far Niente, EnRoute, their newest venture, Bella Union and finish with their legendary Dolce for dessert.

Champagne is for more than just toasting! Chef Daniel Bruce once again shows his rare talents with his perfectly matched, allChampagne dinner featuring wines from Moët & Chandon, including Moët Imperial, Moët Vintage Blanc 2012, Moët Rose NV, Moët Vintage Rose 2012, and Moët Nectar.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 23 Meritage Madness

Dinner, 7 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.magnificent wines, paired with an inspired menu from Chef Bruce.


Moët & Chandon

Wine Festival reservations and information, www.BostonWineFestival.net, 888.660.WINE, or 617.330.9355


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 familyowned vineyard makes 100 percent estate owned and bottled wines. The winery was honored as American Winery of the Year in 2003. Please join son, Tony Truchard, to sample wines such as his family’s famous syrah and cabernet sauvignon alongside a fine meal by Chef Bruce.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19 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.

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.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 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 dinner with the full array of their wines, including special past vintages, to commemorate the 32th edition of the Boston Wine Festival.

Grgich Hills Estate

FRIDAY, MARCH 5 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, Carl Russo, hosts to celebrate their 42th 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 Grgich return to celebrate this milestone with us.

SATURDAY, MARCH 6 Batasiolo Dinner, 7 p.m., the Meritage Room, $185

Joseph Drouhin

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27 Frogs Leap Dinner, 7 p.m., the Meritage Room, $185


SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20 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 outstanding wines with enthusiasm, tenacity and dedication. Come experience a guided tour through

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 of some of his favorite zinfandel, merlot, and cabernet. This is an incredible opportunity to enjoy some of Rutherford’s best wines.

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.


Attendees of the 2021 Boston Wine Festival receive a special room rate of $275 including complimentary self-parking, based on availability. For reservations, call 617.439.7000 or 800.752.7077

CALENDAR OF EVENTS FRIDAY, MARCH 19 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. Joe will present a wide range of varietals from Oregon, Sonoma and Napa at this highly anticipated dinner. Wines featured will include Elouan, Belle Glos and Quilt.


St. Supery

FRIDAY, MARCH 12 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.

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.

Ramey Wine Cellars

SATURDAY, MARCH 27 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

SATURDAY, MARCH 13 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. This evening will include their highly regarded Howell Mountain Cabernets. Dinner will also feature the “Griffin” as well as Merlot and Claret.

Silver Oak

FRIDAY, MARCH 26 Ramey Wine Cellars

Termenim in Mendocino County, which produces Marsanne, Roussanne, and Syrah.

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

David Ramey, legendary owner of Ramey Wine Cellars, is known for his Cabernet Sauvignons and full bodied Chardonnays produced at his Healdsburg, California winery. His process focusses on a dynamic mix of experinece and innovation, Old World methods and New World science. With over four decades of experience, David will entertain us this evening with his remarkable knowledge and passion for Napa and Sonoma Wines.

Donald Patz

Copper Cane

Wine Festival reservations and information, www.BostonWineFestival.net, 888.660.WINE, or 617.330.9355