If you are a wine lover living in Greater Boston – and if you are reading this, I can only assume that you are at least a wine enthusiast – the Boston Wine Expo is the must-attend event of the year. I personally consider it the post-holiday, dead-of-winter joy. The 2012 Expo is a week-long celebration that culminates over the weekend of January 21 – 22 with the Grand Tasting and seminars.
The seminar offerings are more robust and diverse this year than they have been in several years. Ranging from knife skills to the wines of the Finger Lakes to wine and food pairings to getting to know Amarone, the seminars are a great way to learn something new and take a break from the floor of the Grand Tasting. I am particularly looking forward to the Catena Zapata seminar and tasting with Fernando Buscema on Sunday. Catena is largely credited with leading the quality revolution in Argentina and helping to make the country’s wines the international sensation they are today. And, because I enjoyed it so much the first time, I will be going to “Argentina Beyond Malbec – Celebrating the Diversity of Argentina” with Nora Favelukes again.
The Boston Wine Expo developed an app for the 2012 show. I just downloaded it and it looks like it will be really useful in planning for the Expo and creating a schedule of seminars and speakers. It will allow the user to track the wines that they tasted and where find where they are available locally, which is a pretty neat feature. Trying to remember the better wines after having tasted dozens is more than a challenge; it’s nearly impossible. Speaker bios are also listed and you can mark your favorites.
There’s also the Grand Cru Wine Lounge, which I will one day attend, and cooking demonstrations by some of Boston’s well-known chefs, including Patricia Yeo of Om, Andy Husbands of 647 Tremont and Sister Sorel, and Chris Douglass of The Ashmont Grill. New this year are the Vintner Dinners that feature food and wine pairings from different wine regions.
So much to taste, learn, and experience! If you enjoy wine, don’t miss this year’s Boston Wine Expo. See you there!