Celebrating the Boston Wine Expo

Mark your calendars – Feb. 16 – 17, 2013. The reason? These are the dates that the Boston Wine Expo will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel. For the serious wine lover, this is an event not to be missed. And for the casual sipper, the event opens up the wide world of wine in a very approachable way. To begin the countdown to the expo, the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, founder of the expo, and Resource Plus, their trade show and event management partner, hosted a blogger’s event at the Action Kitchen in the Seaport Hotel.  The fact that a blogger’s event was held demonstrates an important way in which information is now disseminated in our online culture. Additionally, using social media reaches the next generation of wine consumers. The Boston Wine Expo is setting up a big tent.

This was a celebration of all that the expo has achieved in the magnitude of the event – 200 wineries from 15 countries and 6000 attendees plus food and lifestyle exhibits and seminars. The Guild also contributes each year to a variety of local charities. We can certainly raise a glass to all of this. But the future beckons. Last year, the event was revitalized. A somewhat stodgy sameness was replaced by more èlan. Kudos to the expo and its partners for the successful uplift. This year that sensibility continues. There are a number of new features and upgrades to old ones. Two that excited me were the new blogger’s lounge – a combo tasting and interview space – and – this does deserve a drum roll – wine sales on site. The seminar program is stronger than ever; highlights are a vertical tasting of Beaucastel conducted by owner Marc Perrin; a vertical tasting of Port by the Master Winemaker of Taylor-Fladgate, Robert Bowen; and the one that we from WDWU will be atttending , “The Wines of Oregon”. (We’ve always felt that the lack of a strong presence of Oregonian wines at the expo should be rectified.) The event also gave the attending bloggers a taste – if you will – of the actual event.

There was a walk-around tasting that featured  10 wineries represented by 18 wines. All bases were covered – selections from Italy,  France, Argentina  and the US.  Some faves and raves – the 2006 Bressan Verduzzo ( an “orange” wine);  the 2007 Nicholas Granata Malbec;  and cult winemaker  Joel Gott’s 2010 “Shatter” a Grenache from Rousillon. I ended my walk-around with a guided tasting by the amiable Pennie Haase of Alexander Valley Vineyard Zins.

 

And what’s wine without food? For starters, there was a flavorful selection of breads and spreads – the warm Crab Dip outstanding.  More substantial fare included Churrasco Culotto Steak with the best Chimicurri I’ve ever had, Codfish Cakes –  that would have made my mother envious –  with Grilled Corn Salsa and Glazed Salmon. The food was prepared under the guidance of the Seaport Hotel Executive Chef Richard Rayment. Food partners for the event were Chabaso Bakery and The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute.

So remember that date – Feb. 16-17, 2013. This is an event you won’t want to miss.

And by the way, tickets are now going on sale at selected wine and beverage shops.

 The Boston Wine Expo

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