This weekend Sommelier India attended the 15th Annual Boston Wine Expo in the United States. The expo attracted approximately 18,000 visitors. 440 international and domestic wineries from 14 different countries “poured” over 1,800 different wines for attendees.
The expo also included dinners, celebrity chefs like Todd English and seminars for both novices and connoisseurs. Unfortunately, Indian wine wasn’t represented but hopefully that will change in the coming years.
Crowds throng the main exhibition floor at the Boston Wine Expo
Boston Wine Expo Press Release
15TH ANNUAL WINE EXPO REMAINS NATION’S LARGEST
January 28 & 29th Show Benefits the New England Medical Center’s
“Summer Camp Program For Children With Disabilities”
Boston, MA – The annual celebration of wine and its finer accompaniments in New England returns January 28 & 29, 2006 at the Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel. The 15th annual Boston Wine Expo welcomes a greater number of wineries from across the globe to the largest consumer wine tasting event in the nation. More wines, more food and more fun are in store than ever before. Plus, over 25 seminars, specialty pavilions, and the nation’s top chefs offer wine enthusiasts an unparalleled tasting experience.
This year’s show will attract over 18,000 guests during the two-day period. Highlights of the show include:
The Grand Tasting
The 2006 tasting will showcase over 440 international and domestic wineries from 14 different countries pouring over 1,800 different wines. Countries include Argentina, Australia, Chile, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United States of America and Uruguay. Specifically, the show will feature a significant increase in the number of French wines being poured (over 35), as well as a greater number of Italian wines on-hand (over 40). The winemakers and winery principles are on hand to offer advice on pricing, serving and selecting the right vintage.
Seminars for Both the Novice and the Connoisseur
Mark Oldman, host of the popular and fun “Outsmarting the Wines of ‘Sideways'” seminars and wine columnist for Every Day with Rachael Ray, will lead daily sessions for all levels of wine enthusiasts. Other headliners include Wine Spectator’s Gloria Maroti Frazee, Gourmet’s Michael Green, and authors Elin McCord and Paul Lukacs who will educate on a variety of topics.
Celebrity Chef Demonstrations
Local and national chefs demonstrate and entertain audiences with their culinary prowess and skills. Chefs include: Todd English, The Olive Group; Michael Schlow, Radius and Via Matta, Daniel Bruce, Boston
Harbor Hotel; Roseann Tully, Intermezzo Magazine; Eric Brennan, Excelsior; Jamie Bissonnette, Eastern Standard Kitchen and Drinks; Cliff Clark, Vinalia; Tindaro LoSurdo, Smith and Wollensky; Kevin Long, Tosca; Jay Murray, Grill 23; Kevin Crawley, Coriander Bistro; Keith Pooler, Harvest; and Jeff Fournier, Metropolitan.
The Exclusive Grand Cru Wine Lounge
This specialty room, open both days of the show, features the finest wines in the world poured by the most celebrated winemakers of our time…in a setting reminiscent of a world-class wine cellar.
Vintner Dinner featuring Gallo Family Vineyards
Boston’s favorite son, Chef Todd English, teams up with Gallo Family Winemaker Gina Gallo to host a “family style” dinner featuring the newly released wines of Gallo Family Vineyards and classic comfort cooking from the Chef-Owner of Charlestown’s legendary Olive’s restaurant. The menu will be a blend of elegance and simplicity, focused on the flavor of fresh ingredients paired with Gina Gallo’s best family wines from Sonoma County, California.
Ticket prices for the Grand Tasting are as follows: Saturday Single Day, $70 prior to January 20 and $85 after January 20 and for a Sunday Single Day, $60 prior to January 20 and $70 after January 20. Two-day tickets are $95 prior to January 20 and $105 after January 20. A $2.50 administrative fee is added to all Grand Tasting tickets ordered in advance. Seminar prices vary. You do not have to purchase a Grand Tasting ticket in order to purchase a seminar ticket. Grand Cru Wine Lounge ticket prices are $125 each. No refunds allowed. Proper ID required. No one under age 21 allowed including children and infants in strollers. Show hours are 1 PM – 5 PM daily for the public.
Boston Wine Expo tickets may be purchased at www.wineexpoboston.com or by calling 877-946-3976. Area liquor merchants also sell tickets in advance of the Expo. A list of these locations can also be found on the website.
Throughout the history of the Boston Wine Expo, over $600,000 has been donated to charitable organizations. As in the past, the Floating Hospital for Children’s “Summer Camp Program For Children With Disabilities” is the major beneficiary. The Summer Camp Program provides a camp experience for children battling chronic diseases and learning disabilities, as well as those dealing with the difficulties of family dysfunction and urban violence.
The 2006 event is sponsored by Beverage – the Massachusetts Beverage Business magazine, Cigar Aficionado, Infiniti, Intermezzo Magazine, jetBlue Airways, New England Cable News, The Boston Globe, Viking, Wine Spectator, Women & Wine and WRKO-AM.
The Boston Wine Expo is held in conjunction with the 21st annual Anthony Spinazzola Foundation Gala Festival of Food and Wine, which takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center on Friday evening, January 27. For more information call 781-344-4413 or visit www.spinazzola.org. The Expo is produced by the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, Inc. and ResourcePlus Shows & Events, a Boston-based show and event management company. ResourcePlus also produces the Washington D.C. International Wine & Food Festival on June 24 & 25, 2006. For more information on ResourcePlus, please call 617-385-5088.