2016 is almost upon us and it’s not too early to start thinking about the Boston Wine Expo which celebrates its 25th anniversary with the Feb. 13-14 show. The exposition, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center on Boston’s waterfront, brings thousands of consumers and 2,000 trade professionals from around New England to taste the wines, which number anywhere from 275 to 300 from 200 wineries taking part. Attendees can purchase wines at the show for pick up or delivery through more than 50 area retailers powered by the Drync app.
The Expo makes finding new wines, learning about wines, and get answers to their wine-related questions simple. Learn also, from celebrity chefs from around Boston and beyond, who’ll offer demonstrations on two celebrity stages throughout the event. Last year’s lineup included Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, Menton and more, Ming Tsai, Blue Ginger and Blue Drago, Brian Poe, Tip Tap Room, Daniel Bruce, Boston Harbor Hotel. Aaron Chambers, Bar Boulud, Sam Talbot, Pig & Poet at Whitehall, and many more.
The popular and well regarded seminar program presents top winemakers and industry experts. 2016’s series offers a special focus on current and future wine trends as Boston Wine Expo kicks off its next quarter century! The Wine Keynote Educational Seminar offers Winemaker Veronique Drouhin of Joseph Drouhin Winery and Kevin Zraly, Wine 101. Check the website, www.wine-expos.com, for the complete, extensive listing of 35 educational opportunities. Don’t miss the chance to learn from some of the biggest names in winemaking. There are even sessions on food and wine – one entitled “Say Cheese (and Wine)” looks at pairings that work well, and Valhrona Chocolate offers a look at “Wine and Chocolate – The Best Matches.”
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If you are a member of the trade, there’s plenty happening to keep you engaged, from tasting and learning about new wine offerings from the winemakers to getting up close and personal with current and potential customers. The Expo draws some 8,000 attendees with purchasing power ranging from $25,000 to $1 million.
The annual Vintners Reserve with red wines retailing from $75 and up and $45 and up for whites will host two sessions of two hours each, on Saturday and one two hour session on Sunday.
New this coming year is the 25th Anniversary Dessert Bar, complete with mouth-watering treats to pair with the wines. The Vintners Reserve Lounge will have three two-hour sessions over the weekend each with a small, capped audience. These new, more intimate sessions will heighten guests’ experience within the lounge and make it easier to access the exclusive wines being offered. In addition, attendees will have an extra hour to spend on the 25th Anniversary Grand Tasting Floor.
New for the anniversary event will be a special Silver Anniversary Ticket priced at $250 for the two day Expo.