Wine lovers from all over came to Boston to attend the 2015 Boston Wine Expo on Valentine’s Day weekend despite feet-high mounds of snow, freezing cold temperatures and a forecasted snow storm. Thank you to my generous friend, The Passionate Foodie, I attended this year’s Boston Wine Expo and had a GREAT time! I made some great connections and found new wines I absolutely loved! I tend to favor full-bodied red wines, especially dry varieties but last year, I started to challenge my palate and ventured out to try other varietals because there are so many great wines out today to enjoy. Actually, it is how I first discovered vinho verdes last year.
At the expo, I discovered wines from the country Georgia (not the American state) and fell instantly in love! Georgia wine making dates back to 8000 BC using Kvevri also spelled Qvevry which are clay pots buried underground. The full grape, skin and stems are used that gives the wine a different character. My favorite Georgian wine is Kindzmarauli Marani Kakhetian Royal 2012. This gorgeous amber-colored white wine finishes with a lovely floral, citrus note.
My other favorite are the sparkling wines from Bragationi Wines especially the Bragationi Rouge Sparkling Wine ($16). This is a an amazing surprise to my palate! This was fruity, fragrant and just lovely from start to finish. It is important to note that Georgian wines are one of the best wine buys for your wallet at under $20.
Speaking of sparkling wine, another fave of mine at the expo is the Bortolomiol Ius Naturae Brut, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore ($15), an organic prosecco from Italy. This is delicious from the first sip and only gets better with each following sip.
Also from the Bortolomiol winery, is Miol Prosecco ($10), an extra dry prosecco that is great in taste and such a bargain!
Adega de Borba Alentejo Reserva Vinho Tinto ($15) is an incredibly delicious red wine from Portugal and easily one of my top favorites at the event.
I also had the great opportunity to visit the Vintner’s Lounge and sample exclusive wines and champagnes. Here, I had the amazing chance to try The Monte da Ravasqueira Vinha das Romãs 2012 ($25) is a beautiful red wine from Chile, one of my favorite wine regions.
Of the many great champagnes I enjoyed was the Henriot Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($50-$60) with lovely notes of citrus and honey.
The food at the Boston Wine Expo included cooking exhibits, tasty samples from restaurants and vendors! In the Grand Tasting Room were delicious caramels made locally by McCrea’s Candies in Hyde Park, MA. I really enjoyed the Highland Single Malt Scotch Caramel. I only wish I tried some more!
In the Vintner’s Lounge, The Palm served steak that was phenomenal!
Sportello warmed us up with their Spicy Tomato Soup which was velvety and comforting on a cold day.
Frigid temperatures and several feet-high snow did not dampen the great energy of wine lovers who attended including yours truly. I had such a wonderful time that hope to attend again next year.
Did you attend this year’s wine expo? If so, what were your favorites?