2016 Boston Wine Expo
The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
February 13 and 14, 2016
Once a year, one of the greatest and of my many favorite events happens, it is the BOSTON WINE EXPO! HERE is a recap of my attendance last year with my great friend, The Passionate Foodie! I had the wonderful opportunity to discover incredible wines from around the world, food from some of the best restaurants in town, and also one of my local favorite caramels from McCrea’s Candies!
This year, the Boston Wine Expo, benefitting Tufts Medical Center’s Summer Camp Program for Children with Disabilities, will be toasting to its 25th birthday this President’s Day weekend (February 13 and 14, 2016) at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. Presented by the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, this silver anniversary edition of the Boston Wine Expo will be one of the country’s biggest celebrations of wine, food and culture. This year’s lineup includes wines from around the world, culinary tastings, reserve lounges and VIP experiences, interactive seminars, celebrity chef demonstrations and features exclusive to the 25th anniversary fête like an educational W?NE Bar hosted by local sommeliers and limited Silver Anniversary ticket experiences.
Here are 5 ways to attend this delicious event:
The Grand Tasting gives guests a global adventure in a glass. Whether your palate prefers a full-bodied Pinot Noir, buttery Chardonnay, an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon or a dry Pinot Grigio, the 25th anniversary Boston Wine Expo will bring the biggest, boldest and best flavors from the vine to Boston. Featuring over 200 producers and nearly 1,800 wines from around the world, oenophiles will travel through the expansive space – sans passport – swirling and sipping their way to “connoisseur” status. In honor of its milestone birthday, the Boston Wine Expo will debut a W?NE Bar where you can stop and ask members of the Boston Sommelier Society your wine-related questions as well as get a retrospective of the industry’s past 25 years and what to expect in the next 25 years. Along the way, there will be culinary attractions including bites from popular area restaurants, as well as dueling Celebrity Chef Stages with appearances by Ming Tsai, Barbara Lynch, Chris Coombs and more. There also is the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines through the Drync app which will be delivered to your doorstop with the click of a button.
Advance Tickets (November 30 – February 14): Saturday: $99 per person; Sunday: $89 per person
*Tickets include a souvenir Boston Wine Expo glass, access to wine samples from over 200 producers, complimentary culinary samples, a glossy magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, access to celebrity chef demos, schedule of guided tastings and seminars and space to write tasting notes.
The Boston Wine Expo’s Vintners’ Reserve Lounge is the ideal setting for serious wine enthusiasts looking to sip their way through special vintages, as well as unique and small production wines. Located in the Seaport Hotel’s Plaza Ballroom, the Vintners’ Reserve Lounge gives guests a chance to spoil their taste-buds with these special gems that retail for $75 and up per bottle, while enjoying tastings from the city’s finest restaurants. New this year, you can indulge your sweet tooth at the 25th anniversary Dessert Bar featuring delectable treats designed to pair perfectly with the Vintners’ Reserve Lounge’s wines.
February 13 from 12pm-2pm or 4pm-6pm; February 14 from 12pm-2pm
Advance Tickets (November 30 – February 14): $200 per session
*Tickets include access to wine samples from over 25 top-rated wineries, complimentary culinary samples, a dessert bar, access to the Grand Tasting event, a glossy magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, information on celebrity chef demos, schedule of guided tastings and seminars and space to write tasting notes.
With crowds of thousands per day, the VIP Experience package allows guests to bypass the line forming along the Boulevard of Flags and whisks you inside to the main event thirty minutes early. After availing yourself of the VIP coat-check, toast with some bubbly and get to exploring all that the Boston Wine Expo has to offer. Hit up the VIP Experience Lounge on the Grand Tasting floor to refuel and stock up on essentials like coffee, snacks and (more) wine while lounging on plush sofas. When you’re good and ready, depart with an upscale gift-bag filled with exclusive products.
Advance Tickets (November 30 – February 14): Saturday: $149 per person; Sunday: $139 per person
*Tickets include VIP line privileges, complimentary coat-check, an upgraded souvenir Boston Wine Expo glass and complimentary glass of champagne, gift-bag, access to wine samples from over 200 producers, complimentary culinary samples, a glossy magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, information on celebrity chef demos, schedule of guided tastings and seminars and space to write tasting notes.
This exclusive anniversary package starts with your raising a glass with the Boston Guild of Oenophilists. After an intimate meet and greet with the group who founded the Boston Wine Expo in 1991, your ticket grants you access to the Grand Tasting on both Saturday and Sunday while sharpening your mind at three educational seminars.** “Silver Anniversary” ticket holders also can relax in the chic VIP Experience Lounge.
Tickets (through February 13): $250 per person
*Tickets include a souvenir Boston Wine Expo glass, access to the VIP Lounge and wine samples from over 200 producers, three pre-selected seminars, complimentary culinary samples, a glossy magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, access to celebrity chef demos, schedule of guided tastings and seminars and space to write tasting notes.
**Prior to your arrival, you will speak with an agent that will assist you in planning out your time on the floor and choosing which seminars are right for you.
The Boston Wine Expo’s highly regarded educational programs for both consumers and those in the trade feature top winemakers and industry experts. In honor of the 25th anniversary, this year’s seminar program will be the biggest and best yet with over 40 topics ranging from food and wine pairings, “One Hour Wine Experts,” and vertical tasting flights of the world’s most sought-after wine producers. Over the years, the Expo has featured a blockbuster line-up of wine celebrities including Dominique Lafon, Dr. Harvey Finkel, Dr. Michael Apstein, Francois Perrin, Joel Butler, Daniel Bruce, Joe Heitz and many more.
Tickets: Prices vary $25-225 by seminar
I hope to see you there!