Back in its 33rd season, hosted by the luxurious Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, the renamed and elevated Boston Wine and Food Festival returns this winter. Led by Nancy Bean, a longtime industry veteran and CEO of WISE UP Events, and in collaboration with the hotel’s CEO Stephen Johnston and the newly appointed head chef David Daniels, the festival offers a dynamic and comprehensive selection of intimate winery dinners, tastings, seminars, visiting artists, lunches and more. The festival starts on January 21 and runs through March.
For festival-goers who “want to take the elevator home,” Forbes Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond Hotel are excited to extend a $ 285 room rate, starting at $ 285, for the night of the event. Book online at bostonharborhotel.com
A few highlights of tempting possibilities are listed below. Visit boswineandfoodfestival.com to learn more about additional events and buy tickets.
Opening night – 21st of January
A dazzling, walk-around tasting event featuring wines from around the world selected and presented by Boston sommelier Nick Daddona, paired with Chef Daniels’ exquisite cuisine. Live music will round off the evening with an ethereal photography exhibition by photographer Andy Katz.
Kevin Zraly, Windows on the World – January 22nd
The beloved wine expert, author and storyteller Kevin Zraly, is the former wine director of the legendary, soaring restaurant Windows on the World in NYC. One of the most well-known wine educators in the country, Kevin will choose the pairings for the four-course dinner. A signed copy of his latest edition of is included Windows on the World Wine Course.
James Bonds Bordeaux – January 29th
Wine educator and enthusiast Philippe Newlin will present an entertaining adventure in the Bordeaux wines through the eyes of James Bond, who, legend has it, had an affinity for the precision, attitude and elegance of a great Claret. The pairings with wines from both the left and right banks will be for each of the actors who played 007 during the series.
Eric Asimov Chianti Classico – February 3rd
Connect New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov for dinner, matings and an educational seminar where he explores the different expressions of Tuscany’s Chianti Classico. A lively opportunity to travel in an armchair to the rolling hills where Sangiovese holds the court.
Wine & Theater with Laura Catena – 11 February
Laura Catena is a fourth generation winemaker for her family vineyard in Argentina and also an emergency room physician in San Francisco. Her wines entice both power and grace, and tonight’s four-course dinner will be paired with the Catena family’s wines and feature a short theater-in-the-round presentation featuring the delightful British actress Tina Baston.
A weekend with Elin Hilderbrand – February 25-27
The famous, best-selling Nantucket author Elin Hilderbrand has written 27 novels, giving her the unofficial title Queen of the Beach Read. Elin will host several dinners and sign copies of her latest novel, Golden girl, which is part of the Boston Harbor Hotel.
Opus One – 4th of March
A study of the discerning integrity of Opus One wines, consistently considered wines of unique pedigree, with winemaker Michael Silacci. The four-course dinner will include innovative and unexpected pairings from this prestigious Napa Valley Estate.
Paris’ dom – March 5
“You must be the judge!” The Judgment of Paris was a legendary tasting that took place in Paris in 1976. For the first time, Californian wines that tasted blindly dominated their French counterparts from both Burgundy and Bordeaux. The dinner will include four dishes with wines from the United States and France.