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2016 Boston Wine Expo Update – Seminar List is Out!

Boston 2016 LogoHere’s the latest press release on the seminars for the upcoming Boston Wine Expo, February 13 and 14, 2016.  There is always lots to choose from and this year will be no exception.  The seminars are a great way to expand your wine horizon and try some things you won’t see many other places.  The link for tickets is near the bottom.  We’ll have more previews as we get closer, and we’ll see you there.

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The Boston Wine Expo Announces Seminar List

Top industry experts from around the world toast the

25th annual celebration of wine, food and culture


BOSTON, MA (November 18, 2015) – Presented by Boston Guild of Oenophilists, the 25th annual Boston Wine Expo at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center is announcing the official list of educational seminars slated for its President’s Day weekend event. The silver anniversary lineup will include a variety of highly regarded educational programs from top winemakers and industry experts from around the world.


With nearly 40 topics ranging from food and wine pairings, “The One Hour Wine Expert,” and vertical tasting flights of the world’s most sought-after grapes, class is now in session:



  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: “Languedoc: The Frontier of French Wine” – $40.00


  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: “Fun with Food and Wine Matching: What Works and Why” with Len Presutti, Corporate Wine Educator Martignetti Companies and Denise Baron Herrera of Burtons Grill – $45.00


  • 11:00am – 12:30pm: “Champagne Taittinger Emphasizes Elegance” – $50.00


  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: “The One Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly – $40.00


  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: “Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em a Shootout Between the Wines of Chile and Argentina” – $40.00


  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: “The Best of Chianti Classico Just Got Better!” A Discussion and Tasting of the New Gran Selezione Classification with Winemaker Leonardo Bellaccini as Well as a Vertical Tasting of his Superb Chianti Classico Riserva ‘Poggio Rosso – $40.00


  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Best Tempranillo Values in the World” – $45.00


  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Buffalo Trace’s Singular Bourbons” (including Pappy Van Winkle) – $125.00


  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Produttori del Barbaresco: a Vertical Tasting of their Flagship Barbaresco, ‘Torre’, from 2007-2012” – $45.00


  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: “Visionary Vintners: The Drouhin Family’s Story of Elegance and Excellence in Burgundy and Oregon” with Winery Keynote Veronique Drouhin – $60.00


  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Decadent and Delicious: Sweet Wines of the World” with Professor Ed Korry, Department Chairman at Johnson & Wales University and President of the Society of Wine Educators – $40.00


  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Fred Ek Presents Guigal’s Best: Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage from the Best Vintages” – $125.00


  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: “The Catastrophic Wines of Washington: A discussion of wooly mammoths, prehistoric surfing, fiery volcanoes and icebergs (and wine)” – $35.00


  • 3:00pm – 4:30pm: “Bordeaux’s Unsung Heroes: Top Values from Top Appellations” with Jean Christophe and Jean Sebastien of Aquitaine Wine Company – $35.00


  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Barolo the Undisputed King of Italy” – $45.00


  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Dominique Lafon Raises the Standard in Mâcon” – $40.00


  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm: Wine Spectator presents “Taste Like a Pro, 201” – $40.00


  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Experience the Royal Reservas & Gran Reservas of Rioja” – $35.00



  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: “Burgundy – Grand Cru and Premier Cru Wines from Domaines Albert Bichot” – $40.00


  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: “Say Cheese (and Wine) – Finding the Perfect Partner for Your Favorite Fromage” with Whole Foods Cheese Specialists Christopher O’Donnell and Andrew Tyson. Also Len Presutti, Corporate Wine Educator Martignetti Companies – $40.00


  • 11:00am – 12:00pm: “Taste some of Italy’s Best Olive Oils” with Expert Taster, Johnny Madge – $25.00


  • 11:00am – 12:15pm: “The Magnificent Château Palmer of Margaux” with Jean-Louis Carbonnier – $225.00


  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: “The One Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly – $40.00


  • 11:30am – 12:30pm: “Austria – Hot Wines from a Cool Climate” with Winemaker/Owner Christof Höpler – $35.00


  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm: “New England Cider: The Lost Apple Project’s Ciders With a Supporting Cast of Vermont Artisanal Cheeses” – $35.00


  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Sherry for Billionaires and Historians” – $45.00


  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm: “Visionary Vintners: The Drouhin Family’s Story of Elegance and Excellence in Burgundy and Oregon” with Winery Keynote Veronique Drouhin – $60.00


  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “Falernia and Chile’s Elqui Valley; Giorgio Flessati’s Award-winning Wines from the Heights of the Andes” – $35.00


  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “’Mucho Malbec… Malbec and Malbec Blends’” – $40.00


  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm: Randall Grahm presents “Terroir, Carboys, and the Art of the Blend” – $40.00


  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Taste Five Distinct Clones of Pinot Noir” with Winemaker Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer – $40.00


  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: “Chateau de Beaucastel Masters Chateauneuf-du-Pape’s Thirteeen Varietals” – $60.00


  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Wine and Chocolate: the Best Wine Matches for Superb Valrhona Chocolates” – $40.00


And, as always, sipping at this event has a special cause. The major charitable benefactor of the 25th anniversary Boston Wine Expo is the Tufts Medical Center’s Summer Camp Program for Children with Disabilities. To date, the Boston Guild of Oenophilists has raised over $1.4 million for worthy causes.


The Boston Wine Expo will take place at The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center on February 13 and 14, 2016, from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. This event is reserved for ages 21+. Tickets now are on sale and available by visiting: Weekend tickets and discount group tickets are also available, as well as dedicated trade industry hours and hotel packages.


The Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center is located at 200 Seaport Boulevard in Boston, MA. For directions and more information, please visit:



Founded in 1991 by the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, the Boston Wine Expo has grown into one of the most well-known and respected wine events in the country. Over $1,400,000 has been donated to local charities by the Guild including Tufts Medical Center’s Summer Camp Program for Children with Disabilities – the major beneficiary. Over 27 local charities have benefited from the Expo over the event’s history.  Other organizations that have received considerable funding include the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s Pan Mass Challenge and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. For more information, please visit:

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