The 18th Annual Boston Wine Expo

January 23-25, 2009 at the Seaport World Trade Center

Approaching its 20th year of showcasing the best in wine, wine tasting, wine education, wine pairing, and so much more, the Boston Wine Expo is for everyone with an interest in wine, whether as a casual drinker, a connoisseur, a chef, a world-traveler, or a wine-maker.

The event, hosted by Billy Costa of NECN’s “TV Diner” and KISS 108-FRM and Jenny Johnson, also of “TV Diner,” features some of public television’s most well-known culinary experts: Ming Tsai, Sara Moulton, Martin Yan, Lidia Bastianich, and Christina Pirello.

The variety of seminars, demonstrations, and legendary and includes:


The Grand Tasting at the Boston Wine Expo is world famous. And it should be! Where else can you visit over 440 wineries from more than 13 countries pouring over 1,800 wines from around the globe?
It’s easy to find your favorites as you navigate through the various countries and wine regions grouped together on the show floor. Taste the wines you know and love and find new favorites to add to your repertoire.

Your Admission To The Boston Wine Expo Includes:

– As you walk into the Grand Tasting, you receive the famed Boston Wine Expo souvenir glass that is yours to keep.

– You will also receive a 4-color glossy magazine outlining all the exhibitors that are present and where to locate them, plus schedules for the winemaker “meet & greet” presentations, celebrity chef demos and guided tastings/seminars along with other show facts. There’s room in the magazine to take notes on the wines that you taste at the Expo.

But that’s not all. You also receive:

– access to wine samples from over 400 producers
– complimentary food samples from scores of providers
– a chance to view live cooking demonstrations on two big stages (free, 1st come, 1st seated)
– access to the winemaker “meet & greets” (free, 1st come, 1st seated)
– and much more.

Meet the Winemakers

Top winemakers and winery representatives are on hand to speak directly to you about their wines and answer your questions. Pick up tips on serving, pricing and selecting the right vintage.

Explore Lifestyle Products and Taste Specialty Foods

The latest in wine accessories and specialty foods are also available here in the Grand Tasting. In addition, sample and purchase products and offerings from a selection of wine and food related exhibitors. These include serving accessories, refrigeration and wine racks, stemware, decanters and much more.

For one admission price, you can also enjoy the following feature areas in the Grand Tasting:

~ Celebrity Chef Demonstrations
~ The First Industry Convention of Italian Wines in America
~ Kingdom of Navarra – Wine Tasting Tunnel


The Boston Wine Expo attracts the top wineries from around the globe who consider the Expo a “must-attend” event in their busy schedule. Learn about the latest trends as you visit over 440 exhibitors in the Grand Tasting who are at the show to meet and educate you.

With over 1,800 wines being poured, a variety of food being sampled, and a selection of wine related products on hand, there is something for everyone at the Expo!

For a complete list of featured exhibitors, wineries & vineyards who will be pouring at the 2009 Boston Wine Expo, please visit:


Whatever your level of wine knowledge, there is an opportunity for you to learn something new in the Guided Tastings & Seminar Series at the Boston Wine Expo. Take a tour of the world’s greatest wine producing regions and wineries as you sample a variety of vintages and learn from industry experts. These sessions are designed for seasoned wine connoisseurs and people who are new to the world of wine alike. All seminars are 60-90 minutes in length and there is an additional cost for each session. You do not have to purchase a ticket to the Grand Tasting in order to attend seminars.

To read the complete article on the Boston Wine Expo, including The Grand Cru Wine Lounge, seminar schedules and descriptions, please click here.


Saturday, January 24, 2009

“Wine 101” with Gary Vaynerchuk, 11:30am
Gary Vaynerchuk, self-trained wine expert and star of, presents his philosophy of wine, and leads a tasting designed to expand the palates of both experienced and novice wine drinkers. Gary breaks down the act of wine tasting, including the reasons for swirling, the all-important “sniffy-sniff”, and what to do once you’re ready to “give it a whirl” and taste. Not your typical wine expert, Gary uses informal and unorthodox language that makes wine easier to understand and enjoy. You will leave this session inspired to seek out new varietals. Feel empowered to trust your own palates, and approach wine lists and shops with a newfound confidence. Moreover, you can expect to feel a renewed passion for wine exploration—the perfect attitude to adopt before hitting the floor for the Expo’s Grand Tasting!

Sparkling Brunch: Artisan Cheeses Paired with Champagne, noon

Famous cheesemonger Ihsan Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen organizes Sunday brunch around a selection of international artisan cheeses; and believes the only way to make that sumptuous selection taste even better is to pair those cheeses with Champagne and sparklers from corresponding regions. Taste a delectable selection of cheeses with wines selected and presented by Champenois expert Jean-Louis Carbonnier of Carbonnier Communications in NYC. Tasting includes several Champagnes as well as fine sparklers from a diverse range of countries, with comments about each cheese and wine and their pairings by Ihsan and Jean-Louis. This seminar sold out quickly last year…don’t miss this fun and educational seminar with a great tasting to boot.

Wine Spectator Presents Rich Reds Around the World, 12:30
There are those times when you want a delicate wine that entices with its soft whisper. Other times, for example, when you’re between blizzards, you want a wine that’s rich and ripe from summer sun and packed with flavor. Well, it’s Boston and it’s January, so we’ll go for option number two. Join Wine Spectator Director of Education, Gloria Maroti Frazee, in this exploration of rich reds. Learn the answers to questions such as: What are the components in wine that make it big? How do I experience these components on my palate? How do I evaluate them? Taste notable wines from top regions and discover palate-pleasing examples from up-and-coming areas around the world. Vinous destinations may include the Rhone, Australia, Portugal, Washington State, Napa Valley, Sonoma County, Spain, Verona, Tuscany and Argentina.

An Exploration of Château Palmer and Alter Ego with Bernard de Laage, 1pm

Bernard de Laage, director of development, conducts a tasting of four vintages of Alter Ego and four vintages of Chateau Palmer, the illustrious property of the Margaux commune in the Bordeaux region of France. He explains the history of Chateau Palmer going back over 200 years to Madame de Gasq and General Palmer. During the course of thepresentation, Bernard also explains many facets of the Bordeaux trade and wines. Each wine illustrates the unique terroir of Chateau Palmer as well as different vintages. De Laage will comment on the influence of both on each wine. Limited to 60 attendees so act quickly!

Super Tuscan Sensations from Castello Banfi, 1pm
Bill Whiting, Director of Wine Education at Banfi Vintners, conducts a tasting of ExcelsuS and SummuS Super Tuscan wines from the world-renowned Castello Banfi estate in Montalcino. Over the past 30 years (under its American ownership, the Mariani family), Castello Banfi has played a critical role in shaping the vision that propelled Montalcino to its present-day superstar status. It is the source of some of Italy’s most sought-after wines. Share in this unique opportunity to sample rare gems from the Mariani family’s private cellars. The seminar concludes with an informal Q&A about Tuscany’s most celebrated appellation. Wines include: 2007 Sangiovese Barrel Sample, 2007 Merlot Barrel Sample, 2007 Syrah Barrel Sample, 2007 Cabernet Barrel Sample, 2004 Cum Laude, 2004 SummuS, and 2004 ExcelsuS.

Rioja and Jerez: Spain’s Wine Royalty. A Wine Seminar with Doug Frost MS, MW, 1pm
Though Spain is bursting with thousands of new wines, vineyards, grapes and labels, the ancient wine regions of Rioja and Jerez form the historical foundation for Spain’s quality wines. Let Doug Frost, author of the Far From Ordinary Spanish Wine Guide; show you the past and future of Spain’s noblest wines.

Quarterly Review of Wines – Pinot Noir from Around the World, 1:30pm

Believe it or not, Pinot Noir existed as a grape long before the release of “Sideways.” It plays a major role in French Champagne and is the lone ingredient in the great red wines of Burgundy’s Cote d’Or. It also makes outstanding wine in Oregon and California, and is on the rise in Italy, Germany and New Zealand. Join Quarterly Review of Wines Editor Randy Sheahan for an informed tasting of Pinot Noir in all its global guises.

South Africa’s Iconic Wine Estates, 1:30pm
This is a tasting tour of South Africa’s leading wine estates. Taste leading examples of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay; Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon plus refined Pinot Noir and South Africa’s own Pinotage. Learn about the historic main regions of Stellenbosch and Paarl then explore new areas such as Swartland, Elgin, Walker Bay and Elim. Wineries to be tasted will include Fairview, Vergelegen, Paul Cluver, Mulderbosch, Hamilton Russell, Waterford Estate and others.

Navarra: Spain’s Terroir Through Indigenous and International Varieties, 2pm
What makes a wine special? The grape variety? The terroir? The wine-maker? Discover Navarra, discover indigenous and international varieties and their personality through our different climate and soils. Taste Garnacha and Tempranillo, but also Graciano or Mazuelo. Learn why “French” varieties do so well in Navarra and be astonished by the influence of the terroir on the grapes you thought you knew well! Welcome to the Kingdom of Navarra, land of diversity. The seminar is coordinated by Pilar García- Granero, (Enologist, President of Wines from Navarra) and Ana Laguna (Navarra Wine Expert). The wines to be tasted are: Señorío de Sarria Viñedo nº8 Mazuelo 2005, Laderas de Inurrieta red 2005, Ars Negro, red 2007, Chivite Colección Reserva red 2004, Preemy Navarra red 2007, Septentrión crianza red 2005, Pago de Larrainzar red 2006, Ars Nova red 2005, Alzania Selección Privada red 2004, Earth Reserva 2004, rec eco, and Sadar, – sloe berry liquor from Navarra.

2005 Bordeaux ‘The Greatest Vintage Ever!’- Off the Beaten Track with Jean-Christophe Calvet, President of the Aquitaine Wine Company, 2pm
Robert Parker called it “the greatest vintage produced in my 30-year career” and continued to say “but the real values are not found in the first-growths or many of the classified growths.” He then goes on to mention ‘Bordeaux’s Big Little Wines’ calling them “…some of the finest wine bargains of the world.” Join Jean-Christophe Calvet, President of the Aquitaine Wine Company in Bordeaux ( and 6th generation wine négociant, in a frank discussion about the 2005 vintage and why you would or would not buy those overpriced 1st growths (even though he sells them). Discover the up-and-coming producers in Bordeaux, who are making wines that taste (nearly) as good as those $2,000-$5,000 bottles, but are available at a fraction of the price. Finally, join him in a “wow” tasting of a wide selection of affordable 2005s from nearly every prestigious appellation of Bordeaux. Connoisseurs of Bordeaux, or novices that know nothing about Bordeaux (and would like to learn), are welcome to participate in what promises to be one of the more popular seminars of the weekend. Space will be limited, so reserve early.

Regional Tour of New Zealand Pinot Noir, 2:30
With its temperate, sunny climate and passionate winemakers, New Zealand is one of the few countries to flourish with the fickle Pinot Noir grape. Akin to the old world in their fine structure and elegance, New Zealand Pinot Noirs deliver the excitement of the New World with the pure power and intensity of their fruit expression. One of the most exciting aspects of New Zealand Pinot Noir is that there are five very distinct regions all excelling with the variety, resulting in a spectrum of flavors and styles. Join Bill Nesto MW on a regional tour of New Zealand Pinot Noir and taste some of the country’s leading examples. Wines to be tasted include: Mud House Swan Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007,Carrick Central Otago Pinot Noir 2007, The Crater Rim ‘Blacks Lot 7’ Waipara Pinot Noir 2007,Muddy Water Waipara Pinot Noir 2007,Hunters Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007,Babich Winemakers Reserve Marlborough Pinot Noir 2007,Spinyback Pinot Noir Nelson 2007,Te Mania Reserve Nelson Pinot Noir 2007,GladstoneWairarapa Pinot Noir 2007, andCraggy Range Te Muna Martinborough Pinot Noir 2007.

Edna Valley – “Elements of Style” – Presented by Harry Hansen, Winemaker at Edna Valley Vineyard, 3:30pm
This is a rare opportunity to examine the results of the choices winemakers are faced with every vintage. The seminar includes a tasting and examination of: Tank fermentation verses oak fermentation. The different types of oak treatment. Use or disuse of malolactic fermention. Stirring of the lees in barrel for mouth feel. In addition to tasting the various components listed above, you’ll also taste the finished wines of Edna Valley Vineyard.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

“Wine 101” with Gary Vaynerchuk, 11:30am
Gary Vaynerchuk, self-trained wine expert and star of, presents his philosophy of wine, and leads a tasting designed to expand the palates of both experienced and novice wine drinkers. Gary breaks down the act of wine tasting, including the reasons for swirling, the all-important “sniffy-sniff”, and what to do once you’re ready to “give it a whirl” and taste. Not your typical wine expert, Gary uses informal and unorthodox language that makes wine easier to understand and enjoy. You will leave this session inspired to seek out new varietals. Feel empowered to trust your own palates, and approach wine lists and shops with a newfound confidence. Moreover, you can expect to feel a renewed passion for wine exploration-the perfect attitude to adopt before hitting the floor for the Expo’s Grand Tasting

Wine Spectator Presents The Many Expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon, noon
Cabernet Sauvignon is the key grape in some of the world’s greatest wines. Depending on how the wine is made in the vineyard and in the winery, it can express its power in many ways. Learn the keys to great Cabernet as you taste through a range of Cabs – including the big and bold, the eloquent and balanced as well as masterful blends. Esteemed California winemaker Doug Fletcher, VP of Wine Making at Terlato Wines International, and Wine Spectator’s Gloria Maroti Frazee guide you through a tasting of wines from Napa Valley, with side trips to Sonoma County and South Africa. You’ll consider questions such as: “What are the different styles of Cabernet?” “What difference does a growing area make?” “How does yield impact the wine?” “What does barrel-aging contribute?” “Why can Cabernets mature for so many years?” and “How does Cabernet change over time?”

For a full listing of Sunday’s seminars, please visit


Reserve level wines will be featured in this separate and sophisticated setting for the most serious wine enthusiast. All wines have been hand-selected and will be presented at specific times throughout the day.

Several top winemakers will be on hand to discuss their wines as they are poured. Over sixty different wines will be featured. A limited number of tickets are available in order to maintain a high-quality tasting experience, so order your tickets now! The ticket price also includes admission to the Saturday Grand Tasting at the Boston Wine Expo.

The Lighthouse Pavilion (across the street from the Seaport World Trade Center)

$175 per ticket. Price includes admission to the Grand Tasting on Saturday.

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Some of the wine magazines represented at the Expo are:

Wine Spectator

Quarterly Review of Wines

Touring & Tasting

Uncorked Magazine
The Wine & Food Lifestyle Magazine

Wine, Food and an Intelligent Slice of Vice

Wine Enthusiast

Wine News

The Boston Wine Expo is produced by the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, Inc. and ResourcePlus Shows & Events.

Please visit for complete information on this wonderful event!