The 18th Annual Boston Wine Expo is taking place January 23-25, 2009. The event is the largest trade and consumer wine event in the country and it offers wine enthusiasts an unparalleled experience in wine and food. This year, the Grand Tasting will offer over 440 international and domestic wineries from 13 countries pouring over 1,800 different wines.
New to the program, the Italian Trade Commission will feature Vino 2009, where they will pour hundreds of Italian wines that have never been poured at the Expo. This will be their first annual Industry Convention of Italian Wines in America featuring nearly 100 wines from regions including Toscana, Lombardia, Abruzzo, and Calabria as well as other U.S. importers of Italian wines.
|Now if you haven’t been to this event in the past, I’d highly recommend attending because it’s a really great way to sample wines from around the world. Last year, Marc and I had a great time sampling a few hundred of the 1,800 samples (believe me, its impossible to sample every single one of them – although I’ve seen a number of people try!!). If you plan on going, I’d recommend focusing on a specific region and make your way around the endless rows of booths that focus on your desired region.|
If you are an industry professional, I’d also recommend attending because it’s a great way to sample wines that you might not have the opportunity to taste anywhere else and if you are studying for the Master Sommelier, Master of Wine, WSET, or other wine education program, it’s a great way to sample without breaking the bank.
I’m sure some of you have already been to the event and think it’s a bit busy for your style (hint hint: this event can get ridiculously crowded), but if you take in some of the private educational seminars that take place in small settings, you won’t be disappointed. All seminars are 60-90 minutes in length and although there is an additional cost for each session you don’t have to purchase a ticket to the Grand Tasting in order to attend the seminars. Last year, Marc and I attend several seminars and our favorite was “Pinot Noir, The Holy Grail“. It looks like they are offering something similar this year so I’d definitely recommend checking out the seminar lineup here.
The “Grand Cru” Wine Lounge is also highly recommended, for they offer some pretty special reserve level wines from some great producers. Go check out
the list of offerings here ($175 per ticket and the price includes admission to the Grand Tasting).
If you’re thinking about attending this year, buy your tickets now. Prices go up after January 17, so take advantage of reduced pricing while they last.
January 24-25, 2009
Price – $85-195
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM both days
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA, 02210
In New York? Try the New York Wine Expo!