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Wine of the Week – Check out wines from Moldova

Moldova is one of the world’s top 10 grape and wine producers, yet here in the West, we aren’t familiar with their wines. We had the good fortune to taste some at the 25th Annual Boston Wine Expo this past weekend.
Moldova is well known in Eastern Europe and Russia. It is located in between Romania and the Ukraine and shares the same latitude with Burgundy in France. Blessed with short, fairly mild winters, and long hot summers, it is ideal for wine making. Its vintages are, the winemakers tell us, “natural, rid and complex.”

We liked the Cricova Prestige Cabernet Sauvignon which is aged in medium toast oak barrels, largely from the Carpathian Mountain range. It’s rich in tannins, is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is well balanced and velvety. Check them out from Vin Distributors in West Springfield, MA. Cricova’s underground wine cellars are a draw for wine lovers and tourists in Moldova at the winery which has been around since 1952.



Boston Wine Expo gets ready to celebrate 25th anniversary

As 2015 begins to wind down, the Boston Wine Expo is gearing up to celebrate the event”s 25th anniversary, February 13-14, 2016 at the World Trade Center.

It’s been 25 years of food, wine and culture and like any fine wine, the event just keeps improving with age. This coming year’s festival will showcase hundreds of wine to thousands of affluent and well-educated wine enthusiasts, along with leading members of the trade who make the buying decisions for both restaurants and liquor stores.

With 275-plus wines and an estimated 8,000 attendees, it promises to be a major event and will include 100-plus lifestyle and restaurant exhibitors. Trade attendees are expected to consist of 33 percent restaurateurs, 35 percent wine retailers, five percent suppliers and six percent food and beverage hotel industry personnel.

Beginning this month, the Expo’s marketing effort kicks into full gear with email marketing to more than 10,000 past attendees, a web presence drawing more than 50,000 unique visitors a month,


Sign up for Boston Wine Expo Seminars

There are a host of ways to learn more about wine, beer and spirits at this year’s Boston Wine Expo at Boston’s Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Feb. 14-15.Take a look at the many offers and make your reservations!

This year’s lineup again 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, “Sipping Smarts: Wine Basics,” 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” – $35.00

• 11:00am – 12:00pm: “The New World of World-Class Wines: New York” – $35.00

• 11:30am – 12:30pm: “Sipping Smarts: Wine Basics with Leslie Sbrocco” – $35.00

• 12:00pm – 1:00pm: “The Secret Life of Pinot Noir” – $45.00

• 12:00pm- 1:00pm: “Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci: Beyond the Icon – Looking Backward and Looking Forward: A Vertical Tasting of the 1988, 1996, 2001 and 2010 Vintages” – $95.00

• 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Iconic Wines of Spain with Patrick Mata, Winemaker and Wine Importer Extraordinaire” – $40.00

• 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Central Otago: The Burgundy of the Southern Hemisphere – $30.00

• 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve, the Bertani Family’s Veronese Estate Winery” – $45.00

• 1:30pm – 2:30pm: “The Biodynamic Approach to Winemaking with Rudy Marchesi of Montinore” – $30.00

• 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “Sake…Is it just for Japanese Cuisine?” – $35.00

• 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 – $35.00

• 2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Exploring the Treasures of Argiano’s Tuscan Estate” – $40.00

• 3:00pm – 4:30pm: “Complete Ten Year Vertical of St. Estephe’s Chateau Meyney” with its rising star winemaker Anne Le Naour and Jean-Christophe Calvet of Aquitaine Wine Company – $35.00

• 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Argentina’s New Terroirs-: A Journey of Discovery” – $30.00

• 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Wine Words: Learn the Language of Wine” – $30.00

• 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Scotch versus Irish Whisk(e)y” – $35.00

• 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Craft Beer Cellar Beer Smart Academy” – $30.00

• 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes” – $30.00

• 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Wine Spectator Presents… Taste Like a Pro, 201” – $35.00

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

• 11:00am – 12:00pm: “The Wines of Uruguay” – $25.00

• 11:30am – 12:30pm: “Sipping Smarts: Wine Basics” with Leslie Sbrocco – $35.00

• 11:30am – 12:30pm: “Opus One Winemaker Michael Silacci: Beyond the Icon – Looking Backward and Looking Forward: A Vertical Tasting of the 1988, 1996, 2001 and 2010 Vintages” – $95.00

• 12:00pm – 1:00pm: “Cheese and Wine Matching Seminar” with Brad and Brian Wasik of the Wellesley Cheese Shop – $40.00

• 12:00pm – 1:00pm: “New England Cider: The Lost Apple Project’s Ciders with a Supporting Cast of Artisan Cheese and Salumi” – $30.00

• 12:00pm – 1:00pm: “Rock ‘Em, Sock ‘Em…a Shootout Between the wines of Chile and Argentina” – $35.00

• 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “The Amazing Story of Barolo with Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines, Horizon Beverage” – $45.00

• 12:30pm – 1:30pm: “Domaines Albert Bichot Verticals: Grand Cru Clos Vougeot and Meursault les Charmes” – $45.00

• 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “Frog’s Leap Presents -The Art of Winegrowing – Organic, Biodynamic and Dry Farming: A Presentation on the Implications on Wine Quality with a Cabernet Sauvignon Vertical” lead by John Williams of Frog’s Leap Winery, Napa – $45.00

• 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “The Republic of Georgia: Wines from Ancient Vines” – $25.00

• 2:00pm – 3:00pm: “Stefano Girelli Presents the Wines of Santra Tresa, Sicily” – $40.00

• 2:30pm – 3:30pm: “Sake and Sushi” with Hiromi Iuchi of Kuramoto Sake and Sushi from Cafe Sushi, Cambridge – $40.00

• 3:00pm – 4:00pm: “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’ – $35.00

• 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Wine and Chocolate: the Best Wine Matches for superb Valrhona Chocolates” – $35.00

• 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “Wine Spectator Presents…. Iconic Wines of the Pacific Northwest: a Taste of Oregon and Washington” – $35.00

• 3:30pm – 4:30pm: “The Modern Wines of Ancient Greece with Ted Diamantis, Founder of Diamond Wine Importers” – $30.00

• 4:00pm – 5:00pm: “Gin versus Vodka: the Title Fight” – $30.00

• 4:00pm- 5:00pm: “Cognac Seminar” with International Cognac Expert and Author, Becky Sue Epstein – $45.00

The Boston Wine Expo is reserved for ages 21+. Tickets are on sale and available by visiting: http://www.wine-expos.com/buytickets. Weekend tickets and discount group tickets are also available.

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

Boston Wine Expo sponsors include Infiniti, Citizens Bank, Alex and Ani, xfinity, Wines of Argentina, Hope Family Wines, National Wine Agency – Georgia Ministry of Agriculture, Cooper Smith, Maine Tourism, Humboldt Imports, Celebrity Cruises, Maple Leaf Farms, Lodi Wine Grape Commission, Taste New York, Legends from Europe, Italian Trade Commission and Massachusetts Beverage Business.

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: www.wine-expos.com.


Share Valentine Day’s love with Italy’s wines, cheeses and more!

Love Italian Style, a special pre-Boston Wine Expo event from the Italian Trade Commission, takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Seaport Hotel Living Room where Drusian previews its Prosecco DOC with a Sabrage ceremony, opening the bottle with a saber. Several surprise guests will be in attendance.
Lou Di Palo, an Italian cheese “guru”, will be on hand to provide a guided tasting experience featuring specialty cheeses, salumi and special products from the Veneto and Tuscany.
A special guest, Chef Stefano Palermo from New York’s Risotteria Melotti, a restaurant that pays tribute to risotto and other dishes made with rice the family produces in Italy – all gluten free. Chef Stefano will create two special dishes especially for this event.

Don’t miss out on Boston WIne Expo in mid-February

BOSTON – This year’s Boston Wine Expo will be bigger, better and bolder than ever and will have private hours for the trade from 11 a,m to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16 at the Seaport World Trade Center.
This year will see representatives from 185 wineries from around the world pouring more than 1,800 wines, as well as 100-plus lifestyle, food and local restaurant vendors.
Chefs will offer demos representing hot trends and cuisines on the Celebrity Chef Stages. This year’s lineup includes Barbara Lynch, Ming Tsai, Jody Adams, Michael Schlow and others.
Admission to the Expo is free for the first two registrants per establishment and $70 for up to four more registrations, a savings of $25 per ticket.On Sunday the additional registrants will pay $60. Registration is limited to six persons per establishment.
At the exclusive Vintner’s Reserve Lounge, trade price exclusive price is $125, or $60 off the regular $185 price.Applicants must submit a request for a trade badge by Feb. 13and will receive an email confirmation with a link to register for the event. The approval confirmation is NOT the registration.
If request is not approved, registrants will be notified via email. The license number of the establishment is necessary in order to register.
Additionally, all badges are non-transferable.
Each approved trade applicant will be given the opportunity to purchase in advance (1) guest of trade badge for $70.00 for Saturday and $60.00 on Sunday. Each guest must be accompanied by a qualified member of the trade. All on-site attendees will be charged $80.00 for Saturday and $70.00 for Sunday. Go to https://events.thepulsenetwork.com/GcmMaintenance/ResourcePlus/Html_Files/20000002/applicantlanding.html