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Boston Wine Expo celebrity chef line-up and seminar schedule

Posted by Meghan Colloton  January 29, 2014 01:56 PM

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The 23rd annual Boston Wine Expo returns to Boston on President’s Day weekend, Feb. 15-16. The event gives attendees a chance to learn from some of the most well-known chefs in the Boston area, who will host cooking demonstrations and tastings throughout the weekend, as well as participate in educational seminars led by a group of top winemakers and industry experts from around the globe.


From left: Chef Brian Poe of The Tip Tap Room, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and Estelle’s South Cuisine (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff); Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, Menton, and Sportello (Justin Ide); Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon (Leanna Creel)

During the Expo, local chefs will take to one of two demonstration stages in the Grand Tasting area as they teach, share recipes, and prepare samples of their signature dishes, which can be paired with one of the more than 1800 wines available at the Expo.

Here is the schedule for celebrity chef demonstrations at the Boston Wine Expo:

Saturday, Feb. 15

Stage 1:

1:30 p.m.: Chris Coombs of Boston Chops, Deuxave, and dbar

2:15 p.m.: Michael Schlow of Alta Strada, Via Matta, and TICO

3 p.m.: Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger and Blue Dragon

3:45 p.m.: Barbara Lynch of No. 9 Park, Menton, and Sportello

Stage 2:

1:30 p.m.: Nathan Gould of the Harbor View Hotel

2:15 p.m.: Josh Ziskin of La Morra

3 p.m.: Stephen Oxall of B & G Oysters

3:45 p.m.: Brian Emmett of CBS’s “The American Baking Competition

Sunday, Feb. 16

Stage 1:

1:30 p.m.: Brian Poe of The Tip Tap Room, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, and Estelle’s South Cuisine

2:15 p.m.: Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade

3 p.m.: Daniel Bruce of the Boston Harbor Hotel

3:45 p.m.: Mark Allen of Towne

Stage 2:

1:30 p.m.: Mary Ann Esposito, host of PBS’ “Ciao Italia”

2:15 p.m.: Tony Messina of Uni Sashimi Bar

3 p.m.: Louis DiBiccari of Tavern Road

3:45 p.m.: Michael Leviton of Lumiere, Area Four, and A4 Pizza

These demonstrations are included with Grand Tasting or Vintner Reserve Lounge tickets. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here is the schedule of seminars and demonstrations for the Boston Wine Expo:

Saturday, Feb. 15

11 a.m. – noon: “Languedoc – The Frontier of French Wine” ($30)

11 a.m. – noon: “Château D'Esclans: The Rosé Lifestyle of St.Tropez with Sacha Lichine"

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: “The One Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly ($35)

Noon – 1 p.m.: “Napa Valley Cabernets – Great wines from great years” ($40)

Noon – 1 p.m.: Love Brews for Cheeses of the Veneto presented by Agriform in collaboration with the Italian Trade Commission ($25)

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: “Discovering Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2012” with Alain and John Junguenet ($50)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: “Tete de Cuvee Champagne – Tasting the Best of the Best” ($50)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: “New Emerging Wine Regions of Spain” with Patrick Mata ($35)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: “Legendary Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot Vertical Spanning Four Decades” with Pete Przybylinski ($50)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: “Merroir & Terroir Pairing with Island Creek Oysters” ($45)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: “Contratto: Over 150 years of Sparkling wine and Vermouths,”
Owned and presented by Giorgio Rivetti of La Spinetta ($35)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: “Chianti Classico. Tuscany doesn't get any better than this!” ($35)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: “Oregon Cool Whites” ($30)

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: “2010 Bordeaux Petites Chateaux: Too Good to Ignore” with Kevin Zraly ($35)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: “Pushing the Limits: Winemaking in the Extreme Terroirs of Chile” ($30)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: “Santiago Achaval on Malbec” ($40)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: “Wine Spectator Presents ... Eureka! Golden State Gems” ($35)

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: “Scotch 101” ($35)

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: “State of the craft distilling movement: An Insider's Perspective from Bully Boy Distillers" ($30)

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: “The Cool Climate, World Class Wines of the Finger Lakes” ($25)

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.: “ON THE ROCKS!” Mixology Competition ($25)

Sunday, Feb. 16

11 a.m. – noon: “Travel the Wine World in One Appellation” ($25)

11 a.m. – noon: “A Tour of Italy with Daniele Cernilli, noted Italian Wine Writer” ($25)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: “The One Hour Wine Expert” with Kevin Zraly ($30)

Noon – 1 p.m.: “Cheese and Wine Matching Seminar” with Brad and Brian Wasik of the Wellesley Cheese Shop ($35)

Noon – 1 p.m.: "Iconic Napa Valley Wines and the Characters Behind Them,” featuring Phelps Insignia, Duckhorn Three Palms Merlot, and Grgich Hills Chardonnay (among others) ($35)

Noon - 1:30 p.m.: “Premier Cru Côte de Beaune vs Côte de Nuits—Comparing Pinot Noir from Burgundy’s Top Appellations” ($45)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: “Great Spanish Wine Values” with Steve Miles ($30)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: “Zuccardi - Mendoza Masters Malbec Series” ($30)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.: “The Exciting Dry Red Wines of Port Country” (Douro Valley, Portugal) by Prats & Symington ($25)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: “Vini Spumanti d'Italia - Sparkling Wines of Italy” ($30)

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.: South African Chenin Blanc Experience ($25)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: “Twenty First Century Rioja” ($25)

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: “The Terroir of the Sherry Bodega” ($25)

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: “Give this (Person) a Cigare!” with Randall Grahm, President for Life, Bonny Doon Vineyards ($30)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: "Exciting Argentina“ wine seminar with Jeff Mausbach ($30)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: “Wine Spectator Presents ... World-Wide Wine Adventure” ($30)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: “Experience the Fun and Exciting Wines of Portugal!” ($25)

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: A Tuscan Table Wine & Food Pairing Experience with epicurean Lou Di Palo Presented by Seaport Hotel in collaboration with Toscana Promozione & the Italian Trade Commission ($35)

4 p.m. – 5 p.m.: “Rum 101” ($25)

You can purchase tickets for individual seminars at

Visit for more information about the Boston Wine Expo.

Meghan Colloton can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @BostonMeghan.

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Stephanie Callahan is a native Bostonian who loves cooking, traveling, spa treatments, and being on the ocean.

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