Events

Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.  

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Great Wines in Grand Houses

The Great Wines in Grand Houses include some of the most prestigious NWF events. Programming includes both Wine Tastings and Wine Dinners hosted in the unique setting of elegant, historic and grand island homes. Each tasting features wines presented by a distinguished winemaker/vintner. Each dinner showcases both winemaker/vintner and featured chef. The winemaker will be seated at the table with the guests. Chef will present each course and the winemaker will present and discuss each wine pairing.

TICKETS TO THE 2017 GREAT WINES IN GRAND HOUSES - DINNERS AND TASTINGS - WILL GO ON SALE JANUARY 16, 2017         

SAMPLE OF GWIGH EVENTS OFFERED LAST MAY 2016:   

Donelan Family Wines: Wine Tasting

Joe Donelan, founder of Donelan Family Wines, welcomes you into his Nantucket family home for this tasting of their exclusive and unique wines.  This small, boutique winery located in Sonoma County produces award-winning Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Grenache, and Roussanne. Sourcing all their fruit from specific vineyards in Sonoma (often where they will purchase the entire crop), Donelan is less interested in the exact brix count than with the flavor profile and overall tasting experience.  Well loved by the Nantucket community, you will quickly learn why the Donelan family and their exquisite wines are somewhat of a legend both on island and across the US.

Champagne Henri Giraud Tasting

Champagne Henri Giraud's history in Champagne began with the Hémart family, descendants of Henri IV, who settled permanently in Aÿ at the beginning of the 17th century. Over the centuries, the wines of Aÿ have been classed among the world’s finest and the Giraud-Hémart family own an incredible 35 parcels of Grand Cru land in Aÿ.  Today, Claude Giraud is the 12th generation of the Giraud-Hémart family in Aÿ and lovingly oversees this family House. Join Claude as he engages us in a tasting of multiple vintages and multiple wines - he will explain the history and the story behind this legendary Champagne.

Domaine du Pégau Wine Tasting

Domaine du Pégau is a beloved icon of traditionalism in Châteauneuf du Pape, crafting wines that dually epitomize the Châteauneuf style of the Southern Rhône while being unmistakably Pégau. Long owned by the Féraud family, the estate is run by the charming Laurence. Despite receiving six 100-point scores in less than 10 years, Domaine du Pégau remains a down to earth specimen of Southern France hospitality. Considered by some to be France’s most seductive wine, the Châteauneuf du Pape style is known for its full-bodied, spicy red wines. Join Winemaker/Owner Laurence Féraud for this intimate wine tasting, and experience the authenticity of a wine from a traditional culture in modern times.

Paul Hobbs Winery Tasting

With vineyards in Sonoma, Russian River Valley, Carneros and Napa Valley, Paul Hobbs Winery crafts small-production wines from distinctive growing sites. Known for their meticulous vineyard management and minimally-invasive winemaking techniques, Paul Hobbs Winery has received numerous accolades since its founding in 1991. Matt Hobbs, brother of founder Paul Hobbs, will combine family history and wine-growing/winemaking techniques as they present a variety of exquisite wines.  The journey is entertaining and personal – connected and sincere.

Hourglass Vineyard Wine Tasting

Napa Valley is shaped much like an hourglass, and in the very center “pinch” lies the founding Hourglass Vineyard. The unique geography, microclimate, rocky soils, and hillside slope of this exact location provide a site unlike any other in Napa. Representing a cutting-edge, modern Napa Valley winemaking style, they farm all five of the classic Bordeaux varieties. The architecture of the winery represents the sentiment of owners; decidedly simple, elegant and modern.  The architectural influences are a nod to the Hourglass wines.  Join Winemaker Tony Biagi for an exploration of these acclaimed single-varietal wines.

Hecht & Bannier Wine Tasting

Travel to the south of France with Hecht & Bannier on a wine tasting expedition.  Focused on the wines from the best terroirs in Provence, Languedoc, and Roussillon, they are committed to conserving the typical Mediterranean strength in their wines while preserving balance and crispness.   Join co-founder Gregory Hecht to taste and learn about the subtle nuances of these spectacular regions.  The Languedoc-Roussillon is widely considered to be France’s largest and most confounding winemaking region, due to its sprawling size, range of terroirs, and numerous appellations of wine. Hecht & Bannier is at the forefront of a revolution in quality and determined to share this with the world.

Mastroberardino Wine Tasting

Mastroberardino is Campania's most renowned winery, established in the 1750s by winemaker Pietro di Mastroberardino and located in the town of Altripalda in the ancient region of Irpinia. After World War II, when many other Italian winemakers were making the choice to cultivate international grapes, Mastroberardino opted to focus on indigenous varieties such as Aglianico, Falanghina, Fiano, Piedirosso, Greco and Coda di Volpe. Today, this family-based winery is universally acknowledged to have been the most important guardian of the ancient winemaking heritage of Campania. Join estate owner Piero Mastroberardino on a journey through Italy’s ancient wines.

Bodegas Faustino Rioja Wine Tasting

Bodegas Faustino, located in Oyón in Spain's Rioja region, has earned international acclaim during its more than 140 years of experience in the making and aging of top-of-the-range wines. The excellent qualities of the mixed clay and calcareous soils in these grape-growing areas, together with an ideal microclimate create grape varieties (Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, and Viura) of exquisite quality. The winery maintains a permanent stock of 9 million bottles of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines. Master Sommelier Brian Cronin will lead you through a legendary tasting of Faustino wines dating back to the 1960s

Marchesi di Barolo Wine Tasting

It’s no secret that the Italian wine region of Piedmont, bordered by France to the west, Switzerland to the north and the Italian Riviera to the south, is the source of two of the country’s most prestigious wines; Barolo and Barbaresco. Marchesi di Barolo is one of the oldest and most legendary producers in Piedmont. Winemaking in this region is taken as a serious art form. Their wines have a long and celebrated history throughout Italy and are coveted for their uniqueness and quality all over the world. Unlike Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, which flourish all around the world, the Nebbiolo grape rarely thrives outside its native Piedmontese habitat. While relatively resistant to frost, damp and mist, it is highly sensitive to terrain, faring best in the Langhe district's chalky, marly soil of maritime origin. Marchesi di Barolo is focused on the vinification of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Arneis and Cortese – the most prestigious grapes of the Langhe. This family-owned estate takes pride in the international reputation it has established for its fine Barolo and two superb single-vineyard crus, all made from 100% estate-grown Nebbiolo grapes. Valentina Abbona who represents Marchesi di Barolo’s 6th generation, will guide you through a tasting of these exquisite wines, together with her mother Anna.

DAOU Vineyards Wine Tasting

Daniel Daou has devoted his life to creating a Cabernet Sauvignon that rivals the very best in the world. After researching the best wine growing regions across the world, Daniel and brother Georges settled on Paso Robles specifically for its terroir – the 2,200-foot elevation, the calcareous soil and the light Pacific breeze combine to a “perfect storm” for creating award-winning Bordeaux-style wines. Meticulous vineyard management and a French approach to making wines have earned DAOU Vineyards numerous accolades for their free-run (never pressed) wines. No effort is spared to create the luscious varietals and blends that flow from this limited production winery. Join DAOU Proprietors Daniel and Georges Daou for an exploration of these wines.

Sokol Blosser Wine Tasting

Sokol Blosser tells the history of the pioneering attitude of the great Oregon producers.  1970 was winding down when founders Bill Blosser and Susan Sokol Blosser pulled their ’68 VW Camper up to an abandoned prune orchard 30 miles southwest of Portland. They had little farming experience and just a basic knowledge of winemaking – but what they did have, in abundance, was a passion for growing the Pinot Noir grape and creating world-class wine. Soon after settling on this extraordinary land, they planted their first vines and cinched their place as pioneers in Oregon’s budding wine industry.

Evening Land Vineyards Wine Tasting

Founded in 2005, Evening Land Vineyards is an ambitious and unique project dedicated to making world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills, at the Seven Springs Vineyard. The Pacific Ocean breeze, volcanic soil, eastern exposure, and high elevation contribute to the natural preservation of the grapes' acidity and enrich the wines with elegant flavors and minerality. Helmed by acclaimed winemakers Rajat Parr and Sashi Moorman, Evening Land is highly acclaimed and was named the No. 3 wine of Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2015. Rajat Parr will host an exclusive tasting of this prestigious Oregon producer.

Bertani Amarone Tasting

One of Italy's bastions of traditional winemaking, Bertani is a reference point for traditional Amarone. In addition to essentially creating Amarone, Bertani was also one of the first Veronese producers to export its wines on a significant scale. Join Brian Cronin MS as he explains how Bertani Amarone is now celebrated as a standard bearer for its category.Experience these elegant wines dating back to the 1960s.  Featured wines will include: Amarone 1967, Amarone 1973, Amarone 1975, Amarone 1980, Amarone 1981, Amarone 1996, Amarone 2006.

Château Cos D'Estournel - The COS Magnum Dinner

Commemorate the 20 years of the Nantucket Wine Festival with the Château Cos D'Estournel Magnum Dinner. Château Cos D’Estournel, located in St-Estèphe, is widely regarded as one of the great stars of Bordeaux's classified growths and a general out-performer. ‘Cos’ is making one of the most exciting Bordeaux wines today. The wines are big, bold, full bodied and concentrated with perfectly ripe fruit. Even though these wines have bold characteristics, everything is in perfect balance. The perfume offers a unique incense quality, that is not found in other Bordeaux wines. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy a series of benchmark vintages direct from the cellars of this exceptional property, presented by Dimitri Augenblick.  These magnanimous wines will be paired with the award-winning cuisine of Chef Mary Dumont from Cultivar in Boston, MA. Her contemporary New England cuisine with classic French inspiration strikes a perfect balance between tradition and innovation. The marriage of these two philosophies will produce an unforgettable wine dinner experience.  It's all about balance.

Château Pichon Baron Wine Dinner

Château Pichon Baron is the product of very stringent selection from the finest terroirs: a Pauillac Grand Vin classed as a Second Cru in the 1855 ranking system in Bordeaux.  Its great vintages are wines with an exceptionally long finish, displaying truly regal power finesse and elegance.    Pichon Baron produces rich, full bodied, spicy, concentrated, tannic and elegant wines. In the top vintages the wines age and improve for decades.  Château Pichon Baron can be cellared for over 40 years, but will already be a pleasure to drink within 5 to 7 years. While prices have risen, so has the quality. Historically, Château Pichon Baron was designed for connoisseurs and collectors of fine wines.  Today, it is enjoyed by a widespread group following the path of the resurgence of Bordeaux.Join Vigneron Christian Seely, Managing Director of AXA Millésimes, who oversees the winemaking for Château Pichon Baron, and several other properties in Bordeaux, Burgundy and Portugal. It is often said that Christian Seely has one of the best jobs in the world of wine.  You will be captivated by his knowledge, his intensity and his humor. He will guide you through a tasting of these powerful wines.The dinner features the cuisine of renowned Chef Geoff Lazlo of the Mill Street Bar & Table in Greenwich, CT. With a heavy focus on farm-to-table and local products, Geoff’s rustic approach is finessed to an elegant presentation.  He draws on classical experience at such esteemed restaurants as Chez Panisse and Gramercy Tavern as he develops unexpected and exciting dishes.  Enjoy this elegant dinner packed with character and personality.

Penfolds Wine Dinner

One of the oldest wineries in Australia, Penfolds has played a pivotal role in the evolution of winemaking in Australia. Penfolds’ epoch Grange changed the landscape of Australian fine wine when it was introduced in 1951. Sourced from their coveted vineyards located across Southern Australia, Penfolds produces world-class and highly collectible wines utilizing a variety of grapes. Join DLynn Proctor, Penfolds Ambassador, Americas and Canada, in an exploration of their greatest exports. The perfect complement to this iconic winery is the cuisine of Brad Farmerie, Executive Chef of New York's PUBLIC.  He has a strong connection and self-proclaimed love affair with Australia. From his extensive world travels and work abroad, Brad fell in love with the fresh flavors and distinctive products of Australia.  Brad brought this specialized style back to the states and surprised the New York dining scene with cuisine inspired by Australia and New Zealand. Brad combines his collection of international influences with his own personal unique twist on tradition to create his signature global style.

Vérité 100 Point Wine Dinner

In an historic moment, wine critic Robert Parker, Jr. of The Wine Advocate, recently announced twelve 100-point scores for Vérité’s three blends: Le Désir, La Joie and La Muse. This is the first time a Sonoma County winery has received this many perfect scores. Join us for a most memorable Vérité 100 Point Wine Dinner. The name Vérité, French for truth, stands for wines that reflect their soil with integrity. Dine with vigneron Pierre Seillan and his wife Monique as they share their philosophy on the wines, the terroir and the very distinct approach to winemaking that has made this Sonoma County winery the living legend that it is. Enjoy the five course dinner created by Executive Chef Lou Rossi of the acclaimed Relais and Château property, Castle Hill Inn in Newport. Each dish will be perfectly paired with a 100 point Vérité wine. Chef Lou Rossi carries on the culinary tradition of the Castle Hill Inn, known as one of the most romantic inns in the country, exemplifying the warmth and quiet luxury of 19th-century seacoast life. The dinner, the wine, the ambiance and the personalities will make this an unforgettable evening!

Chappellet Wine Dinner

When Donn and Molly Chappellet fell in love with Pritchard Hill in 1967 and founded Chappellet Winery on its rocky slopes, they became the first winery to plant vineyards exclusively on high-elevation hillsides. Pritchard Hill’s rugged terroir, with a variety of elevations and soil types, is legendary for producing wines with great intensity and depth—qualities that define the world's finest Cabernet Sauvignons. From these Pritchard Hill vineyards, the Chappellets have been crafting extraordinary, age-worthy wines hailed as “Napa’s Grand Cru." Join Cyril Chappellet for a delightful evening of storytelling, education and tasting of the wines that have made Chappellet famous. These wines will be perfectly paired with the refined and rustic cuisine of Chef Michael Scelfo, the owner and Executive Chef of Alden & Harlow in Cambridge, MA.

Vérité / Arcanum / Château Lassègue Wine Tasting

Join Pierre Seillan, winemaker for the highly acclaimed Vérité Winery in Sonoma, Château Lassègue in Bordeaux, and Arcanum in Tuscany for a tasting of exquisite wines from each of his three wineries. Pierre's passion lies in crafting wines from diverse terroirs, using the same philosophy to capture the unique expressions of Sonoma County, Bordeaux and Tuscany in each vintage. An international Vigneron, Pierre Seillan has spent the past five decades perfecting his micro-cru philosophy to create world-class wines.

Staglin Family Vineyard Wine Tasting

In 1985, Garen and Shari Staglin purchased a 50-acre piece of land owned by Beaulieu Vineyards. This vineyard is one of Napa’s most historic – originally planted in the late 1860’s. Situated at the base of the western slopes of Mount St. John, the tallest mountain in the Mayacamas Range, the Staglin property features ideal soils, microclimate and location.  Farmed organically and solar powered, Staglin Family Vineyard makes wines that are consistently rated among the top wines in each vintage. True to their name, the Staglin Family Winery is run and operated by family members in all facets of the production. It was their family's longtime dream to farm a vineyard and produce world class wines. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, Staglin's mission is to produce wines that reflect the distinctive character of their historic Rutherford Bench estate. As stewards of this land they farm the vineyard organically, tap in to solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state of the art underground production facility. Staglin produces varietal wines of distinction, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sangiovese and a Bordeaux style blend. 

 Pomerol Wine Tasting

The Pomerol appellation of Bordeaux's right bank has historically and physically stood apart from the other great appellations of the region. While this tiny neighbor to St Emilion remains unclassified, it produces some of the greatest wines of France on some of the most unique terroirs. With only limited production in this small, quality-focused appellation, we are honored to welcome Philippe Newlin, Director of the Bordeaux house of Duclot, as he tastes us through some of Pomerol's most distinctive wines. Be prepared to take a 'walk' from Château Gazin, to La Conseillante by way of Château Nenin, Château de Sales, Vieux Château Certan and others.  This is a rare opportunity to discover the wines of the appellation top wine professionals refer to as the 'Burgundy' of Bordeaux. 

Kosta Browne Wine Dinner

Join Dan Kosta, founder of the esteemed Sonoma County winery Kosta Browne, on an exploration of the varied personalities of this highly praised winery.  From Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Santa Lucia Highlands, Kosta Browne's intensely focused and balanced wines are among California's most in-demand, garnering numerous awards including number one wine of the year on Wine Spectator's Top 100 List. This elegant dinner will feature the acclaimed cuisine of Will Gilson, chef and owner of Cambridge’s Puritan & Co. His rustic-yet-refined style beautifully compliments the terroir driven wines of Kosta Browne. Will's style celebrates the farmer’s market fare he grew up with as a local farmer’s son. His thoughtful approach is finessed to a creative and well deserved position as one of Boston's top chefs and one of Boston's most noted restaurants.

Realm Cellars Wine Dinner

Since its founding in 2002, Realm Cellars has been committed to the singular goal of producing exceptional hand-crafted wines of superior quality. Each season they cull Bordeaux varietals from some of the most distinctive Napa Valley vineyards to create their limited production. Their collection of wines is designed to represent the best of Napa Valley. They have become known for their ability to carefully select from the legendary to the undiscovered gems of Napa Valley. Realm has grown into one of the most sought-after boutique wines of Napa Valley.Join Veuve Clicquot Winemaker, Pierre Casenave for a  La Grande Dame toast and Realm founder Juan Mercado for an exploration of these exclusive wines, paired with a multi-course dinner from Boston's legendary Lydia Shire of Scampo, the stunning first-floor restaurant in Boston’s Liberty Hotel. Shire’s background and many accolades date back to her close relationship with Boston’s culinary matriarch, Julia Child.  Her reputation for defying tradition translates into her Italian-inspired cuisine unrestrained by borders, drawing on flavors from the Mediterranean and Middle East. This dinner will reflect the bold and

Ceretto Wine Dinner

This Mediterranean inspired wine dinner will take you to the old world and back with elegant wines of vintages that span 15 years paired with innovative cuisine.  In the Langhe hills of Piedmont, Ceretto produces estate-grown wines that express true varietal character with purity and elegance. One of the largest land owners in Piedmont, with more than 400 acres of estate-owned vineyards including the prestigious DOCG areas of Barolo and Barbaresco, Ceretto is known not just for those famous wines but also for Arneis, a white wine that the Ceretto family single-handedly made famous.  In 2012, the Ceretto family began the lengthy process of obtaining Organic Certification for all of their vineyard holdings. Join Federico Ceretto, winemaker and 3rd generation family member, as he shows his family's incredible wines, including Barolo Bricco Rocche from 1999, 2006 and 2011, 2014 Arneis Blange, and 2015 Moscato d'Asti. Each wine will be perfectly paired with the cuisine of renowned chef Ken Oringer. The multiple James Beard award-winning chef owns restaurants that span the globe, including Toro in Boston and New York City and the soon-to-be-opened Toro Dubai. Oringer's restaurants each uniquely reflect a passion for quality, authenticity and culinary innovation that consistently attracts loyal fans and both local and national accolades.