Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 18 years, the Nantucket Wine Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
Preliminary ticket sales for select NWF 2015 Events will begin on November 15, 2014. The full schedule of 2015 events will be available on January 15, 2015. Get your tickets early!
Must be 21 or older to purchase tickets to events that include wine or spirits. Valid ID required for entry.
Great Wines in Grand Houses
Great Wines in Grand Houses is the most prestigious of the NWF events. The GWIGH programming includes both Wine Tastings and Wine Dinners hosted in the unique setting of private, historic and elegant Nantucket homes. Wine Dinners and Tastings will take place throughout the 5-day festival.
Please see the 2014 Great Wines in Grand Houses events below. The full schedule of 2015 events, including Great Wines in Grand Houses, will be available on January 15, 2015.
LAST YEAR'S EVENTS
Napa Rocks! A Cliff Lede Tasting | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | $125.00
Join Jennifer Huether, Master Sommelier and Brand Ambassador for Cliff Lede Vineyards, as she breaks down the “Rock Blocks” of this Napa Valley winery. Unique to this winery, each vineyard block is aged in its own tank, ensuring that the wine will evolve at its own pace. With each of these blocks being named after a classic rock tune, guests at this wine tasting will be chanting for an encore. Wines will include the 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 vintages of Cliff Lede’s Poetry Cabernet Sauvignon.
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron Wine Tasting | 2:00pm - 3:30pm | $150.00
Château Pichon-Longueville Baron has long been recognized as one of the top estates in Bordeaux. This majestic château is known for producing 2nd growth wines of structure with rich tannins that are both powerful and elegant. Guided by Brand Ambassador, Corinne Michot, guests will enjoy an in-depth tasting of Pichon-Baron's world class wines, including 1996, 2000, 2001, 2006 Château Pichon-Longueville Baron and the 2007 Château Suduiraut.
Ridge Vineyards Wine Dinner | 8:00pm - 11:00pm | $750.00
A legendary dining experience featuring our Luminary of the Year, Paul Draper from Ridge Vineyards and Louisville's favorite chef, Dean Corbett of Corbett's An American Place. A significant figure in the history of California winemaking, Paul Draper is known as one of the most important figures in the history of long-lived, single vineyard zinfandels. Producing some of the most age worthy wines in California, Ridge placed 5th at the 1976 Judgement of Paris, marking the end of an era in which it was thought that fine wine could only be produced in Europe. This extravagant five course wine dinner will begin with a Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception and feature Ridge Vineyards’ 2012 Chardonnay Estate, 2012 Geyserville, and Monte Bello Estate from 1984, 1992 and 2006.
An Alsatian Legacy: Domaine Schlumberger Tasting | 11:00am - 12:30pm | $95.00
The vineyards of Domaines Schlumberger were originally planted by the Romans and were later controlled by the Prince Abbotts of Murbach, an order of monks who established their seat at the town of Guebwiller in the southern end of Alsace. The Schlumberger vineyards are the largest in Alsace, and one of the largest blocks of contiguous vineyards in France. The domaine also has the distinction of owning the largest acreage of Alsace grand cru vineyards. Today, Domaine Schlumberger combines traditional winemaking methods with modern technology to produce their Grand Cru wines. Join Export Director Thomas Schlumberger, from the family’s 7th Generation, for an in depth tasting of the Domaine’s Riesling ‘Prince Abbes’ 2011; Riesling GC ‘Saering’ 2008; Pinot Gris ‘Prince Abbes’ 2011; Pinot Gris ‘Spiegel’ 2007; Gewurztraminer ‘Prince Abbes’ 2010; Gewurztraminer ‘Kiltterle’ 2003; and VT, Gewurztraminer Cuvee Christine.
Winding Down the Mosel: Dr. Loosen Riesling Tasting | 11:00am - 12:30pm | $95.00
The Dr. Loosen estate has been in the same family for more than 200 years. When Ernst Loosen assumed ownership in 1988, he realized that, with ungrafted vines averaging 60 years old in some of Germany’s best-rated vineyards, he had the raw materials to create stunningly intense, world-class wines. Join Owner/Winemaker Ernst Loosen, as he guides guests through a versatile wine tasting of Rieslings from the slopes of Germany’s Mosel Valley. Dr. Loosen produces only Riesling from traditional, slate-soil vineyards in the Mosel Valley. Wines will include Riesling Ürziger Würzgarten 'Grosses Gewächs' 2011, Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese 'Fischerei' 2012, Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese 1985, and TBA Wehlener Sonnenhr 2007. Ranging from bone dry to exquisitely sweet, this tasting will please even the most discriminate palates. Prost!
Bordeaux's Top Super Second: Cos D'Estournel Tasting | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | $150.00
Experience an in-depth wine tasting with Dimitri Augenblick of Chateau Cos d’Estournel. 'Cos', located in St-Estèphe, is widely regarded as one of the great stars of Bordeaux's classified growths and a general out-performer. This will be a unique opportunity to enjoy a series of vintages direct from the cellars of this exceptional property - 1986, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2008, as well as Blanc 2011 and Les Pagodes de Cos 2009.
A Spanish Legend: Vega Sicilia 150th Anniversary Tasting | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | $150.00
Founded in 1864, Vega Sicilia symbolizes the golden legend of Spanish red wine. The Vega Sicilia wines enjoy a certain old, but stately air; wines with great elegance, finesse, complexity and the ample capacity for maintaining their characteristics in the bottle for a long time. Join Export Director, Puri Mancebo, in discovering and celebrating Vega Sicilia’s 150th anniversary at this special tasting of Único 2003, 2000, 1998 and 1994 and Valbuena 2005, 2004, 2000 and 1998.
Pioneers of the Rhône Valley Renaissance: Yves Cuilleron and François Villard Tasting | 1:00pm - 2:30pm | $95.00
Winemakers François Villard and Yves Cuilleron bring a taste of the Rhône to the Nantucket Wine Festival with a broad tasting of wines from Sarl François Villard, Cave Yves Cuilleron, and Vins de Vienne. Francois Villard, a former chef, followed his heart and set up his own winery in the Condrieu region of the Northern Rhone in 1989. In the 20 years since then his reputation has rapidly blossomed; he is the darling of the French media and all his wines are in the top Michelin-starred restaurants. These two vintners have a long history, sharing a close friendship and a deep love of wine. In pursuit of their shared dream of reviving the “forgotten” vineyard of Seyssuel, Villard and Cuilleron started Vins de Vienne in 1996 and have been producing unique wines of outstanding quality ever since. Taste the wines with the pioneering winemakers as they take you on a journey across the appellations of the Rhône. Yves Cuilleron will present Condrieu 'Les Chaillets' 2010, Saint Joseph 'Les Sirens' 2007, Côte Rôtie 'Terres Sombres' 2010.
An Inspired Vision of Napa Valley: Realm Cellars Tasting |2:30pm - 4:00pm | $125.00
Since its inception in 2002, Realm Cellars has been committed to a singular goal: producing small amounts of hand-crafted wines of superior quality from Bordeaux varietals culled from some of the most distinctive Napa Valley vineyards. By design, their portfolio of wines is meant to represent the realm of Napa Valley: a curation of vineyards – both legendary and those that they consider to be undiscovered gems – that collectively showcase the diversity of this great winegrowing region. Join founder Juan Mercado for a tasting of these exclusive wines, finely crafted with grapes from impeccable growing sites with the judicious oversight of the human hand and palate. Wine will include the 2011 Farella Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 Beckstoffer To Kalon Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011 The Tempest Red Blend, 2011 The Bard Red Blend, and 2013 White Wine.
Napa Valley Bordeaux Blends: Pahlmeyer Tasting | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | $130.00
The Pahlmeyer story is a tale of international intrigue, passion and Hollywood stardom… Of Jayson Pahlmeyer, friends and family… Of French clones, legendary winemaking and iconic wines...Immerse yourself in the makings of sustainable viticulture at this interactive wine tasting. Led by Kale Anderson, Director of Winemaking - Napa Valley, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the meticulous process of “blendmaking.” Wines include the 2012 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay; 2011 Pahlmeyer Merlot; and the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red.
An Expression of Châteauneuf du Pape: Domaine du Pegau Tasting | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | $140.00
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 is 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 it’s full-bodied, spicy red wines. This tasting will explore the 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2011 Domaine Du Pegau Reservee. Join Winemaker/Owner Laurence Féraud for this intimate wine tasting, and experience the authenticity of a wine from a traditional culture in modern times.
Go Horizontal: 2004 Vintage Tasting with Veuve Clicquot | 4:30pm - 6:00pm | $125.00
Longtime Nantucket Wine Festival Official Champagne Sponsor, Veuve Clicquot, has been producing fine quality Champagne since it was founded in 1772. In 1810, Madame Clicquot broke new ground by creating the first vintage Champagne, made of grapes from one single harvest. Join Veuve Clicquot Cellar Master and Winemaking Director, Dominique Demarville, for a horizontal tasting of bubbles that were born in 2004. The exceptionally fine weather conditions in September 2004 allowed the abundant crop of grapes to ripen beautifully. The late harvest produced wines of structure and elegance. Compare the styles of Veuve Clicquot Vintage, Vintage Rosé, La Grande Dame and La Grande Dame Rosé and explore how the harvest from one decade ago shaped the unique qualities of the 2004 vintage.
A Poetic Narrative of Napa: Ovid Wine Tasting | 4:30pm - 6:00pm | $150.00
The Ancient Roman poet, Ovid is best known for his poem Metamorphose, which trumpets change and transformation. That is the Ovid way. Blending classical and modern methods in farming and winemaking, the best barrels are chosen from many small lots of estate grown fruit. Ovid is a blend of four Bordeaux varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Immerse yourself in a unique expression of Napa Valley at this interactive wine tasting. Led by Winemaker Austin Peterson, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about this boutique blend by tasting the 2006, 2008 & 2010 Ovid Red Blend and the 2009 Hexameter.
Donelan Family Wines – Wine Dinner | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | $600.00
Joe Donelan of Donelan Family Wines opens the doors of his Nantucket family home for this unprecedented dining experience. The family behind the eponymous Sonoma Valley winery will spoil guests with their warm hospitality and unique wines, and Chef Geoff Lazlo of the Whelk in Westport, CT, a Donelan family friend, will prepare the extravagant five course wine dinner. The evening will begin with a Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception and will be followed by a presentation of hand selected wines presented by Donelan Winemaker Joe Nielsen. Wines to be presented include: Donelan Family Winery’s 2012 Nancie Chardonnay, 2012 Venus Roussanne/Viognier, 2012 Two Brothers Pinot Noir, 2011 Cuvee Christine Syrah, 2009 Cuvee Keltie Syrah, and 2011 Walker Vine Hill Syrah.
Malvirá Wine Dinner | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | $600.00
Located in the heart of the Roero in Piedmont, Italy, Malvirá began its production in the 1950's under the guidance of Giuseppe Damonte. Giuseppe was a visionary, understanding that the Roero had not yet maximized its vineyards and thus its grape-growing potential. Still a family business, each member of the Malvirá "family" has a primary idea to make wines that transcend the Roero area in its purest and most elegant form. Join second-generation winemaker, Roberto Damonte, as he presents his family’s award-winning wines alongside the cutting edge cuisine of Chef Tony Maws. Wines will include Malvira's Langhe Favorita 2013, Roero Arneis Trinita 2009, Barbera d’Alba San Michele 2008, Roero Riserva Trinita 2005 and Roero Superiore 1998. Chef Maws’ relentlessly innovative culinary techniques and ability to match just the right food combinations to create the perfect dish have earned him the prestigious James Beard Award for Best Chef, Northeast. Chef Maws is chef/owner of the highly-acclaimed Craigie on Main in Cambridge, MA, and recently opened the much-awaited Kirkland Tap + Trotter in neighboring Somerville, MA.
Trimbach Wine Dinner | 7:30pm - 11:00pm | $650.00
Join Jean Trimbach for this Alsatian Journey. The exquisite wines of Domaine Trimbach are the result of twelve passionately committed generations inspired by the past, but always looking ahead to the future. They are known throughout Alsace for their “Trimbach style,” consistently distinguishing themselves by the quality and authenticity of their wines. Enjoy these signature wines paired magnificently with the cuisine of Chef Mary Dumont of Harvest (Cambridge, MA), whose award-winning New England cuisine features seasonally sourced and local ingredients. This extravagant five course wine dinner will begin with a Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception along with Trimbach 2010 Riesling "Reserve." Jean Trimbach will then present wines including the 1997 Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Emile”; 2007 Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Emile”; 2011 Pinot Gris “Reserve”; 2007 Pinot Gris “Reserve Personnelle”; 2007 Gewurztraminer “Reserve”; 2007 Gewurztraminer “Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre”; 2005 Gewurztraminer Vendanges Tardives; 2000 Gewurztraminer “Hors Choix” Selection de Grains Nobles.
Kistler Vineyards Wine Dinner | 7:30pm - 11:00pm | $650.00
Old World meets New World… Practicing old world Burgundian techniques on new world vineyards, Kistler has gained a reputation for producing world-class wines. The vineyard’s biannual release of Chardonnay is one of the most sought after by wine enthusiasts, available only to members of their mailing list. Master of Wine, Geoff Labitzke, from Kistler Vineyards will treat dinner guests to an exclusive tasting of the Sonoma winery’s single vineyard varietals, including McCrea 2005, McCrea 2011, Hyde Chardonnay 2010, Kistler Vineyard Pinot Noir 2003 and Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2012. Chef Ken Oringer is chef and owner of restaurants that span the globe, including his flagship restaurant Clio in Boston and the newly opened Toro in New York City. Oringer's five restaurants throughout Boston are among the city's most popular and critically acclaimed. Each uniquely reflects a passion for quality, authenticity and culinary innovation that consistently attracts loyal fans and both local and national accolades.
Château Palmer Wine Dinner | 7:30pm - 11:00pm | $650.00
Château Palmer and AAA Gold Diamond Award Winning Chef William Kovel of Catalyst (Cambridge MA) present a Modern American Wine Dinner with a French Twist. Château Palmer has deep roots that are embedded in the terrior of the Margaux appellation. A Grand Cru is a matter of origin in time as in space. Finesse and elegance, typical of the great wines of Margaux, are permanent trademarks of Château Palmer, characterized by the softness and refinement of silk, the warmth of velvet, and the leather of noblesse. Both barrel and bottle ageing contribute greatly to the unique expression of the Château, rewarding the wine and its consumer with an exotic, unforgettable taste. The evening will begin with a Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception and will be followed by a presentation of wines selected by Jean-Louis Carbonnier of Château Palmer including beautiful vintages of these extraordinarily complex wines. Wines will include the 2006 and 2004 Alter Ego and the 2011, 2005, 2004, 1999, 1998, and 1995 Palmer.
Roots of Bordeaux: Château Palmer Tasting | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | $150.00
The Château Palmer style is embedded in history and dedicated to the expression of its terroir. Experience the timelessness of Château Palmer during this in-depth wine tasting. Led by Château Palmer’s Director of the Americas, Jean-Louis Carbonnier, guests will have the opportunity to taste the Grand Cru’s powerful combination of grape varietals-Merlot, Cabernet, and a small amount of Petit Verdot. Finesse and elegance, typical of the great wines of Margaux, are the permanent trademarks of Château Palmer. The complex, aromatic finish of Château Palmer will stay with you long after the tasting concludes. Wines include the 2011 and 2008 Alter Ego and the Historical XIX Century Blend, Lot 20.06.
Organic Napa Valley Vines: Frog's Leap Tasting | 12:00pm - 1:30pm | $85.00
Using the best of Napa Valley’s organically grown grapes and the most traditional winemaking techniques, Frog's Leap strives to produce wines that deeply reflect the soils and climate from which they emanate. Winemakers John Williams and Paula Moschetti hand-craft an annual production of almost 60,000 cases composed of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Rutherford and Zinfandel. Join Howard Imber for a tasting of these natural wines that celebrate the full character of their fruit and the terroir of this family vineyard. Wines will include Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Chardonnay 2012, Zinfandel 2011, Merlot 2011 and Cabernet Sauvignon 2011.
Continuum Estate Wine Dinner | 7:00pm - 11:00pm | $600.00
A Classic American Wine Dinner… Located on Pritchard Hill in the historic Napa Valley, Continuum Estate produces a single estate blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot. Delicious in its youth and evolving to express greater nuance, delicacy and interest with age, each vintage of Continuum’s stately wine is a unique expression of Napa Valley. The evening will begin with a Veuve Clicquot Champagne reception and will be followed by a presentation of hand selected wines presented by Carissa Mondavi of Continuum Estate, including the 2008 and 2011 Continuum Red Blend. Each wine will accompany the refined cuisine of Chef Eric Brennan of Post 390 in Boston. Chef Eric is known for his savory hand-crafted American cuisine, expert technique and deep-rooted relationships with farmers.
Vive la France! Domaine Faiveley Wine Dinner | 7:30pm - 11:00pm | $650.00
Established in 1825, the wines of Domaine Faiveley reflect Burgundy’s extraordinary mosaic of terroirs. With a firm commitment to the quality of Burgundy’s patrimony, the Faiveley family has purchased vineyards and is today among the largest owners of classified vineyards in the Cote de Nuits, Cote de Beaune and Cotes Chalonnaise. Bernard Hervet will pull wines from the Domaine’s 19th century cellar to pair with the noteworthy French-American cuisine of rising-star Chef Christopher Coombs of Deuxave (Boston.) Lauded as a young talent in the world of edibles and potables by Forbes “30 under 30: Food & Wine” list in 2012, Chef Coombs continually raises the bar of fine dining in Boston’s food scene. Wines will include Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru 2011, Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain 2011, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Charmes 2011, Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2010 and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru 2007.