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.  



The 2018 NWF Seminar Series include a unique selection of educational adventures in food and wine led by industry leaders and talented winemakers and chefs. Come taste and learn with us!


Thursday May 17, 2018

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Wine Knights - Eric Asimov, Ray Isle and Kevin Zraly at the Round Table - What is next in the World of Wine?

Our prestigious panel includes Kevin Zraly, wine educator and wine writer; Eric Asimov, New York Times wine critic and current ‘wine voice’ of our nation and Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine. Drink wine and break bread with these heavyweights and join in on a lively discussion about what they believe to be the future of wine. The panel will be moderated by Larkmead winemaker, Dan Petroski, another wine-mind of our time.  Ask questions, listen and learn while you taste amazing wines with these big personalities.

Featured Wines:

  • 2016 Vigneto Saetti, Lambrusco Frizzante Salamino di Santa Croce, Emilia Romagna
  • 2016 Gai'a, Assyrtiko Wild Ferment, Santorini
  • 2016 Azores Wine Company, Arinto Branco, Pico Açores
  • 2015 Charly Thévenet, Grain & Granit, Régnié
  • 2012 Château Biac, Côtes de Bordeaux Cadillac
  • 2014 Louis M. Martini, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 


2:00pm - 3:30pm

Champagne Wishes, Caviar Dreams

Caviar and Champagne have long been considered a perfect gourmet match. Taste and learn about two of the world’s most extravagant indulgences. Discover how the flavor profile of the caviar is beautifully enhanced by the champagne’s bubbles and dryness. Learn from Calvisius Caviar experts, one of the finest caviar producers in Italy, as they pair up with Champagne Taittinger to present the world’s most extravagant indulgences…Caviar and Champagne. Join John Knierim, Vice President of Calvisius Caviar and Christian Dalbavie, CSW - French Portfolio Manager of Kobrand as they educate and delight your palate with the mystery behind this perfect pairing. 

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Friday May 18, 2018

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Rosé S'il Vous Plait Brunch

The Rosé Brunch will feature French vintners from the much acclaimed Provence region of France. Luminaries Bertrand Verduzier of Champagne Gosset, François Matton of Château Minuty, Paul Chevalier of Château d'Esclans, and Emmanuel Lemoine of Famille Perrin will pour their delicious Rosé wines alongside cuisine from Chefs Johnny Sheehan and Ryan Boya from NAHITA in Boston. It’s sure to be a colorful and delicious start to your day. 

10:00am - 11:30am

The American Truffle Revolution

Become a truffle connoisseur! In this unique and engaging program, you'll learn firsthand from world class experts about the flavors, gastronomy and mystery of black truffles, and the exciting intricacies of pairing them with wines. For decades, Americans have savored the coveted truffles imported from Europe. Now, after generations of unsuccessful attempts to cultivate in North America, the elusive black Périgord truffle is embarking on a quiet revolution here on our very own culinary turf ― one that is progressing at a rapid pace that will give us all access to ultra-fresh truffles from farm to kitchen in a matter of hours! American Truffle Company’s Robert Chang will discuss how they’ve been leading the way in applying cutting edge science to reliably cultivate these ‘black diamonds’ in truffle orchards around the country. You'll also discover how best to select, store and prepare truffles with Michelin starred Chef Gabriel Kreuther of New York City. As your culinary mentor and guide, Chef Gabriel will share his decades of experience cooking with truffles as he prepares a delectable truffle canapé and assiette paired perfectly with a sampling of exquisite wines for you to experience.

Featured Wines:

  • NV Champagne Delamotte, Brut, Le Mesnil sur-Oger
  • 2013 Domaine Pierre Damoy, Grand Cru, Chambertin
10:30am - 12:00pm

Le Grand Fromage: Cheese Seminar with Louis Risoli

Back by popular demand…. Le Grand Fromage! Defining the role of Grand Fromager across the East Coast, we bring you Louis Risoli – formerly of L’Espalier in Boston. Take a trip around the globe with a selection of artisanal cheeses, each with their own taste profile and story – paired with a flight of a variety of wine regions - Hentley Farm (Australia), Craggy Range (New Zealand), Résonance Vineyard (Oregon), Susana Balbo Wines (Argentina), Domaine des Masques (Provence) and Etude Wines (Napa Valley).

10:30am - 12:00pm

Pride Mountain Horizontal Seminar

Pride Mountain Vineyards is perched atop the Mayacamas Mountains at 2,100 feet elevation straddling the Napa/Sonoma county line uniquely with a separate bonded winery in both counties. Cultivating eight varietals from six soil types on this historic property, the winery crafts 13 award-winning wines displaying remarkable consistency over 27 vintages to date. Vintner, Stuart Bryan, presents a rare horizontal tasting of virtually all the red wines from their praise-worthy 2012 vintage, celebrating the winery’s 10th consecutive year of support for the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival.

11:00am - 12:30pm

GAME-CHANGERS: Wines That Changed the Way We Drink Wine

Join Ray Isle, Executive Wine Editor of Food & Wine Magazine to explore truly influential wines. We know what it means for a wine to taste great, but what does it take for a wine to be game-changing, to change the landscape of wine? Taste and learn about wines that represent breakthroughs in winemaking technique, or heralded the birth of new regions or caught the zeitgeist of the times. Included will be groundbreaking producers such as Egly-Ouriet, Schloss Johannisberg, Antinori, Chateau Musar, Ridge, Joseph Phelps, Catena, Veuve Cliquot and others.

11:00am - 12:00pm

Barolo and Bordeaux: Beauties and Beasts

The great wines of Barolo and Bordeaux are considered to be the most age-worthy wines on the planet, bar none. They both share so many great attributes: power, depth, structure, finesse. And with time they only get more interesting, alluring and seductive. We will compare great wines from benchmark appellations and zero in on what they share in common, while teasing out how they are at the same time so superbly unique. Speakers Valentina Abbona of Marchesi di Barolo and Robin Kelley O'Connor, wine specialist of RKO Vine Global Wine Consultants, will lead you on this journey. Be our guests! 

Featured Wines:

  • 2009 Marchesi di Barolo, Tradizione, Barolo 
  • 2009 Château Cos d'Estournel, Saint-Estèphe
  • 2005 Marchesi di Barolo, Coste di Rose, Barolo
  • 2006 Marchesi di Barolo, Cannubi, Barolo 
  • 2006 Château Talbot, Saint-Julien
  • 2010 Marchesi di Barolo, Sarmassa, Barolo
  • 2011 Château Smith Haut-Lafitte, Pessac-Léognan
11:00am - 12:30pm
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Around the World Lunch

Join Kevin Zraly, author of Windows on the World Complete Wine Course – aka the “wine bible” for an afternoon of breaking bread and tasting unique wines with vintners from around the world. Start with a caviar tasting provided by Browne Trading Company and learn about the rich culture, history and family stories behind the wineries and the winemaking. Travel and taste from England (Hattingley Valley Sparkling Wine) to New Zealand (Craggy Range) to France (Olivier Leflaive) to Lebanon (Chateau Musar) with a final last lay-over in Portugal for a taste of Graham’s Port.Our talented chefs will create dishes with international flair to pair with this whirlwind wine tour:Chefs Jose Enrique of Jose Enrique in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Michael Lombardi and Kevin O’Donnell of SRV in Boston.

12:30pm - 2:30pm
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Bubbles & Claws

Champagne and Lobster over-looking Nantucket Harbor - a dreamlike experience! Join us for this decadent pairing featuring passionate personalities that will keep you engaged and entertained. Veuve Clicquot Winemaker, Delphine Laborde will take you on a journey through the distinct qualities of three Veuve Clicquot Cuveés: Yellow Label, Vintage and Rosé. Paired perfectly with this bubbly presentation are lobster dishes created by Chefs David Blessing of Newport Beach House (Newport RI) and Carolyn Johnson of Mooncusser Fish House (Boston). These talented luminaries will lead us in lively conversation with a delicious combination of two of our most cherished indulgences: Champagne and Lobster.

1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Travel the Globe with the Chameleon Grape

Enlighten your mind and delight your palette! From South Africa to France to Oregon to South Africa and California, come find out what makes Chardonnay the most popular white wine in the world! Join Sommelier Marika Vida and some of our most distinguished wine luminaries for a Chardonnay tasting experience that will take you from Burgundy to Argentina to Oregon to Sonoma to South Africa! Perhaps THE most adaptable Grape, Chardonnay is planted in over 25 countries. The Chardonnay grape is often referred to as the “Chameleon Grape.” Unlike other grape varietals, its character is so much more dependent on winemaking than on location or terroir.

Wineries featured include:  Domaine Laroche, Bodega Catena Zapata, Bergström Winery, Peay Vineyards and DeMorgenzen for a discussion on the Many Faces of Chardonnay.

1:30pm - 3:00pm

WhistlePig Rye Tasting

Please join us for a seminar with revered WhistlePig Rye Master Distiller Dave Pickerell as he guides you through the history and resurgence of Rye Whiskey. Dave will also taste you through his elegant, handcrafted and award-winning WhistlePig Rye lineup of whiskeys including the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Whiskey of the Year Winner Boss Hog lV "The Black Prince".

Featured whiskeys will be:

  • WhistlePig Rye 10yr
  • WhistlePig Rye 12yr
  • WhistlePig Rye FarmStock Rye Crop #001
  • WhistlePig Rye FarmStock Rye Crop #002
  • WhistlePig Rye 15yr
  • WhistlePig Rye Boss Hog lV "The Black Prince"


2:30pm - 3:30pm

Cabernet Franc Seminar

Ahh…Cabernet Franc! The grape that doesn’t seem to get the attention it deserves. France is the largest producer of Cabernet Franc. Most famously, it is one of the five red grapes that make up Bordeaux red blends.  Learn how Clau de Nell in the Loire’s Anjou region, bio-dynamically produce their Cabernet Franc.  Italy is the second largest producer of Cabernet Franc. When grown in Tuscany, wines that have Cabernet Franc in the blend are referred to as “Super Tuscans” as this grape is not indigenous to this region.  An example of this wine comes from Marchese Lodivico Antinori, 26th generation winemaker from Italy’s famed Antinori family.  When grown in an even warmer climate like California, Cabernet Franc makes fuller-bodied wines showing deeper, riper fruits such as blueberry, blackberry and plum notes. Pride Mountain plants their Cabernet Franc on some of their steepest hillside terraces and slopes where the weak soils are able to adequately stress this vigorous grape variety limiting its shoot growth and concentrating its flavors into tiny berries.

3:00pm - 4:30pm

A Golden State of Mind

California is the epicenter of American winemaking with a historically rich and storied tradition.  Beginning with a wave of immigrant farmers and big dreams, California’s vast and diverse landscape is today a major force in the world of wine. There have been recent environmental challenges that have wreaked havoc on vineyards, land and personal property, but California Wine Country thrives and challenges the adversity. Come celebrate the future and taste the remarkable juice from some of California’s best producers. Presenters include: Luc Morlet from Morlet Family Vineyards, Lindy Novak from Spottswoode, Joe Donelan from Donelan Family Wines, Tom Eddy from Tom Eddy Winery, Jon Priest from Etude Wines and Christophe Paubert from Stags’ Leap Winery. Master Sommelier and Napa Valley native, Sur Lucero, MS will be leading this very special seminar with a portion of the proceeds going towards the Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund, which supports low-income, vulnerable communities impacted by the fires in Napa, Sonoma, and the surrounding region.

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Domaine des Comtes Lafon- Meursault Seminar with Eric Asimov

We talk about terroir all the time, but how does it manifest itself in wine? No place tells the story of the land better than Burgundy, where the minute differences between places have been examined over centuries in almost granular detail. Join New York Times Chief Wine Critic, Eric Asimov as we take a close-up look at some of the greatest terroirs of Meursault by examining and comparing seven different Meursaults from the legendary Domaine des Comtes Lafon.

4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Oyster Odyssey

Oyster flavor profiles are very complex and are now described much the same way that we taste wines. Connoisseurs discuss the salinity & complexity of the oyster, the finish, the hints of melon or cucumber.  Join Chef Justin Shoults to learn about Merroir and Terroir as these Bivalve Aphrodisiacs are paired with exquisite French wines from Champagne, Chablis, Provence, the Rhône Valley and Bordeaux. Close your eyes, place oyster in mouth…. No matter where you are in the world, you can practically feel sand between your toes and smell the salt in the air. Oysters take on the flavor of the water and the marine environment where they are grown - this is their “terroir” or their “merroir.”  Join us on an Oyster Odyssey with exquisite wines from several iconic French producers. 

4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Pinot Noir, Oregon Style Seminar

Explore the great Pinot Noirs of Oregon's Willamette Valley with Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle and some of the region's top winemakers.  This tasting sojourn will include wines from acclaimed producers Elk Cove Vineyards, Resonance Vineyard and Winery, Bergström Wines, Drouhin Oregon Roserock, and Soter Vineyards. But what makes Oregon Pinot Noir so distinctive? How does it differ from the wines of California and of Burgundy? We'll delve into the Willamette's different subregions, the nature of the valley's terroir and climate, and hear where Oregon Pinot will be headed next—all while tasting these winemaker's top cuvées.


4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Royal Tokaji Wine & Dessert Pairing

As the world’s first Noble Rot oriented sweet wine and the first vineyard area to be classified, Tokaji (from Tokaj, Hungary) was established around the turn of the 17th century. Unique from most other renowned wines involving Botrytis Cinerea, Tokaji is not only produced from a blend of grape varieties, but also from a blend of dry wine and a paste made from crushed sweet grapes.  Join Winemaker Zoltán Kovács for an astounding lineup of vintage and single-vineyard bottlings at varying degrees of sweetness and unwavering class, exemplifying how Royal Tokaji brings this golden-hued luxury from vine to glass in the modern era. Guests will enjoy a guided tasting with thoughtful dessert pairings that will leave both the palate and the soul enriched and enlightened.

8:30pm - 9:30pm
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Saturday May 19, 2018

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Rhône Valley Wine Seminar: There’s No Place Like Rhône, Kevin Zraly Master Class

Join Kevin Zraly and moderator, Robin Kelley O' Connor for a fast paced and energetic journey through the Rhône Valley. Taste and compare, discuss and learn along with Rhône Valley winemakers.The Rhône Valley was created during the last ice age as the Rhône Glacier carved its way south through what is now France. Today, the Rhône River begins in the Alps and meanders for 505 miles to the Mediterranean Sea.The Northern Rhône Valley is rugged and known for its steep hillsides. Taste and learn about wines from the various Cru Regions of Northern Rhône including Côte Rôtie, Condrieu, St. Joseph, Crozes-Hermitage and Hermitage.

If Syrah is the big boy of the North, Grenache is the King in the South. The Southern Rhône Valley is much larger, representing 95% of all wines produced in the Valley. Explore the Côte du Rhône regions from Gigondas, and Rasteau to Lirac and Châteauneuf-du-Pape - the most famous of the AOC's of the Rhône Valley.

Vintners in attendance include: François Villard of Domaine François Villard, Yves Cuilleron of Cave Yves Cuilleron, Emmanuel Lemoine of Famille Perrin and Laurence Feraud of Domaine du Pégau.

11:00am - 12:30pm

French Country Bordeaux Wine Luncheon with Bruno Borie

Bruno Borie is the family owner of the world renowned 2nd growth estate, Ducru-Beaucaillou.  His mother’s family is one of the oldest winemaking families owning property in the central Médoc or the “France Profound”.  The food there is simple but spectacular: ceps and chanterelles, poultry and game, stews and confits, venison, woodcocks and wild boar and fresh produce. It will be easy to picture yourself in the vineyards of the French countryside while you enjoy this luncheon to celebrate the wines of Bruno Borie.  He will present three of his other wines from several properties perfectly paired to each course. Boston Chefs Justin Shoults from Oak & Rowan and Wil Gilson from Puritan & Co will present a meal that will magically transport you to Bruno’s vineyards.

1:00pm - 3:00pm
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When the Bordeaux Saints Come Marching In

Bordeaux, the storied land of great Cabernet and Merlot blends, is a home of Saints. Along the Right Bank you have that historic medieval town of Saint-Émilion with its velvet-textured wines full of red fruits and savoriness. Across the rivers, on the edges of the Left Bank, you have the great classified growths of the hamlets of Saint-Julien and Saint-Estèphe.  Each Saint has his own personality traits and in this tasting seminar we will get to know all of them intimately.  So spend an afternoon with some wines worth meditating over. This will be a sermon of pleasure.

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Rioja in the 21st Century

Discover Rioja - Spain’s premier and most famous wine region. For over a century and a quarter Rioja's traditional age-worthy Reservas and Gran Reservas have set the standard for Spain's red wines. This exciting tasting seminar will examine the region’s full range of vintages and styles, including Gran Reserva, Reserva, Crianza, Single Vineyard expression, Rosé and White. Taste and learn about indigenous grapes of the region, including the Tempranillo variety, Spain’s most noble grape and one of the world's greatest expressions of red wine. Join famed Rioja devotee and European wine expert Robin Kelley O’Connor, CWE and Advanced Sommelier Nicholas Daddona, Beverage Director for the Boston Harbor Hotel for this interactive tasting of Spanish wines. Enjoy an assortment of Tapas, presented by Chef Pedro Alaniz to compliment the selected wines. Learn why Rioja is considered a viticultural powerhouse through this exploration of wine, culture and history. 

Featured Wines: 

  • 2017 Baron de Ley, Rosado
  • 2016 CVNE, Monople Blanco
  • 2015 Palacios Remondo, Plácet Bianco
  • 2014 Palacios Remondo, La Montesa
  • 2009 Remirez de Ganuza, Reserva
  • 2009 La Rioja Alta, Viña Arana Reserva
  • 2005 R. Lopez Heredia, Viña Tondonia Reserva
  • 2012 CVNE, Imperial Gran Reserva
  • 1995 Faustino I, Gran Reserva
5:00pm - 6:15pm