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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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.  Christian Dalbavie, CSW – French Portfolio Manager of Kobrand will educate and delight your palette with the mystery behind the bubbles that pair so perfectly with the world -renowned pairing. 

3:00pm - 4:30pm

Friday May 18, 2018

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Rosé S'il Vous Plait Brunch

Join Rosé expert, Victoria James for this spectacular multi-Rosé adventure on the deck of the White Elephant!  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 Marc Perrin of Miraval will pour their delicious Rosé wines alongside the James Beard Award Winning cuisine of Chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria in Philadelphia, PA and Chefs Johnny Sheehan and Ryan Boya from NAHITA in Boston. It’s sure to be a colorful and delicious start to your day.  Each guest will receive a copy of DRINK PINK, A Celebration of Rosé – by the event’s Moderator, Author and Sommelier:  Victoria James.

10:00am - 11:30am

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

Wines That Changed the Way We Drink Wine

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? Food & Wine Executive Wine Editor, Ray Isle, takes a look at truly influential wines—ones 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 Veuve Clicquot, Egly-Ouriet, Schloss Johannisberg, Antinori, Chateau Musar, Ridge, Joseph Phelps, Catena 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 Philippe Newlin of Bordeaux négociant Duclot will lead you on this journey. Be our guests! 

11:00am - 12:30pm

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. 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

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, Gaëlle Goossens 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

Chardonnay: The Chameleon Grape

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

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 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

California Wines Seminar

California is the epicenter of American winemaking with a historically rich and storied tradition.  Beginning with a wave of immigrant farmers and relying on the now, all but extinct Mission grape, California’s vast and diverse landscape is today a major force in the world of wine. Today we are all aware of the recent environmental tragedies that have consumed some of California’s most renowned viticultural land and personal property via devastating fires and floods.  We love California and we celebrate the future while remembering the past, aware that the strength and ingenuity of the wine community has weathered adversity in the past.  It is strong and robust like a glass of Napa Valley Cabernet.


3:30pm - 5:00pm

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

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, Argyle Winery, 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

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 Kovácz 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

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 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, Marc Perrin of Château de Beaucastel, 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

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-Emilion 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

Sunday May 20, 2018

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Wine Knights at the Round Table- What is next in the World of Wine?

A once in a lifetime opportunity for wine lovers - we have managed to gather some of the top wine minds of our time in one room to discuss the future of wine. Our prestigious panel includes the following: 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. Join these heavy weights in 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. The perfect conclusion to five days of NWF tasting and talent. 

1:00pm - 2:30pm