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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Seminars

A unique selection of educational adventures in food and wine led by leaders in their respective fields. These intimate seminars are entertaining and appealing to even the most discriminating palate.

Tickets to the NWF Seminars will go on sale on January 16, 2018.

Here is a sample of the Seminars offered in 2017. Please check back in January 2018 to see the schedule of events for 2018 and to purchase tickets. 

Tasting Wine and Cheese - America Takes on the World When it comes to wine and cheese, America makes some of the best in the world. From Napa to Willamette Valley, from Wisconsin to Vermont… but can we compete with Europe?  Can our New World wine and cheese compete with the Old World?  Come find out… join wine & cheese educator and author Adam Centamore for a world class afternoon. You will sample an array of delicious domestic cheeses and wines paired against their European counterparts and vote for your favorite. To make the experience more challenging and more interesting, you won't know which is which until after you have voted. It's the Stars & Stripes versus the European Union! Baguettes versus apple pie! Mark Twain versus Oscar Wilde! Come join the tasty competition as America takes on the world. Featured Wines Include: Long Meadow Ranch - Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 201• Drouhin-Vaudon - Vaudon Chablis Premier Cru 2014• Williams Selyem - Olivet Lane Vineyard Chardonnay 2014• Champalou Vouvray - 2015• Elk Cove Vineyards -  Clay Court Pinot Noir 2015• Domaine Faiveley - Mercurey Rouge 2015• Stonestreet Estate Vineyards - Cabernet Sauvignon 2013• CVNE - Imperial Rioja Reserva 2009

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. Chef Michael Scelfo of Waypoint will prepare dishes featuring Calvisius Caviar. Featured Wines Include: Taittinger - Brut la Francaise NV• Taittinger - Prelude Grand Cru NV• Taittinger - Prestige Rosé NV• Taittinger - Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2006

"Rosé S'il Vous Plait" Brunch Rosé Brunch featuring the much-acclaimed Rosé wines of Provence, Oregon and California. Join Paul Chevalier of Château d'Esclans, François Matton of Château Minuty, Scott Shull of Raptor Ridge Winery and Chris Hall of Long Meadow Ranch Winery as they pour their delicious Rosé wines alongside the delectable cuisine of Chef Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. in Cambridge, MA, and Chefs Justin Shoults and Brian Mercury from Oak + Rowan in Boston. It’s sure to be a colorful and delicious start to your day. Featured Wines Include: Chateau d'Esclans - Whispering Angel 2016• Minuty - Minuty et Or 2016• Raptor Ridge - McMinnville Bellevue Cross Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016• Long Meadow Ranch - Anderson Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir 2016

Le Grand Fromage: Cheese Seminar with L’Espalier’s Louis Risoli Back by popular demand…. Le Grand Fromage!  Defining the role of Grand Fromager across the East Coast, we bring you Louis Risoli of the nationally-acclaimed L’Espalier in Boston. The American-French restaurant’s renowned cheese program is led by Maitre D’ and Fromager Louis Risoli. Take a trip around the globe with a selection of artisanal cheeses, alongside a flight of wines selected to perfectly pair with these global delicacies. The wines will be presented by Advanced Sommelier, Lauren Daddona, formerly of L'Espalier. Join this duo as they lead you on a voyage to taste some of their favorite wine and cheese pairings. Featured Wines Include: Champagne Gosset - Grand Blanc de Blancs NV• Domaine Laroche - Vaudevey Premier Cru Chablis 2015• Tenuta dei Sette Cieli - Indaco 2012• Royal Tokaji - Late Harvest 2015

Exploring Burgundy's Aligoté with Eric Asimov The aligoté grape is almost reflexively dismissed as inconsequential or acidic, better spiked with crème de cassis to make the aperitif kir than considered fine wine. Yet when grown with care and respect, and made conscientiously into wine, aligoté can be beautifully rich and minerally, and can age for years. Great Burgundy producers like Roulot, Pillot, Ente, Lafarge, Ponsot and Leroy, just to name a few, grow aligoté even though they could make more money with other grapes, and Aubert de Villaine's family makes wonderful aligoté in Bouzeron. Join New York Times Senior Wine Editor, Eric Asimov to taste the reason why so many Burgundy producers still love this scorned grape. Featured Wines Include: Domaine Michel Lafarge• Pierre Morey• Domaine A. & P. De Villaine• Domaine Paul Pillot• Domaine Arlaud

Bordeaux Luncheon Presenters:  Robin Kelley O’Connor• Philippe Newlin Vintners: Kinou Cazes-Hachemian, Château Lynch-Bages• Daniel & Florence Cathiard, Château Smith-Haut-Lafitte Chefs: Tony Maws, Craigie on Main• Robert Sisca, Providence G “Irreplaceable ...to the left, to the left”Beyoncé’s words could not be more appropriate, when talking about the unique taste, character and style found in the wines of Bordeaux’s Left Bank.  These wines are coveted for their finesse and elegance. From it’s prime river-front location on the Garonne, the Left Bank of Bordeaux produces exquisite wines which are amongst the most popular and highly regarded wines in the world. Taste and learn about wines that showcase the right elements of structure, complexity, balance, freshness, staying power and lasting pleasure. Featured Wines Include: Château Smith Haut Lafitte Blanc - 2013• Château Talbot - Caillou Blanc 2005• Château Smith Haut Lafitte - 1998• Château Lynch-Bages - 2001• Château Talbot - 2006• Château Lynch-Bages - 2005

Island Hopping - Cocktail Luncheon From San Juan, Puerto Rico to Nantucket Island -  Join these two award winning chefs for a liquid art luncheon as they celebrate the flavors of San Juan paired with cocktails thoughtfully crafted and worthy of these chefs' creations.Jose Enrique, Chef/Owner of the bustling San Juan restaurant, Jose Enrique joins forces with Michael Scelfo, Chef /Owner of Cambridge restaurant, Waypoint combining their forward thinking approach to coastally-inspired cuisine.Seth Friedus, Beverage Director at Waypoint will be delighting guests with a Cocktail demonstration and pairings for each course.An afternoon of big personalities and unexpected tastes!

Burgundy Luncheon - In All Its Sunset Glow To know Burgundy is to love Burgundy - the most celebrated wines in the world. Winemaking in Burgundy dates back to the Romans in the 1st century AD. Over the centuries, Burgundy has become known for being the best land in the world for producing both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Burgundy, more than probably any other wine region in the world, is completely influenced by its terroir. You can taste the land, climate, grape, soil, vineyard placement, and the human touch - and that is Burgundy. Join us for a delightful luncheon with some of Burgundy’s top producers and greatest personalities from this most beloved region. Old and new, large production to small Domaine - break bread and taste exquisite wines with Philippe Prost of Bouchard Père et Fils, Laurent Drouhin of Maison Joseph Drouhin, Christian Moreau of Domaine Christian Moreau Père et Fils and Megan Mcclune and William Waterkeyn of Domaine Jessiaume. Featured Wines Include: Domaine Christian Moreau - Chablis "Les Clos" Grand Cru 2015• Maison Joseph Drouhin - Puligny Montrachet Folatières Premier Cru 2014• Domaine Jessiaume - Beaune 1er Cru Les Cents Vignes 2014• Bouchard Père et Fils - Volnay Caillerets 1er Cru 2012 Burgundy also has a reputation as being a food paradise with Charolais Beef, Bresse Chicken, Escargots and Cheeses.  Our team of distinguished chefs will prepare a three-course luncheon to compliment the exquisite wines: Chef Brad Farmerie from New York City’s Saxon + Parole, Chef Johnny Sheehan from Boston’s Liquid Art House, and Chef David Blessing of Newport Rhode Island’s Newport Beach House. “Burgundy..In all it’s sunset glow" - George Gordon, Lord Byron 1788-1824.

LOBSTA AND BUBBLES - Champagne et la Mer A Harbor Dream Come True:  Veuve Clicquot by the Sea - What could be better than lobster and champagne on Nantucket Harbor?  Join us for this decadent pairing featuring passionate personalities that will keep you engaged and entertained. Veuve Clicquot Winemaker Dominique Demarville will take you on a journey through the production and unique flavor profiles of three VCP Cuveés:  Yellow Label, Vintage and Rosé.  Paired perfectly with this bubbly presentation is the cuisine of Chefs Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn and Kevin O'Donnell of SRV. Together, these talented luminaries will lead us in lively conversation and a delicious combination of two of our most cherished indulgences: Champagne and Lobster. Featured Wines Include: Veuve Clicquot - Brut Rosé• Veuve Clicquot - Yellow Label Brut• Veuve Clicquot Vintage

The Paul Hobbs Entourage Vintner Paul Hobbs has incredible skill and talent for discovering and cultivating unique vineyards that have a rich history and a bright future. He fell in love with Sonoma, then Argentina and has been a pioneer in developing these regions. Join his brother and ambassador, Matt Hobbs, for a tasting of select wines from California, Argentina, France, and Armenia. The wines are all strong in character and diverse, yet all have a common thread, a refined elegance that is….Paul Hobbs.Featured wines are from the following wineries: Paul Hobbs Winery – Sonoma, CA ; CrossBarn Winery – Sonoma, CA ; Viña Cobos – Mendoza, AR, ; Crocus – Cahors, FR, ; Yacoubian-Hobbs – Armenia Featured Wines Include: Paul Hobbs Winery - Yacoubian-Hobbs White 2014• Paul Hobbs Winery - Katherine Lindsay Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014• Paul Hobbs Winery - Crocus Malbec de Cahors 2011• Paul Hobbs Winery - Yacoubian-Hobbs Red 2014• Viña Cobos - Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

California Dreamin' NAPA vs. SONOMA SMACKDOWN It’s time to play ball! Join Comedian, Kevin Flynn, of the Nantucket Comedy Festival for this showdown and battle of the CA Wine Gods. Yes - they share the sunshine, but the vintners of Napa and Sonoma have a lot to say about what makes them the best wine on the West Coast. Learn about the distinct and also the subtle differences between these two legendary California Wine Regions Join us for a Pow-Wow with some of the renowned producers on the West Coast. Along with the banter, this interactive tasting seminar will include discussion led by Sur Lucero, MS about soils, microclimate, weather, varieties and culture.  While there are similar winegrapes planted in both regions (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), each locale has more focused attention on certain varieties. Sonoma’s cooler breezes slow ripening and prolong hangtime, making the region suitable for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling; while slightly warmer Napa focuses more on Cabernet and other Bordeaux-style varieties. This seminar will be entertaining, educational and tasty! Featured Wines Include: Cain Vineyard & Winery - Cain Five 2012• Flanagan Wines -  Pinot Noir Platt Vineyard 2015• Kistler Vineyards - Chardonnay 2014• Lede Family Wines - High Fidelity Red Blend 2014• Miner Family Winery - Stagecoach Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013• Pride Mountain Vineyards - Reserve Claret 2012• Somerston Estate - Celestial Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2013• Stonestreet - Rockfall Vineyard Cabernet 2012 NAPA WINERIES:  Miner Family Wines, Somerston Estate, Cain Vineyard & Winery, Lede Family Wines SONOMA WINERIES:   Pride Mountain Vineyards, Flanagan Wines, Kistler Vineyards, Stonestreet Estate

Rock 'n' Rhône: Wine Seminar The mighty Rhône river gives its name to one of France's greatest wine growing regions - really two distinct areas: the North with its varietal Syrah and Viognier wines, and the South, home to the Grenache grape, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and so much more.  Like Rock 'n' Roll, the wines of the Rhône provide power, depth, and a message. Join us as we taste from the more famous appellations of the Rhône and pair the wines - not to food - but to our favorite songs. You just might end up singing your way through the rest of the day! Join Wine Educator, Philippe Newlin of Duclot la Vinicole & Ivywine, Laurence Féraud of Domaine du Pegau and François Villard of Domaine François Villard for an entertaining afternoon tasting some of Rhône’s best rhythms. Featured Wines Include: Domaine François Villard - Les Terrasses du Palat Condrieu  2015• Domaine du Pégau - Cuvée Reservée Châteauneuf du Pape White 2016• Maison Nicolas Perrin - Hermitage Blanc 2014• Famille Perrin - Gigondas 'La Gille' 2014• Pierre Gaillard - Saint-Joseph Clos de Cuminaille  2013• Pierre Gaillard - Cornas Pierre Gaillard 2010• Domaine François Villard - Côte-Rôtie Le Gallet Blanc• Domaine du Pegau - Cuvee Reservee Châteauneuf-du-Pape Red 2014

Spain: Upside Down, from South to North The ancient lands of Spain have been planted with vineyards for nearly 3,000 years. Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and has the most land dedicated to the vine. Spain has been flying under the radar but no longer. Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O’Connor and Spanish Wine Native Sergio Sabater, will lead you through a journey of the Iberian Peninsula exploring the incredible range, diversity and value of Spain’s amazing wines. This exciting wine seminar will highlight some of the most important wine regions of Spain. Featured Wines Include: Lustau - Manzanilla Papirusa Jerez Sherry NV• Abadia Retuerta - Castilla y Leon Selección Especial 2012• CVNE - Imperial Reserva Rioja 2009• CVNE - Vina Real Crianza Rioja 2013• Clos Mogador - Priorat 2014

Madeira Seminar: From Our Island to Yours - A Wine Born at Sea How pertinent to taste and learn about Madeira on the island of Nantucket... Nantucket Island gets its name from the island of Madeira, a small, beautiful rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Madeira has a history as old as the Nantucket - the whaling capital of the world, dating back to the early 1600’s. Nantucket was first sighted in 1602 by the English explorer Bartholomew Gosnold. Today, English-born Bartholomew Broadbent, one of the world’s leading authorities on Madeira, will educate you on this legendary fortified wine. Madeira is one of the few wines that hasn’t changed since it became popular over 200 years ago.  It was once by far the largest selling and most written about beverage in all of American history. Used to Toast the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, the once ubiquitous drink of the Founding Fathers was lost to history, post Prohibition, until Bartholomew Broadbent brought it back to America in 1989.Madeira’s unique taste is a result of the repetitive heating of the wine, producing fascinating flavors of roasted nuts, stewed fruit, caramel, and toffee. During the 1600 and 1700s, when wine was on ships leaving Madeira for England or the Americas, it often spoiled and needed to be fortified (by adding a little brandy) to survive the voyage at sea. The casks of Madeira wine would be heated and cooled as the ships passed though the tropics. Shippers noticed how the wine’s flavor deepened and became better and called this sea-aging “Vinho da Roda.” Taste a broad selection of Broadbent Madeira Wines as you learn about the history, the wine-making process and the unique tastes and styles of Madeira. Featured Wines Include: Broadbent - Madeira Rainwater 5yr• Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Sercial• Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Verdelho• Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Bual• Broadbent - Madeira 10yr Malmsey• Broadbent - Madeira  Colheita 1999

Oyster Odyssey: A Story of Merroir Join Chef Barbara Lynch on an Oyster Odyssey!  Right from B&G Oysters in the South End… Learn about Merroir and Terroir as these Bivalve Aphrodisiacs are paired with exquisite French wines from Champagne, Chablis, Provence 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 “merroir”. The different flavor profiles of oysters are affected greatly by their merroir. East Coast oysters tend to be brinier (saltier) while West Coast oysters tend to be a little sweeter. Climate, geology and altitude of a region impact the flavor of food produced there. This is true for both oysters and for wine. Join us on an Oyster Odyssey with wine pairings that tell the story of Merroir and Terroir. Featured Wines Include: Château de Bligny - Grand Reserve Brut NV• Château d'Esclans - Whispering Angel 2016• Château Carbonnieux - Blanc• Domaine Christian Moreau - Appellation Chablis Contrôlée 2015

Travel Through Oregon Wine Country - Willamette Valley Seminar There’s something magical about Oregon today… it isn’t news that this Pacific Coast Wine Region produces some of the world’s best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Alsacian style whites. With winemaking history going back to the 1970’s, there is a unique sense of camaraderie and community amongst its growers. There are about 72 varieties of wine grapes grown across 6000 square miles between Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and the Coast Range. The vineyards are cultivated from a series of unique, complex and diverse terroirs.  Wines will be presented by Laurent Drouhin from Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Jay Somers from J. Christopher, Rajat Parr from Evening Land VIneyards, Bill Hatcher from Rex Hill Winery, Shirley Brooks from Elk Cove Vineyards and Scott Schull from Raptor Ridge. Experience the spectrum of varietally specific wines from some of Oregon's top wineries with personal stories and a connection to this unique setting and culture. 

Saint-Émilion - Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Seminar with Philippe Newlin Saint-Émilion, one of Bordeaux's most famous appellations, is a great patchwork of different terroirs. Ranging from the ancient limestone plateau that is home to the beautiful UNESCO-protected village, to clay and gravel slopes that cascade down to loamy lowlands, the variety of soils translates into a highly diverse group of top Bordeaux wines. In this seminar we will have a rare opportunity to examine top-flight châteaux offerings through the lens of the land on which their wines are grown. Greats such as Clos Fourtet, Troplong-Mondot, Larcis Ducasse, Figeac and others will be tasted side by side with the goal of better understanding the impact of what lies beneath the vines in what is perhaps the most complex appellation of Bordeaux. Featured Wines Include: Château Angelus 2004• Château Figeac 2004• Château Clos Fourtet 2011• Château Beausejour-Duffau 2011• Château Clos de l’Oratoire 2012• Château Pavie-Macquin 2012• Château Larcis-Ducasse 2012 

Port Pairing: An After Dinner Treat Port and dessert, when done right, is an excellent marriage.… At the end of a great meal, there are so many options beyond the typical pairings for Vintage Port.  Join Rui Ribiero, US Marketing Manager for the Symington Family Estates / Premium Port Wines as he talks about some of the finer points of pairing chocolates and cheeses with port. This post-dinner tasting seminar will explore the diversity of port styles and how easily they pair with a range of chocolates and cheeses.  Experience eye-opening and innovative pairings that are sure to surprise your palette.  Whether you prefer sweet or savory, this pairing will be the perfect conclusion to a day of tastings and events on Nantucket.

Tour de Tequila: The Art of Luxury Tequila Making Have you been enjoying Margaritas for years and are now ready to learn more about the main ingredient? Well, then do not miss this seminar! Join Jorge Raptis, Diageo Reserve National Educator, as he shares his knowledge of Don Julio tequila after more than 16 years in the industry. You will learn that and much more including how intricate every step of the production process is – the seminar will cover everything from the cooking, fermenting, distilling and aging of tequila. For example, did you know that agave was placed in the Lily family, but DNA analyses later showed it did not belong there, it belongs in the family Agavaceae? It will conclude with a full portfolio tasting and the rare opportunity to taste cooked agave from Mexico!

Cider- Tasting Around the World Think you know cider, you have no idea!Join Eric McCrory from Angry Orchard on a tasting trip to the four major cider producing countries in the world.  You will learn how to taste, describe, and differentiate ciders from these different regions through tasting Spain – Edu from Angry Orchard, England – First Flora, French – Unlabeled, French American – Walden Hollow