Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 22 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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Travel the Globe with the Chameleon Grape
1:30pm - 3:00pm
50 Easton St.
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. From the chalky soils of Chablis to the majestic heights of the Andes. 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. Vinify Chardonnay at low temperatures and you produce wines with tropical fruit flavors; vinify at higher temperatures and you yield a more classic style. Wine matured in new oak yields smoky overtones, matured in stainless steel and we have a crisper finish. Push malolactic fermentation for those buttery notes of popcorn; avoid it for sharp, citrus flavors. Chardonnay adapts and simply expresses itself in a different way.
- 2014 Domaine Laroche, Grand Cru Blanchots, Chablis
- 2014 Catena Zapata, Adrianna Vineyard, White Bones Chardonnay, Mendoza
- 2015 Olivier Leflaive, Les Enseignères, Puligny-Montrachet
- 2015 Peay Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
- 2015 Bergström Wines, Sigrid Chardonnay, Willamette Valley
- 2016 Demorgenzon, Reserve Chardonnay, Stellenbosch
Laura Catena, Vintner, Bodega Catena Zapata
Laura Catena is a fourth generation Argentine vintner, physician and author. Catena's great grandfather founded the Catena winery in Mendoza in 1902 after emigrating from Italy. Her father, Nicolas Catena Zapata, often referred to as “the Robert Mondavi of Argentina,” helped facilitate the ascent of Argentine wine onto the world stage.
Laura graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1988 and has a Medical Doctor degree from Stanford University. She is currently managing director of Bodega Catena Zapata and her own Luca Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, as well as a practicing Emergency Medicine physician in San Francisco.
In 2010 Laura Catena released her book Vino Argentino, An Insider’s Guide to the Wines and Wine Country of Argentina (Chronicle Books), the first book about Argentine wine by a U.S. publisher. Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post writes: "Vino Argentino is a mouthwatering introduction to the wines and culture of Argentina."
Josh Bergström, Owner & Winemaker, Bergström Wines
Josh Bergström has been crafting Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Oregon’s Willamette Valley for 22 years. He is owner, general manager and winemaker at his family’s eponymous winery Bergström Wines in Newberg, Oregon where he and his team farm 85 acres of Biodynamic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from 5 different sub AVA’s of the Northern Willamette Valley. A native Oregonian, Josh studied business at the University of Oregon before going on to receive a postgraduate degree in Viticulture and Enology in Beaune, France where he met his wife Caroline, a native Burgundian, who was studying Wine and Spirits marketing at the famed Lycée Viticole de Beaune. Together they roamed the Burgundian hillside villages, depleting communal stores of wine, bread, jambon persillé and almost made escargots an endangered species before returning to Oregon to co-direct their family winery.
Andy Peay, Proprietor , Peay Vineyards
Peay Vineyards was founded in 1996 with the goal of making estate wines with elegance, purity and finesse. To realize this vision, they decided it was critical for them to own and farm their own grapes in a climate much cooler than they had experienced in the New World. They bought a piece of land on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the extreme West Sonoma Coast - where folks said it was too cold to ripen wine grapes - and began planting in 1998.
Fortunately for the brothers, Vanessa Wong joined Peay Vineyards as winemaker before their first harvest in 2001. She started her career at Chateau Lafite-Rothschild in Bordeaux, Domaine Jean Gros in Vosne Romanee, and, prior to joining Peay, had been winemaker at Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma. This allowed Nick to turn his attention to farming the 51 acre organic vineyard and Andy to spreading the word of Peay Vineyards across the country. The response has been quite robust from restaurants and media (NYT, WSJ, Tanzer, SF Chronicle, et al.) as well as from consumers who buy wine directly from Peay Vineyard’s mailing list.
Marika Vida-Arnold, AS, Owner, Vida et Fils Wine Consulting
Over the past two decades, Marika Vida-Arnold has served as the Wine Director of the Ritz-Carlton Central Park, New York, Sommelier of the top-rated Laurent Tourondel Bistro, BLT Market and Sommelier for the Philadelphia Ritz-Carlton with ‘Top Chef’ winner Kevin Sbraga. She developed the opening wine program at 10 Arts with Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Jennifer Carroll. Her most recent project is the critically acclaimed Phenomenal Femmes Program, which focused on female winemakers from around the globe has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Haute Living, Gotham, The Somm Journal and The Wine Enthusiast. She holds titles of Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association. She is a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators and holds the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. Marika is currently a Wine Educator for the famed Argentine Winery Catena Zapata and she is a member of the Full Circle Sommelier Network, working with Master Sommelier Evan Goldstein. She has served on Eric Asimov’s Tasting Panel for the New York Times and been featured on Barrons.com for romantic wine picks. She is a freelance wine writer.
Bastien Gautheron, Commercial Director , Olivier Leflaive
Bastien Gautheron, Commercial Director and member of the management board at Olivier Leflaive has focused most of his student and professional life around the world of wine. Born in Burgundy, spreading the passion he has for wine, has brought him to spend many years abroad, including 6 years in the UAE as a fine wine buyer for a leading company in the business. He is now back to his roots for the last 4 years and put special effort with all the team in carrying the job started many generations ago in order to keep the uniqueness of the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir made at Domaine Olivier Leflaive – Puligny-Montrachet – France.