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.  


Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Dinner: An Epic Tale of the Noble Grape

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7:00pm - 11:00pm
White Elephant

50 Easton St.
Nantucket, MA 02554

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An evening of storytelling, history, culture, art, food and wine with Dr. Laura Catena of the legendary Argentinian wine family. Explore the history of Malbec through four female landmarks of Argentina’s best-loved grape – The Malbec.This epic tale of the noble Malbec grape is like no other. Catena Zapata’s new Malbec Argentino label pays tribute to this grape’s history in France and its rise in Argentina. This dinner will take you on a four-course adventure with dishes prepared by Chef Brian Alberg of the Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA to pair with each wine and each historic moment in Malbec’s legendary history.Featured on the label are four female figures who embody touchstones in the history of the grape: Eleanor of Aquitaine, an Old-World presence who represents the birth of Malbec; the Immigrant, who symbolizes Malbec’s movement to the New World; Madame Phylloxera, who personifies the death of Malbec in the Old World and its rebirth in the New World; and Adrianna Catena, who represents the fourth generation of Catena winemaking.From roots in the vineyards of France to its renaissance in the Andean vineyards of Mendoza, you’ll understand why Malbec’s storied past makes it the grape of the future.

Featured Wines:

  • 2015 Catena, Classic Chardonnay, Mendoza
  • 2015 Catena, Classic Malbec, Mendoza
  • 2004 Catena Zapata, Malbec Argentino, Uco Valley, Mendoza
  • 2015 Catena Zapata, Malbec Argentino, Uco Valley, Mendoza
  • 2001 Catena Zapata, Nicolás Catena Zapata, Mendoza
  • 2014 Catena Zapata, Nicolás Catena Zapata, Mendoza
  • NV Catena Zapata, Saint Felicien Semillón Doux, Agrelo


Laura Catena, Vintner, 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." 

Brian Alberg, Vice President of Culinary Development, Executive Chef of Main Street Hospitality, The Red Lion Inn

Brian is responsible for kitchen culture and food at The Red Lion Inn, Main Street Catering and Events, and numerous Cultural Cafes including The Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount. His newest project, Seeds Market Café at Hancock Shaker Village is a scratch kitchen harvesting from the village’s fields. He designed, developed and started operations of Eat on North in Hotel on North in the Berkshires. In his fourteen-year tenure at The Red Lion Inn, he established strong relationships with regional farmers and producers purchasing more than $700K annually. A compelling contribution to the regional economy, he carries that practice through to all new properties. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, and member of Chef’s Collaborative and Boston Chefs, he serves on the board of the Norman Rockwell Museum and the Railroad Street Youth Project and is founding chair of Berkshire Farm & Table. Brian curates Berkshire regional dinners annually at the James Beard House and has been selected chef for Outstanding in the Field every year since 2011. A staunch supporter of the local food movement in the Berkshires and Hudson Valley, he lives with his family in Kinderhook, NY.