Bon (Vino) Voyage

So. much. fun. Last night we attended the Gordon’s Vino Voyage on the Spirit of Boston yacht, and I can not wait to go on the next Vino Voyage in September! Earlier in the week, the forecast was a little glum, and I was worried that the Vino Voyage might be cold, rainy and not so pleasant. The evening turned out to be quite the opposite, very sunny and while a little chilly, perfectly comfortable and lovely. I walked from my office in Back Bay all the way to the Seaport where I met my husband outside of the boat.

Spirit of Boston Gordon's Vino Voyage

We lined up and each received a Gordon’s tasting glass.

My obligatory wine glass shot

And then proceeded to the welcome reception on the top deck to soak up the rays, listen to live music, and to start tasting some delicious wines.

Vino Voyage Live Music

The food display was beautiful and included lots of cheese, veggies, hummus, crackers. I love when events offer some healthy choices. It was nice to kick the evening off with some spring fresh asparagus to balance out the cubes of delicious dill cheese that I enjoyed!



Vino Voyage Cheese and Fruit

Gordon's Vino Voyage Crudite

The welcome reception featured Graham Beck sparkling wines. You may remember that I loved the Graham Beck rosé when I attended a Morton’s wine event a few weeks ago. Sipping on a glass of sparkling rosé with my husband on a boat on a sunny evening in Boston while munching on fresh veggies and cheese is not a bad thing. Not at all.

Vino Voyage

I have a feeling you will be seeing more Graham Beck wine in my summer posts ;)

Graham Beck Sparkling Wine Brut and Rose

The hubby and I chatted for awhile and had the chance to catch up and relax after a crazy week and a weekend apart. Then we met up with some bloggers you may recognize. . . Elina and Tina! Tina actually has an awesome gig working for Gordon’s, and when I read about the Vino Voyage on her blog, I knew I had to be there! I wanted to attend the last one, but we were actually just back from Napa!

Boston bloggers Healthy and Sane, Travel Eat Love, Carrots N Cake

After awhile we all headed downstairs to the inside part of the boat. Table after table of wine was set up for tasting. There were also a few buffets set up with tummy filling food, a good idea when there are 250 wines available!

We visited many of the tables, and I definitely found a few favorites. I really enjoyed the Kenwood Chardonnay. It was not at all oaky, just a crisp, apple-y wine with a lovely finish. Another great summer wine!

I was also happy to try the Valley of the Moon Pinot Blanc. We had a wonderful visit to the Valley of the Moon winery last September, and I already knew that I was a huge fan of their Zinfandel. The Pinot Blanc was delicious as well!

Kenwood and Valley of the Moon wine

Of course I found the Mionetto table, as I tend to do at wine tastings :) I love Mionetto prosecco. It is a delicious wine and priced very reasonably, so it is perfect for any old weeknight OR a special occasion! I had never tried the Mionetto Sergio Rosé, but I absolutely loved it. A little floral on the nose with lots of little bubbles, this is a sparkling wine with a bit of creaminess to it. It is just lovely.

Mionetto Prosecco

I also enjoyed the wines presented by Vineyard Road. I may be a total nerd, but I loved that they had maps of the regions represented on display. I like to know exactly where my wine is coming from!

Wine Region Maps Vineyard Road table

Vineyard Road had a Sicilian wine, a 2008 Zabu Nero d’Avola which was fantastic. I am all about Sicily lately! I won’t bore you with all of the wines that were my favorites. . . maybe in a separate post. Writing about wine is fun! :)

The Vino Voyage provided a great selection of wines with a lively atmosphere. There was definitely some dancing going on later in the evening!

Gordon's Vino Voyage Dance Floor

This event was very well organized and planned out. There was plenty of space available for the crowd, and I was able to speak with the wine company reps at every single table. For me, that is the best part of wine tasting. I can drink wine at home, but being able to ask questions about the wines, the winery, and the wine region is a lot of fun and makes the event. There were many times last night that we were the only ones at particular tasting tables.

I hope to be able to attend some more Gordon’s events in the future, especially the next Vino Voyage. If you are in the Boston area, join us next time!

Ok, now that the fun part of my day is over. . . I am off to write copy. I will be back with the winners of The Olive Press and Honest Tea giveaways a bit later.

HAPPY FRIDAY everyone! :)

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Tags: Boston, Food, Gordon's Liquors, Spirit of Boston, Vino Voyage, wine, wine cruise, wine tasting

  1. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)’s avatar

    Wow, what a fun event. So much good wine and good food.


  2. Mark’s avatar

    Definitely agree – Mionetto makes terrific wines. What an awesome looking event!


  3. Susan’s avatar

    What a great event! I love those maps too.


  4. Abby’s avatar

    That looks like such a great time!!! I was only on a dinner cruise once..and it wasn’t nearly as classy!


  5. wishful nals’s avatar

    wow, so fun. i love anything on a boat! looks like you had a blast!


  6. Lindsay’s avatar

    thanks for coming and posting! great pics! see you again soon!



  7. Simply Life’s avatar

    Wow, what a fun event!


  8. kalli@fitandfortysomething’s avatar

    oh i love this! i read about it this morning on tina’s blog :) what a great event and i LOVE wine :)


  9. Nicole’s avatar

    I love reading about all of the events you go to! This one looks beautiful between the food and the wine and a blogger meet up. So fun, thanks for sharing :) Have a great weekend!


  10. Sandy’s avatar

    This event looks divine and it looks like you made the most of it! Cheers!


  11. ashleigh’s avatar

    That cruise is definitely a wine lovers dream! Looks like you guys had a blast!


  12. Lazaro’s avatar

    I am wine iliterate, so I am learning so much from reading your posts. You have the same passion for wine that I do for food.

    Thank you for sharing



  13. Jessie’s avatar

    I’m so glad that the weather cooperated for you! It sounds like you had a lovely time on the boat, and got to indulge all of your wine fantasies at the great tastings :) How awesome that you got to talk to all of the reps!

    Have a great weekend, Meghan!


  14. Daisy’s avatar

    you are really skilled in writing about wine. :) great post


  15. The Housewife’s avatar

    Looks like so much fun! And all that wine… I’ve been on an alcohol sabbatical since I got pregnant and I do miss my occasional glass of Vino!


  16. Jazz’s avatar

    Wow! That looks like so much fun! Wish i was there…


  17. Magic of Spice’s avatar

    I enjoy Mionetto’s wines…Looks like such a fun event.


  18. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

    The last time a boat + alcohol was involved, I became very very intoxicated. Yes, true story. Glad to see that you behaved! ;-)


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