Boston Wine Expo Preview

The Boston Wine Expo is still months away, in the dreaded month of February , but last week a bunch of Boston bloggers got a sneak peek of what the Wine Expo has in store for us in 2013.

The preview event was held at Action Kitchen at the Seaport Hotel, an absolutely gorgeous cooking and event space used for private events.

Action Kitchen at the Seaport Hotel

I would LOVE to cook and entertain in this space.

Action Kitchen

Boston Wine Expo preview

The Wine Expo preview featured some of the wineries that will be pouring wine at the actual Expo, plus food from some of the vendors who will be sampling there.

wine list

Chabaso Bakery

salmon

 

Crab cakes

Since I was having an intense training week, I seriously chowed down on crab cakes and beef with a bright, beautiful, amazing chimichurri sauce.

beef

green sauce

In addition to eating, we were able to taste wines from several wineries. As I always do, I had my favorites.

Action Kitchen, Seaport Hotel

I spent quite a bit of time at the Hope Family Wines, seriously falling for Troublemaker by Austin Hope, a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Petite Sirah. This wine has smoky and chocolate-y flavors along with dark fruit, really luscious, full of body, just gorgeous.

Hope Family Wines

Another favorite table was a winery we have visited, Alexander Valley Vineyards. I have loved the time we’ve spent at the winery and have been hoping to return for their annual Cyrus dinner which takes place in the caves every March. Their Zinfandels were a fun choice for the event, and we tasted through Temptation, Sin Zin, and Redemption. . . are you sensing a theme? Being a lover of the Dry Creek Valley, my favorite was Redemption, but I really enjoyed them all.  I love Zinfandel, its big, bold fruit flavors, hints of spice, and roundness. It’s a go-to wine for me in the winter. Fingers crossed I will get to pay Alexander Valley Vineyards a visit soon. . .

Alexander Valley Zinfandel

In addition to enjoying lots of great food and wine, we learned about some of the new additions to the Boston Wine Expo including a blogger ambassador program, social media lounge, and some great seminars on buying wine, including one from The Urban Grape’s TJ Douglas. It seems like it’s going to be a great Wine Expo, and it gives us reason to look forward to one of the coldest months.

Happy Friday, everyone! I am looking forward to some down time, but I am most looking forward to the wedding of my dear friend Michelle!

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  1. Erica @ In and Around Town’s avatar

    I love the Action Kitchen space – I went there for a press thing a bit ago and everything was just perfect for all sorts of events!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    Too bad I missed this one! sounds like there were some great wines to taste.

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  3. Emily @ A Cambridge Story’s avatar

    I was bummed to miss this event! That kitchen is incredible!

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  4. Michelle Collins’s avatar

    Sounds like it will be a great event!

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  5. Megan’s avatar

    That sounds like so much fun! Wish I had known about the event. Have a great time at Michelle’s wedding!!

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