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February 18-19, 2017

Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Wine Expo 2017 Seminar Series

We are excited for a variety of exciting seminars for 2017! From beginner sessions to advanced wine tastings, heighten your Wine Expo experience with these exceptional seminars by award-winning speakers. Whether it's specific region of wine you're interested in or experimenting outside of wine, there is a seminar here for you. We look forward to seeing you on February 18-19, 2017!
 
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  2017 Educational Keynote Seminar
Why You Like the Wines You Like

 

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11:00 AM
Winemaker Rob Mondavi Jr. of the Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Napa, hosts a Vertical of Animo and M by Michael Mondavi

The Mondavi family has crafted world-class wines in the Napa Valley for four generations. In 1999, Michael Mondavi with wife Isabel, son Rob Jr. and daughter Dina purchased a plot of rugged manzanita-lined land high on Atlas Peak.

Speaker(s):
Robert Mondavi, Jr.
President of Winemaking and Co-Founder
Michael Mondavi Family Estate
11:00 AM
Fun with Food and Wine Matching: What Works and Why with Len Presutti, Corporate Wine Educator Martignetti Companies and Denise Barron Herrera of Burtons Grill

It’s happened to all of us: for a special dinner (usually a significant birthday or anniversary) we pull one of our very best bottles from the cellar, say a fantastic Chardonnay. We toast, savoring that first magnificent sip.

Speaker(s):
Denise Barron Herrera
Vice President of Operations
Burtons Grill LLC
Len Presutti
Corporate Wine Educator
Martignetti Companies
11:00 AM
Why You Like the Wines You Like

Finally, a wine tasting that is more about YOU than the wines! Explore a range of wine styles and learn why wine lovers have such vastly different preferences!

Speaker(s):
Tim Hanni
Wine Industry Faculty
Sonoma State University
11:30 AM
The Superstars of German Riesling, Presented by Ken Mason German Riesling Advocate

Experience a range of styles from recent vintages of German Riesling from some of the greatest wine estates of this historic wine country.

Speaker(s):
Ken Mason
Account Representative
Classic Wine Imports
11:30 AM
Wine Spectator Presents: Wine 101, Taste Like a Pro

Explore grape varieties and wine styles while tasting wines from around the world. Learn the tasting techniques used by pros and build a wine appreciation framework that you will use for the rest of your life.

Speaker(s):
Gloria Maroti Frazee
Director of Video & Education
Wine Spectator
11:30 AM
Napa Valley Rocks

Napa Valley Vintners have a unique educational program: 'Napa Valley Rocks', which explores the factors which make the Napa Valley America’s premier wine growing region. We will dig below the valley's surface to learn how attention to viticultural details produces outstanding wines.

Speaker(s):
Jo-Ann Ross
Chief Wine Educator
J Ross Wine
12:00 PM
American Rhône: The Range of the Rhône Rangers with Bob Lindquist of Qupé and Randall Graham of Bonny Doon

A lot has happened since Joseph Phelps and Gary Eberle begin dabbling with Syrah in California soil in the mid-1970s.

Chair:
Patrick Comiskey
Senior Correspondent
Wine & Spirits Magazine
Speaker(s):
Bob Lindquist
Partner and Winemaker
Qupé
Randall Grahm
Owner, President for Life & Philosopher Wine King
Bonny Doon Vineyard
12:00 PM
Prosecco Beyond the Bubbles: Discovering a Wine You Thought You Already Knew with Alan Tardi, U.S. Ambassador of Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco DOCG

Prosecco is an amazing success story in the history of wine: recently skyrocketing from obscurity to international fame. The rapid rise has created a conundrum: everyone knows Prosecco, but beyond the bubbles, most people know next to nothing about what it really is.

Speaker(s):
Alan Tardi
US Ambassador
Conegliano Valdobbiadene
12:30 PM
King Estate Wines from the Willamette Valley: Built to Last

King Estate Winery reaches deep into their cellars, to demonstrate how Oregon Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir benefit from aging.

Speaker(s):
Randy Ford
Senior Vice President of Sales, Eastern US
King Estate Winery
12:30 PM
Chenin Blanc: South Africa's Signature Variety

Chenin Blanc is South Africa's most widely planted grape variety. The country has more acreage planted to Chenin than the rest of the world combined.

Speaker(s):
Jim Clarke
U.S. Marketing Manager
Wines of South Africa (WOSA)
1:00 PM
Guigal's Excellent Chateau d'Ampuis Côte-Rôtie, a Vertical with Fred Ek, Long-time U.S. Importer

The Guigal firm has methodically grown to become the largest estate in the Côte-Rôtie. They are not only the largest shipper of the appellation's wine but in the view of most critics, producer of the appellation's three finest single vineyard wines: La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque.

Speaker(s):
Fred Ek
Founder
Ex-Cellars
2:00 PM
The Secret Life of Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir...it's temperamental, it ripens too early, it has thin skin and it's just plain complicated. It's been called the heartbreak grape, and we have probably all been burned.

Speaker(s):
Jane Nickels
Director of Education
Society of Wine Educators
2:00 PM
Chianti Classico- The Search for Tuscany's Noble Wine

Nestled in the high hills between Florence and Siena in the heart of Tuscany lies the celebrated wine appellation of Chianti Classico. Though long associated with generic Italian red wine in straw-covered flasks, Chianti has a history dating back to the Florentine Renaissance as one of Tuscany's most precious wines.

2:30 PM
Decadent and Delicious: Sweet Wines of the World with Professor Ed Korry, Department Chairman at Johnson & Wales University and President of the Society of Wine Educators

There is no better way to prolong the celebration of Saint Valentine's week than with something decadent and delicious including dessert wines. To be great, sweet wines need both complexity and balance.

Speaker(s):
Ed Korry
Department Chair, Center for Culinary Excellence
Johnson & Wales University
3:00 PM
Château Picque-Caillou: Bordeaux’s David vs Goliath – A Family Estate in the Midst of Classified Giants with Winemaker/Owner Paulin Calvet and Importer Jean-Christophe Calvet

Chateau Picque Caillou’s (established in 1780) 24 hectares lie just outside the city's gates, in the heart of Pessac-Leognan. The illustrious Chateaux Haut Brion and Pape Clement are located just a few hundred meters away. 

Speaker(s):
Jean-Christophe Calvet
President and Founder
Aquitaine Wine Company, Bordeaux
Paulin Calvet
Owner & Winemaker
Picque Caillou
3:00 PM
Amarone and Beyond: Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve, the Veronese estate of the Bertani family

The Bertani families were successful wine merchants dating back to the 1700's and have been producing wine since 1857. Over time they assembled an estate of 125 acres which supplies all the fruit for their wines, unusual for the region.

Speaker(s):
Giovanni Bertani
Chief Strategist
Tenuta Santa Maria della Pieve, Veneto
3:30 PM
Sweet Wine Lovers Only!

Do you love sweet wines, like Moscato, White Zinfandel, sweet Riesling or Sangria, more than dry wines? Master of Wine Tim Hanni is the author of 'The Sweet Wine Lover's Manifesto, ending the tyranny of the dry wine fashionistas' with a seminar just for you!

Speaker(s):
Tim Hanni
Wine Industry Faculty
Sonoma State University
3:30 PM
The Ports of the Fladgate Partnership: Croft, Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca. The Fladgate Partnership

Port is one the world's truly classic wine styles: timeless in its appeal, majestic in its power and capable of long cellaring to remarkable complexity.

Speaker(s):
Chris Forbes
Export Manager
Fladgate Partnership
3:30 PM
Class by the Glass: The Taste of New York Gold (Medals)

In 2016, New York State wines won nearly 1,000 Gold medals in major national and in-ternational competitions. Those same wines earned dozens of scores of 90 and above in the three major U.S. wine consumer magazines.

Speaker(s):
James Trezise
President
New York Wine & Grape Foundation
4:00 PM
Made in America: A Survey of Domestic Whiskies

Bourbon, Rye and flavored Whiskey are often dismissed as what your folks drank with ginger ale or what Pops used to spice up his eggnog. America is now producing a world of whiskey as diverse, interesting and exceptional as anything produced across the Atlantic.

Speaker(s):
Troy Clarke
Director of Mixology and Education, Genesis Division
Martignetti Companies

11:00 AM
Domaine Baumard Savennières and Quarts de Chaume, Two Verticals in One: Fabulous Dry and Sweet Wines from an Outstanding Loire Valley Vintner

"If there ever was God in a glass, this is it", Matt Kramer, Wine Spectator on Baumard wine. Baumard is consistently recognized as the leading producer of two of the central Loire Valley's greatest wines: Savennières Clos des Papillion and Quarts de Chaume. 

Speaker(s):
Fred Ek
Founder
Ex-Cellars
11:00 AM
Say Cheese (and Wine) – Finding the Perfect Partner for Your Favorite Fromage with Whole Foods’ Meredith Fitzgerald (Certified Cheese Professional through the American Cheese Society) and Len Presutti, Corporate Wine Educator Martignetti Companies

Wine and cheese are natural partners, like peanut butter and jelly, yet, truth be told, there are wines which pair better with some types of cheese than others. Join us in a discussion of all things cheese and wine with examples to illustrate our talking points.

Speaker(s):
Len Presutti
Corporate Wine Educator
Martignetti Companies
Meredith Fitzgerald
Specialty Team Leader
Whole Foods
11:00 AM
Taste some of Italy's Best Olive Oils with Expert Shipper, Johnny Madge

Johnny Madge is recognized as one of the world's experts on olive oil. His guided tours of olive oil estates in Italy receive rave reviews.

Speaker(s):
Johnny Madge
Co-Owner
Madge and Louie's
11:00 AM
Why You Like the Wines You Like

Finally, a wine tasting that is more about YOU than the wines! Explore a range of wine styles and learn why wine lovers have such vastly different preferences!

Speaker(s):
Tim Hanni
Wine Industry Faculty
Sonoma State University
11:30 AM
Understanding German Riesling – once (and still) the Source of Great White Wines

Viticulture in Germany dates back to the Roman Empire. German wines have long been considered amongst the world's very best white wines. And growing interest in Riesling has refocused attention on these wonderful wines.

Speaker(s):
Lee Schlesinger
Sales Director, New England
Winesellers Ltd.
12:30 PM
Explore Champagne's Secret (Reserve Wines) with Johnathan Boulangeat, Champagne Charles Heidsieck's US Brand Ambassador

The evolution of Champagne took many twists and turns before reaching the beauty, complexity and balance which we recognize today as the perfect sparkler: Champagne.

Speaker(s):
Jonathan Boulangeat
Brand Ambassador
Charles Heidsieck
1:00 PM
Introduction to Home Mixology with Joe Landolfi, Corporate Mixologist Market St. Spirits

Come learn the art of crafting quality cocktails at home. Use fresh ingredients mixed with classic spirits, liqueurs, wine and even beer. During this interactive and fun session you will learn how to create your own signature cocktail.

Speaker(s):
Joe Landolfi
Corporate Mixologist
Market St. Spirits
2:00 PM
Give this (Person) a Cigare!: The Pursuit of Elegance in Warm, Dry Mediterranea (Central Coast of California)

Join always interesting and entertaining Randall Grahm for a unique vertical tasting of vintages of Le Cigare Volant from Bonny Doon Vineyard, one of the iconic Rhone-Style blends of California.

Speaker(s):
Randall Grahm
Owner, President for Life & Philosopher Wine King
Bonny Doon Vineyard
2:00 PM
The Art of Japanese Whisky: House of Suntory Whisky, a tasting with Gardner Dunn, Suntory Brand Ambassador

The history of Japanese whisky is the history of Shinjiro Torii, who founded Suntory in 1923. Torii dreamt of creating subtle, refined, yet complex whisky that reflected both the riches of Japanese nature and the tradition of craftsmanship.

Speaker(s):
Gardner Dunn
East Coast Brand Manager
Suntory Whiskey
2:30 PM
The World of Sicilian Wine

Discover The World of Sicilian Wine (UC Press, 2013) with authors, Bill Nesto and Frances Di Savino.

3:00 PM
Merroir & Terroir Pairing with Island Creek Oysters and Cape Classics

Join Andre Shearer, Chairman and CEO, and Robert Bradshaw, President and COO, of wine importer, Cape Classics, along with Michelle Wong, Island Creek Oyster's National Direct-to-Chef Sales Representative, for a presentation and tasting of one of the culinary world's great food and drink pairings: oysters and wine.

Speaker(s):
André Shearer
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Cape Classics
Michelle Wong
National Direct-to-Chef Sales Representative
Island Creek Oyster
Robert Bradshaw
President & Chief Operating Officer
Cape Classics
3:30 PM
The wines of the Douro Valley: From Dream to Reality: an Adventure in the Oldest Demarcated Region of the World.

The long history of the Van Zeller family in the Douro valley begins as Port Wine shippers in 1780. We won't have a wine from 1780 in this seminar but we will include one from 1870, not a bad compromise.

Speaker(s):
Christiano Van Zeller
Chairman
Federation of Douro Farmers
4:00 PM
Gin: From Bathtub to Bottle to Your Glass

Gin has a long history in America: from the Volstead Act, which established prohibition, through the postwar mythical 'three-martini lunch', to the present day crafting of boutique gins.

Speaker(s):
Troy Clarke
Director of Mixology and Education, Genesis Division
Martignetti Companies
4:00 PM
Wine Spectator Presents: Hot List: Emerging Regions and Grapes

Because we're not drinking first-growth Bordeaux or top Napa Cabs on a daily basis...

Speaker(s):
Gloria Maroti Frazee
Director of Video & Education
Wine Spectator
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