Boston Wine Expo 2013

One of the best things I like about the Boston Wine Expo is that while it may sound intimidating and look overwhelming to people who are not exactly wine connoisseurs (like me), it is actually a very well-organized event that is conducive to learning more about different types of wine, whether you’re a wine expert or not.

I attended Boston Wine Expo 2013 with some friends (I am part of the blogger ambassador program and was given complimentary tickets). And in between many sips of wine and tasty little bites, I realized a few things. So I’m going to borrow a page from Oprah and her What I Know For Sure column on O Magazine and tell you about the Things I Know For Sure… from the Boston Wine Expo.

Things I Know For Sure:

1) I really like red wine, but like it better when I have something to pair it with, like cheese, chocolate, or something meaty.

One of the reds I tried was Cigar Zin, which tasted rich and almost spicy.

Luckily for me, there were a lot of tasty food options at the Expo that I can pair with red wine:

piave cheese, duck prosciutto, tuna tartare from Market, triple cream blue cheese

2) Foie gras tastes better when it’s free and you only get a little square on a stick.

Or: things seem to taste better when you know it’s expensive and are only available in limited quantities.

Two of my favorite bites were the indulgent foie gras squares from Bella Bella Gourmet and the slices of iberico ham from Toro restaurant. Unsurprisingly, these were very popular samples and there was always a line of people at the respective stations.

These treats taste exquisite as is, but if you factor in the long lines and people waiting and the fact that they’re free, the bites seemed to taste even better. (The marketing also worked, as I ended up buying a small lobe of foie gras, and wanting to plan a dinner at Toro soon.)

3) I really, really like sweet wines.

I knew that there was no way I can taste all of the wines, or even a quarter, from the featured wineries (there were over 200 wineries at the Expo) so I made it a point to only try wines that were new to me, and that I am sure to like. I tried a lot of dessert wines, sparkling wines, and chilled whites, but these four are my top favorites:

Rose ‘N’ Blum Pink Moscato from Rosenblum Cellars – this was actually the very first wine we tasted at the Wine Expo and it is the one I liked the best. It’s light and fragrant, with flavors of apricot and peach.

Maple Ice Wine from Tenute Santarelli – I was very intrigued by this trio of wines: a dry maple wine, a sparkling maple wine, and a maple ice wine, which I preferred the most. Before this weekend, I didn’t even know that maple wines existed. These Canadian maple wines are made entirely from maple syrup, no grapes at all. The maple ice wine has a warm aroma and a concentrated maple flavor. It made me think of pancakes…

Sweet Reisling from Pacific Rim – I admit that I was lured by the cute packaging, but I also knew that a sweet reisling would be right up my alley. I came to the Pacific Rim booth at the right time too, because this was the last of the samples!

Neige Apple Ice Wine from La Face Cachee – apple ice wine is also known as ice cider and is a product of Quebec. Neige means snow, and it’s a fitting name because the apple ice wine is produced in the extreme cold winter temperatures. This tasted pure, clean, with an intense apple flavor. It’s a great dessert wine.

I had a great time at the Boston Wine Expo, and I’m glad to discover some new dessert wines. I sort of want to plan a trip to Canada now, just for ice wine.

Have you been to any wine-centered events? Do you like sweet wines, too?


16 Responses to “Boston Wine Expo 2013”

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    Joanne posted February 26, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I’ve been to the wine and food festive in NYC a few times and I definitely did not do as much wine tasting as food tasting. Next time I’m doing going to try to do a better job with it! That pink wine looks so wonderful! I love sparkling sweet wines too. :P

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    Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt posted February 26, 2013 at 9:37 am

    All my years in Boston and my love of wine and I have never been able to attend the wine expo! It looks lovely! That Cigar Zin sounds like a red wine I would love.

    For my 30th birthday I took a trip to Niagra-on-the-Lake for a wine tour where there were TONS of ice wines. It was lovely and I enjoyed the entire trip. Definitely worth a visit!

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    Megan posted February 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Wow! This all looks amazing — I need to get tickets next year and try all of these amazing sounding wines :)

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    Meghan posted February 26, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Great recap! I was so sad I had plans to be out of town that weekend and had to miss the Expo.

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    Maria @ Pappa Don't Preach posted February 26, 2013 at 10:46 am

    We are such twins!!! When I went to the Mohegan Wine Fest last month, I was all about the sweet whites! Moscatos and Rieslings are my weakness.

    Deeps reds are always much more enjoyable with some dark chocolate, but that’s a given. ;)

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    Melanie posted February 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    You should absolutely go to the Wine Riot. It’s on April 6 in Boston and it’s the most phenomenal wine event I’ve ever been to. I’ve been to three and had SO much fun! (and maybe I’ll see you there!!)

    And sweet wines are my absolute favorite :)

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    Michelle Collins posted February 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    I love sweet wines in the summer, but, this time of year, I tend to stick to drier varieties (mostly chianti classico). I went to the expo last year and loved it!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted February 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I wish I had gone to this! I’m not a huge fan of sweet wines…I definitely prefer drier reds. It seems like they had all sorts of types to enjoy!

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    Megan posted February 26, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    I love red wine and piave so I would have been in my glory. :) Sounds like it was a great event!

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    CCU posted February 27, 2013 at 1:02 am

    A wonderful looking wine fest :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Simply Life posted February 27, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    oh this looks like it was such a fun event!

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    Natalie posted February 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Love pink moscato! Looks like an awesome event, we have a similar one in November here in Toronto!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Wow, this sounds like such a fun time! I’m going to have to tell my husband about that maple wine you tried…how cool!!

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    The Squishy Monster posted March 1, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Love awesome events, a bonus when they’re free…sounds like a good ole’ time!!

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    Molly Galler posted March 6, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I too love sweet wines, especially rose. Thanks for the great round up!

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    Daisy posted March 6, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    lovely recap of your time at the expo. I am a big fan of ice wine, the maple one sounds so good.

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