If you enjoy the tastes and smells of far-away lands, you’ll take great delight in a large-scale wine tasting. Most small wine-shop tastings offer only a few bottles to try and perhaps some cheese and crackers. For a flat rate, a wine expo typically offers you the pick of hundreds of wines. You’ll be able to try pairings of food and wine that are typical of different countries and watch experts discuss the pairings in a live program.
The Boston Wine Expo: January 23-25th, 2009. On its 18th year as a staple in Boston’s cultural experience, The Boston Wine Expo brings its experience to an intense weekend of food, wine, and culture. Keynoted by Gary Vaynerchuk (Wine Library TV.com) with cooking exhibitions from a line-up of PBS cooking legends, this Boston Wine Expo should meet your expectations with a flourish. Saturday tickets start at $85 and you’ll have to steer clear of some seminars that charge an additional fee. Tasting wines from more than 400 wine producers should keep you smiling all day.
The New York Wine Expo: February 27-March 1, 2009. The New York Wine expo offers 600+ wines from more than 170 winemakers from all over the world. With keynotes from Mark Oldman (“Every Day With Rachel Ray”) and Kevin Zraly (Windows On The World Wine School) will inspire your mind and captivate your senses. With tickets starting at $75 USD the New York Wine Expo offers a relatively inexpensive way to expand your palate without dealing with all the jet lag.
The Washington D.C. Wine Expo: February 14-15th, 2009. If you were wondering what to do with your Valentine’s evening, you might consider tasting all 800 wines from more than 200 wineries between bites of complimentary food. Do you think you could remember all 800? With celebrity chefs offering free cooking demonstrations and personal meet-and-greets with wine producers all evening, you’ll be sure to find your $85 well-spent.