Friday, October 10, 2014

Fifth Annual Raise Your Glass for Jimmy

The fifth annual Raise Your Glass for Jimmy presented by the Jimmy Fund Council of Greater Boston will take place at the Fairmont Battery Wharf in Boston on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to the event includes a wide variety of wines to taste, hors d'oeuvres, live music, a silent auction, and a wine bottle drawing. Participating wine vendors include Ansonia Wines, Boston Bottle, Gordon's Fine Wines and Liquors, Lattanzio Wines, M.S. Walker, and Plymouth Bay Winery. All proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Among the silent auction items will be a two-night stay for four at Benziger Winery in Sonoma Valley, Calif., with American Airlines tickets, two tickets to the Nov. 23 New England Patriots game against the Detroit Lions, a one-night stay plus breakfast at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, one cooking class and dinner for six at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, and a four-course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings for four from Strega.

For $25, patrons can participate in the wine bottle drawing. Participants are guaranteed that the bottle they will win is equal to or greater than the $25 they contributed.

Tickets are $50 per person and the first 150 participants at the door will receive a $25 gift certificate from Tresca. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Please note all tickets will be held at the door on the night of the event.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tanglewood Wine & Food Classic

Be sure to check out the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic. It will features wines from around the world, East Coast chefs, and locally sourced foods, enjoyed in an incomparable setting on the Tanglewood grounds. The Grand Tasting is Saturday, August 9th from 12 noon to 3 pm in the Hawthorne Tent. Tickets are $90.

Joe Carr will be there pouring his Dylan's Ghost wines.  These wines rock and are a great value. Check out my reviews of his 2010 wines. If you have not tried them yet, this is a great venue to experience them!  Have Fun!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Skinner 10-Day Online Auction Showcases Fine Wines

Skinner, Inc. will hold a Fine Wines Online Auction beginning June 17, 2014, at 10:00 am EST and concluding on June 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm EST. There are more than 900 lots of wine, beer, and spirits from across the globe. Collectors will find excellent options to lay down alongside celebratory single bottles perfect for future graduations, weddings, and other personal milestones.
A collection rich in Bordeaux and California wines anchors this auction. Highlights include 2000 Chateau Mouton Rothschild (12 bottles, estimate $10,000 to $15,000) or a single bottle of 2007 Screaming Eagle (estimate $2,000 to $3,000) Bordeaux, the perennial auction star, is well represented with cases of first growth and many classified chateaux. The wines range from the first growths such as 1999 Chateau Lafite Rothschild (12 bottles, estimate $6,000 to $9,000) to fifth growths, such as 2010 Chateau Pontet Canet (12 bottles, estimate $2,700 to $3,750). My favorite find so far is single bottle of the 2005 Shafer Cabernet Sauvignon “Hillside Select” (Lot 69) or 6 bottles. (Lot 507). I scored this wine 97 points. Check out my review!

To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, Director of Skinner’s Fine Wines Department, at 508-970-3296 or

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Riesling Riot Comes To Boston On May 31st!

Be sure to check out the Riesling Riot Boston on May 31st at the Park Plaza Castle located at 130 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02116.  The event has 2 session times. Riot One is from 2 pm to 5 pm and Riot Two is from 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets for each session are $60 each.

The idea behind the Riesling Riot is to introduce the very wide range of Riesling wines to a new audience. The event will teach antendees about the regions, styles, food pairings, and history behind Riesling.

This four city tour starts right here in Boston! It will be presenting Riesling wines from around the world all in one room. The main goal will be to highlight how diverse the grape is and teach attendees how to choose the style of Riesling they like. The folks from the Second Glass will use a lot of the tricks they learned from their Wine Riots to produce a very interactive and educational  tasting experience for all attendee's. Don't miss this very unique event.  Cheers!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Skinner Live Auction of Fine Wines, Ales & Spirits in Boston

Skinner, Inc. will offer nearly 600 lots sure to please any palate during its Fine Wines auction on Tuesday, February 25. There will be extraordinary selections of Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy to bid on. Skinner will highlight a number of scarce verticals such as a 10-bottle lot of Screaming Eagle from Napa Valley (Lot 211, $13,000 to $18,000) or a Seventeen Year Vertical of Mouton Rothschild, featuring 34 bottles, ranging from 1991 through 2007 (Lot 209, $12,000 to $18,000).

Some of my favorites offered in this auction are these 3 lots:

Lot 34: The 2007 Sloan Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa. Parker said “This spectacular 2007 should drink well for 25-30+ years.” (RP 100) (ST 96) 1 bottle ($500-700)

Lot 66: Chateau Pontet Canet 2009 (Pauillac) I always loved this wine and this is one of their best vintages! (RP 100) (WE 99) (WS 96) (ST 96) 12 bottles ($2,000-$3,000)

Lot 207: Chateau Margaux 2000 The 2000 Margaux is composed of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot. Parker said, “There is no reason to hesitate to drink it. However, it should evolve for another 30-40 years, so there is no hurry either.” (RP 100) (WS 100) (ST 98) 2 bottles ($1,200-1,800)

To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, Director of Skinner’s Fine Wines Department, at 508-970-3296 or check out the Skinner Wine website for a listing of all the offering on the catalog.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Wine Tasting for the Jimmy Fund

Raise Your Glass for Jimmy!

Be sure to check out this event that is is raising money for the Jimmy Fund. It is on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Liberty Hotel in Boston. You will enjoy a variety of wines. There will be a good selection of whites and reds to appeal to all palettes. Participating wine vendors include M.S. Walker, Horizon Beverage, Plymouth Bay Winery, Federal Wine & Spirits, Gordon's Fine Wines & Liquors, and August West Wines.

Tickets are $50 per person, and include a $25 gift certificate for Tresca for the first 150 participants at the door. The event will also feature live music, a wine drawing (buy a chance for $35, and you're guaranteed a bottle of wine worth $25 or more if you are lucky), Finally there is a silent auction for a trip to a vineyard in Sonoma, California including airfare, several large format wines, a 4 course chef's tasting menu for 4 at Strega worth $500, and many other great items.

All proceeds benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Jimmy Fund. Please note all tickets will be handled as "will call" at the door of the event. We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic

Boston Wine Lovers!  Be sure to check out the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic on August 15th through August 18th. This Wine and Food Classic will feature wines from around the world and offer locally sourced foods to be enjoyed in an incomparable setting on the Tanglewood grounds. The Wine and Food Classic includes seminars, celebrity chef dinners, a Grand Tasting and cooking demonstrations. Some the highlights are:

Dinner with Lydia Shire, featuring Wines from Duckhorn Vineyards on Friday, August 16th at the Formal Gardens Tent.

On Saturday, August 17th.  Check out the High Noon Wine Tasting with Joseph Carr. It will be at the Ozawa Tent.

Also on the 17th is the Grand Tasting at the Hawthorne Tent from 1 to 4 pm.

For a complete listing of all the events and to order tickets, check out the Tanglewood Wine and Food Classic website.