Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Boston Winery - Create Your Own Wine

Snug inside a Civil War-era brick and stone building beside his landmark Venezia Restaurant, vintner Ralph Bruno has opened the doors to his new pride and joy: The Boston Winery—the only winery of its kind in New England.

The Boston Winery was created with one thing in mind: To offer people the unique opportunity to enjoy making their own wine with family and friends. Here you can make superb wine in an historic location with some of the finest Californian and European wine makers to guide you. The newly renovated 12,000 square foot facility is located in the Port Norfolk area of Boston and adjacent to the prestigious Venezia Restaurant.

With a dozen types to choose from, customers are able to taste and pick the wine of their choice and can be involved in the making process from beginning to end or in any capacity they desire. Experienced wine vintners guide members along the way and assist in every aspect of the process.

Boston Winery purchases only premium grapes hand-selected by buyers in California’s wine country, as well as special imports upon request from Italy, Chile and any other location a member may desire.

The winery has begun Phase 1 of the winemaking process, which is de-stemming and crushing the grapes. Small group tours of 10 or less are currently being conducted so that potential members can experience this process firsthand, along with a tour of the winery and a tasting of various wines.

Tours are $100 per guest and include:

• History and overview of Boston Winery
• Tour of the winery and overview of the wine making process
• 2 bottles of Boston Winery handcrafted wine
• Free sampling of various wine blends

The next available small group tours are scheduled for Saturday, October 11th from 4pm- 7pm and Saturday, October 25th from 4pm- 7pm.

If interested in attending a tour, please email BostonWinery@blitzmedia.com with the date you would prefer, your name and phone number. You will be informed if there is space available and receive registration instructions.

For more information:

Boston Winery
26 Ericsson Street, Dorchester, MA
Phone: 617-265-WINE (9463)
Fax: 617-265-9464
E-mail: information@bostonwinery.net

Saturday, September 6, 2008

Skinner Auction of Fine Wines September 19, 2008

Almost a year to the day following the successful inaugural sale of Fine Wines, Skinner, one of the nation's leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, will host its third auction of Fine Wines on September 19, 2008 in its Boston gallery. In partnership with Lower Falls Wine Company, Skinner’s sale will offer nearly 300 lots of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, and Port.

Skinner is the only major auction house in New England to offer fine wines at auction, and, as such, can do so tax-free unlike the competition in New York. Highlights of this sale include several wines from 1982 and 1989 – two years that boasted excellent vintages. On the block from the earlier year of the two are 12 bottles of Chateau Lafite Rothschild 1982 (lot 89, est. $20/30,000); 12 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1982 (lot 90, est. $9/12,000); 12 bottles of Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1982 (lot 91, est. $11/16,000); and a double magnum of Chateau Latour 1982 (lot 44, est. $6,5/9,500). Representative of 1989 comes two lots of 12 bottles of Chateau Margaux 1989 (lots 97 and 98, est. $5/7,000 each); ten bottles of Chateau Haut Brion 1989 (lot 2, est. $11/16,000); and 12 bottles of Chateau Petrus 1989 (lot 100, est. $35/50,000).

Other featured offerings include one bottle of Chateau d’Yquem 1928 (lot 241, est. $1,8/2,400); one bottle of Chateau Petrus 1961 (lot 136, est. $3/5,000); 12 bottles of Chateau Latour 2000 (lot 38, est. $11/17,000); two bottles of Chateau Margaux 1929 (lot 223, est. $1,2/1,800); four magnums of Chateau Lynch Bages 1985 (lot 51, est. $2,5/3,500); and two bottles of Domaine de la Romanee Conti, Grands Echezeaux 1966 (lot 107, est. $2/3,000). For those that appreciate California Cabernets, two bottles of Screaming Eagle 2005 (lot 105, est. $2,5/3,500) will be available for bid.

For Champagne aficionados, featured is Cristal Brut 1990, being offered in three lots: two lots of 12 bottles (lots 147 and 147A, est. $6/9,000 each) and one lot of three bottles (lot 147B, est. $1,5/2,200).

Finally, rounding out the sale is a number of wine-related articles such as coasters, decanters and sterling silver wine labels.

To arrange for a preview, please contact Marie Keep, director of Skinner’s Fine Wines Department, at 617-350-5400 x1296 or finewines@skinnerinc.com. Click here for Skinner's website and more information about Skinner's Fine Wines Auction on September 19, 2008.

Skinner is currently accepting consignments for its Spring 2009 auction of Fine Wines and can accept a single noteworthy bottle or an entire collection.