Every year I provide readers with some helpful tips to help you enjoy your day at the Boston Wine Expo.
Below is a list of helpful tips that I have gathered over the years to make your experience a special one.
This year the Boston Wine Expo celebrates its 19th year. I think I have attended most of them. It is clearly one of the largest consumer wine events in the country. There will be over 450 wineries from around the globe pouring over 1,800 wines for you to sample. However, if you have never attended before, you might want to refer to my tried and true list of tips below.
Ken's Top 10 Practical Tips for Attending the Boston Wine Expo:
1.) Map out the wineries you want to visit ahead of time. The list of attending wineries is listed on the Boston Wine Expo website in alphabetical order. Match the table numbers and plan your visits to sample based upon sections. i.e. Create a list of all the wineries you want to visit from Aisle 500 and visit them all at once.
2.) Eat a large lunch before you go in.
3.) Check your coat. You probably won't feel like carrying it around for four hours.
4.) Bring your own large wine glass or at least a wine charm to differentiate your glass from others.
5.) Bring food in with you. (Apple slices "for palate cleansing", small cheese chunks, crackers, and baguette slices).
6.) Bring a backpack to collect magazines and other materials of interest to you.
7.) Bring a large water bottle (you can refill it).
8.) Bring a pad and two pens for your wine tasting notes.
9.) Spit!! It is the only way to try so many wines and not pay for it the next day.
10.) Have a designated driver!!! No matter how much you spit, it's probably not enough. Be safe and enjoy! You can also use these tips at this year’s New York Wine Expo on February 26–28, 2010.
We hope you have a good time at the Expo. See you next Saturday and Sunday at the Wine Expo.
Theresa and Ken