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Boston Wine Expo?

galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 11:00 AM

It's this weekend. Has anyone been in previous years who may have any tips? Which day was the busiest day? Busiest times? Any other information to share? Is anyone going?

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  1. CocoDan RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 11:19 AM

    I've been many times, but always on Sunday. It's opened to the trade only(which is when I go) in the morning until about 1:PM or so, then they open the doors to the public. It's like trying to get out of a stadium after a soccer match in Brazil. Very crowded. We usually leave about 15 minutes after they open the doors. Just too confusing. Some people don't mind. You can get to taste a lot of interesting wine. Keep in mind it has just been taken over by a new promoter. It wasn't as good last year as in the past. It can be fun though.

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      galleygirl RE: CocoDan Feb 7, 2008 11:27 AM

      So, it's not too crazy those first few hours? How have the food exhibitors been in the past?

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        spinach187 RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 11:33 AM

        I've heard to *always* go on Sunday. The bulk of the amateurs show up on Saturday and puke on your shoes.

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          harpoonipa1967 RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 11:35 AM

          Get there EARLY. It has taken my wife as long as an hour to get in (always a Sat.). She now shows up 2 hours before they open to the public to ensure an easy time getting in.

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            galleygirl RE: harpoonipa1967 Feb 7, 2008 11:38 AM

            Well, I'm working, so I have to be there early...I don't know if I should be happy or sad...

      2. SEH RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 11:53 AM

        I went once, last year -- on Saturday. We were there earlier than the doors opened and we waited on a long line but once they started letting people in it went fairly quick. I didn't realize that there would be no wine sales. Yes, a true rookie!

        My tips: find the French wine section, more specifically the ones from Chateauneuf du Pape, and make sure you get your tastes and education on those before the crowds find them as these were our best tastes. And, have some system to whip out pen & paper to take notes while sipping! Also, if you wear a sweater make sure you can take it off and tie around your waist or something because I remember it got really hot with all the swarms of people.

        I am not going this year but I am not totally opposed to ever going again. Have fun!

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          heWho RE: SEH Feb 7, 2008 01:11 PM

          Is it worth the absurd $95 price tag? (for Saturday, at door ticket purchase)

          I've got friends who are swaying me to go, but $95 to stand in line sounds terrible. Someone sell me on this!

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          mr mangia RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 12:02 PM

          I have been a few times and you may want to have a good breakfast. I remember climbing over people to get some cheese samples as everyone was hungry and there weren't that many food options.

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            treb RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 12:13 PM

            Been several times, on Sun, long lines and minimal food offerings. Walk the area first and plan your strategy, there's a lot of crappy wines there, avoid them

            1. steinpilz RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 02:20 PM

              It's great fun, just relax and enjoy as there are so many wines available. You can get a $10 discount on the price using the code GLOBE. A good breakfast is a smart idea, not a lot of food choices but two years ago I had some great crab cake there. I think the wine pours are more generous on Sunday FWIW (I once got a two day ticket in DC and this was my impression, same Expo).

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                galleygirl RE: steinpilz Feb 7, 2008 02:23 PM

                So, based on what you're all saying, i should plan for an onslaught......(I'm working for a food booth)...
                I'm scared, very scared... ;)

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                  steinpilz RE: galleygirl Feb 7, 2008 03:57 PM

                  It's a mob scene for the wine (it's free), the food booths aren't so bad. Which booth are you at?

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                    galleygirl RE: steinpilz Feb 7, 2008 04:02 PM

                    Email me...galleygirlbostonATyahooDOTcom

                    Mods hate mentioning products, I've found out; even neutrally!

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                      MtVernon RE: steinpilz Feb 8, 2008 05:00 AM

                      I go every year. It is a great time.. What food booth are you working? I am going to be straving after a few hours of sampling some good wines. Sundays get kinda crazy because they pour more of the wines, because they need to get rid of them. I got sloppy!!

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                        galleygirl RE: MtVernon Feb 8, 2008 05:50 AM

                        email me...galleygirlbostonATyahooDOTcom...
                        we'll work out a system; I may not be able to leave my booth for, uh, refreshment......;)

                2. ChefJune RE: galleygirl Feb 8, 2008 05:56 AM

                  I've been many times, and unless I go on a Trade Pass, I won't be going again. It's very crowded, and on Saturdays there are hundreds of young adults who go to get drunk. Fortunately, they usually congregate around the Yellowtail booth (ugh), etc. but the place gets very noisy and the temperature rises uncomfortably.

                  Food? very few choices, in my experience. A big cheese table, and over along one wall, a few vendors -- most notably the soup company Kettle Cuisine -- who have good stuff but there's never enough.

                  1. C. Hamster RE: galleygirl Feb 8, 2008 06:08 AM

                    I've always gone on Sunday but now am going with friends on Saturday :(

                    The food is practically nonexistant.

                    And the wine offerings have dwindled over the years. I didn't go last year, but the year before they had no Spanish wines.

                    I also end up camping out in the French area near the Chateauneuf du Pape.

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