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Boston Wine Expo TODAY?

foodieX2 Feb 17, 2013 06:29 AM

Anybody go yesterday?

I am heading there today for the grand tasting. I haven't been to the wine expo in years. Any place I should head first? Anything to avoid? How were the crowds? Was there any good champagne reps?

The snow is putting a crimp in our style- website says there a coat check. Think we can check our boots to slip into something more fashionable?

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    foodieX2 Feb 17, 2013 08:13 AM


    1. CocoDan Feb 17, 2013 08:30 AM

      It's always a nightmare once they open the doors to the public. A lot of the vineyards there don't have distribution yet, and you may have a very hard time finding something you like in a wineshop later. Have fun, if you can get to a table without getting knocked down.

      They do have a coat check. Don't worry about your fasionable shoes.no one will be able to see them.

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      1. re: CocoDan
        foodieX2 Feb 17, 2013 08:37 AM

        Thanks CD! Appreciate it. We won the VIP tix otherwise wouldn't be going, especially with this weather. Our approach is that it will be crowded so to go with the flow, LOL. I am hoping to try some new labels but looking at it as an adventure.

        We are heading to Tosca in Hingham afterwards for dinner.

        1. re: foodieX2
          CocoDan Feb 18, 2013 01:47 PM

          How was dinner at Tosca? I really like the food there. They also have a very good wine list. Also, how was the wine show? Never made it there yesterday.

          1. re: CocoDan
            foodieX2 Feb 18, 2013 02:04 PM

            The wine expo was just OK and was not crowded at all. I think the snow kept many people away.

            Highlights were a nice long convo with Mary Ann Esposito after her demo. She really is lovely. She was shilling for fillipo barrio olive oil and they got their money's worth. Her demo was so personable that you could barely tell. Later on I saw her a number of times walking around the show chatting with people.

            The newer wines (to me) were some nice chards from Decoy and from MacMurray. A reasonable pinot from Fulcrum and a great pinot from Inman. Most of the Italian wines were mediocre at best. There was one Antinori chianti classico that had potential but was freshly opened and needed some time before being poured. There was a really nice french rose that would be great for the summer. I took a photo of label so need to check that.

            Dinner at Tosca was wonderful as always. We got there early so we sat at the bar. I have a wine bin and we had called ahead and had a nice bottle of wine put on ice. We started with cocktails and then I had their version of burrata for an app and a great pasta with tomatoes, shrimp and spinach for my main. I love that you can get a small plate which to me is a normal portion! My friend had the leek soup and then the pumpkin gnocchi. Everything was delicious.

            Interestingly enough Kevin Long was a no show at the wine expo. He was scheduled to do a demo and we were told he bailed at the last minute, no explanation.

            1. re: foodieX2
              CocoDan Feb 19, 2013 06:22 AM

              Thanks for the report. Sounds like you had a good time. Need to get to Tosca soon.

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