The 17th annual Nantucket Wine Festival will take place May 15 to 19, 2013.
"Where else but Nantucket can you drink such great wine and eat such wonderful food with such lovely people in a place so beautiful?'' asked Eric Asimov, New York Times Wine Critic.
The complete schedule of events for this year’s festival is now posted, and tickets are available for sale on the Nantucket Wine Festival website. Events include the Harbor Gala, The Grand Tastings, Great Wines in Grand Houses wine dinners and wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, wine and food seminars, and the new Culinary Marketplace in the Culinary Tent. Newly added events include the Charitable Wine Auction, Château Margaux Seminar and Veuve Clicquot Champagne Blending Seminar.
"The Nantucket Wine Festival is one of the most significant wine gatherings in the Northeast…it has a permanent place on our calendars, and we look forward to attending every year," said Carmine Martignetti, president and co-owner of Martignetti Companies.
The Nantucket Wine Festival Charitable Wine Auction has always been one of the most anticipated events at the festival. With Christie’s wine specialist Charles Antin at the helm, this year’s wine auction will be action packed and entertaining for collectors and spectators alike. The auction will take place in the ballroom at the newly re-opened Nantucket Hotel. Enjoy Veuve Clicquot, fine wines, and gourmet delicacies, and view and bid on a wide variety of rare and fine wines from private cellars and vintners from across the globe, as well as lifestyle packages featuring one-of-a-kind experiences. 100 percent of the proceeds of all sales at the Nantucket Wine Festival Charitable Auction will be donated via the Nantucket Wine Festival Charitable Foundation to Nantucket Island nonprofit organizations and to the WGBH Educational Foundation.
“Veuve Clicquot is proud to be the official Champagne sponsor of the most celebrated and prestigious Nantucket Wine Festival,” said Aygline Pechdo, northeast region marketing director for Veuve Clicquot. Veuve Clicquot Vintage selections will be showcased at exclusive events, along with their classic Yellow Label and Rosé, making their presence at the Festival more spectacular than ever before. New this year, Pierre Casenave, winemaker for Veuve Clicquot, will host a hands-on Champagne Blending Seminar. Attendees will learn about the unique blending techniques behind the creation of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and create their own Yellow Label blend. This seminar will teach guests the secrets of blending reserve wines that go into the creation of Champagne.
The Nantucket Wine Festival welcomes Château Margaux, considered a national treasure in France, for their first formal appearance on the island. Taste the prestigious wines of first growth Margaux, at
the seminar led by Paul Pontallier, managing director of the legendary estate, the gentleman who has been responsible for the winemaking for the last 30 years. In this seminar discover the full breadth of Margaux's offerings from the rarely seen Pavillon Blanc, through its brother Pavillon Rouge, and finally on to the Grand Vin.
Announcing the Participating Chefs/Restaurants for the Harbor Gala, which takes place at the NWF Host Hotel, The White Elephant:
“The Nantucket Wine Festival is the best part of Spring for me. The winemakers, the chefs, the island ambiance…truly outstanding,” said Brooke Vosika, executive chef, Bristol Lounge - Four Seasons Hotel, Boston.
From Nantucket: Chef Michael LaScola, American Seasons; Chef Neil Hudson, Bartlett’s Ocean View Farm; Chef Fred Bisaillon, Brant Point Grill; Chef Jeff Worster, Chanticleer; Chef All Kovalencik Company of the Cauldron; Chef Erin Zircher, Cru; Chef Michael Getter, Dune; Chef Peter and Wendy Jannelle, Fifty-Six Union; Chef W. Scott Osif, Galley Beach; Chef Tom Berry, Great Harbor Yacht Club; Chef Tony Nastus, Languedoc Bistro; Chef Robert Boslow, Lola 41; Chef Todd Winer, Met on Main; Chef Seth & Angela Raynor, The Pearl & The Boarding House; Chef Gabriel Frasca, Ventuno & Straight Wharf.
From Boston, Cape and MA: Chef Robert Sisca, Bistro du Midi; Chef Brooke Vosika, Bristol Lounge, Four Seasons; Chef William Kovel, Catalyst, Chef Mark Sapienza & Chef Jed Hackney, Café Fleuri at the Langham Hotel; Chef Christopher Coombs, Deuxave; Ihsan Gurdal, Formaggio Kitchen; Chef Jay Murray, Grill 23; Chef Barbara Lynch, No. 9 Park; Chef Rebecca Arnold, Pain d'Avignon Cafe-Boulangerie; Chef Will Gilson, Puritan & Co.; Chef Rich Garcia, Renaissance Hotel; Chef Lydia Shire, Scampo; Chef Florent Boutet, Stonehedge Inn; Chef Susan Regis, UpStairs on the Square. From Austin: Chef Kevin Williamson, Ranch 616; Chef Shawn Cirkiel, Backside. From New York: Chef Michael Ginor, Lola (Long Island). From CT: Chef Geoff Laslo, Le Farm. From La Jolla, CA: Chef Bernard Guillas, The Marine Room.
Sponsors of the Nantucket Wine Festival include the White Elephant, Official Host Hotel; Clarke/Sub-Zero & Wolf, Culinary Tent Sponsor; Veuve Clicquot, Official Champagne Sponsor; Nestle Waters (Aqua Panna, San Pelligrino, Perrier) Official Water Sponsor; Cape Air, Hy-line Cruises; Steamship Authority; and media partners WGBH, Boston Common Magazine, and Nantucket’s N Magazine.