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FlashbACK…Nantucket Wine Festival 2014

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Dominique Demarville, Chef du Cave Veuve Clicquot, at currentVintage

Nantucket Wine Fest is very special to me.  My husband been an organizer since the very beginning and through NWF, I have met amazing people, sipped oh-so-fine wine and had some incredible experiences…

Great Wines in Grand Homes Burgundy dinners…DRC & Comte de Vogue with Eric Asimov at La Fete…divine wine & cheese pairings with Ihsan Gurdhal…a Hospices de Beaune luncheon with Anthony Hanson…all epic on my scale.

Each winter, we are on the road for weeks visiting winemakers from Sonoma to Barcelona, and now, we have the great pleasure of welcoming many friends on our home turf.

cV positivley throbs with excitement this week!  We are hosting:  Lynanne & Pablo Nyarady of Trifecta Wines, Erni Loosen & Jay Somers of Dr. Loosen & J. Christopher wineries, Hervé Birnie-Scott & Cheval des Andes, and, as always, a Veuve Clicquot champagne tasting with Dominique Demarville, Chef du Cave.  Yes, I love NWF!

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Manuel Louzada, Bodega Numanthia, at cV

So much happens in those few fabulous days of clinking, drinking, dining & discovery that it takes us a year to post our pics!  Now, as NWF 2015 fast approaches, we are looking back at last year and getting excited yet again, for this world class event that takes place on our island.

NWF Harbor Gala 2014

NWF Harbor Gala 2014

Michael Kors Fashion Show for Theatre Workshop Nantucket

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IMG_9451The Michael Kors fashion show for Theatre Workshop took place on August 15 and was, for many the highlight of the summer on Nantucket!  Such a gorgeous setting, a great cause–and the clothes–to die for!

Held at a private home in Sconset, it began with photos,shopping & hors d’oeuvres, then a full runway fashion show of the Michael Kors Fall collection, followed by poolside dancing in the moonlight…What a magical evening for a great cause and currentVintage was most proud to be a sponsor!

Here are a few snaps of the evening:

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cV VC “Vintage & Vintage” Fashion Show with Veuve Clicquot

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cV VC BI VG EE frame-Galley Beach-691The #ClicquotMail Truck rolled off the boat and on to Nantucket in July–first stop, currentVintage!

It was a flurry of fun as we popped the corks on Vintage Rosé & La Grande Dame 2004 and posed for photos with the VC photo booth.  That was just the warm up, as the next day, currentVintage staged a sold out fashion show with The Nantucket blACKbook at swank Galley Beach…

Here are some of the looks…

Photos by Zelda Hessler

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Looking bACK at Nantucket Wine Fest 2013 & beyond…

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"Crime Scene" snack provided by Chef Lydia Shire at NWF Gala 2013, courtesy Gene Mahon

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NWF Founder, Denis Toner w/ Elisabeth of currentVintage & husband Mark Donato, Nantucket Wine Festival Grand Tasting 2013

NWF 2014!!

Today begins the 2014 Nantucket Wine Festival.  As always, we are terribly excited for the opening champagne toast and the events to come, such as seminars with Eric Asimov, wine critic for the NY Times, and  Ihsan Gurdal of Formaggio Kitchen in Boston & NYC.  The Harbor Gala is 4 hours of food & wine, including great restaurants from near and far…We are psyched for bites from L’Apicio from NYC, O Ya in Boston & Nantucket’s The Pearl paired with wines from the likes of Faiveley, Yves Cuilleron, Cos d’Estournel & Francois Villard.  We look forward to seeing Carissa Mondavi and the latest release from Continuum and everything Maria & Robert Sinskey are pouring…

We are so delighted to host Pablo & Lynanne Nyarady of Trifecta Wines, Dominique Demarville of Veuve Clicquot and Manuel Louzada of Numanthia at in store tastings this Friday at cV!  They will be showing the best of their best, including TRIFECTA Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, VCP La Grande Dame 2004 and Termanthia 2010.

We are jazzed for our cV table at The NWF Grand Tastings, serving an all star cast of cheese & rosé from around the world + showing off our Vintage accessories & Home goods.  NWF says the grand tastings are ‘the heart & soul of the NWF’ and we are thrilled to be a part.

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Large format welcome at NWF La Fête!

We anticipate La Fete like children await Christmas–last year was truly exhilarating and this year should be no less.  JAYER, Comte de Vogué, LARGE format…I hope our ’83 Magnum Of Chateau Mouton-Rothschild shows well.  At a minimum, we can all appreciate the Saul Steinberg label…

It is an epic five days each year.  If you are on island, please stop by!  If not, start planning for next year!

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Carissa Mondavi of Continuum, w/ (my husband) Mark Donato of NWF

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Pierre Casenave, Veuve Clicquot winemaking team, pouring at cV

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NY Times wine critic Eric Asimov with Chablis winemaker Christian Moreau at NWF La Fete, courtesy Gene Mahon

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Chrisitan Moreau & Brett Marcy of Frederick Wildman at NWF Grand Tasting 2013

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Champagne Jack Cooperstein & Mrs. Champagne Jack at VCP party at The Pearl, Nantucket; courtesy Terry Pommett photography

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Mark Donato, Elisabeth, Denis & Susan Toner, NWF La Fete 2013

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Winemakers hanging out at cV, NWF 2013

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Francois Villard at NWF Harbor Gala

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Jim Finkel & Elisabeth English, NWF La Fete 2013, courtesy Gene Mahon

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NWF La Fete 2013

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Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi NYC at currentVintage; courtesy Terry Pommett photography

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Elisabeth, Cesare Casella, Siobhan, NWF Opening Party 2013, courtesy Gene Mahon

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NWF Grand Tasting, courtesy Gene Mahon

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Chef Cesare Casella & Veuve Clicquot event at cV; courtesy Terry Pommett photography

Elisabeth with Bob Lindquist, owner Qupé Vineyards, NWF La Fete 2013

Elisabeth with Bob Lindquist, owner Qupé Vineyards, NWF La Fete 2013

Wine Tasting on Etna…

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Marc de Grazia & Elisabeth English of currentVintage at Terre Nere

Marc de Grazia & Elisabeth English of currentVintage at Terre Nere

Et-NA!  Et-NA!  Et-NA!  Yes, I drank the kool-aid, the grape kool-aid, if you will, and I have now joined the wild pack of Etna-obsessed wine lovers.  Specifically, the red grape Nerello Mascalese and white Carricante.  These are the indigenous varietals of Sicily’s Mt. Etna, now an official D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata, ie. appellation) and oh, how I love them.  Nerello Mascalese is a kindred spirit to Pinot Noir and Nebbiolo, my other two preferred vines.  Carricante is really like no other;  with its long growing season, it offers generous, round, complex fruit flavors, such as green apple, quince and pear plus balancing acidity…true love.

Etna Wine Country

Etna Wine Country

During a mere 30 hours on the north side of Etna, we had several remarkable visits.  One was a half day with Marco de Grazia of Tenuta Terre Nere, who could claim to be the unofficial brand ambassador for Etna wines, as he has done so much for the elevation of quality on Etna as well as for global recognition in the wine world.  His passion is truly contagious and while we learned so much, it was hard to keep up with his narration as we 4-wheeled up and over through the various “cru”, the meticulous high-elevation single vineyards of Terre Nere.  A barrel sample of the 2012 “Santo Spirito” revealed a lush, sensuous, velvety, sheer wine that I cannot wait to taste again.

Val Cerasa/Bonaccorsi

Val Cerasa/Bonaccorsi

We walked the vineyards of Val Cerasa, with Rosario Pappalardo, owner and husband of owner-winemaker Alice Bonaccorsi.  Rosario showed us the old palmento (winery) on the property, which he unlocked with the original, nearly ancient, old key…it was so enchanting to see the rock-walled ‘clos’ being farmed just as they have been for generations and so on.  I cannot help slipping in the French references–the vintners on Etna see their terroir as similar to Burgundy if not equal.  The stony vineyards, harsh climate and sheer, transparent reds that vary so distinctively from parcel to parcel do invite comparison…One sip of his 2010 Etna Rosso and Rosario, a native, pronounced “This is Etna”.

Elisabeth at Bonaccorsi

Elisabeth at Bonaccorsi

We sampled a few PASSOPISCIARO wines over lunch and dinner, including their Etna Rosso, a stunning Burgundian-style chardonnay and the gorgeous Contrada “Rampante” from their 3000+ ft. elevation contrada (vineyard).  Owner Andrea Franchetti bottles four single vineyard Etna Rosso, clearly also a believer in the value of unique vineyard expression on Etna.  The 80yr. old vines of Rampante produce deep, concentrated flavors with smooth silky tannins.  The abundant minerality and acidity lifts the wine and there is no oppressive weight or sense of heaviness.  By the way, this was the first week of November and Andrea was still harvesting.

Down in Vittoria a few days later, we had a marvelous dinner with Patricia Toth, winemaker of PLANETA, and sampled her lovely Etna Bianco…and many more.  It was a treat to get yet another passionate take on the potential of Etna, this time from a smart, talented young Hungarian beauty who majored in fermentation.

As we continued our tasting on and around Etna and in restaurants all over Sicily, there were other loves…GRACI, RUSSO, OCCHIPINTI…Yes, I could go on and on…

Meanwhile, we have a number of wines from the above producers available at currentVintage, including TERRE NERE “Santo Spirito” 2011 and Pre-Phylloxera 2011…To be continued!

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket: Chapter 2!

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket 2013

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket 2013

Our last post featured highlights from the currentVintage Galley Beach & Veuve Clicquot “Wish You Were Here” Fashion Show…

However, can there really be too many  photos of beautiful girls (and a guy) in fabu vintage fashions on a beach?!  Really??

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

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currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

currentVintage at Galley Beach Nantucket

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currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

Nantucket…life is a beach.  In this case, Galley Beach, the uber chic Nantucket spot with beach front real estate.  cV was invited to put on a boardwalk fashion show as part of their Veuve Clicquot “Wish You Were Here” Saturday brunch series and we said, ‘but, of course!’…who wouldn’t want to be there?!  Exquisite photography by Max Hessler.  See more shots in our next terroir post…

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currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

currentVintage Galley Beach show 2013

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currentVintage is on Pinterest! currentVintage is on faceBook!

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Alex in currentVintage Peacock Maxi

We can’t spend every waking second blogging and writing our ever popular newsletter, so we are offering instant gratification and intermediate cV fixes through social media…and we’re having so much fun!  Follow us on facebook and see who’s “Seen in cV” and what wine wines we just received in real time…

We are just getting started with Pinterest, but it will allow us to be more creative and share even more of endless array of lifestyle offerings, from vintage frocks to boutique wines to craft beer to artisan cheese to candles & cocktail napkins…pin, pin, pin!!

We’ll do our best to keep ourselves and you amused:)

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Nantucket Wine Festival Central…

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Tasting Wines…

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MONTEVERRO WINES Tasting:

2009 Chardonnay, $115

COLOR:

Brilliant, shiny yellow gold with hints of white gold on the rim.

ON THE NOSE:

Explosion of pear, quince, vanilla, butter and granite, balanced with touches of white truffles, exotic fruits and Cajun nuts.

ON THE PALATE:

Fresh entrance evolving quickly on minerality, quinine, grapefruit and blood orange, lingering on vanilla ice cream and crème brûlée.

Suggested Pairing:

Roast chicken with shiitake bread pudding



2009 Terra di Monteverro, $75

COLOR:

Deep, black cherry with a touch of a bright, shiny red.

ON THE NOSE:

Fresh herbs like thyme and rosemary with hints of mint, blueberries,

pickled cherry, prune, tobacco leaves and cured meat.

ON THE PALATE:

Soft, yet vibrant entrance evolving on a framed mouthfeel with

blackberries and blueberries, lingering on chocolate covered cherries.

Suggested Pairing:

Herbed Berkshire pork chop


2009 Monteverro $150

COLOR:

Deep, dark and intense black with bright red and purple on the rim.

ON THE NOSE: Concentrated aromas with spices like white pepper, sap, chocolate and cedar wood with hints of cherry, jasmine, tea leaves, black currant and cigar box.

ON THE PALATE: Powerful, yet subtle entrance on a layered structure with a great backbone of acidity, lingering on cherry, cassis and dark chocolate with dense but ripe tannins, coated with blackberry jam.

Suggested Pairing:

Ossobucco & Polenta

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VEUVE CLICQUOT Champagne Tasting:

Yellow Label NV, $56

The strength of this golden-yellow wine is immediately pleasing to the nose while its complexity explodes on the palate.  The initial notes of fruit are followed by more discreet aromas of brioche and vanilla when the wine is allowed to age in the bottle.  Brut Carte Jaune offers a perfect balance of finesse and forcefulness.


Brut Rosé NV, $66

It offers the eye radiant color, its nose is intense and elegant.  Notes of raspberry, wild strawberry and cherry predominate, followed by a touch of dried fruits and pastry.  In the mouth, the attack is powerful, leaving behind a harmony of fruits.  Elegant and sensual, the wine offers exceptional balance and surprising intensity.



La Grande Dame 2004, $175

On the palate, there is plenty of body and substance.  The texture is crisp and silky. The chalky mineral note resonates magnificently with this full-bodied structure and intensifies the lengthy persistence.  The Verzenay/Avize duet (the two dominant crus in this blend of 8 grand crus) takes on its full dimension.  The finish is fresh and generous, indicating a light dosage that does nothing to disturb the wine’s natural balance.

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HOURGLASS WINES Tasting:


“Blueline wines develop deeply concentrated fruit characteristics in a range of dark red (dark sour cherry, dried cranberry, candied raspberry in Merlot) to black fruit (blackberry, cassis, and fig in Cabernet and Cabernet Franc). The density of these wines is intense, with explosive flavors and lingering finishes-what we like to call wide, mouth-coating yum! The unique riverbed soils deliver a spicy aromatic and a mineral laced zesty brightness to balance the deep fruit concentration. The layers and complexity can all be traced back to Blueline Vineyard’s terroir: the inimitable mix of geography and climate that have converged here, putting its indelible stamp on the personality of our wines.”–HOURGLASS

Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010

81% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% each Cabernet Sauvignon & Petit Verdot.

On the palate, this Cab Franc is highly structured, yet deep in rich flavors of cassis, dark cherry, bay leaf, pipe tobacco and ripe plum.  Good acidity and firm tannins frame the lush dark fruit and provide a clearly delineated texture – a hint of its great aging potential.

This is the fifth vintage release of the Cab Franc and possibly the best to date…

Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, $130

Earth, spicy mint, black licorice, eucalyptus and cassis intermingle with toasted espresso to elicit a haunting aromatic.  Brooding and dark in aroma, the flavors come alive on the palette, woven together by good natural acidity.  The acidity (a hallmark of Hourglass) provides structure and lift to the darker cassis and rich black fruit flavors, by adding a layer of tangy red fruits (pomegranate and red cassis). Seamless integration from start to finish is a function of polished ripe tannin from the long, even 2009 growing season, which delivers a silky texture and lingering finish.

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Wine Festival Central!

The 17th Nantucket Wine Festival starts on Wednesday, May 15 and cV is the de facto NWF Central.  Whether you need a program, discount tix, something to wear or something to drink, currentVintage is where it’s at!

See below for our exceptional lineup of cV store tastings and VIP customer discounts for select NWF events.  We are pouring our best–it’s not every week we can share $50-$175 bottles of wine so please join us!

Heading to the gala? Come see us for an outfit or just some baubles & bling to accessorize.  Meet winemakers, sip wine, shop for clothing, wine, home and cheese…cV is your home base.

It’s going to be a great week!

Bubbles, Bling & PUCCI!

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Rare & Wonderful Tasting Opportunities at currentVintage…

Elisabeth & Cyril Brun, Veuve Clicquot Wine Maker, NWF 2012

FRIDAY, May 17

MONTEVERRO &

CESARE CASELLA

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Monteverro is a new Italian winery from  southern Tuscany’s Maremma appellation which is heralding a new age of Super Tuscans.  Their debut in 2011 with the 2008 Bordeaux blends and a superb Chardonnay was critically acclaimed by wine media worldwide with 95+ratings in all major publications!  Meet winemaker Matthieu Taunay and taste the Monteverro Chardonnay, Terra di Monteverro and iconic Monteverro wines paired with Tuscan Chef Cesare Casella’s salumi…


Cesare, best known as the chef with the rosemary, is Chef-Owner of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto & Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante in NYC.  He is rarely without a small bouquet springing from his jacket pocket, a signature that represents his dedication to fresh ingredients, his herb-inflected cuisine and his childhood in the Tuscan countryside where rosemary grew wild and his family ran a small trattoria, Vipore, outside of Lucca.  Cesare is also Dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center and serves as Chief of the Department of Nourishment Arts at the Center for Discovery, where he is devoted to raising awareness about sustainability and nutrition.  Here is a great piece on Chef Casella just published in Wine Enthusiast magazine…We are positively thrilled to have Cesare join us again this year at currentVintage!

“Growing Up Tuscan”–Cesare Casella in Wine Enthusiast

Notes on the wines you’ll be tasting…

Friday, May 17

4th Annual currentVintage & Veuve Clicquot Champagne Tasting

4-5:30

Meet winemaker Pierre Casenave and taste vintage & NV champagnes paired with the exceptional Prosciutto from Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi in NYC.

Sample VEUVE CLICQUOT Yellow Label NV, VEUVE CLICQUOT Brut Rosé NV & VEUVE CLICQUOT La Grande Dame 2004.

Salut!

Notes on the wines you’ll be tasting…

Me with (another) Pierre & Aygline from Veuve Clicquot at NWF Preview Party in NYC.

Saturday, May 18

HOURGLASS WINES

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A rare and extraordinary tasting opportunity featuring HOURGLASS Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2010 & Blueline Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009!  These famed wines are from the very special Blueline property so named for the two streams that course through it.  Join us as we once again welcome former Nantucketer Audra Chapman to cV…A complimentary tasting of wines of this caliber is a “Don’t Miss”!

Notes on the wines you’ll be tasting…

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Every year, currentVintage is able to select a few Nantucket Wine Festival events and offer special pricing for cV customers only...

This year’s trio may be the best ever!! I mean, if Chateau Angelus is within your means, by all means, do not miss this experience. We had so much fun with Angelus partner Jean-Bernard Grenie in Bordeaux and he is a delight to dine with…Super charming, great laugh and always with a twinkle in his eye. And, the wines are all rated 93-98 by Robert Parker.  I dined at beautiful Bistro du Midi in April and it is certainly a ‘Best of Boston’.

If you want to get in the spirit for the Penner-Ash tasting, perhaps pick up a bottle of Penner-Ash Viognier from cV–Even better, get two–one to drink and the other to take with you to the seminar and have Lynn Penner-Ash sign it!  The wines are fabulous…

Please note that our Grand Tasting tickets include VIP entrance–meaning VIPs get in at 12 not 12:30!  While supply lasts!

Great Wines in Grand Homes: CHÂTEAU ANGELUS/ ROBERT SISCA, BISTRO DU MIDI

Denis Toner & Mark Donato tasting wines with Jean-Bernard Grenie at Chateau Angelus, November 2012.  Monsieur Grenie will be on island for the Chateau Angelus wine dinner!

Friday, Premier Grand Cru Classe (A) Château Angelus, from theBordeaux appellation of St-Emilion, is the result of eight passionately committed generations, inspired by the past but clearly looking to the future. Their recently elevated status makes Angelus one of four estates with the top St-Emilion classification.

Chef Robert Sisca is a two-time nominee for Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef” 2011 and 2012 and received three stars from The Boston Globe. He was recently named best “Chef, Up and Coming” in Boston Magazine’s anticipated “Best of Boston” issue.

Featured wines of the evening will include La Fleur de Boüard 2005, Château Angélus 2006, Château Angélus 2004 and Château Angélus 2005.

Friday, May 17

6pm

Reg. $650, cV Customers $500

Chateau Angelus/Robert Sisca Wine Dinner

Great Wines in Grand Houses:  PENNER-ASH WINE CELLARS with Lynn Penner-Ash

Located in the northern Willamette Valley, Oregon, Penner-Ash Wine Cellars produces fine Viognier and Pinot Noir that embody the spirit and passion of its small, handcrafted production.
This type of event is the reason we have wine festivals–to meet the winemaker and taste wines that tell a story–of a journey from a dream to the table.  And in Nantucket, this magical exchange happens in an extraordinary home setting.

Friday, May 17
11-12:30
Reg. $125, cV Customers $100

Sunday

Grand Tasting VIP Access

Taste and discover over 700 wines from 150 prestigious wineries from France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, California, Argentina, Chile and beyond. VIP Access grants early entry!

Sunday, May 19

12-2:30

Reg, $150, cV Customers $100

(VIP Access is 12:00 entry;  all others 12:30)

BOHO BOURBON BBQ BASH 2013…

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH

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Boarding House

$100

A LATE AFTERNOON OF GRILLING, SLURPING & SWILLING…

Why not close Wine Festival Weekend with a BANG?!

Hosted by Chef-Owner’s Seth & Angela Raynor and featuring their talented Boho Team & friends, such as Chef Maria Sinskey, Cesare Casella (Salumeria Rosi NYC) and Matt & Kate Jennings from Farmstead in Providence. And Island Creek Oysters.

Check out cV coverage of the 2012 NWF

It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Cesare Casella–I have written about him many times in our newsletter and plugged his newest restaurant on NantucketChronicle.com.  I can’t help it…His food is amazing and Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante on the UES is about the chicest place you’ll ever set foot in.  He is indeed a luminary among luminaries at the Nantucket Wine Festival but he is also a wonderful person and very dear friend, which is how we are so fortunate to have him pair his Tuscan salumi with our wine & champagne tastings this Friday.  You can also find him at the NWF Thursday Night Gala, NWF Charitable Auction and the Sunday Boarding House Bourbon Bash.

We look forward to this week so much each year…it’s a nonstop toast to old friends and new…

Cheers!

Elisabeth English & the cV Team

Nantucket Wine Festival Preview Parties in Boston & NYC

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Nancy Philippe Nantucket Wine Preview NYC 4-17-13 ©2013 JuanPatinoPhotography

NWF Director Nancy Bean & Philippe Newlin, VINTUS

The Nantucket Wine Festival hosted Preview/press parties in Boston and New York this Spring and currentVintage was along for both…The Boston event was held at GRILL 23 on an early April afternoon and was filled with Chefs from around the city (such as Lydia Shire), NWF  trade partners, Nantucketers and, of course, press.  Mark Goldweitz, the new President of Nantucket Wine Festival, is a partner in Grill 23, and their Wine Director, Brahm Callahan, is also NWF Wine Director.   David Silva and his team from Galley Beach poured the lovely DOMAINE de l’ILE Porquerolles rosé they import (soon to be available at cV), and Chris Howell of CAIN VINEYARDS was on hand pouring CAIN Concept.  Bruce Percelay and Rob Cocuzzo were present to unveil the April N Magazine “Wine Festival” Issue cover, in what has become an annual tradition.  From there, we went on to enjoy an off-island luxury, FIVE NAPKIN BURGER.

The NYC event was held at PORTER HOUSE in the Time Warner Center and was a slightly smaller, more elegant affair.  A Premier Cru from Drouhin, Whispering Angel rosé and several Bordeaux from Philipe Newlin (Vintus) were immensely enjoyed by the guests, which included Eric Asimov (wine writer for the NY Times), Cesare Casella (Chef-Owner of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto and Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante, NYC), Porter House Chef Michael Lomanoco, Sarah Powers of OPICI Wines, VEUVE CLICQUOT and NWF Team members Mark Goldweitz, Brahm Callahan, Mark Donato, Andrea Cunha and Executive Director Nancy Bean.  The photos below are courtesy of Juan Patino Photgraphy NYC, who somehow made everyone look younger and thinner…

I was originally going to go on about our 48 hours in NYC, which included much more to eat & drink, but the photos are so fun from this event, I think I’ll hold it here for now.  To be Continued…

Mark Donato (NWF), Elisabeth English (currentVintage Nantucket) & Cesare Casella

Mark Donato (NWF), Elisabeth English (currentVintage Nantucket) & Cesare Casella

Eric Asimov, Wine Critic, NY Times

Eric Asimov, Wine Critic, NY Times

Mark Goldweitz, NWF

Mark Goldweitz, NWF

Michael Lomanaco, Porter House

Michael Lomanoco, Porter House

Sarah Powers, OPICI Wines

Sarah Powers, OPICI Wines

NYC Somms

NYC Somms

Cesare Casella

Cesare Casella

Pierre & Aygline, Veuve Clicquot

Pierre & Aygline, Veuve Clicquot

Brahm Callahan, Grill 23, Boston

Brahm Callahan, Grill 23, Boston

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Charles Antin, Christies

Charles Antin, Christies

Mark Donato (my husband), NWF

Mark Donato (my husband), NWF

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