It was an epic blur.Â The 16th annual Nantucket Wine Festival began on Wednesday, May 16 with a Veuve Clicquot champagne reception on the deck of the White Elephant hotel on Nantucket Harbor, and persisted day and evening through the Grand tasting on Sunday afternoon.Â As wonderful as the festival is each year, it is something to survive as much to enjoy.Â I mean, really, how much can one eat and drink?Â Each year, I amaze myself…
Dinner Wednesday night at the Pearl bar with my friend Cesare Casella from Salumeria Rosi in NYC.Â Thursday Veuve Clicquot poolside luncheon.Â Thursday night food & wine gala at the White Elephant followed by Lola 41.Â Friday tastings at currentVintage featuring Manuel Louzada of Bodega Numanthia and Cyril Brun, winemaker at Veuve Clicquot.Â Sunset glass of Krug with Rubicon/Inglenook winemaker Phillippe Bascaules.Â Saturday Grand Tastings at the Nantucket Yacht Club, a store tasting of Donelan Wines plus dinner with wine peeps at Ventuno.Â Sunday Hospices de Beaune luncheon with MW Anthony Hanson at Great Harbor Yacht Club and a final Grand tasting.Â YOU try to keep up!
Looking back a month later, I can still recall exactly how delicious was the glass of Krug at sunset, the salumi from Cesare with a sip of Clicquot vintage rosÃ©, the kimchi bites from Chef Tom Berry at the gala, the Mazis-Chambertin ‘Cuvee Madeleine Collignon’….because those moments were epic, even if they went by in a blur.
–Elisabeth English, currentVintage
Photos courtesy of Gene Mahon, Nantucket Wine Festival and currentVintage