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Boston Wine Expo hits the Seaport World Trade Center, Feb 15-16

Posted by Meghan Colloton  January 29, 2014 01:53 PM

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The 23rd annual Boston Wine Expo returns to the Seaport World Trade Center during Presidents' Day weekend, Feb. 15-16. The expo features samplings of international wines, food tastings, seminars, demonstrations, exclusive winemaker dinners, and more. Interested in attending? Here's a guide on what you need to know.

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Tutunjian's wine is poured for sampling at their booth at the Boston Wine Expo in 2013 at the Seaport World Trade Center. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

How to get tickets
The Expo will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. You must be 21+ to attend this event. Tickets are available for purchase at www.wine-expos.com/buytickets. Weekend tickets and group tickets are also available, as well as special trade industry hours.

How to get there
The Seaport World Trade Center is located at 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. For directions and information about the Trade Center, visit www.seaportboston.com.

If you’re taking public transportation, the MBTA Silver Line Waterfront (SL1) provides service from the WTC Station to Logan International Airport terminals every 15 minutes during the weekend. The Silver Line station is located adjacent to the hotel.

Expo features

Grand Tasting
During the Grand Tasting, attendees have a chance to explore wines from around the world. This year’s event will feature more than 1800 wines from 200 wineries around the globe. While traveling through the Trade Center’s space, guests will also have the chance to sample cuisine from popular Boston restaurants and watch local chefs show off their culinary skills on stage. Here's a full list of featured celebrity chefs.

There will also be a Social Media Lounge, located at the center of the Grand Tasting floor, which shows guests which wines attendees like best via mobile app streaming.

Tickets for the Grand Tasting begin at $85 for a one-day pass. Your ticket includes a souvenir Boston Wine Expo glass, access to wine samples from more than 200 producers, complimentary culinary samples, a magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, information on celebrity chef demos, and a schedule of guided tastings and seminars.
Visit www.wine-expos.com to get your ticket.

Vintner’s Reserve Lounge
Are you a serious oenophile? The Vintner’s Reserve Lounge offers wine enthusiasts a chance to try rare and expensive wines, as well as cuisine from some of Boston’s finest restaurants. The Lounge is located in the Seaport World Trade Center’s private Plaza Ballroom.

Tickets for the Vintner’s Reserve Lounge begin at $185. Your ticket includes access to wine samples from more than 25 top-rated wineries, complimentary culinary samples, a magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, information on celebrity chef demos, and a schedule of guided tastings and seminars.
Visit www.wine-expos.com to get your ticket.

VIP Experience
The Expo draws thousands of people each day, so the VIP Experience package gives attendees the chance to bypass lines and head right into the Grand Tasting. The package also provides access to the VIP Experience Lounge, a spot for guests to grab a beverage or snack and relax on one of the sofas.

Tickets for the VIP Experience begin at $135. Your ticket includes VIP line privileges, complimentary coat-check, an upgraded souvenir Boston Wine Expo glass by Riedel and complimentary glass of champagne, gift-bag, access to wine samples from more than 200 producers, complimentary culinary samples, a magazine outlining locations of the exhibitors, information on celebrity chef demos, and a schedule of guided tastings and seminars.
Visit www.wine-expos.com to get your ticket.

Seminars
This year’s Expo will include more than 30 topics, including food and wine pairings, “Wine 101,” regions and vertical tasting flights of the world’s most popular grapes, and more. Seminar ticket prices range from $25-$65, depending on the class you choose.

View a full list of the Expo seminars here.

Chefs & Winemaker Dinner Series
Along with cooking demonstrations and tastings from some of Boston’s top chefs, the Expo will also showcase a Winemaker Dinner Series, where winemakers will join the city’s most well-known chefs to pair together the perfect wine and cuisine.

Ticket prices vary by dinner. Visit www.wine-expos.com to learn more about the Chefs & Winemaker Dinner Series.

More Expo information
Since the Boston Wine Expo was founded in 1991 by the Boston Guild of Oenophilists, more than 27 charities have benefited from proceeds from the Expo, including Tufts Medical Center’s Summer Camp Program for Children with Disabilities, the Expo’s major beneficiary, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, Dana Farber Cancer Institute's Pan Mass Challenge, and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

For more information about the Boston Wine Expo, including hotel information, visit www.wine-expos.com.

Meghan Colloton can be reached at meghan.colloton@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @BostonMeghan.

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