Win a Pair of Tickets to the Boston Wine Expo and Make your Valentine Happy!

Hey folks. I’ve got some great news for all of you Valentines procrastinators: The Boston Wine Expo is next weekend, February 16-17! Conveniently, this is Valentines Day weekend and what better way to enjoy Valentines than spending it drinking a lot of wine with a special someone who enjoys drinking just as much as you do?

Even better than that, I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away. Right here on Drink Insider. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post with one wine that you have really enjoyed recently and your favorite Boston-area wine shop. On Saturday, I’ll pick a winner at random and just like that, you may be the proud owner of two tickets to Wine Expo. Easy!


Why you should go to the Boston Wine Expo even if you don’t win.
Frankly, if you’re reading my blog, there’s a good chance that you like to drink good beer, wine and/or whisky. Boston Wine Expo is hands down one of the most expansive wine events in Boston all year and you’ll have an opportunity to taste wines from all over the world from large and small wineries. There’s also a host of really cool seminars including:

– 40 Years of Winemaking with Joseph Phelps
– Oregon Pinot Noir
– Barbaresco: Featuring Eight Crus from Produttori del Barbaresco
– Getting to Know Russian River Valley with Merry Edwards
– Chateau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape Vertical (Including 1990!)


And for my fellow whisk(e)y enthusiasts:

– Bourbon Masters: Buffalo Trace’s Master Distiller, Harlen Wheatley
– Scotch Tasting with Gordon & MacPhail

If you’re into food, they’re going to have a lot of that as well, including appearances from some of Boston’s top chefs like Barbara Lynch and Ming Tsai.

I don’t really know what else to tell you. If you like wine, and you live in the general vicinity of Boston, this is basically a can’t miss annual event. So, do yourself a favor and leave a comment so you can try to win some tickets. Otherwise, just buy a damn ticket and come find me there so we can cheers to good drinks and an endless flow of Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

Update: Congratulations to Nadine P!

  • I recently enjoyed a Riesling from our very own Mill River Winery in Rowley, MA. Worth a visit up to taste! My fave wine shop in the boston area is the Boston Wine Exchange downtown – great beer & wine selection!

  • Lisa Cisneros

    I recently found a great Cabernet Sauvignon called Educated Guess from Roots Run Deep Winery in Napa. It is wonderful!

    I found it at my new favorite wine shop Bacco’s Wine and Cheese on St. James Ave in the Back Bay. They are extremely helpful & knowledgeable.

  • I downed a bottle of the dessert wine called Pontefract from Sharpe Hill in Connecticut recently…too delicious.

    BWX near Downtown Crossing is my favorite wine shop. In addition to a courteous and helpful staff, they have a great selection (in all price ranges) and have a pretty solid craft beer section, too!

  • Erin

    How funny! My grandfather just purchased Educated Guess for me (I just finished grad school for chemistry). I agree, delightful! Luke’s Liquors in Rockland has a wide variety so my experience is always a wandering stroll up and down aisles reading labels and asking questions.

  • Michelle Moreira

    Chime Pinot Noir is wonderful. My favorite wine shop is GrapevineTravelers in Medford Square. They are extremely helpful and hold weekly wine tastings.

  • Nancy Zhou

    Joel Gott’s Cabernet Sauvignon is the best steal. The quality is remarkable and all that for under $20.

    Pairings Wine and Food in Winchester is one of my favorite places. They have local foods, weekly tastings and are always approachable, knowledgeable and affordable. Too good to be true!

  • Jessica

    I fell in love with wine when studying in Spain and it’s hard to find a variety of Spanish wines in this city. I would love not only to try Spanish wines but learn more about others too. I’ve recently tried Hondarribi Zuri (who knew that was a type of wine?!) and I would love to learn about others I don’t know either! It would be great for cooking dinners with my friends and boyfriend and also so I can recommend wines to my readers at

  • I brought in the New Year with a Robert Mondovi Pinot Noir but most recently I enjoyed a 2009 Bordeaux from France …from the left bank I think . Though my preference is a young Cabernet Sauvignon from Cali.

  • A wine I have recently enjoyed is Nero D’Avola by Epicurio; it has a nice nutty flavor with a hint of cherry. Something totally random I grabbed from the grocery store to try with dinner (success!). My favorite wine shop is in Brookline, it’s called the Wine Gallery. It’s rather new, but they have an amazing selection and some pretty modern tasting machines. Always great and personal interactions with the staff.

  • Recently enjoyed Massachusett’s own Westport Rivers Grace Pinot Noir. And I love Bauer’s Wine in Boston. Hope I wine!

  • Has anyone seen the cava Gramona Brut Imperial? Not Celler Batlle, but the “regular” Gran Reserva. For 16 dollars, I strongly recommend Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition.

  • I recommend Ramon Bilbao Limited Edition (excellent, for 16-17 dollars). About the store, I like Marty’s in West Newton and Bin-Ends in Braintree. L’Esprit du Vin in Milton has the most interesting selection of Spanish wines.

  • Yvonne

    My current favorite is Josh Cellars Cab. I usually go to my local Kappys in Medford or what we call mini-Kappys in Malden if we don’t need a large selection.

  • john carrabino

    i enjoy apothic red wine and enjoy going to Busa’s in burlington for their tastings and wine selection

  • aimee

    Villa San Juliette, Cabernet Sauviognon

  • Recently had a Simi Alexander Vally Cab. Sav, and it was amazing. After letting the wine airate for a bit we enjoyed it while doing the dainty task of unpacking from moving. The smooth yet fullness of the wine helped to make the experience bearable, as well as knowing that I had found a great wine for a great price.

  • Pamela Jacobs

    I recenetly enjoyed a delicous blueberry dessert wine from Nashoba Valley Winery. It is a wine shop/ vinyard I love Im getting married there in August!

  • Whenever I go to Nashoba winery I always find a new favorite, their blueberry merlot is delicious and perfect with dessert. Whenever I’m looking for a gift for a friend or (let’s face it) myself, I always stop by.

  • Currently enjoying Duca del Frassino. So good by itself or with dinner. Favorite wine shop is South End Formaggio!

  • Thanks for all the great comments, all! If one thing is for sure, we’ve got a ton of awesome wine shops in the Boston area. As for the pair of tickets… drumroll… Nadine Pagel, congrats! You’ve won yourself a pair of tix to next weekend’s Boston Wine Expo.

  • Justine

    After enjoying Nashoba Valley Winery’s Amora, I now want to try their Azule. Central Bottle in Cambridge is my local wine store. I like The Wine Bottega for when I happen to be in the North End.