A Complete Guide to the 2015 Boston Wine Expo

Celebrity chefs like Barbara Lynch, Ming Tsai, and Sam Talbot join this year's star-studded lineup.

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The 24th annual Boston Wine Expo—one of the country’s biggest food and wine festivals—has announced this year’s lineup of celebrity chef demonstrations taking place over President’s Day weekend. Joining this year’s festivities are some of New England’s top talent, including Barbara Lynch (No. 9 Park), Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon), Chris Coombs (Deuxave), Aaron Chambers (Bar Boulud), and Top Chef season 2 semi-finalist Sam Talbot, who is soon to open his new restaurant, the Pig + Poet in Camden, Maine. The chefs will conduct cooking demonstrations on two stages to pair with the event’s more than 300 wineries and 2,000 bottle selections.

In addition, the Boston Wine Expo will have bites to sample from local restaurants and vendors such as Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, The Living Room, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fire Cider, Cabot Creamery, and David’s Tea. Below you can find a full schedule of the chef demonstrations, which will take place in the Grand Tasting area and are included with Grand Tasting or Vintner Reserve Lounge tickets, as well as list of all the participating wineries, restaurants, and food vendors at this year’s festival. Keep in mind that seating at all the demos is available on a first come, first served basis.


Stage 1

  • 1:15 p.m.: Ming Tsai – Blue Dragon and Blue Ginger
  • 2 p.m.: Chris Coombs – Boston Chops, Deuxave, and dbar
  • 2:45 p.m.: Brian Poe – The Tip Tap Room, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, Estelle’s, and Bukowski Tavern
  • 3:15 p.m.: Daniel Bruce & David Verdo – Chopps American Bar and Grill
  • 4 p.m.: Robert Bleifer – Executive Chef for Food Network Kitchens

Stage 2

  • 1:30 p.m.: Clark Fraiser & Mark Gaier – MC Union at The Press Hotel
  • 2:15 p.m.: Kerry Altiero – Café Miranda
  • 3 p.m.: Sam Talbot – Pig + Poet at Whitehall
  • 3:45 p.m.: Stephen Richards – The World Is Mine Oyster



Stage 1

  • 1:30 p.m.: Aaron Chambers – Bar Boulud
  • 2:15 p.m.: Barbara Lynch – No. 9 Park, Menton, and Sportello
  • 3 p.m.: Louis DiBiccari – Tavern Road
  • 3:45 p.m.: Sara Moulton – Food Network’s Sara’s Secrets

Stage 2

  • 1:30 p.m. Shanna Horner O’Hea – Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern
  • 2:15 p.m.: Illma Lopez & Damian Sansonetti – Piccolo
  • 3 p.m.: Christopher Bassett – Azure Café
  • 3:45 p.m.: Shannon Bard – Portland’s Zapoteca and Portsmouth, NH’s Mixteca

Food Vendors

Acme Smoked Fish, Almondina, Aquidneck Honey, Auntie Elsie’s Oatmeal Crisps, Bella Bella Gourmet, Birnn Chocolates of Vermont, Inc., Blossom Water, Boston Salads & Prepared Foods, Cabot Creamery, Cavedoni Balsamic Vinegar, Chelsea Fire Hot Sauce, Cucina Aurora, Daniele, Davids Tea, DelGrosso Foods, Inc., Essentially Coconut, Food Should Taste Good, Fortuna Sausage, Fudge Everything, Gryffon Ridge Spice Merchants, Iberica Club, LetUs Farms, Lurgio Imports, Madge & Louie’s Olive Oil, Maple Leaf Farms, Maplebrook Farm, McCrea’s Candies, Milly’s Organics, Pairwell Foods, Pasta Chips/Brownie Brittle, Rubia Imports, Shire City Herbals, Inc. makers of Fire Cider, Sparrow Enterprises, Sugar Bob’s Finest Kind, The Green Jars, The Olive Fruit, The Olive Table, Tillen Farms, Tre Olive LLC, Victoria Amory & Co, Yancey’s Fancy Inc.


Abby Park, Bertucci’s, Cask ‘N Flagon, Daddy Jones Bar, Dicks’ Last Resort, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Haru, House of Blues, Kings Bowl, North 26 Restaurant & Bar, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, Temazcal Tequila Cantina, The Living Room, Tony C’s Sports Bar

Wineries and Wine Groups

90+ Cellars, Abacus Distributing, Achaval-Ferrer, Alexander Valley Vineyards, Algodon, Alta Vista, Altos las Hormigas, Angulo Innocenti Wines, Anne Amie Vineyards, Anthony Road Wine Co., Argento, Aveniu Brands, Badagoni, Baden Wine Imports, Bagrationi 1882, Banfi Vintners, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Bartenura, Baywood Cellars, Black Willow Winery, Bogle Vineyards, Bottles & Barrels Distributing, Boundary Breaks Vineyard, Brooklyn Oenology, Brotherhood, Americas Oldest Winery, Ltd, Cafe Europa, LLC, Calini Wine Group, Cantina Della Volta Di Christian Bellei, Cape Classics Fine South African Wine, Caput Mundi Wine Import, Carelli, Caro, Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, Casa Bianchi, Casa Larga Vineyards, Inc., Catena Zapata, Chateau Mukhrani & GWS, Chatom Vineyards, Columbia, Confagricoltura Lombardia, Constellation Brands, Conte Ferdinando Guicciardini, Cupcake Vineyards, Damiani Wine Cellars, Dancing Coyote Wines, Dante Robino, Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines, Dierberg Family Wines, Dionysos Wine, Doc’s Drafts, Domaine Bousquet, Domaine Moillard, Dona Paula, Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars, Dr. Loosen, Duckhorn Wine Company, Durigutti Winemakers, Dylan’s Ghost Winery, Eagle Eye Imports, East Coast Wine & Travel, Elixir Wine Group, Entwine, Esporao Wines & Olive Oils, Inc, Estate Crush, Familia Schroeder, Familia Zuccardi, Fetzer Vineyards, Finca El Origen, Fine Wines of the World, Food & Wine Culture, Fox Run Vineyards, Frontier Wine Imports, Gallo Family Vineyards, Gerard Bertrand, Global Wines, Inc, Graffigna, Greek Wine Cellars, H-G Vineyards, Hacienda del Plata, Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards, Henriot, Hope Family Wines, Humberto Canale, Humboldt Imports, Il Fitto Azienda Agricola Billi Edda, Irokos Group, LLC, Italian Wine Group, Jam Jar Wine, Jason’s Vineyard, Jessie’s Grove Winery, Johnson Estate, Joseph Mellot Winery, Kautz Family Vineyards/Ironstone Vineyard, Keuka Lake Vineyards, Kindzmarauli marani, Klinker Brick Winery, L’Aventure Languedoc, La Marca, La Rural / Rutini, Lakewood Vineyards, Inc., Lange Twins, Laureate Imports Company, Legends from Europe, LGL Imports, Lieb Cellars, Longridge Wines, Louis M. Martini, Luca Wines, Lucas & Lewellen, Macari Vineyards & Winery, MacMurray Estate, Marisco Vineyards, Martian Ranch Vineyard, Megawines, Michael David Winery, moDimports, Mt. Beautiful Vineyards, Mukadowines (Lado Uzunashvili), Napier Winery, Navarro Correas, Negro Lorenzo, Oak Ridge Vineyards, Opolo Vineyards, Otaviano, Oyster Bay, Pascual Toso, Paso Robles Wine Country, Patagonia Valley, Pazdar Winery, Pietra Santa Winery, Pine Ridge Vineyards, Pleasant Valley Wine Company, Pro-Argex, Proemio, PSP Management, Quara, Qupe, Red Newt Cellars and Bistro, Refugio Ranch Vineyards, Ribera Del Duero & Rueda, Robert Weil, Rombauer Vineyards, Roth, Rutherford Ranch, Rutherford Wine Co., San Luis Obispo Wine Country, Santa Barbara Vintners, Schuchmann Wines, Shannon Ridge Family of Wine, Sineann, Sorelle de Nicola s.s.a., Standing Stone Vineyards, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Stephen Ross Wine Cellars, Stray Dog Wines, Taft Street Winery, Tasty Wines Import, Telavi Wine Cellar, The City Winery, The Imported Grape, The Naked Grape, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Thompson International Marketing, Thousand Islands Winery, Tintonegro, Treleaven by King Ferry Winery, Inc., Tricana Imports, Truchard Vineyards, TY KU Sake & Spirits, Vela Wines, Vicentin, Victor Vineyards, Victorianbourg Wine Estate, Vignerons Proprieties, Vignobles Vincent Lataste, Villa deli Olmi, Vina Robles, Vincente Gandia USA, Vineyard Brands, Vintage Point, VinUS Imports, Vistalba, Wagner Vineyards, Watts Winery, Wente Family Estates, Wexs California, William Hills, Wine Hooligans, Wine Man LTD, Wine Worldwide, Inc., Winery Khareba Winery Sierra de Guara, Wines Unlimited dba/Wines U, Winresources USA, World Wide Wine New England, Zuccardi

Feb. 14-15, 1-5 p.m., 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston; wine-expos.com.