What: The 6th Annual Northeast Winter Wine Festival

Where: Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, Great Island of New Castle, New Hampshire

When: Festival events begin on January 15th and continue until February 27th, 2010

Why: Your future dinner party guests will thank you for broadening their palates. The festival will feature food prepared by many well-regarded New England chefs, and vintners from prominent local and worldwide wineries will offer pairings and tasting seminars.

If you’re in the mood for a spontaneous winter retreat, attend this Friday’s launch event, and have your taste of over a hundred wines, paired with food from 20 New Hampshire restaurants. Dance it all off to live music in the Wentworth’s two palatial grand ballrooms. Festival highlights include a Valentine’s Day four-course Veuve Clicquot Champagne Grand Vintner’s Dinner ($69.95/person) with Chef Pierre Gignac of 98 Provence restaurant in nearby Ogunquit, Maine. Helping to orchestrate this evening will be Moet Hennessy education director John Tattos. (View the full event calendar here.)

The festival culminates on Saturday, February 27th, with a highly anticipated wine fair and sale; expect wine brokers to be pouring roughly 150 premium wines. (Note: there will be generous volume discounts).

A portion of the proceeds will go to Taste of the Nation.

How to get there: You have your choice of alternatives to Boston, but bargain-priced Bolt Bus will bring you right to South Station for a smooth connection. To get to Portsmouth, take the C&J Trailways line from Boston’s South Station to the Portsmouth/Pease stop. If you manage to snag a good airfare to Logan, C&J Trailways has frequent airport- to- Portsmouth departures as well. From Portsmouth, you can catch a taxi to the Wentworth, or give the hotel a call a few minutes before you are pulling in, and they just may send the hotel van to pick you up. (Wentworth by the Sea, 588 Wentworth Road, New Castle, NH, 603.422.7322, wentworth.com)

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Allison is a native New Yorker, who has lived in Rome, Tuscany, Melbourne, Toronto and Los Angeles. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they travel the globe. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish and laughably adequate in French. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow. She firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom, on the road, around the world. She never misses a chance to sample local delicacies, as her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine. Follow Allison at @gourmetrav.


  1. This sounds like a great event. I am just a novice when it comes to wine, but I am looking to learn more, and the hotel seems great. I will make it up for an event.
    Thanks for another interesting events listing, off manhattan

  2. I love this idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope to make it up there for one of the food/wine events.
    Thanks for this post, keep them coming.

  3. I am headed up to Portsmouth and The Wentworth for the Wine Festival this weekend, a dinner tonight, and a brunch on Sunday. Thanks for the suggestion, I had not read about this event anywhere else.

  4. The hotel will probably be full at the time of the event, so I warmly recommend anyone wanting a reservation for the time, to think quick and act even more quickly.

  5. Wentworth Direct Finance has just ripped me off too. I paid £55 but no loan. Any way of recovering my money?
    They were going to help arrange a loan but after I paid the £55 I never heard from them again. I tried their phone but After being held in a queue for over 12 minutes several times, I gave up.


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