Last weekend I went to Boston to visit a good friend and attend Wine Riot. Wine Riot was held at the J.J. Moakley Courthouse and was presented by The Second Glass.

I didn’t realize this was Sharon’s first wine tasting. I was glad to introduce her to wines of the world at this event. She even got a special thrill when I ran into Randall Graham from Bonny Doon I had met Randall at the Wine Bloggers Convection in July and it was a real treat to see him in Boston. Another treat was Joseph Carr wines were at the Riot. I had met Joseph at the NY Wine Expo and again at the Culinary Institute of America Dinner featuring his wines. His daughter was there pouring for him.

We attended the wine and chocolate pairing that was presented by Bin Ends. My friend Craig who is a partner in Bin Ends unfortunately wasn’t the one doing the presenting. It would have been nice to see him. The white chocolate and muscat sparkling pairing was wonderful! There were two local Massachusetts wineries attending. Wesport Rivers which from what I understand is one of the largest in MA and Travessia Winery. I got talking with the guys (pictured above) from Travessia Winery about the different grape varieties and wine. They had a Vidal that was sweet. I was trying to talk them into making a dry Vidal. We’ll have to see if it worked next year.

We had a great time and tasted some good wines. Wines that stood out at this tasting

  • 2007 Sequana Winery Sarmento Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • NV Mionetto Prosecco Brut
  • 2009 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc
  • 2007 Evodia Garnacha
  • 2006 Stuhlmuller Vineyards Cab Sauvignon
  • 2008 Villa Wolf Riesling Dry

After a long afternoon of winetasting, even the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess needs a beer along with some nachos and wings.