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Martin Yan & Billy Costa

Martin Yan & TV Diner's Billy Costa

This past weekend I attended the Boston Wine Expo which was held at the Seaport World Trade Center and the Seaport Hotel. You can read more about what I saw and learned here. I know that the 2010 Expo is a long way off, but decided to create this post while the experience was still fresh in my mind.

  • Conventional wisdom says go that you should attend on Sunday rather than Saturday. Yes it was more crowded on Saturday, but if the chef demos you want to see, or the seminars you want to attend are on Saturday, then that’s the day to go. Otherwise, Sunday was less crowded although not by much.
  • Check your coat. Its well worth the $2 charge. There’s one caveat on this. Check to see where seminars are ahead of time. If they’re in the hotel and its freezing outside you may want to hold onto your coat.  This is also true if you’re combining the seminars with the Grand Cru Tasting Lounge, although the walke from the door of the lounge to the door of the hotel is as far.
  • Dress in removable layers. The more crowded it gets, the more wine you imbibe, the warmer it gets. Yeah you shouldn’t be drinking the wine, but sometimes its just so good you have to swallow a few sips before spilling the rest out.
  • Take the T. Getting there by T is a breeze.
  • If you want a seat at the celebrity chef demos go to the theatre about 10 minutes before the demo of choice starts. These are very popular and seats go fast. People were standing 6 deep around the theatre during Ming Tsai’s demo.
  • Do I really need to say this? Wear comfortable shoes.

For more on this year’s Boston Wine Expo read me here: Boston Community Examiner

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