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Winter Wine Spectacular returns to Manchester this January. Courtesy photo




12th Annual Winter Wine Spectacular

When: Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Radisson Hotel Downtown Manchester, 700 Elm St., Manchester
Cost: $65 for admission to the Grand Tasting; $125 for admission to Grand Tasting and Bellman’s Cellar Select. Tickets sell out quickly.
Visit: easterseals.com/nh or nhwineweek.com




Winter wine wonderland
New England’s largest wine tasting returns

01/01/15



Forget traveling to Napa Valley or Italy to taste the best wines — this year’s Winter Wine Spectacular features samplings of over 1,500 wines from around the world, including wines made here in New Hampshire.

This year marks the 12th annual Winter Wine Spectacular, which will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Radisson in downtown Manchester. Over 60 wine personalities will be representing wineries from all over the world, including Italy, Argentina, France, California, Oregon, Washington, Vermont and New Hampshire.
“I think there’s a lot of things that are standing out,” said Nicole Brassard Jordan, New Hampshire Liquor Commission wine marketing and sales specialist. “We’re welcoming some people we’ve never had come into the state before … [and] some really favorites that haven’t been in a few years. Really, just about all these wineries are household names.”
The event is the highlight of Wine Week, which runs Monday, Jan. 26, through Sunday, Feb. 1. Each year, the week’s offerings expand to feature more wine dinners, tastings and seminars. Not only does it promote wine education for consumers across the state, but it gives winemakers a chance to meet New Hampshire residents. Already, events are being listed on the Wine Week website (nhwineweek.com). 
The Winter Wine Spectacular features two tasting areas. The Grand Tasting takes up both the Armory and ballroom areas. The Bellman’s Cellar Select features VIP access to high-end price point wines. Scattered among the wineries’ booths are local restaurants offering savory and sweet bites between sips.
There’s a wine for everyone at the tasting. Guests can taste whites, reds, special and rare varietals, fruity and dry wines, locally produced wines, fruit wines made with blueberries or strawberries and more. The event allows for guests to taste wines they might not have the opportunity to try or wouldn’t have picked up at the Liquor and Wine Outlet. 
The new app for smartphones, which launched during last year’s Winter Wine Spectacular, makes the tasting even easier. App users can purchase wines on their phones, take notes and search for wines and winemakers.
The annual event sells out every year, and tickets have been on sale for over a month. It’s all for a great cause, too. The Winter Wine Spectacular benefits Easter Seals New Hampshire and its programs.
“The money stays in New Hampshire; it supports the services for New Hampshire residents that are in need,” Brassard Jordan said. “It’s helping a charity that does so much in the state of New Hampshire. They really do help from [newborns] to the elderly. It’s an amazing organization.” 
 
As seen in the January 1, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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