Located on the island of Nantucket, this boutique experience of world class wines and award winning food will forever change you. Over the past 21 years, the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival has become one of the most celebrated wine and food events in the country.
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California Dreamin' NAPA vs. SONOMA SMACKDOWN
2:00pm - 3:30pm
50 Easton St.
It’s time to play ball!
Join Comedian, Kevin Flynn, of the Nantucket Comedy Festival for this showdown and battle of the CA Wine Gods.
Yes - they share the sunshine, but the vintners of Napa and Sonoma have a lot to say about what makes them the best wine on the West Coast. Learn about the distinct and also the subtle differences between these two legendary California Wine Regions
Join us for a Pow-Wow with some of the renowned producers on the West Coast. Along with the banter, this interactive tasting seminar will include discussion led by Sur Lucero, MS about soils, microclimate, weather, varieties and culture. While there are similar winegrapes planted in both regions (i.e. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir), each locale has more focused attention on certain varieties. Sonoma’s cooler breezes slow ripening and prolong hangtime, making the region suitable for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and sparkling; while slightly warmer Napa focuses more on Cabernet and other Bordeaux-style varieties. This seminar will be entertaining, educational and tasty!
NAPA WINERIES: Miner Family Wines, Somerston Estate, Cain Vineyard & Winery, Lede Family Wines
SONOMA WINERIES: Pride Mountain Vineyards, Flanagan Wines, Kistler Vineyards, Stonestreet Estate
Kevin Flynn, Host, Over The Ball with Kevin Flynn
Kevin Flynn is currently the host of ESPN’s popular, Over the Ball with Kevin Flynn podcast. Each week Flynn seamlessly combines the worlds of soccer and comedy into a fun and entertaining hour.
Flynn is also an accomplished standup comedian. Kevin has thrilled audiences for years with his comedy performances having headlined at clubs and colleges across the country. Flynn’s career as a comedian took off after winning the Boston Comedy Riot in 1988, where he then began appearing on numerous comedy specials. He has since added several film and television credits to his name appearing in The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller; Me, Myself and Irene with Jim Carrey; Osmosis Jones with Billy Murray, and Sex and the City.
Kevin became the host of The Discovery Channel’s Go For It, an extreme outdoor adventure show where he swam with sharks, jumped out of airplanes and scaled dangerous peaks. The show led Kevin to create his one-man show Around the Kitchen Table, which won the “Best of Fest” at the Boston Comedy Festival and HBO’s prestigious U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen.
Along with continually performing and producing the Over the Ball podcast and his stand-up comedy, Flynn also works as the co-founder and executive director of the Nantucket Comedy Festival.
Christopher Tynan, Winemaker, Lede Family Wines
Born in New York and raised in Texas, Christopher Tynan began his wine career working summers as a vineyard technician doing irrigation management for vineyards across Napa and Sonoma counties. Following a harvest at Cain Vineyard & Winery in 2004, he was given an opportunity to work the 2005 harvest with the legendary winemaking and viticulture team of Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer at Blankiet Estate in Yountville.
In 2006, Christopher became the assistant winemaker at the prestigious Colgin Cellars on Pritchard Hill. At Colgin, Christopher worked closely with owner Ann Colgin, Winemaker Allison Tauziet and Vineyard Manager David Abreu for the next five years. It was here where he learned and embodied the standard for excellence in all aspects of winemaking and viticulture. In 2012, Christopher was introduced to Cliff Lede by David Abreu and joined the Cliff Lede Vineyards team shortly thereafter. His exacting philosophy of only employing low-yield vines from select sites and minimal intervention in the winery ensures that each bottle expresses the distinct nuances of each site, block and vintage.
Christopher Howell, Winemaker, Cain Vineyard & Winery
Christopher Howell has dedicated more than twenty years to Cain Vineyard & Winery. His commitment to Cain stems from a realization that one can only learn from one vintage to the next, and that depth of knowledge of a single vineyard takes years to acquire. His focus is on fine winegrowing—following the process from vineyard into the winery and finally into the glass. There are just two essential prerequisites for doing this—knowing wine and loving wine. In both of these, he remains a perpetual student.
Dave Miner, Owner/Winemaker, Miner Family Winery
Dave Miner began his journey in the wine business in 1993 as President of Oakville Ranch Vineyards following a number of years spent working in the software industry.
He launched his own label beginning with the 1996 vintage to critical acclaim that quickly solidified his position as a serious new vintner in Oakville. Born and raised in Chicago, Dave lived for a number of years in southern California before staking his claim in Napa Valley.
Suzanne Pride Bryan & Stuart Bryan, Co-Owner, Pride Mountain Vineyards
Vintners Suzanne Pride Bryan and Stuart Bryan celebrate 25 years of intensely extracted mountain grown wines from Pride Mountain Vineyards. The Napa/Sonoma county line famously runs through the middle of this historic family estate where the first grapes were grown in 1869. Pride Mountain Vineyards has been named one of the world’s greatest wine estates by Robert Parker, Jr., joining just 156 other wineries from around the world for this distinction. The Wine Spectator has placed Pride’s wines on their Top 100 Wines of the World list six times and the wines have been served at the White House over 30 times for the last four Presidents.
Eric Flanagan, Owner/Winemaker, Flanagan
Flanagan wines started in 1999. Planting began in 2001 and included Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah. In 2011, Flanagan acquired the 29 acre 3 Starrs Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River Valley, producing ripe, balanced Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Flanagan is becoming known for stunning Syrah and elegant, site-driven expressions of Bordeaux varietals.
Eric, Kit and their 3 daughters (Riley, Lola, and Ruby) make their home at the 3 Starrs Vineyard along with 3 dogs, 4 ducks, 6 Dwarf Nigerian goats, 2 geese, and 1 mule (also named Ruby).
Craig Becker, Winemaker, Somerston Estate Vineyard & Winery
Craig Becker, a Southern California native, is a founding member of Somerston Wine Company.
Becker oversees all of Somerston’s winemaking and vineyard operations. He has a tremendous thirst for knowledge about each element of winery and vineyard operations and is constantly developing new ideas for improvement. Becker’s management style encourages innovation and entrepreneurship by allowing employees to take ownership of, and improve, their positions, the vineyards, and the winery. He maintains strong relationships with vineyard workers, many of whom live on-site, having worked the property for decades before Becker knew it existed.
Sur Lucero MS, National Director for Wine Education , Jackson Family Wines
Sur Lucero MS, has dedicated his life to food and wine. Lucero was raised in the Napa Valley and spent over two decades in Restaurant Hospitality. In the early years of his career, he developed his palate on the dining room floor of The French Laundry. It is here where he spent over one third of his restaurant career, immersed in the culture, and inspired to attend culinary school. After cooking professionally for a couple years and being certified in Culinary Arts by the Napa Valley Cooking School, he returned to The French Laundry, this time to begin his career in wine.
Lucero is also thankful for the years he spent in Michelin stared restaurant’s that include The Little Nell in Aspen, Meadowood Resort in Napa, Daniel Boulud in Las Vegas and Terra in Napa, among others.
Wine and Spirits named him the Best New Sommelier in the United States in 2011. In 2012, Lucero was honored by the Court of Master Sommelier’s as a recipient of the Remi Krug Cup. This distinction means that Lucero was the highest scoring person, who passed all three sections of the exam, on his first attempt. Since the establishment of the Court of Master Sommeliers in 1969, this honor has only been earned fourteen times in history.
Lucero still lives in the Napa Valley and now enjoys working in the field of education with Jackson Family Fine Wines. In addition to his ambassadorship of the portfolio’s 51 world class brands, he covers the nation doing what he loves, speaking, teaching and advancing the awareness of Food and Wine culture.
In his spare time, he enjoys growing, cooking, sharing food from his garden, cycling, hiking, kayaking and anything else that makes him hungry and thirsty, for food and wine!