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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Spain: Upside Down, from South to North
3:30pm - 4:30pm
50 Easton St.
The ancient lands of Spain have been planted with vineyards for nearly 3,000 years. Spain is the third largest wine producer in the world and has the most land dedicated to the vine. Spain has been flying under the radar but no longer. Certified Wine Educator Robin Kelley O’Connor and Spanish Wine Native Sergio Sabater, will lead you through a journey of the Iberian Peninsula exploring the incredible range, diversity and value of Spain’s amazing wines. This exciting wine seminar will highlight some of the most important wine regions of Spain.
- Featured wines include:
- Lustau - Manzanilla Papirusa Jerez Sherry NV
- Abadia Retuerta - Castilla y Leon Selección Especial 2012
- CVNE - Imperial Reserva Rioja 2009
- CVNE - Vina Real Crianza Rioja 2013
- Clos Mogador - Priorat 2014
Robin Kelley O'Connor, Wine Specialist, RKO Vine Global Wine Consultants
Robin Kelley O’Connor enjoys 30 years of experience in the wine trade and a stellar reputation as a leading wine educator, international wine judge, wine writer, and sommelier. Mr. O’Connor most recently was ‘Lead Business Specialist’ and Director of Wine & Beverage Education at Italian Wine Merchants (IWM). IWM is a leading purveyor of fine Italian wines in the country, as well as a specialist in providing great, rare and collectable wines of Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, California, Italy and Rioja.
He was Head of Wine & Lead Specialist, Americas, for Christie’s Auction House. Prior to Christie’s, he was Director of Sales and Education for Manhattan wine and spirits retailer Sherry-Lehmann, winner of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 2010 Wine Retailer of the Year Award.
A native of Maryland, Mr. O’Connor began studying wine while still a student at the University of Maryland. He started his wine career in London as head sommelier at Le Chateaubriand Restaurant in the prestigious May Fair Hotel and went on to earn a diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (DWS). He holds Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Wine Educator (CWE) certifications from the Society of Wine Educators and passed the Court of Master Sommeliers’ Certified Sommelier exam.
Sergio Sabater, North East Regional Manager, Europvin USA
Sergio was born and raised in Murcia, South East Spain, on the Mediterranean Coast, and next door to D.O. Jumilla, D.O. Bullas and D.O. Alicante. He graduated in Industrial Engineering by Pescara University, Italy, he soon moved to Hospitality with Hilton, getting the Star Employee on the first month.
Later, he worked with Alejandro del Toro, Michelin starred as a Maitre’ D. He got the Sommelier degree at Spanish Culinary Institute, Valencia, Spain. He started in the restaurant business and getting to the National Sales Director position through his 18 years in the industry.
Having represented the oldest, most renowned and prestige wineries from Spain in the USA, as Codorniu, Cvne, Rene Barbier, Granbazan, Lustau and Tempos Vega Sicilia among others. He brings a multi-dimensional perspective on the wine industry, having walked all the sides and steps of the way.