The Hippo


May 30, 2020








WineNot Boutique Grand Wine Tasting. Courtesy photo.

Third Annual Grand Wine Tasting 

When: Thursday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. 
Where: Crowne Plaza Nashua, 2 Somerset Parkway, Nashua
Cost: $35 

Not your average wines
Tasting features unique, rare and collectible wines

By Angie Sykeny

 Whether you’re looking for a unique gift or you want to treat yourself to something special, WineNot Boutique’s third annual Grand Wine Tasting will have all kinds of high-quality, exclusive and collectible wines from around the world to explore. 

“We wanted to give people the opportunity to try something from each region, to travel the whole world of wine,” said Svetlana Yanushkevich, sommelier, wine educator and owner of WineNot Boutique and The Wine Steward. “With some of the wines, it will be the first time they’ve ever been available in New Hampshire.”
The tasting takes place at the Crowne Plaza Nashua on Thursday, Nov. 3, and will feature over 70 wines, including varieties from prestigious wineries such as Catena Zapata, JJ Prum, Mollydooker, Peju, Jadot and Alto Moncayo, and some from small boutique producers in Italy, France, Californica, Austria, Uruguay, Brazil, Argentina, Slovakia, Spain and South Africa. 
All bottles at the tasting will be valued at $20 or higher; the selection of wines in the under-$20 price range tends to decrease significantly in quality, Yanushkevich said. High-quality wines are also more likely to be collectible, meaning they can be aged for many years in a wine cellar. 
“We truly believe there’s a huge difference between a $10 wine and a $20 wine,” she said. “Most wines under $20 are what you call everyday wine — simple, lots of fruity flavors, and they all taste similar — but a higher-quality wine will taste like its terroir. … It brings you to the place where it came from.” 
Tasters will have a unique opportunity to try wines that aren’t regularly available in New Hampshire or Massachusetts. These rare wines, most of which are from remote regions of the world, were transported in limited quantities exclusively for the tasting and The Wine Steward and WineNot Boutique shops. The reason they are so hard to find, Yanushkevich said, is a catch-22. 
“People aren’t comfortable spending money on something they don’t know,” she said. “With wines coming from different countries, there’s a high cost for shipping, and a lot of [distributors] don’t want to take the risk and bring these wines that will sit forever on the shelf, full of dust.” 
To get the most out of the tasting, attendees should start with wines from colder climates, which tend to be lighter, and work up to the heavier wines from warmer climates, finishing with the dessert wines. 
There will be artisan hors d’oeuvres from local producers to complement the wines, including cheese and fruit, Thai vegetable spring rolls, roasted red pepper hummus with carrots, celery and grilled flatbread; phyllo-wrapped brie with raspberry chambord compote; coconut rum shrimp with lime coconut drizzle and other appetizers prepared by the Crowne Plaza Executive Chef Todd Lytle. 
Finally, wine lovers can try their luck at winning wine-related prizes at this year’s charity raffle: a private wine tasting party hosted by Yanushkevich for up to 40 people (valued at $500), a bottle of limited Two Hands Shiraz Ares 2006, Australia (valued at $250), and a wooden crate with 12 bottles of fine wines (valued at $250). Proceeds will support Great American Downtown’s holiday lighting project for downtown Nashua. 
For Yanushkevich and WineNot Boutique, the Grand Wine Tasting is the culmination of their year working with wine. 
“For many people, this is the season of harvest, and it is for us too,” she said. “We work so hard for the whole year, tasting hundreds of wines and choosing the wines for this special event, and this is our time to show people all the beautiful and exciting wines we were able to find.”  

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