Now in its third year, the MV Wine Fest has so much to offer, it’s hard to choose! The festival starts on Thursday, May 7th and ends Sunday, May 11th.
During these four days of delectable bites and bevys, you can find something for everyone.
Is Rose your wine for the Spring and Summer? Well, then you’d love Real Men Drink Pink. Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Chesca’s becomes a hot spot for tasting Rose wines from around the world. Find your favorite, savor it, and then you can even buy it. This event will leave you “tickled pink.”
Maybe wine isn’t your thing. Well, not to worry, because this year there is Great Beer Challenge on Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Isola Restaurant. Three amazing pioneers in the craft beer world, Harpoon, Peak Organic, and Brooklyn Brewery will be at Isola, each showcasing three amazing beers and vying for your vote as the best. I wonder which will win over the Martha’s Vineyard crowd.
For all my friends who like neither beer and wine, there is also the addition of Cocktail Competition, and oh, I think this is going to be a good one.
Old Ipswitch (MA), Barr Hill (VT) and one of my favorites, Deep Eddy (TX) will be using small craft spirits and only three additional ingredients to create the best cocktail of the evening.
Once again, participants will choose the winner. I like a little healthy competition and this is going to be a good contest.
So how do you begin a Saturday after a full Friday night of fun? With a bit of hair of the dog that bit you of course. While the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, you can stroll the streets of downtown Edgartown to Winter Street and make your way to Detente.
There, you can enjoy the Bloody Mary Brunch – hosted at one of the best places to dine on the Island. Chef Kevin Crowell will be creating an amazing brunch with local ingredients to make that belly of yours happy, and Deep Eddy Vodka will be featured to help you create the Bloody Mary of your dreams.
Now to talk about my favorite part of the MV Wine Fest – the Grand Tasting. In previous years, the Grand Tasting was held at the Rod and Gun Club. Though a great venue, this year’s venue is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
The Grand Tasting is now being held at the Kelley House in Edgartown, not in the hotel itself silly, but outside in a tented area with a view of Edgartown Harbor. The event is from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., with a VIP option that begins at 2:00 p.m.
For the past two years, I have had a great time at this event. You meet the people behind a number of small, craft distilleries, taste a large selection of wines (over 500 varieties are featured this year), and mingle with lots of great people, from on and off Island.
This event is a must for wine enthusiasts and is the perfect addition to my — and maybe your — Mother’s Day weekend celebration. Check out my On Point from last year’s event for a peek: An Even Grander Event – The Second Annual MV Wine Festival Grand Tasting
Wow, two of my favorite things together at last for a day that I get to indulge on a bit. Sipping on Moet Champagne, eating Island Creek Oysters, listening to live music on a Sunday afternoon at a gorgeous private home in Edgartown sounds like a wonderful way to celebrate part of the day.
And it just so happens that this beautiful home, owned by the fabulous architect Dudley Cannada, is one that I am quite familiar with. I did a video house tour of the house for Point B Realty, which is the listing firm. This home is one that will truly amaze you, take a look: [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/101440485[/vimeo]
Oysters and Champagne, starts at 1:00 p.m.on Sunday, May 10th. Tickets are still available.
By the way, 50 North Water Street in Edgartown, is also hosting two of stunning private wine dinners being served up at the festival. Thursday night features wines from Frog’s Leap and Friday night features cult favorite The Prisoner Wine Company. These sold out early.
In addition to the events that I mentioned, there are several others to choose from. These just happen to be the ones that catch my eye.
For a full listing of the MV Wine Fest, events, and buying tickets, visit mvwinefest.com. You can also buy tickets at the event if you decide to go last minute.
Another reason to have a little fun this weekend is because the MV Wine Fest is a fundraiser for the Martha’s Vineyard Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit that is such an important part of the Island’s youth and a big favorite of the Point B crew as well.
Also, don’t forget to check out all the Pink and Green Weekend events, click here for a list of events. There are so many fun things to do, all weekend long. A true celebration during Spring on Martha’s Vineyard.