Wentworth by the Sea Hotel | January 26, 2018 - February 25, 2018


about the festival

We couldn't be more excited about the roster of excellent wines and personalities we have assembled for this winter's wine festival presented in the luxury and comfort of the historic Wentworth by the Sea Hotel. This will be our 12th year bringing together the superb cuisine of the Wentworth's culinary team with winery representatives and their premium wines from around the globe amid the polished hospitality of our service staff in this grand setting on a little island, off the coast of New Hampshire.

From multi-course Grand Vintner’s Dinners or A Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom to weekday Flight Nights or Shell-Shocked, the oyster event in SALT’s lounge to the lavish Bubbles and Jazz Brunches, the common thread running throughout is always of excellence. Please join us for a month of celebrating these masters of their craft and the inspiration they bring us.

To make your reservation by phone, please call: 603.422.7322

To purchase tickets online, click here


Fridays, January 26th & February 23rd 6–8:30pm

The Big Tasting in the Grand Ballroom is nothing less than a playground for food and wine lovers. Guests will be able to choose from a vast array of wines in this walk-around event, with numerous wine stations offering classics from the Old World, modern wines from the New World, international sparkling wines, Ports and dessert wines. SALT’s professional team of chefs will prepare their award-winning cuisine at chef action stations. Choose between small plates, artisanal cheeses, an antipasto station, a carving station and more with live jazz by recording artist Chris Klaxton.

$49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity


Every Monday–Thursday • 5–7pm

Tuck into a seat at SALT’s lounge, order the evening’s featured flight of three wines and enjoy the journey with discounted antipasto and small plate offerings from the chef’s bar. Explore wines of the world while still in the comfort of our skilled staff and inviting lounge. Ask any questions and let the winery representative on hand be your guide. Whichever Flight you enjoy, it’s all first class. Flights range in cost from $10 to $16 depending on that evening’s feature. If you find a new favorite you’ll be able to order a glass or bottle of it. Meet up with friends, no reservations or tickets needed, just show up and enjoy this flight of fancy


Bring Winemaker Experience Closer

Reception 6pm • 4-Course Dinner 7pm

The Grand Vintner’s Dinners, now a Winter Wine Festival tradition, fully express the epitome of the Festival’s philosophy on the marriage of food and wine. Hosted by winemakers from the finest wineries around the world, each dinner starts with a meet and greet wine reception with passed hors d’oeuvres. Chef Ken Lingle then presents a dinner with ingredients carefully selected to enhance each wine. Service is in the dramatic presidential style by a highly trained staff, a spectacle not to be missed.

  • Saturday, January 27 Cecchi Wines with Andrea Cecchi

It all began in 1893, when Luigi Cecchi became a professional wine taster and understood the potential of Italian winemaking. As Andrea Cecchi’s surname is cloaked in tradition, the wines that he crafts on his family estates have their own powerful nomenclature: Chianti Classico, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and Morellino di Scansano. But in those centuries-old denominations of humble beverage wines, Mr. Cecchi, who holds a Master’s of Enology degree, saw the potential for greatness.

$104.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • Friday, February 2nd Wines of Bolgheri with Ciro Pironen

Bolgheri became an internationally known region following an event in 1974 arranged by Decanter Magazine where a 6-year old Sassicaia won, over an assortment of Bordeaux Wines. This will be an intimate dinner in our private glass room with Italian-born Ciro Pirone. As Director of Italian Wines for Horizon Beverage, he will guide you through the wonderful wines from this region of Tuscany.

$159.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • Saturday, February 17 Grands Vins de Bordeaux with Vincente Lataste

Family property since 1905, it is with all his passion that Vincent Lataste took the torch of Chateau Lardiley, after his father in 1985. Situated in the mid-slope along the Garonne the Chateau produces sophisticated and elegant Bordeaux wines.

$104.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

  • Saturday, February 24 Catena with Pablo Piccolo

Bodega Catena Zapata is a familyowned winery located in Mendoza, in the sub appellation of Agrelo, Argentina. The winery structure is distinguished by its pyramid-like design based on Mayan architecture. Its wines have contributed to raising the profile of Argentina as a hub for wine production. Please join native son of Mendoza, Pablo Piccolo who was virtually raised among the vineyards of Argentina.

$104.95 per person plus tax and gratuity

Wine Education

Friday, February 9th 7–9pm featuring Banfi Wines with Michael Sullivan

Michael’s passion for wine and enthusiasm for Banfi’s portfolio of Italian wines is contagious. Michael has been selling wine since 1985. For the past ten years he has worked for Banfi Vintners, selling Italy’s premierestate vineyard wines from Tuscany.

Michael has a keen understanding of the local markets and is responsible for all the the wines owned and imported into the United States by Banfi Vintners.

His engaging personality and ablility to present the artisan wines from Banfi’s international portfolio finds him conducting wine tastings and hosting wine events in New England.

Castello Banfi is the first winery in the world to be awarded international recognition for exceptional environmental, ethical and social responsibility (ISO 14001 and SA 8000) as well as an international leader in customer satisfaction (ISO 9001:2000). The signature wines of Castello Banfi and Vigne Regali include a Proprietor’s Reserve Sangiovese called BelnerO, three Brunello’s as well as Super Tuscan favorites SummuS and Cum Laude; San Angelo Pinot Grigio, the single vineyard Principessa Gavia and the cru Rosa Regale, a unique and renowned sparkling red.


$49.95 per person

Sundays • 10am–2pm For over a decade now the best motivation for getting out of bed on Sunday has been the spectacular Bubbles and Jazz Brunch at the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel. This great tradition continues during the Festival—but with a special feature. High-scoring, premium sparkling wines from around the world are poured, helping to you linger longer over this languorous meal.

$44.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity Except Valentine’s Day February 14th, which will be a larger Holiday Brunch at $49.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Calendar of Bubbles:

  • January 28 - Cupcake Prosecco, Italy
  • February 4 - Sharffenberger Brut, Mendocino County, California
  • February 11 - Mionetto Prosecco, Italy
  • February 18 - Sofia Blanc de Blanc, Francis Ford Coppola, California
  • February 25 - Cantine de Maschio, Prosecco, Italy


An Oyster and Wine Celebration

FRIDAY, February 16th 5–10pm

The perfect pairing of oysters and wine is the inspiration for Shell-Shocked, an oyster and wine celebration in SALT’s lounge. East Coast oysters, fresh from the ideal conditions of Spinney Creek Shellfish’s icy Maine waters are offered multiple ways. Shucked raw on the half shell, grilled, roasted, Rockefeller’d, fried, Casino’d and more, along with grilled handmade sausages, all washed down with sommelier-selected glasses of wines to match the evening’s offerings. Everything is served à la carte; you choose what you want and how much to customize your own oyster and wine “Feast.”

With oysters fuller, richer flavor in the winter months, the selection of wines like Vermentino, Gavi, Sauvignon Blanc, sparkling wines, even Pinot Noir and others will complement and enhance the minerality, sweetness and brininess of this delicacy. Mix and match with flights, half glasses, full glasses or bottles. No reservations or tickets. Just show up hungry and thirsty.