Liquor Commission to hold 10th annual NH Wine Week

CONCORD – The New Hampshire Liquor Commission will host its 10th annual New Hampshire Wine Week celebration from Jan. 26-Feb. 1, complete with unprecedented access to nationally and internationally acclaimed winemakers, intimate wine dinners, bottle signings wine tastings, and for the first time, a one-of-a-kind Pinot Noir “camp” seminar.

For the last decade, the NHLC has turned the last week in January into a weeklong celebration of wine featuring appearances by winemakers such as Jonathan Emmerich, Cristina Mariani-May, Howard Rossbach and Tondi Bolkan.

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet some of the winemakers behind the biggest labels from Oregon’s renowned Willamette Valley region. The “Mini Pinot Camp” seminar from 4:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, will be held at LaBelle Winery in Amherst. It will feature a tasting and panel discussion focusing on Oregon’s celebrated Pinot Noir, which area winemakers refer to as the “holy grail of winemaking,” with David Adelsheim, founder of Adelsheim Vineyard; Wendy Lange, co-founder of Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards; Howard Rossbach, founder of Firesteed Cellars; and Gary Horner, senior winemaker at Erath Winery. Tickets are $40.

Attendees also will have the opportunity to buy wine at select events via a Wine Week Web ordering application – a first of its kind in the wine industry – which wine lovers can access via their mobile devices.

In August, Washington Post opinion writer named New Hampshire the best state for wine drinkers. The Post cited New Hampshire’s outstanding accessibility to great wines at affordable prices, noting New Hampshire’s A+ ranking in the American Wine Consumer Coalition Report Card and praising the state’s non-taxed wine, price, availability and regulatory structure.

“Experts may argue over which state grows the best grapes, but there’s no debate for consumers: Your best place to live free and sip is New Hampshire,” Reid Wilson wrote .

In fiscal 2014, the NHLC sold more than $278.5 million in wine, a 2.4 percent increase from the previous year.

“With more than 7,000 wines to choose from at 77 New Hampshire liquor and wine outlets statewide, choosing a bottle can be overwhelming,” Brassard-Jordan said. “New Hampshire Wine Week is the perfect opportunity to let wine celebrities and aficionados guide you to new and unique offerings based on your taste preferences.

“It is simply a great chance to learn about and appreciate all the great wines New Hampshire has to offer, from local wines to wines produced in California, Oregon and all over the world.”

Wine Week will culminate with the 12th annual Easter Seals Winter Wine Spectacular, the largest wine tasting in northern New England, which will take place at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29.

Raising critical funding for Easter Seals New Hampshire and drawing a sold-out crowd of more than 1,200 people each year, the Winter Wine Spectacular boasts more than 1,500 wines, local cuisine, a silent auction and raffle, the Bellman Cellar Select VIP tasting room, and the chance to meet and learn from more than 60 wine personalities.

Tickets for the grand tasting are $65, and tickets providing access to the grand tasting and Bellman’s Cellar Select are $125.

For a full list of celebrity appearances and to register for events, visit www.nhwineweek.com.