Bubbles, Burgundy and Bordeaux, oh my! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Expand your palate, meet fascinating characters and sip, swirl and schmooze your way through a four-day tour de force of fantastic reds and whites of Wine fest. here’s five ways to make the most of your time during the 18th annual Nantucket Wine festival.

1 The Harbor Gala. Aside from the fantastic people watching, this Thursday night Gala comes with a ticket into tasting some of the most innovative foods and delicious wines out there. My personal favorite? Arriving fashionably late. I let the craziness begin and get the inside scoop from friends I see upon arrival, who tell me what’s worth the extra mile and where to spend and skimp my time.
2 Get Dress-ed. Some of my favorite fashion sightings are from the highly anticipated harbor Gala. So I get shopping around the town to get ready for the big night! head over to Milly & Grace on 2 Washington Street and check out loveShackfancy, a new line that exudes effortless beach chic that we island ladies love. Stroll down to the lovely on 11 Washington Street and get your fill of stunning maxi gowns that will have you turning heads while remaining comfy in luxe jersey fabrics. coming from work? their print silk dresses from Lola and Natalie Martin are perfect for that afternoon to evening outfit!

3 Intimate Dinners in Good Company. Make a point to check out the Wine Dinners that downtown restaurants put on. A stellar choice for great ambiance, service and cuisine is the cru dinner featuring Maison Joseph Drouhin. This special opportunity lets you taste through highlights of Drouhin’s award winning portfolio accompanied by chef Erin Zircher’s delightful dishes. Savor five wines over four courses and get ready to savor those burgundies! With limited seating available, make sure to book in advance.

4 Tastings ‘Round Town. I love a good sip + shop! It’s a highlight of strolling ‘round Nantucket during NWF. There are dozens of opportunities to meet winemakers and chat one on one. My favorites? Beth English’s mixture of clothes and wines at Currentvintage. (Drew Barrymore is a fan!) And it’s always fun to go to the packed schedule of wine tastings at Epernay on north beach Street. Owners Jenny and Kirk make the experience memorable and you’ll walk out of the store with new wines and new knowledge!

5 Celebrate a Sunday Funday at Galley beach with the Cisco Brewers and Veuve Clicquot sponsored unofficial closing party. Grab your best friends and get to 54 Jefferson Avenue for a Sunday afternoon in the sand! Toast to another amazing NWF with bubbles, beer, and add in the Galley bar menu while you’re at it! A fabulous way to cap off the weekend at an unparalleled location.

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