Nantucket, get ready to drink and dine…it’s the 21st Annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival.  The Island is a BUZZ with so many ways to get out there and enjoy this lavish week and weekend celebrating the eats and drinks Nantucket style.  We’ve got all you need to know right here!



SEND ME AN ANGEL PARTY AT THE BOX 

The one party you just HAVE to make sure is on your wine fest calendar? Join the blACKbook crew and Chateau D’Esclans Whispering Angel for the one and only Rosé fueled dueling DJ bash at BONUS: NO COVER and there will be some seriously cool blACKbook swag launched that night, too!! Whispering Angel is bringing with them everyone’s favorite blush wine, as well as their special guest DJ, Nicole Rosé. (DJ Rosé can be heard regularly at Saks Fifth Avenue, Gilt Groupe, Samsung and W Hotels and annually at Art Basel and Coachella!) And to really take it up a notch, we’ll be pairing her with the BOX’s notorious Monday Dueling DJ party starter, LAZYBOY, for the ultimate Rosé All Night dueling DJ dance party that you don’t want to miss!
BONUS: NO COVER and there will be some seriously cool blACKbook tanks launched that night, too!

BOX WEBSITE!



TREE BAR OPENS FOR THE SEASON

TREE BAR is downtown Nantucket’s summertime bliss — an iconic outdoor bar, on a quaint brick patio, ensconced in strings of bright bulbs, surrounded by lush greenery. Serving always-swoon-worthy libations, lobster rolls and chowder for lunch, and unique global share plates for dinner. Tree Bar (located in-between Town & Queequegs) opens this Wednesday night, May 17, at 5:30 p.m.  They are open Thursday, May 18, Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20 serving lunch from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and dinner 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.  FYI: Tree Bar is closed on Sunday, May 21, so get there early in the weekend!

TOWN’S FRESH NEW MENU!



OPEN HOUSE WITH MARY TAAFFE + ART OPENING WITH ILYA KAGAN

A beautiful Open House with a fantastic art opening AND some serious nautical views?  Yes, Please! Join Mary Taaffe of Maury People as she gives a curated tour of Stargazer, 19 East Creek, this Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m., along with a meet and greet with beloved island artist Ilya Kagan! And why should you check out this stunning home? Well, it’s a secluded spot right outside of town with expansive harbor views and a private dock, which means easy to pack your boat for Coatue picnics, and a perfect setting for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking.  Nearly 1,000 square feet of outdoor decking ensures the most enviable outdoor entertaining space for notable sunset dinners on the menu every night… and word on the street is DONELAN WINES will also be savored at this awesome open house!

FULL LISTING!



BUBBLES & BALANCE WITH JENNY JOHNSON & CHAMPY

Get your stretch on with Champy founder and television personality Jenny Johnson, as she joins forces with local yogi and sommelier Ieva Aldens + Miss blACKbook’s Holly Finigan for a one-hour yoga class followed by sparkling wine and nibbles! Tickets at $25 can be purchased below!

TICKETS!



FOLLAIN REOPENS!

Our favorite beauty store is bACK open for their fourth season! FOLLAIN, which means healthy, wholesome and sound in Gaelic, reopens its doors on Wednesday, and we just can’t wait! We’re hearing about something FRESH and so clean for 2017 – a Go-Clean Kit that they’re making exclusively for Nantucket! Inside this kit you’ll find a little something for skin, body, and hair: Mermaid Seasalt Hair Spray (2oz), Follain Soap (1oz), Surf Mud Body Oil (2oz), Cool Aloe Mist (1 oz), a Hurraw Sun Lip Balm, and sample packets of Raw Elements tinted facial SPF 30 and Raw Elements body SPF 30, priced at $55.  Not on island? No problem! Grab one below!

GO CLEAN KITS!



STRAIGHT WHARF KICKS OFF 42nd SEASON

Celebrating its 42nd season, Straight Wharf opens its doors once again featuring the cuisine of Chef owner Gabriel Frasca— Expect Nantucket seafood classics like the beloved Straight Wharf Restaurant clambake to new favorites like the buttermilk fried buffalo monkfish! The dining room opens Wednesday at 5;30PM and will be serving nightly all weekend. Take note… the dining room is closed on Friday for a sold out wine dinner with Jorge Ordonez but everybody favorite SWR Bar will be open for libations all week from 5:30PM until you hear that Summer Wind by Sinatra at last call.

STRAIGHT WHARF!



SANDBAR FRIDAY NIGHT PARTY WITH RIPE WINES, LOCO TAQUERIA + BRIBON TEQUILA!

Another hot new restaurant is opening its beach front doors this week! Sandbar at Jetties Beach is going to be a great place for families and friends looking to keep their feet in the sand while they snack on raw bar and sip on some frosé! And on Friday night of Wine Fest, Ripe Life is teaming up with Palm Bay and Boston’s favorite Loco Taqueria and Oyster Bar for a rosé, taco, and tequila party from 6PM to 10PM at Sandbar. This is the TGIF hot spot to toast to the weekend in my blACKbook!

SANDBAR AT THE JETTIES!



NANTUCKET VINEYARD CHARDONANY COLLAB

Now here’s a hand picked island collaboration! Alanna Lucas of Nantucket Wine & Spirits teamed up with Nantucket Vineyard this past fall for a special tasting through their barrels of chardonnay. She hand selected her favorite one, which she found to have a more restrained quality than your standard new world Chardonnay, a perfect balance between tropical fruit, oak and minerality. Together they created a special bottle and label just for their island wine store with this island vineyard! Attending the Grand Tasting? Pop by the table of our favorite mother/daughter duo as Mary Walsh and Alanna give out tastes of their delicious local white wine for yourself! PS.. it pairs perfectly with a clambake!

NANTUCKET WINE & SPIRITS!



CURRENTVINTAGE TASTINGS ALL WEEKEND!

 

Our gal Beth English is literally the superstar of Wine Fest in-store tastings at currentVintage! One tasting truly striking our fancy is the RAJ PARR tasting, Saturday, 2 to 3 p.m. — it’s two events in one! RAJ is a famous som, two-time James Beard award winner, partner with Michael Mina RN74 restaurants, and co-founder of the “In Pursuit of Balance” wine group with Jasmine Hirsch.  Also, same time same place, meet sommeliers from fine restaurants and wineries all over the world here for the the Nantucket Wine Festival, who will be in store for this special tasting and meet and greet.  Some of my favorites featured here, and not to be missed, will be the “La Source” Chardonnay from Evening Land Wines of Willamette Valley, Seven Springs Pinot Noir, plus Domaine de la Côte “Bloom’s Field” Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara!!!

FULL CURRENTVINTAGE LIST OF EVENTS!



AFTERHOUSE OPEN FOR FIRST WINE FEST

This new seafood and wine bar opened up last week and is a sexy new spot for intimate conversations, a great glass of white burgundy and some super fresh fish. The downtown bistro is the sister restaurant to Galley Beach and if you look close, you’ll see some creative crossover in the design, especially in the wallpaper. Take note… Afterhouse also has the coolest bathroom I’ve seen on this island. From the palm walls to the luxe decor to the fact that it has its own soundtrack playing, it’s just as chic and curated as the bar and the menu!

AFTERHOUSE ON INSTAGRAM!



RESORTATIVE WORKSHOP WITH DHARMA YOGA

In more of the mood for shivasana than  sauvignon blanc this weekend? Then check out this months Restorative Workshop with Dharma Yoga above Bartletts Farm! They say….. “Take some time for you. You deserve it! This workshop is suitable for everyone including absolute beginners. Luxuriate longer and dive deeper in this 2 hour workshop. Sheri and Joann will guide you through a series of gentle supported postures to activate the parasympathetic nervous system. Here the body can find deep rest and connect to a heightened state of physical and emotional well being.Gentle yoga movements will release tension and realign the body’s energy. A deep meditative state is facilitated as the body and mind surrender into bliss.” Tickets below!

TICKETS!



PETER MILLAR TRUNK SHOW AT MURRAY’S TOGGERY SHOP!

it’s definitely a weekend to look chic while you sip… and not just for the ladies… for the gents too! Our friends at Murray’s Toggery Shop (home of the iconic Nantucket Reds!) are hosting a Peter Millar trunk show on Friday and Saturday from 10AM to 5PM! So for grads and dads (and those looking for a sharp pair of pants or shorts to match their crisp button plaids!) head over to 62 Main Street and get festive with your wine fest fashions!

MURRAY’S TOGGERY SHOP ONLINE!



VENTUNO OPENS bACK UP!

Toasting to year seven!  VENTUNO has consistently been one of Nantucket’s favorite dining spots for farm-to-fork Italian and one of the best bar scenes on the island.  (Don’t just take it from us, take it from Travel & Leisure too!) This year, executive chef-owner Drea Solimeo is keeping it local from the calamari to the handmade strozzapretti to those epic bombolocinis. Managing partner Taylor Oliver says to expect the return of all your favorites, from the menu to the bar staff.  Opening Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. — get in before the crowds! Special for Wine Fest, come join winemaker Federico Ceretto of Cerretto Vineyards for appritivo in the back bar, Friday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Come one, come all!  Take note…they will serve dinner nightly this week from Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 5:30 to 10:00 p.m.

 

And the first of many planned for the season…this Saturday pop up features some super talented island ladies showing off their stuff…literally! From the sustainable loungewear of simulacra nyc to the gorgeous leather work of s•mac designs, there is something worth splurging on around every corner. Come shop some of Nantucket’s finest small businesses on Saturday May 20 from 10AM to 1PM  at the Ventuno Back Bar
BONUS: they’ll also have coffee and bites from Handlebar Cafe!


ROSÉ ALL DAY (AND WEEKEND!) AT CRU!

So the CRU crew always knows how to do Wine Fest right! And while their sold out rose brunch as the best way to end wine fest ( hope you have a friend with a fab ressie!) we can say that one of the  best places to dish between grand tastings is at CRU with  grand plateaus and grand cru champagne! BONUS: they start early and serve late with their menu running straight though 11am -11pm from Thursday to Saturday!

CRU!



SKINNY DIP OPENS BACK UP WITH NEW SWEATSHIRTS!

The Skinny Dip will open the doors at 23 Old South Wharf for their second season on May 17th! Their line-up of brands will include some of your Skinny Dip favorites like Ellsworth & Ivey (designer of the Nantucket sweater), Beau & Ro Bag Company, Artemis Design Co., Lemlem, Orlebar Brown, Sunkski and more, plus the addition of some fresh companies like Vilerbrequin, Grayers, Tuckernuck’s jewlery, Seavees, and Harding Lane to name a few. Ongoing events including yoga on the docks, painting classes, trunk shows, and more will be happening throughout the summer! For more information on brands and events and to order your Skinny Dip Nantucket sweatshirt (available in tons of new colors) by clicking below!

SKINNY DIP NANTUCKET!



LAST CHANCE TO GET YOUR NAUTI LUNCH FIX!

Wine Fest Weekend is your last chance for lunch at Nautilus this season!  This week they open for dinner Wednesday through Sunday at 5:30 p.m. and lunch Friday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m.  No wine dinners or special events, but the Nauti bar is always a fun event with its specialty drinks and their own stunning wine selection!  Bar open ALL DAY FridaySunday, and after Sunday they will resume their in-season schedule.

NAUTILUS!


 


stay tuned for more HOT LISTS all season long on blACKbook! You’re modern day guide to Nantucket! Got something you think needs to be part of the HOT LIST? Email holly@nantucketblACKbook.com for details. Wine fest hot list photo thanks to John Bogle