If you’re looking for the ultimate kick off weekend to get in the spirit… than you know the annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival is it! And to toast to their 23rd season, we have our sweet sixteen of how to sip, shop and savor in style with our latest HOT LIST!
HOT WAY TO KEEP HYDRATED
First and foremost, we at blACKbook are firm believers that you must have one glass of water to match each glass of wine… and this years official H2O of the Nantucket Wine Festival is the 149 year old, trusted, authentic Mountain Valley Spring Water. Aside from the fact that it’s been the water of the White House and is loved by celebs like Tom Brady, it’s also found in glass bottles as MVSW helps share the message to get rid of single use plastic. If you’re part of the Wine Festival, be sure to keep your thirst quenched and if you’re on island or off, find MVSW at retailers like Handlebar Cafe and beyond.
HOT WATER (OR WINE!) BOTTLE
From workout to wine down, have we got the ultimate water bottle for you. Our fab friend, Karen at Eye of the Needle, is always up to speed on fresh fashions and out of this world accessories and this Wine Fest, be sure to pick up her new “Sip + Sway” water bottle that doubles as a bluetooth speaker. Play music for up to three hours in this water resistant, high quality bottle-speaker. It’s going to be perfect from the cobblestones of Wine Fest to the sandy shores of your next beach day and comes in gold and blue. Match it with her latest favorites in bright fashions like this pleated rainbow skirt above!
HOT WEDNESDAY NIGHT GATHERING
Alongside the beloved reopening of everyone’s favorite Boarding House, join Angela Raynor as she welcomes Kerry Diamond and the team of Cherry Bombe, the amazing media group that shares stories and builds community by highlighting women who make the world a better place through food. Enjoy delicious snacks and spring cheer as they salute the dynamic women of Cherry Bombe on their inaugural visit to Nantucket. Complimentary bites with a cash bar and begins Wednesday, May 15th at 10:30 PM.
HOT LOVELY LOOKS FOR THE WEEKEND
Dressing for May on Nantucket takes extra thought and style prep but good thing our girl, Julie Biondi at The Lovely has you covered. Celebrating her eighth season at 11 Washington Street, Julie is no stranger to how to dress during big festival weekends. For maxed out Wine Fest style that’s both fun and functional, Julie knows having your hands free is key. Her fab selection of cross-body bags as well as skirts and dresses with pockets will make it so you can enjoy your wine and hors d’oeuvres in hand while all your musts are all in the bag! Pro tip? Come in to The Lovely in jeans and a t-shirt and the girls will accessorize you, making a basic look anything but boring! Open daily during Wine Fest from 10 AM to 6 PM.
HOT THURSDAY REOPENING
Switch up that wine glass for a pint and join our friends at Millie’s as they host Cisco Brewers for the perfect Madaket Getaway! Celebrate Madaket Millie’s opening night and the launch of Cisco Brewers’ newest beer, Getaway IPA on Thursday, May 16th from 5 PM to 8 PM at Millie’s. Enjoy complimentary samples, passed apps and giveaways! Before jumping into your wine weekend, savor the brew that everyone will be talking about this summer at the best spot in the West End!
HOT THURSDAY BOX PARTY
Everyone knows there ain’t no party like a BOX party and Chateau d’Esclans is bringing their rosé covered glasses back to the legendary Chicken Box for their third annual Bohemian Rhapsody After Party. DJ LayZBoy and That Girl Né will be dueling it out on the stage and everyone’s favorite whispering angel will be flowing as you get to experience the only time of year when wine is Box drink of choice. BONUS: no cover!
HOT NEWS FROM CRU
As seen in People Magazine this week, Chef Erin Zircher and her delicious recipes have come straight from the CRU kitchen to the Cru cookbook. This lifestyle coffee table book showcases how to live and eat four seasons of the good life. So if you’re out for Wine Fest, head over to the culinary tent on Friday, May 17th at 10 AM to meet Erin and get your book signed. Not on island? Pre-order a signed copy with the link right here! AND PS… If you’re seeking a downtown spot to sip and spritz post-gala, CRU has got you covered. On Thursday from 10 PM on, join the crew at CRU and Aperol as they host a gala after party until last call. All the Aperol spritzes and speciality crafted cocktails will be courtesy of Campari and there will even be beats by DJ Ryan Brown. Event is open to the public and sure to be a spritzin’ good time!
HOT WAY TO GET FIRED UP!
Switch things up with the Nantucket Wine Festival on Friday and enjoy an afternoon as they take you from the Northeast to the deep South with BBQ Redefined! This seminar will get you fired up from 4 to 6 PM with a three course style event that brings on a toast to America’s national cuisine. Guests will enjoy BBQ styles from the Carolinas to Texas to Tennessee as these three renowned guest chefs bring the heat and southern charm to the shores of our island. FYI their paired wines will take you on a global tour from Spain to Washington State and all the way down under to Australia. Tickets are $150 and you can get them right here!
HOT NEW SPOT FOR WINE FEST BRUNCH
Main Street is just about as iconic as it comes and we’re happy to report that there has been a new breakfast, lunch and dinner hotspot to join the storied streets. Or, The Whale debuted during Daffy and has been the talk of the town ever since. With so much action going on downtown, be sure to fuel and hydrate and check out this space, especially for brunch. Manny’s daily donuts are all the rave and if you’re looking to switch up your glass of vino for an innovative cocktail, check out the Kelly Kaposki, a raspberry and lemon vodka favorite.
HOT 44th REOPENING & 12th ANNUAL WINE DINNER ON THE WHARF
Like you need another reason to toast on the wharf but we’ve got a great one as our friends at Straight Wharf Restaurant kick off their 44th season with an exciting evening of wine, food and conversation at the annual Jorge Ordonez Wine Dinner. You’ll find Spanish inspired bites on the deck paired with organic cava, chilled verdejos and Albariños, then a light, bright four course dinner followed by a stunning dessert and a rare bottle of Jorge’s insane dessert wine. All hosted by Jorge’s daughter, Monica. The next 25 people to make reservations get a copy of the food and wine pairing book Straight Wharf collaborated on with TJ and Hadley from the Urban Grape. Email Straight Wharf Here to secure your spot!
HOT SPOT FOR WEEKEND SHOPPING
Hand crafted on Nantucket, Nancy Jakubik is an island artist and jeweler that creates some of the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind leather, silver and gold pieces to help remind you of Nantucket. Speaking of your Happy Place, the blACKbook team will be popping up beside Nancy launching new luggage tags, necklaces and ornaments alongside Nancy’s other wonderful things at the Culinary Tent at the White Elephant Village Friday and Saturday, from 9 AM to 4 PM. Buy your tickets here join in on all the festive Culinary Tent fun!
HOT WAY TO SIP FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Napa meets Nantucket on Friday, May 17th with both a tasting and wine dinner to benefit CureDuchenne. Join this Cali crew for an exclusive wine tasting featuring some of Napa’s favorite vintners at Nantucket Culinary. The complimentary tasting goes from 4 PM to 6 PM featuring Knights Bridge, Chappellet, Beaulieu, ZD, Quintessa and Vineyard 29 and note that reservations are required by signing up here! For those looking for an intimate dinner that benefits others, check out the Ovid wine dinner at the Culinary Center from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM with a four course meal prepared by Chef Greg Margolis. This fourteen person dinner will have some of the most exclusive and sought after Ovid wines poured with all proceeds benefiting CureDuchenne. For more on the complimentary tasting and dinner click with the link here!
HOT WAY TO SAVOR BUBBLES ON THE BEACH
There’s no better way to kick off a weekend on Nantucket than with a glass of champagne and a sunset to match and our friends at Galley Beach are hosting the Veuve Clicquot premier wine dinner on Friday, May 17th. In an unmatched location, get ready to sit with your toes in the sand and a champagne flute in hand, as this annual dinner is a crowd favorite. Pairing Veuve’s exceptional champagnes with executive Chef W. Scott Osif’s award winning coastal cuisine, get your ticket to this five course dinner which is truly one of the top attractions of the Galley season. Get your tickets here!
HOT NEW PATIO WITH A SPECIAL LOLA WEEKEND LUNCH
If you’ve followed blACKbook for awhile, than you know that we love Lola 41 and how it’s a year round Nantucket dining institution. Celebrating their 13th season, this chic, global bistro and sushi bar has expanded with a gorgeous, new covered patio, making it feel as though the restaurant has almost doubled in size. Close proximity to the White Elephant, makes Lola a Wine Fest weekend must and special to this weekend, Lola opens for all day Lunch on both Friday and Saturday so you can enjoy the “best burger on the planet” with a glass of Donelan Two Brothers Pinot Noir, now both for dinner and your mid-day meal.
HOT NEWS FOR CANNED WINE!
CanCan, Can you get the Larkan Can? Yes you can! Our favorite Napa and Nantucket wine guy, Sean Larkin has taken his beloved whites and reds from the glass to the tin with his white, red and pink wine, now found in the can. Find these at Epernay on North Beach Street and now at the Dreamland! Yes, now you CAN enjoy some vino with your feature film as the Dreamland Theatre serves up LarKan as their showtime wine of choice.
HOT NEW SHOE STORE HITS THE ROCK THIS WEEKEND
When it comes to enjoying a few spirits, make sure that your shoe wear is cobblestone friendly. Yes, ladies, do yourself the favor and leave the Manolos in Manhattan and trade up some high heels for cool kicks! Check out the new wharf-side shoe shop, Inkerman, which will debut on the island on Friday of Wine Fest weekend. These unisex sneakers are made from the best materials with quality craftsmanship coming from the Big Apple and are debuting on our Rock! Check out the store while you shop on 5 Old South Wharf opening Friday at 10AM … and for those off island, get to know this brand by following them on Instagram here!
FROM WINE FEST TO WELL FEST… ROASTD HAS YOU COVERED
Any morning Post Wine Fest can get a little foggy and that’s when we head straight to ROASTD for a wellness fix. The Hangover and Nite Nite patches are perfect helpers for when those mornings come at you a little hard or you’re in need of a good night’s sleep! Roastd is also a modern day general store, showcasing the best CBD products on island and sourcing them nationally. Our new favs? The Chill Brew by Abracadabra Coffee and Gingergrass CBD Drops by Dram are just two of Roastd’s many CBD products to will assist you into feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Speaking of R&R, what better way to end your weekend than with an all natural mask? The Rose is a Rose and French Lavender Face masks will soothe and nourish with their anti-inflammatory properties… after a weekend of eating and drinking?! YES PLEASE! So day or night, Roastd has got you covered! Check them out on 159 Orange Street and be sure to follow them and their awesome Insta Stories here!