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Unlocking adventures at the Boston wine fest

Uncork Adventure in a Glass at Boston Wine Festival

There’s something indulgent — even romantic — about tasting wines and learning the magic that goes into making each vintage. Add spectacular food, a stunning Boston setting, and you’ve got yourself one sensational close-to-home escape.

The Boston Wine Festival, which kicked off Jan. 10, is off and running for its 31st year. Held at the Boston Harbor Hotel (and with special deals for staying overnight after attending any of the many wine events), the Festival is ready for those who love wine, want to learn more about it, and fine food aficionados.

Founded by Boston Harbor Hotel chef Daniel Bruce, who still oversees every small detail of the events, the Festival kicks off with a gala reception and then runs through March 27 with special dinners and events that pair wines, food, history, stories and, in some cases, even music.

If the opening event is an indication, this year’s festival will be a corker. Hundreds packed the Boston Harbor Hotel ballroom, moving from station to station, sampling wines and noshing on everything from braised chicken thighs to primo pasta. Staff roamed through with passed hors d’oeuvres as well. The room was buzzing with talk of upcoming wine dinners.