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“Daniel Bruce, executive chef at the Boston Harbor Hotel, travels the world finding wines for the hotel’s Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, as well as for the Boston Wine Festival, which he founded 28 years ago — the same year he began working at the Boston Harbor Hotel…We caught up with Bruce to talk about all things travel.” – Boston Globe

Best travel tip? “I like to keep away from the tourist restaurants and destinations, go off trail, and immerse myself as much as possible with the people of the country”. – Daniel Bruce

Recently, Chef Bruce traveled with his family to South Africa to visit his daughter studying abroad – and to explore the wine region there of course!   Inspired by the wines he tasted and the vintners he met, Chef Bruce decided to honor this region by inviting a select group of winemakers to be part of this year’s Boston Wine Festival with the the first ever South African Week!

Explore the magic of South African wines at the two events below.  Tickets are available at

March 22nd – South African Reception

This reception kicks off our week long celebration of South African wines, inspired by Chef Bruce’s visit to Capetown and the surrounding wine regions. This evening will feature many wines from the world’s longest wine route of over 500 miles. This is a great opportunity to taste these great value based wines along with traditional music and a buffet of African inspired dishes.

March 23rd – Ken Forrester Winery

Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa’s most famous wine region, Stellenbosch, whose vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc. Originally established in 1689 as Zandberg, the property is one of the oldest wine farms on the Cape. Ken enlisted the help of his winemaker friend Martin Meinert in replanting and revitalizing the vineyards, with an aim to craft a white wine that could rival any in the world!

To learn more about Chef Bruce’s travel do’s, don’t’s and dreams, check out The Boston Globe’s VIP Lounge from this past Sunday!


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