Date(s) - 03/08/2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Altman Building
Damage? $48.50 (early bird tix have sold out)
Why you should go. For the past four years, local wine makers from New York’s wine producing regions come together for this annual showcase. For wine enthusiasts to locavores, this is a wonderful way to see how local wines match up to the competition.
It is a pleasant way to meet the producers and hear their stories on how they started their business. Personally, I don’t know all that much about New York wines; however, I really enjoy the dry reislings from the Finger Lake region.
And unlike last year at the cramped Astor Center, happily this year’s tasting will take place at a larger venue.
- Important wine etiquette – please read below
- Don’t drink the wine. If you mix red, white, rosé and sparkling – you’re asking for trouble. I see a lot of casualties at these events.
- Take water between sips and clean your palette
- Always hold your glass by the stem, your body heat can affect the temperature of the wine.
- When rinsing out your glass. Use wine and not water – otherwise you might dilute the sample.
- Check the color & bouquet of the wine, and remember to mix air with your wine to absorb the flavor. Ask the producers about the tasting notes and pairing
- Dress code: Business or casual will work.
- Bring your cards.
- Go it alone or with friends? What ever you fancy.
- Bring a couple of dollars for the cloakroom / coatcheck.
- Hydrate and eat before you go.
- Nearby spots? There are quite a few, but here are a few recommendations:
- Basta Pasta 37 W. 17th St.- this Japanese-inspired pasta restaurant is a great option. The off the menu squid ink pasta is my favorite.
- Chelsea Food Market 15th St @ 9th Ave – if you don’t mind the crowds, there are good options here.
- Eataly 23rd & Broadway- although crowded, there are some decent cafés and eating options in this chaotic food court.
- Laut 15 E 17th St – Southeast Asian fusion, good service, decent prices.
- Le Singe Vert 7th Ave between 18 & 19th Streets- Up for French-fare? This French bistro won’t disappoint
- Markt – Belgian food with a fully stocked bar
- Raines Law Room 48 W. 17th St. If a cocktail in speak easy-style surroundings speaks to you, then try this one.