NY Wine Expo – Seminars #NYWE2013

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Getting excited for the NY Expo?  

Here are some amazing seminars that are being offered this weekend for purchase to compliment  your Grand Tasting! 

And remember to purchase discounted tickets {here}

Enjoy!

  • Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator’s Director of EducationGloria Maroti Frazee, Friday, March 1st at 6:00pm | Saturday, March 2nd at 11:30am - In this seminar, attendees will build the wine appreciation framework required for a lifetime of vinous adventure. Tasting a bounty of wine from around the world, they’ll learn the tasting techniques used by pros, explore important grapes, identify key wine styles and determine their own wine preferences.
  • California Pinot Noir: Touring The State’s Great Pinot Regions with David Rossi of Fulcrum Wine, Friday, March 1st at 7:00pm - Join winemaker David Rossi as he contrasts four of Fulcrum Wines’ highly acclaimedPinot Noir from the finest regions of California. This Napa winery specializes in producing small lots and is known for producing some of the country’s most sought afterPinot Noirs. Taste Fulcrum Floodgate Pinot Noir 2010 Russian River Valley, Fulcrum Gap’s Crown Pinot Noir 2010 Sonoma Coast, Fulcrum Pinot Noir 2010 Anderson Valley and Fulcrum Pinot Noir 2010 Brosseau Vineyard, Chalone- Monterey. Examine the background of each area and what makes it special by exploring wine tasting, food pairing, winemaking and grape growing. You’ll come away with a great knowledge ofPinot Noir from California and have a chance to taste some of the best examples available today.The Cool Climate, World
  • Class Wines of the Finger Lakes Saturday, March 2nd at Noon - The Finger Lakes region of New York State has undergone an evolution in quality and developed into a cool climate, world class wine growing region. Join Thomas Pastuszak,Wine Director at the NoMad in New York City, for a discussion and tasting of wines from the region. Learn about what makes the Finger Lakes the premier growing region for cool climate grape varieties in the United States and how it compares on a global level to other regions.
  • Italian Cheeses and Wine with Lou DiPalo, the Cheese Guru of DiPalo’s Fine Foods in Little Italy, NYC, Saturday, March 2, 2:30p - Don’t miss a chance to meet this most knowledgeable and passionate advocate for the cheeses and wines of Italy. Lou DiPalo will detail how typicity, provenance, and maturation regimes contribute to the irresistible quality of Italian cheese. Amongst the cheeses to be tasted will be Agriform’s Grana Padano, Piave, Asiago, and Valtellina Casera, with Italian wines selected for pairing perfection. You will leave this informative and tasty seminar with a bevy of expert suggestions on how best to entertain with Italian wine and cheese.

**Photo credit {here}

New York City Wine Expo #callingallwinelovers

NY Wine Expo

Calling all wine lovers!  It’s the 6th annual New York City Wine Expo and we are patiently awaiting it’s arrival on March 1st – 3rd at the Javits Center to try some of the best wines from all around the world!  I am partnering up with the NYC Wine Expo and am able to extend $15 off tickets for Friday or Saturday (offer below).  I will also be reporting back to you LIVE from the expo to share the experience if you are unable to attend.  Please be sure to check out the fun and watch out for more communication this week on the exciting events and seminars surrounding the Expo!

Winepug Offer
$15 off Friday or Saturday when you use “WineBlog” when buying tickets here: http://newyorkwineexpotickets.eventbrite.com/

Social Media Links for New York Wine Expo
Website: NewYorkWineExpo.com
Blog: newyorkwineexpo.tumblr.com/
Pinterest: pinterest.com/newyorkwineexpo/
Twitter: twitter.com/newyorkwineexpo
Facebook: facebook.com/newyorkwineexpo

Tuesday Twitter Tasting with @Boisset_Wines! #BWEChat

What a Tuesday treat!

#BWECHAT

As a preview to the Boston Wine Expo {here}, I will be participating in a twitter tasting with Jean-Charles Boisset from Boisset Family Estates tonight at 8pm EST.  Below are the wines we will be tasting and I encourage you to join in for an impromptu tasting on this cold New York night!  Who knows, you may even have one of these bottles below in your wine fridge!

The Details

Follow the tasting and share your thoughts using #BWEChat

Wines

  • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay
  • Deloach OFS Pinot Noir
  • Jean-Claude Boisset Bourgogne Pinot Noir
  • Raymond Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet

Follow Jean-Charles Boisset from Boisset Family Estates @Boisset_Wines

Boisset Family Estates {here}

Boisset Family Estates (Facebook) {here}

Boston Wine Expo (Facebook) {here}

**I received these wines as part of a promotion related to this event {here}

Twitter Tasting with Columbia Crest and Thirsty Girl!

Weddings, and planning, and working oh my!  Now it’s back to my therapy and my passion – wine!

To pick up wine blogging again, I am participating in a twitter tasting with Thirsty Girl {here} and Columbia Crest {here} tonight @ 5 pm PT/ 8 pm ET.  Winemaker Juan Muñoz Oca and Head Thirsty Girl Leslie Sbrocco will also be joining in on the fun so be sure to follow #TGTASTE and come tweet!

We will be tasting the following wines:

  • Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Chardonnay
  • Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Columbia Crest 2010 Horse Heaven Hills Les Chevaux Red Blend

Twitter User names to follow! 
Wine: @ColumbiaCrest (http://twitter.com/columbiacrest)
Moderating: @beathirstygirl (https://twitter.com/#!/beathirstygirl)
Special Guest: @lesliesb for Leslie Sbrocco (https://twitter.com/lesliesb)
Yours truly: @winepugnyc.com (https://twitter.com/winepugnyc)

**This twitter tasting is a promotion and I received these wines in order to participatehttp://cmp.ly/2

NYC Wine Events, Offers and Openings!

There have been so many openings, events, and offers that I have come across recently relating to great wine experiences that I had to share.  Here are some of the best I’ve found!  Happy Friday! 

**You may have to register for each website (if you aren’t already) in order to view/sign up for the offer.** 

Offers

  • Almond from Gilt Group {here} - 12 E 22nd St: 30% Off After-Work Charcuterie, Cheese and Wine. Sounds Delish!
  • Wines of Portugal Grand Tasting from Bloomspot {here}; Tribeca Rooftop (10 Desbrosses St); June 6, 2012 from 7–9PM, VIP admission at 6PM. Some great wineries will be in attendance!
  • La Cerveceria from Groupon {here}; 65 Second Ave., Tapas Dinner for Two with Wine or Sangria. Yes please!
  • Manhattan Champagne & City Lights Cruise from Goldstar {here}; June 1, 2012 or June 8, 2012; Harbor Cruise and a bottle of champagne.. Sounds good to me!
  • An Exclusive Evening with Marco Pasanella from Tasting Table {here}; June 18, 2012 6:30pm-8:30pm; book signing and wine… I’m there!

Store Events

  • Bottlerocket {here}; 5 W. 19th St.; Free wine tastings at Bottlerocket every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 5-8 pm.
  • Astor Wines & Spirits {here}; 399 Lafayette St. Too many to post but check out all of their awesome wkly events.
  • Sherry-Lehmann {here}; 505 Park Ave; June 6, 2012 – Complimentary tasting of the Rhone Valley! AND June 14, 2012 - Louis Jadot Sherry-Lehmann / Kevin Zraly Master Wine Class!

Openings

  • Noir {here} and {here} - 151 East 50th Street (212.753.1144): Opens Monday 6/4 – Who wouldn’t want to’t try Champagne Vanilla Vinaigrette and the Chef’s wine pairing menu?
  • Maslow 6 Wine Bar {here} - 211b West Broadway: Opened 5/19 – A wine bar created by passionate wine enthusiasts, a must try!

‘Tasting’ in Tribeca

Tribeca, an iconic, historic and truly authentic part of New York City that houses countless ‘impossible to get into’ restaurants yet also offers those hidden gems that are a bit more accessible, was the perfect atmosphere to kick off the week that takes over this magnificent area – The Tribeca Film Festival.  A dear friend and I celebrated the start of the festival like all great wine lovers do – with the Spring Walk Around Tasting at the renowned and celebrated Tribeca Grill.  With an impeccable wine list “one of only seven in New York that has been selected by Wine Spectator to receive a Grand Award” and a wonderful atmosphere, we had a fabulous time catching up and sipping coveted wines from the likes of Chateau Ste. Michelle, Stags Leap, Nicolas Feuillatte and more! Did you know that Tribeca Grill has a ‘raw space’ for fun events like these?  I didn’t, but now I do and am definitely going to keep my eye out for other great events that they offer. Some favorites to kick us off into Spring are below! 

Cheers and enjoy the rest of the Festival!

Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Merlot 2008 – Not a Merlot fan, but this might have transformed me.  How does a fruitful taste with a hint of caramel to smooth out the edges sound? Pretty darn good!

Antica Chardonnay 2009 – Such an impressive Chardonnay with delicate fruit, great ‘minerality’ and a smooth yet vibrant finish!

   

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose – It was rated 92 pts by Wine Spectator for a reason!  The lightweight Brut Rose was elegantly fruity and dry with notes of orange and hints of raspberry. A fabulous Rose to share at your fabulous dinner party or any special celebration.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Heaven Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2010 – Honeysuckle flavors and sweetness, such a wonderful transitional wine for Spring to Summer.

  


Tribeca Grill Spring Wine Walk-Around April 16th!

Picture from Gilt City

On Gilt City today one of my favorite restaurants in NYC is offering an amazing wine tasting offering on April 16th at the Tribeca Grill! 

Check out the offer {here}

Offer includes: 
One ticket to the Spring Wine Walk-Around at Tribeca Grill on April 16 from 5:30 – 7:30PM
20% off any wine on the 1,900 bottle Wine Spectator Grand award-winning list with dinner in the main dining room

From the Ground Up with Paul Hobbs @ bahr che

Located at 26 Astor Place, bahr che sets a romantic scene for an intimate gathering inside their 10-table quaint yet classically chic space. With a dramatic wine wall lined with endless bottles of great wines from across the world, bahr che proves to be a true date spot and one of the only that I’ve noticed in Astor Place.  As a true hidden gem, or I’m sure not so hidden anymore, you will find yourself dining there on a romantic date, popping in for a glass of wine found on their treasured wine list or enjoying a nightcap on your way home from downtown with the friendly staff.

And… Just as you thought this wine, cheese, and charcuterie couldn’t sound any better, they also offer Winemaker Wednesdays to exhibit the authenticity of a good wine bar through introducing wines and winemakers to guests who love the exploration of wine.  On February 1st, I was invited to a special wine tasting with renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs at bahr che for their Winemaker Wednesday event.

Now onto the winemaker – Paul Hobbs…

From growing up in Buffalo, NY with ‘no wine on the dinner table’ to studying and working amongst the leading winemakers in the industry (Simi, Robert Mondavi), Paul Hobbs shared his journey of wine through his fabulous wines from California and Argentina.  The night was full of listening to his stories, trials and errors, and connecting the wine to his words (and small bites!) one sip at a time.  His parting words when we asked, “What is one thing you want to share with the world of wine lovers” his response – “Just remember, from the ground up”.  So many meanings and so much detail to think about!

Some favorites from the night…

Vina Cobos, Bramare Marchiori Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 – $39.99
Extreme buttery taste with a hint of apricot. Extremely smooth.  Highly recommend for those buttery Chard lovers!

2009 Pinot Noir, ‘Lindsay Vineyard’ Paul Hobbs – $97
A beautiful garnet colored Pinot Noir with a delicious plum and luscious fruit flavor.  It almost tasted like a ripe fruit roll-up. Hints of oak.  Very exquisite Pinot Noir that is worth the splurge!

2010 Vina Cobos Felino Malbec – $25
Black plums, hint of cedar taste, extremely ripe tannins that make this wine beautifully structured and should be served at a fancy date night dinner by candlelight

Valentine’s Day Surprise

It came just in time, a Chocolate Lover’s Wine! And how timely, right on Valentine’s Day!  

Chocolate Shop Wine and Thirsty Girl have teamed up to put together a post Valentine’s Day twitter chat with Chocolate Shop’s winemaker himself, Hal Landvoight and GUESS WHAT, they have sent the Winepug 2 complimentary bottles to try.  Of course, I will be there tweeting about this wine for Chocolate Lover’s, since I’m a huge chocolate (and wine) fan! 

I just popped open a bottle, tried it with a fiancé baked Peanut Butter Valentine’s Day Cookie… tastes exactly like a Reese’s!  YUM! 

So, for those wine and chocolate lovers who want to explore this wine further, here are the details! And if you do tune in, I might be able to extend a discount to you all for you to purchase this lovely wine at Chocolate Shop’s online store!  

Now for the details of the tasting:
  • February 15, 2012
  • The tasting will start at 8 PM EST and end around 9 PM (sometimes we get a little carried away). 
  • The winemaker, Hal Landvoight will be on Twitter with the team from Chocolate shop to answer your questions too. 
  • Please use the Hashtag  #TGTaste for this event, and feel free to mention @ChocShopWine

Warm Up With Thirsty Girl at NYC’s Winter Wine Festival!

Need some weekend plans for the day or night that will make you forget about the cold weather!? Well have no fear, Thirsty Girl is here and will be serving it up at the New York City’s Winter Wine Festival this Saturday, February 4th at the Best Buy Theater in Times Square. Guests will have a chance to sign up to become a free member of Thirsty Girl and meet wine author and tv host and “Head Thirsty Girl” Leslie Sbrocco, founder of Thirsty Girl, and frequent Today Show guest. Attendees can also indulge in an exclusive tasting of special wines in VIP Wine Classes led by Leslie in afternoon and evening sessions. So, grab your friends, be a Thirsty Girl and check out the New York City Winter Wine Fest website for additional details and ticket information - http://nywinefestivals.com/index.html!

It will be a wine outing to remember in the Big Apple!  LIFE. DRINK IT UP!

About Thirsty Girl:  Thirsty Girl is a vibrant community of women who thirst for fun and fulfillment. With a shared passion for food, wine, and travel this rapidly expanding group connects with one another through live events, local chapters, the Thirsty Girl website, award-winning TGTV video series, and active social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter (@beathirstygirl).

Find out more about Thirsty Girl on their website at http://thirstygirl.com.

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