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!

#WW – A Bold Blend w/ @ChalkHillEstate

Straight from the winery, last Memorial Day weekend  2011, we transported this extremely special bottle of wine from Russian River Valley’s renowned and unique winery Chalk Hill.  This wine was the inaugural release of their Estate Red that was inspired by the proprietor, Frederick, P. Furth’s vision of a wine authentic to Chalk Hill, as it blends and represents the lay of the land that Chalk Hill resides on. Made with 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Malbec, 13% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, and 1% Carmenere makes this beautifully smooth red wine full of vibrant fruit.  By looking at the varietals and the burgundy color and ‘young’ looking wine in the glass, my first thought was, “this is a heavy wine that absolutely needs a meaty meal to pair with.”  However, after pouring two glasses in 80 degree weather in NYC, in these wonderful Italian wine glasses from Fishs Eddy {here} I might add, my fiancé and I enjoyed this outside (perfectly chilled for a red wine) with light salads and were blown away.  With beautiful tannins that aren’t overbearing and amazing blackberry flavors with many other fruits bursting on our taste buds, the 2007 Chalk Hill Estate Red {here} was an experience and recommended for all red wine lovers to enjoy.  

To my fiancé’s point – “For such a bold looking wine, this really hit the spot on a hot day.  It wasn’t chalky and the fruit really came out in the hot weather…” Oh how I’ve taught him well… Just kidding!

Overall, definitely worth the splurge ($70) to bring to a wonderful dinner party outside on the terrace!  Enjoy!

For more on Chalk HIll
Sunday Sips {here}
Off-Roading In Sonoma {here}

Nostalgia with Tin Barn

I always love when a bottle of wine has a nostalgic memory behind it.  This bottle of Red Zinfandel is from our first trip to the Russian River Valley together as you may remember from {here}.  Tin Barn was my first time (probably will be the only time)  climbing into a steel barrel with a 4 year old {here}!  Sipping on this bottle with close friends and reminiscing about our time in the RRV, I think we enjoyed this wine right per it’s instruction on the bottle.

Tin Barn Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel Russian River Valley, Gilsson Vineyard

On the bottle: “Tin Barn is the fruit of five friends’ passion for the grape.  Our wines are crafted from vineyards specifically chosen for their unique soils and optimal growing locations.  Please drink with pleasure this quality wine we have produced.”

Winepug’s Tasting:  A lighter red with hints of vanilla and raspberry’s.  This wine is a great drinking wine that truly speak to it’s roots! A must with dark chocolate.  A casual yet seductive wine! – Try it and you’ll understand!

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