Food & Drink

EVENT: Drinking the Night Away at the 2014 Winter Wine Festival [NYC]

by Lea Faminiano

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How many kinds of wine do you think you can try in one night? I thought my number was pretty low – because who has the time and money to do that? – but that was before the 5th Annual Winter Wine Festival.

Just days after the Slow Wine event, which focused on Italian wine, the Winter Wine Festival featured wine from all over the globe. Set in Times Square at the Best Buy Theater, guests were treated to a night filled to the brim with wine, light fare, and music, with the night divided into two sessions – I attended the evening session. Curated by Vintry Fine Wines, the wine list was extensive, including over 250 different types of wines from various regions, and from a range of price points. Guests were able to roam around the venue while sampling wine from informative vendors.

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Continuing on the tried-and-true philosophy that “good wine” is whatever wine I think is good, here was the good: Monsieur Touton Selection’s Lan Tempranillo Blena Rioja 2007 (Spain – my favorite of the bunch!), HP Selections’ Talenti Rosso di Montalcino 2010 (Italy), Southern Wines/Liberty Wine Selection’s Antigal Uno Malbec Mendoza 2011 (Argentina), Selection Pas Mal’s Chateau Gourgazaud ‘Cuvee Mathilde’ Minervois 2010 (France), and Wine Symphony’s Loxarel Amaltea Cabernet-Merlot 2009 (Spain). Many of the vineyard and distributor representatives were extremely informative, guiding us through tastings of wines in a specific order; for other tables, we would pop over for a quick sample.

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At events like this, the wine selection is so vast that it’s often hard to keep track of what you’ve tasted (even if you’re given a booklet, and especially after you’ve tasted a lot). Some smart person out there who obviously drinks a lot of wine and has a hard time remembering them created Winevento, a mobile app designed specifically for wine tasting events. With Winevento, you can rate and keep track of your wine at various events, so you don’t have to be like me, the girl who forgot to download the app and was being super obnoxious taking photos of labels, while trying to balance her glass at the same time.

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If you’re a big wine drinker and love the idea of sampling all kinds of wine, make sure you’re in the loop and be on the lookout for next year’s – the Winter Wine Festival is definitely worth it on all levels.