Monday night I attended the second annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting at Astor Center. I would consider myself someone that definitely enjoys wine, but who doesn’t really know how to make a good recommendation. And let’s be honest, I was definitely buying $4 Sauvignon Blanc not too long ago! But this was an excellent opportunity to talk to people behind lots of local wineries and taste an endless amount of wine–and discover what YOU really like and therefore know what to look for the next time you go to a get a bottle.
Upon walking in you grab an empty wine glass and get a helpful packet on which to take notes. Each booth has its own page with the wines listed and how much a bottle costs (very helpful!). There’s space to write in so you can say whether you hated it or loved it.
Most of the bottles, flipping back through the packet, are affordable. These are the kinds of wines you’d buy for yourself to have around the house or more expensive bottles to bring to friends.
I’m not going to lie and say that I tried ALL of them–but I did have a few that stood out from the crowd. Wolffer Estate Vineyard had a Dry Rose Cider blend that was unlike anything I’ve ever had. I love cider and love wine so this was a lovely mixture. It comes in a pack of 4 bottles–that are made with a blend of Bridgehampton grown apples!
I wanted to discover more about red wine, because I know that I like Sauvignon Blanc, but don’t really know what I like as far as reds go. I would say that I don’t love Merlot, but did like a lot of the Cabernet Sauvignons. All in all it was a great time and a lovely experience.
Now for some more superficial awards…best wine bottle of the night goes to Bedell Cellars. Awesome.
And best name goes to Wolffer Estates Grapes of Roth Merlot 2008. Classic literary pun.