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NYC Wine Events, Offers and Openings!

1 Jun

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.** 


  • 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!


  • 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!

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

29 Jan

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.

For My Boston Wine Lovers….

19 May

Provided by GiltCity BOSTON

City Wine Tours

50% Off North End or Harvard Square Tasting Tour
A ticket for one to a Harvard Square or North End wine tour includes:

• Wine tastings in top restaurants, hotels and wine shops, where members will taste four to six different wines
• VIP settings and special offers for dining and shopping after the tour or later in the year
• Lessons from City Wine Tours Wine Ambassadors who will give lessons on pairing and buying, and an overview of wine history

Tours are every Saturday from 3–5 PM. Offer must be scheduled and redeemed by September 1, 2011.


Upcoming Wine Events in NYC…

19 May


UWS – Long Island Take on the World: A Wine & Cheese Tasting (May 21st): Enjoy  a wine and cheese tasting featuring your ‘neighboring’ wines of Long Island and pair them with lovely cheeses.  Even is from 1pm – 2:30 at Compass, 208 W. 70th Street – DEAL: 2 tickets for $60!

NOLITA –  Jo’s (May 23rd)  in Nolita will be serving a special dinner with the people from Bix Wine shop, Bayfield Importing, and winemaker Albert Bichot. The six-course meal is $65 with wine pairings. Call (212) 966-9640 to make a reservation. [EaterWire]

TRIBECA – Taste of Tribeca (May 21st) An outdoor culinary festival featuring signature dishes from renowned Tribeca chefs, a family-friendly Kids’ Zone with Looney Lenny, a comprehensive wine tour and live entertainment provided exclusively by City Winery. There will also be locally-brewed beverages for sale, such as Waa-tah, NY Spring, Plan Tea, Fizzy Lizzy, VBLast, and Gus Soda.  The Festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Duane Street (between Greenwich and Hudson).  Taste of Tribeca brings together top talent and some of the most sought after destinations, including the Harrison, Bouley, Tribeca Grill, Blaue Gans, Landmarc, newcomer Plein Sud, the Odeon and Nobu.  All proceeds from the event will ensure the continuation of arts and enrichment programs at local public schools PS 150 and PS 234. One ticket provides six tastes from any of the restaurants taking part. For ticket options – http://www.tasteoftribeca.com/content/tickets

SOHO – Lure Fishbar (June 1st) is hosting an oyster tasting with chef Josh Capon and wine director Natalie Tapken. For $75, you get to sample 15 oysters plus snacks and dessert, with wine pairings. Call (212) 431-7676 to snag a seat. [EaterWire]

FLATIRON – From GILTCITY NYC, enjoy 40% off a multi-course Italian dinner for two at Brio Downtown for $90.  Offer includes, two antipasti, two entrees, two desserts, and four glasses of WINE.  Redeemable on at the downtown location and must be redeemed by August 18th.  Hurry up and buy and use this awesome offer! **Provided you create an account.

CHELSEANY Wine Salon presents “Natural Wine: A Salon” (May 23rd) Focuses on Natural Wine, a topic that is both incredibly hot and invariably misunderstood. Organic… sustainably farmed… biodynamic… what makes wine “green,” and how should it taste? The Metropolitan Room will swing from caberet than Cabernet as a dozen delicious “natural”ly-tagged wines from will be served with artisan cheeses, charcuterie and bread. Sip, nibble, discuss, repeat. A variety of panelists will be present to guide and provide their expertise!  New York Wine Salon Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street, starting at 9:00 pm. Tickets re $45; 9:00 start. (Localwineevents.com)


Top Mobile Wine Apps, Salud!

13 Apr

I’ve been using a lot of Wine apps lately that have helped to navigate me in my wine journey!  These are super helpful when trying to find that perfect bottle for the right occasion and great for when you are in the wine store in a rush and on the GO!  PalatePress has offered a thorough list of current top apps that are super useful, even one’s that I’ve use!  Out of the below, I use Snooth (free version) which offers a search for wine stores near you or by price and grape, ability to write reviews, and even save your wishlist.  I also use, Drync Wine (free version) to aggregate my “cellar” and see top wines at the current moment, Hello Vino to gain insight and inspiration for my next meal and complementary wine to serve, and Local Wine Events for local tastings/classes.

Another one of the below apps that is very unique and extremely convenient  –  NatDecants. It allows you to search food first then your wine and vice versa while being very specific with your choices and pairings and as an added bonus has custom recipes!  For all of you beer/spirits drinkers – there is something here for you too!

Take a look, test them out and find one that works the best to make your decisions and……DRINK!

Below IApp exploratory from PalatePress.com

The Very Best Wine iApps

April 10, 2011 by Paul Mabray
Filed under FCGFeatured Stories

It’s been a year since our last iPhone report and the market has spoken.  Mobile is here in force.  Last year we looked at 75 wine iPhone apps that more than quadrupled since that time.  With so many new apps we categorized them, explored their models, and measured them across twenty different factors.  What we found was incredibly interesting and we have chosen to represent it in an infographic.  This year we also chose the “26 Most Promising Apps for Wine.”  These apps crossed multiple categories and though none were perfect, they all represented incredibly innovative features, powerful tool sets, and incredible potential.  We were heavily influenced by apps that helped either consumers or wineries succeed in the mobile arena.  There were quite a few repeats from last year but definitely quite a few new players.  These are the ones to watch and it will be interesting to see how they improve to make consumers and wineries use them on a daily basis.  Mobile is here and wine is now in your pocket.

A few notes to our infographic legend to help you understand some of the less obvious categories:

Business Model:

  • Extension – this is usually a free app that is an extension of the company’s core business used for more branding or mobile exposure/usage (e.g. The Wine Spectator Vintage Chart).
  • Freemium – A free app used to get the consumer to upgrade to a paid app or paid service.
  • Startup – No clear model yet.

App Types:

  • Combo – Two categories as MAJOR features of the app combined to form a more powerful combination.  e.g.  Food pairing plus journaling.


And now for the results.

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Let’s break that down a bit.


Wines and Vines
Daily Grape
Vintage Chart


Nat Decants
Hello Vino
Snooth Wine Pro


Watson’s Wine


the girl & the fig


Wine Events

Utility and Winery

Share the Love


Social Grapes
RedWhite BOS
Drync Wine
Wine Angel
Wine Cellar Prof

Paul Mabray has been in the wine and spirits industry for over seventeen years. He has worked for Napa Ale Works, Niebaum~Coppola, WineShopper/Wine.com and also was the North American Beverage Consultant for Sumitomo Corporation of America from 2002 through 2005. He founded Inertia in 2002 as one of the first major companies established to bridge the barrier between wineries and their customers. Paul Mabray was CEO from 2003 until 2008 creating the largest and most powerful e-commerce platform for the wine industry, the Rethink Engine. VinTank is a continuation of his desire to help revolutionize the wine industry through e-business and innovative digital products and marketing.

Upcoming Wine Events – NYC

8 Apr

Gramercy: Tom Colicchio’s 15th Annual “Toast to the Children” benefit for the pediatric programs at Bellevue Hospital will be May 10 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Riverpark. Tickets are $250 for GA and $450 for Patrons (with a VIP access) for the grand food and wine tasting of fifteen restaurants and thirteen wine purveyors. [Grub Street]

Sign up for Snooth.com to be eligable for the fabulous tastings below!

Vibrant Rioja’s Grand Tasting

May 5 2011, 6:00 – 8:30 PM EST
608 West 28th Street

Snooth Exclusive:
FREE TASTING EVENT—only for Snooth Users!
For the first time ever, Vibrant Rioja, the organization that promotes The Rioja wine region of Spain, is opening its doors to a grand tasting event normally only open to folks that work in the wine biz—and we’ve got tickets!
We’re bringing the first 250 Snooth Users who RSVP with us to get an inside look—and taste—of:

  • Over 300 wines from top producers
  • Cuisine from all over the world in a global food lounge
  • Live DJ

Read more: http://www.snooth.com/event/rioja-grand-tasting/#ixzz1Ir3c1jT9

GA + Snooth Media Wine Tasting Series: Juslyn Vineyards Napa Valley Vertical Tasting
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (ET)
New York, United States

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