These days you don’t need to travel to Napa or Long Island to taste your favorite wines, make a day of it with some “Urban Wine Tasting”. Where ever you may in the city, you are sure to find a spot that offers free (yes I said free) wine tastings almost any day of the week!
Here’s a sampling of some of shops that offer tastings in Manhattan:
Acker Merrall & Condit (Upper West Side): Free wine tastings, Thursday-Friday: (5:30-7:30pm) and Saturday (2:30-4:30pm)
Alphabet City Wine Co (East Village): Free wine tastings, Friday-Saturday (6-9pm)
Astor Wines (NoHo): Free wine and spirit tastings, Wednesday-Friday (6-8pm) and Saturday (3-5pm). Astor also offers some pretty cool ticketed wine, cocktail and food events at their attached event venue.
Beekman Liquor (Midtown East): Free wine tastings, Wednesday-Saturday (4-7pm)
Chelsea Wine Vault (Inside Chelsea Market): Free wine tastings, Thursday-Sunday (4-7pm)
Frankly Wines (TriBeCa): Free wine tastings, Wednesday-Friday (5:30-7:30pm)
Le Du’s Wines (West Village): Free wine tastings every Saturday (4-7pm)
McCabes Wine & Spirits (Upper East Side): Free wine and spirit tastings, Thursday and Friday evenings (5-8 pm) and on Saturdays (4-7pm). They also have a WineStation by Napa Technology to sample wine selections before you buy.
Pour (Upper West Side) Free wine tastings daily; Monday-Friday (5-8:30pm) and Saturday-Sunday (2:30-8:30pm)
The Winery (Harlem): Free wine tastings on Friday (5:30-8:00pm).
Union Square Wines (Union Square): Free wine and spirit tastings, Saturdays (2-5pm) and some weekdays (6-8pm). They also offer tastes on the Enomatic machine, where wine lovers can taste thousands of different wines over the course of our tasting season.
Vino Fine Wine and Spirits (Gramercy): Free wine, spirit and cocktail tastings, Every Thursday- Friday (5:30-8:30 pm), and Saturday (3-6pm)
67 Wine (Upper West Side): Free wine tasting, Monday-Saturday (4-7pm)
In addition to “Urban Wine Tasting”, there is a wonderful wine event returning to Manhattan next week, which is a perfect way to taste wines from all over the world under one roof! The New York Wine Expo is celebrating its 6th anniversary, March 1-3, 2013 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Guests will be able to sample over 500 wines while tasting their way through the vineyards of Europe and the Mediterranean; South America and South Africa; and coast to coast in the United States.
Ticket prices are:
Friday, March 1, 6pm to 10pm - $85
Saturday, March 2, 1pm to 5pm - $95
Sunday, March 3: TRADE ONLY
ADDED BONUS: The event organizers have graciously offered a discount for my Examiner followers. Use the code word: EXAMINE for $15 off ticket prices.
But, that’s not all! I am also giving away 2 FREE Tickets to Friday Night’s Event at the Wine Expo to one lucky reader! Follow me on Twitter @emalamode, and keep a look out for a fun wine trivia question I will post on Monday, February 25 at 1pm EST. Be the first person to answer correctly and win 2 Tickets.
Good Luck and happy tasting!