Explore for Wine in New York City - Adventures in NYC Wine Tasting
[ NEW YORK, NY - NYC - 7/25/2006 - www.Littleviews.com ]
>> Visit New York City to drink wine? It's been done before, but did you say that you're bored with what you've been finding? Or, do you live in Manhattan, but would like to extend your oenological endeavors beyond neighborhood shops? In either case, let me share a few tips with you on how to have more fun exploring and improving your chances of finding worthy bottles.
Variety is the spice of wine
New York is nothing if not diverse. This applies to the people of the city, the sights, the sounds, the smells, and, yes, the wine stores. There are hundreds of wine stores in Manhattan, specializing in everything from discount bottlings on the cheap (think Yellow Tail Shiraz for about $5) to delicate, rare wines that will cost a bit - to possibly very much - more.
And, of course, the Internet is full of resources, so explore! One of my favorite interactive wine-store maps (admittedly not a huge genre) is at www.drvino.com. Find a geographic area of interest. Learn more about the shops (visit their sites, for example), then chart your course.
Taste, learn, drink
Promotion is the name of the game, and in this respect, New York City and its wine shops are unmatched. At Crush, for example, we have a room specifically for tasting and bottles are open whenever the store is open. Additionally, you'll often find importers, distributors, and even the winemakers in the store pouring their wares. Events like these are often free, and are always fun.
If you're looking for better ideas on how you can explore, consider taking a class at one of New York's better wine stores or universities, or with specialty consultants.
This is widely known, and widely forgotten: Most stores offer discounts for purchases of a case or more (a case is 12 bottles of wine). Think about it. This is a great deal:
I know what you're thinking: Great deal, but I don't have a car in the city and I don't want to carry a case of wine back to my place. Understood. So make the wine store do it for you.
While at the hotel. . .
Staying at a hotel and don't feel like paying $30 for a half-bottle of crap chardonnay? Call a wine shop and have a few good bottles delivered for the same price. Want to go deluxe? Have your bottles delivered directly to the hotel, then ask the staff at the reception desk to make arrangements for bottle opening. Of course, there'll be a tip involved.
Staying in Brooklyn?
Keep in mind that while wine deliveries throughout Manhattan are now very common, ask about delivery to the outer boroughs.
Live really far away?
Can't stand the idea of going home without a case of the fabulous, oxidized white wine from Arbois? (Who could?) Don't! With developments in interstate shipping regulations, you may very well be able to easily ship wine home.
But consider the weather! When ordering to go, tell the shop not to ship until weather is permitting. You do not, for example, want to boil your wine during transit. Once it's home, safe from temperature fluctuations, open, sip, and savor the rewards of your New York City wine explorations!
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Article by Stephen Bitterolf. First published on 7/25/2006. All rights reserved by www.Littleviews.com.