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A Tasty Wine Education

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

No one starts out as a wine expert. It takes determination, strength and grit. Well no, it isn’t really that difficult. Getting a great wine education can be easily done by experiencing the fun of wine tastings. After all, in the end it will not be the wines the experts say are good that you enjoy; it will be those that please your palate.

Make sure to eat a good meal before heading out to a wine tasting. Nothing too spicy, and definitely do not drink coffee right before drinking wine. It will affect your taste buds, and not in a positive way. Everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a “good” wine, so do not worry about having a right or wrong way of selecting those you want to try. While it may seem intimidating, remember that everyone’s palate is different. If you absolutely know you do not like a dry wine, bypass those selections no matter what anyone else is drinking. Do be sure to try something new in order to increase your wine education and possibly find a new favorite.

When sampling wine, hold the glass by the stem and not the bowl. Grasping the bowl will warm the wine which may alter the taste. Do not rinse between tastings, and make sure the glass is smaller at the top than the bottom so it can release the aroma of the wine. Fragrance is an important aspect of getting total enjoyment out of a wine tasting experience. Swirl your glass to release the bouquet, put your nose up to the wine and breathe in. You should get a very good idea of what went into that wine from the fragrance it imparts.

If the tasting is going to last for awhile, drink sips of water from a separate glass in between samples. To ensure you have the greatest experience possible, do not wear perfume the day of a wine tasting and do not chew gum while at a sampling. Come to Vino to for our free wine tasting events to expand your knowledge and your wine collection. Do not shop for wine before you try, and contact us for more information on our weekly wine tastings.

Old school: The Wines of Italy by those who know them best

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Though now firmly established as your favorite international wine and spirits store, Vino never forgets its origins dealing solely in Italian wine. Today we remain the go-to destination for those in search of the finest liquid products from up and down the great peninsula. Who better then to school you — the Italian wine lover — in the way they do things in il bel paese. Hosted by Vino's resident Italian wine maven Jim Hutchinson, this intrepid tour of the peninsula will take in Italy's vast mosaic of appellations, countless grape varieties, and myriad countless winemaking styles. Participants will be treated to an exclusive tasting representative of Italian wine's remarkable quality and diversity, and learn more about the ever-shifting landscape of Italy's richly entertaining winemaking culture.

THE WINES OF ITALY
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS

Monday, February 28

$45

For more information and reservations please call 212-725-6516 or email info@vinosite.com.

Whisk(e)y Six Ways, next Tuesday

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Wonderful whisk(e)y! Is there any other spirit so infinitely complex? Warm up this winter with a little instruction on how whiskey is made and what accounts for its many different styles. From the Scottish Highlands to the heartland of Kentucky, this class will cover the basic regions and styles of wh  Participants will taste and discuss: Bourbon, Rye, Irish Whiskey, Blended Scotch Whisky, and two different Single Malt Scotch Whiskies.

WHISK(E)Y SIX WAYS
with Georgia Lillie
Tuesday, February 22
$45

For more information and reservations please contact 212-725-6516 or email info@vinosite.com.

Anyone need a refill? More Wine 101, next Tuesday

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I Trulli's William Leonard-Lee will attempt to unravel much of the mystery surrounding wine, revealing secrets of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle, and offering tips on selecting, storing and serving wine. Participants will take a whirlwind tour of some of the world's celebrated wine-producing regions, tasting some fine examples of the local product along the way. There's no better place to start making sense of one of everyday life's greatest pleasures.

WINE 101
with William Leonard-Lee
Tuesday, February 15
$45

Please contact 212-725-6516 or info@vinosite.com for more information and reservations.

Shaken and stirred: Classic Cocktails class, this Monday!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The cocktail renaissance is upon us. New York has seen a surge in Prohibition-era speakeasies and bartenders who concoct their own signature bitters, but you don't need a password or a degree in chemistry to mix up some of the classics. In this two hour seminar, Vino's spirits specialist Scott Rosenbaum will recount the colorful history behind such hallmarks as the Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, and Sidecar. He'll then shake ‘em up as he discusses the finer points regarding the importance of fresh juice, good ice, and proper barware. Participants will have a chance to mix their favorite cocktail of the evening. Prepare to be shaken and stirred!

CLASSIC COCKTAILS
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
Monday, February 7
$45

French wines in a nutshell: let Vino help you crack it!

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Charles de Gaulle once asked, ”How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?“ It's even more difficult to wrap one's head around the country's various wines (of which there are over 300 distinct appellations). This class introduces some of France's best known exports: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Participants will taste representations of these grapes as they manifest themselves in some of their finest growing regions. Participants will learn about basic winemaking techniques, French wine laws and appellations including: Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, and the Loire and Rhone Valleys.

FRENCH WINE IN A NUTSHELL
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
Monday, January 31
$45

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email info@vinosite.com.

Wine 101 is back! Next Tuesday

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011


I Trulli's William Leonard-Lee will attempt to unravel much of the mystery surrounding wine, revealing secrets of the winemaking process from vineyard to bottle, and offering tips on selecting, storing and serving wine. Participants will take a whirlwind tour of some of the world's celebrated wine-producing regions, tasting some fine examples of the local product along the way. There's no better place to start making sense of one of everyday life's greatest pleasures.

WINE 101
with William Leonard-Lee
Tuesday, January 25
$45

For more information and reservations cal 212-725-6516 or email info@vinosite.com.

Winter 2011 Class Schedule

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011


Happy New Year! Vino welcomes 2011 with the announcement of a brand new class schedule, starting January 25. Check out our Classes page for more details!

American Idols: New World wine class, next Wednesday

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

There has never been a better time to be enjoying high quality wines from “our side of the pond”. As Europe migrated westward, so did their grape varieties and traditions, morphing into wines that began to reflect the distinct character of their new home. William Leonard-Lee will taste and discuss selections spanning both continents, picking out some of the regional flavors and practices that distinguish these wines from their European counterparts. Whether it's lush California Pinot Noir, zesty Chilean Sauvignon Blanc or robust Malbec from Mendoza, one will find an ever-increasing array of fine wines spread throughout the wine growing regions of the Americas. For those of you who fancy a whistle-stop western wine tour this class is a no-brainer.

WINES OF THE AMERICAS
with William Leonard-Lee
6:30-8:30pm
$45

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email info@vinosite.com.

Reacquaint yourself with the classics

Thursday, October 14th, 2010


You've definitely heard of them, and you've probably drunk them, but what do you really know about them? Let Scott Rosenbaum take you on a top-class tasting tour of the world's classic wines. Bordeaux, Burgundy, Mosel Riesling, Chianti, Barolo, Californian Cabernet… these essentially amount to wine's Greatest Hits. Discover what makes these wines so renowned and why they so consistently continue to top everyone’s charts.

THE CLASSICS
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
Wednesday, October 27
$65

For more information please contact 212-725-6516 or email info@vinosite.com.