“Wine is bottled poetry,” said Robert Louis Stevenson on February 25026, 2011, the huge crowd at the 4th annual New York Wine Expo 2011 certainly agreed!
The New York Wine Expo, at the Javits Center is one of those events I eagerly anticipate each year. I enjoy learning about and tasting wine, but this particular event showcases over 600 wines from more than 150 vineyards around the world — all in one place. It gives wine enthusiasts, and the merely curious (over legal drinking age) or those wishing to learn more about various types of wine, the ability to try wines from well established wineries, to boutique wineries, to unique wines they might not have a chance to sample, elsewhere.
The exhibit hall for the Grand Tasting is set up with long rows of tables brimming with bottles of wine. It is the main attraction for most show-goers. But there are also seminars led by industry experts, designed for the curious “new wine drinker” as well as the most seasoned connoisseur. Each for-a-fee session (with a grand tasting ticket), runs between 60-90 minutes.
Wine for Everyone: You don’t have to be a member of the trade, or even a wine connoisseur, to take advantage of the Wine Expo. Tasting, and talking to the knowledgeable people pouring the wines, is like a short course in wine by itself. There is no possible way you could taste every wine. I like to focus on a region, or a specific style of wine, or at least separate by sparkling, red, white, rose and other. You can sample dozens of chardonnays , or merlots, or pinot noir and quickly discover what you like, and what you don’t. And it’s also a chance to try some truly unique wines, such as this wine from China which apparently is made near Beijing.
Wineries represented this year included:
Adega Coop. Borba: Adega do Redondo: AVELEDA – Sociedade Agrícola e Comercial da Quinta da Aveleda, S.A. ; Barefoot Wine and Bubbly: Bodega del Fin del Mundo; Bodega Del Palacio De Los Frontaura Y Victoria ; Bodega INURRIETA ;Bodega Monteviejo Winery ;Bodega Mureda ; Bodega Puente de Rus ; Bodegas Alcardet ; Bodegas ARTAJONA ; Bodegas AZUL Y GARANZA ; Bodegas CAMILO CASTILLA ; Bodegas CASTILLO DE MONJARDÍN ; Bodegas CHIVITE ; Bodegas ENANZO ; Bodegas Gardel ;Bodegas Hacienda Albae ; Bodegas ONDARRE ; Bodegas ORVALAIZ ; Bodegas PAGO DE CIRSUS ; Bodegas Pinord S.A. ; Bodegas PRÍNCIPE DE VIANA ; Bodegas Riojanas ; Bodegas S.C. UCI ;
Bodegas SAAC ; Bodegas San Dionisio ; Bodegas Villavid ; Bodegas Viña Buena, S.A. ;
Bodegas Vitivinos ; Brooklyn Oenology ; Campolargo ; Canopy Wines ; CARMIM ; Casa Agrícola Alexandre Relvas ; Casa Larga Vineyards, Inc. ; Castelli Del Grevepesa ; Castilla-La Mancha Tasting Table; Cave de Bonnieux/Domiane des Carabiniers ; Caves Messias ; COMPANHIA AGRICOLA DO SANGUINHAL, LDA ; Conway Family Wines ; Creative Wines International ; Cyprus Trade Center ; Dão Sul / Global Wines ; Dehesa del Carrizal ; Delectatio Wines; DFJ Vinhos SA ; Doen Zhumir Imports ; Dominio de Punctum ; Dona Maria – Julio Bastos / CARM ; Dos Familias ; Douro Family Estates ; Dr. Frank’s Wine Cellars; Encosta Longa ; Enoforum; Estate Michalakis; Fast Change; Felix Solis Avantis; Finca El Refugio; Finca los Alijares; Fincas Rewen/Malea 62; Finger Lakes Wine Alliance; Finger Lakes Wine Country; Fita Preta; Fontes da Cunha; Four Vines Winery; Fox Run Vineyards; Fulcrum Wines; Fundação Eugénio de Almeida / Granacer; Glenora Wine Cellars; Graham’s & Dow’s Port; Grooner; Groupe Thienot; Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards; Herdade de Coelheiros; Herdade do Esporão KATOGI & STROFILIA WINERIES S.A.; Lambouri Winery Ltd.; Le Vigne Winery; Lusovini; Magner’s Irish Cider’ Manoel D. Poças Jr. Vinhos; Mont Reaga; Monte Barrão; Monte da capela / Roque do Vale; Naked Grape; Navarra Tourism; New Zealand Winegrowers; Noble Harvest LLC; ONEHOPE Wine; Oyster Bay Wines; Pampa Bev; Parra Jimenez Irjimpa; PerryMoore Wine; Piera Martellozzo; Quinta da Lixa – sociedade Agricola, Lda; Quinta das Apegadas; Quinta das Arcas; Quinta de Chocapalha; Quinta de Gomariz; Quinta do Casal Monteiro; Quinta do Conde; Quinta do Gradil; Rhône Valley Wines; Rutherford Wine Company; Salferso Wine; Santa Armosa; Seneca Lake Wine Trail/Fulkerson Winery; SEÑORÍO DE OTAZU; Shaw Vineyard/Red Newt Wine Cellars; Soc. Agrícola do Carneiro; SPANISH WINE DEALERS (BODEGAS 1877); Stellar Importing – Wines from Greece; Terras de Alter – Companhia de Vinhos; Terre di San Rocco Vineyards; Thirsty Girl, LLC; Ultramarine LLC; Vallegre, Vinhos do Porto S.A. ; VDS – Vinhos do Douro Superior; Vermont Ice Cider Association; Vignerons Laudun-Chusclan/Vignobles la Coterie; Villa San-Juliette; Vinhas da Ciderma SA / Solar do Prada ; Vinicola de Castilla ; VINIPORTUGAL ; Vinos Coloman ; Vinos y Bodegas ; Vitivinicola Carla Ferreira – Unipessoal, Lda ; Wagner Vineyards ; Waimea Estates ; Wine Brindis Importers ; Wine Worldwide, Inc. ; Wines of Argentina ; Wines of Brazil ; Wines of South Africa ; WPC – WINE PRODUCERS CONSORTIUM; Zagarron Wines and Vineyards
….and there is more than just 600 wines being poured. There are also exhibits and samples from non-wine vendors including:
Acura; Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute; Artur Moreira Wine Racks; Avocados from Mexico; Bella Bella Gourmet; Brix Chocolate; Cabot Creamery; Cayman Islands Dept of Tourism; Champignon North America, Inc.; Duvel Moortgat USA, Ltd.; E. Beaver and Co.; Green Mountain Energy Company; Gunter Wilhelm Cutlery; Hudson Valley Foie Gras; Jana Foods, LLC; Muir Glen; The Manhattan Club; The New York Times; The Second Glass; Treasures of the Vine; Tuscan Old World Wine Cellars; Upscale Living Magazine; Vacation Village Resorts; Wild Forest Products; Willow Club; Wine Packaging Corporation of America
The cost of a ticket: This year, the tickets were $80.00 in advance for a one day ticket on Friday, February 25, 2011, 6:00 – 10:00 PM; and $90.00 in advance for a one day ticket for Saturday, February 27, 2010, 2:00 – 6:00 PM. Tickets at the door are available, for an additional $10.00. It might seem like a lot for a wine tasting event, but you really have your pick of whatever region or type of wine you’d like to try. Where else can you find that under one roof? And, you can’t possibly drink them all, but if you consider the cost of a good bottle of wine, the ability to taste hundreds of them makes the cost, justifable. This is my third year covering the event, and I can see that the crowd is getting bigger every year. If you want to go next year, visit www.NewYorkWineExpo.com or call 800-544-1660 when it’s time for next year’s event!
My Tips To Know Before You Go:
The legal drinking age is 21, and you will be required to show an ID proving it to get a wristband allowing you to enter. This is true, even if you’ve purchased a ticket. You can’t bring the minors into the Grand Tasting, even if you accompany them.
If you want to enjoy a reasonably unrushed experience at the various wine tables, get there early and plan to wait on line from 45 minutes to an hour. Then go directly to the wine glass table and pick up a souvenir wine glass for your tasting purposes. These glasses are actually nice to use when you’re back home, too.
Don’t be afraid to dump. True, it feels wasteful to dump out perfectly good wine after a sip or two, but even if you do taste just one or two sips, by the time you’ve been walking around and tasting for a couple of hours, you will feel the effects.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. That’s what you’re there for, and the people at the tables are happy to give you information.
Take notes. If you really love a wine, be sure to take notes. After all the wine you will probably drink, you won’t remember what you liked when you leave the venue if you don’t write down your favorites.
You can check your coat (and many choose to do so) but it is costly, and the lines to leave your coat and pick it up tend to be long. Bring a jacket you can carry for several hours.
Bring a bottle of water. If you drink water between tastings, you will minimize the predictable effects of drinking too much wine in a short period of time.
Eat something before you go, or bring a granola bar or some snacks. And empty stomach will not help you feel better in the morning. Food minimizes the effects of alcohol, at least a little bit.
Don’t wear fragrance. It will interfere with how you perceive the wine, and might distract others who are nearby.
Have fun! This is your chance to taste wines from around the world in one, easy venue. Taste, compare notes, meet new friend, learn!
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