Category: wine tastings


SGITC Reader Perk: Consort Wine Tours

June 26th, 2011 — 8:56pm

Last month, I had the pleasure of crossing a major item off my bucket list – visiting California’s glorious Napa Valley. I’m excited to report that Consort Wine Tours, which hosted me and my friends for a memorable afternoon, is offering Single Gal In The City readers a 20% discount!

Mention SGITC when you reach out to Consort Wine Tours and you’ll receive a six-hour tour of Napa or Sonoma Valley for $375 — the price of a five-hour tour. Company owner David Locke delivers a truly first-class experience that includes a complimentary Schramsberg, cheese and fruit platter, and a picnic lunch from upscale Bouchon Bakery.

What’s more, David can also plan your entire vacation (extra cost), mapping out hotels, restaurants, spas and – of course – great places to meet singles.  For one stop shopping, you can’t do any better than this lifetime resident of Napa Valley who knows California’s wine country inside and out.

For more information about booking, visit Consort Wine Tours’ website.

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San Francisco: Part Two

May 13th, 2011 — 7:50pm

My third day in San Francisco kicked off with a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf. 

The iconic Fisherman’s Wharf sign

After taking in the views of the bay, colorful shops and street performers, I made my way to Ghirardelli Square — the former chocolate factory turned ice cream shop and restaurant. I treated myself to a hot fudge sundae for lunch (as you do when you’re on vacation!) then leisurely made my way back to Union Square for mini-croque sandwiches and vino at a cozy wine bar.

The gastronomic indulgence continued over a birthday dinner for my friend Chris at The Slanted Door, an upscale Asian bistro overlooking the water and Bay Bridge.

Monday, Caroline, Chris and I took the ferry to Vallejo for an afternoon in Napa Valley. We were greeted by Dave of Consort Wine Tours, a first-class host who offers his guests the best of wine country. He presented us with Champagne before we took off in his Cadillac Escalade for our five-stop tour.

All Smiles In Napa: Caroline, Chris and me at Salvestrin vineyard

“Napa is about food, delicious wine and going to bed early,” Dave quipped as he acquainted us with this beautiful region. A fifty-year resident of the area, Dave knows plenty about local wine production — and proudly specializes in the boutique wineries and vineyards which make up the heart of Napa.

Our first destination — Elkhorn Peak Cellars, where co-owner Ken Nerlove gave us a fascinating overview of what it takes to run a vineyard and produce their signature pinot noir. His exhaustive knowledge and Elkhorn Peak’s hillside location make it an ideal spot to begin any tour of Napa.

Mid-afternoon, we enjoyed a picnic lunch at one of the Salvestrin Winery — sandwiches and chocolate macaroons from Bouchon Bakery in the foodie town of Yountville. Other stops on our tour included Silenus, Turnbull and Beau Vigne.

By the time we made our way back to the ferry, we were blissfully relaxed from sampling more than a dozen varieties of Napa’s best vino. Thanks, Dave!

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Charitable Event Pick: CAPD’s Chocolate & Wine Tasting

January 22nd, 2011 — 3:55pm

You can mingle with a reality show star for a worthy cause at the Center Against Domestic Violence’s (CAPD) upcoming chocolate and wine tasting.

The event will celebrate 10 years of Teen Relationship Abuse Preventions Programs (RAPP) in our local schools and be hosted by Alex Wong from season 7 of the hit Fox show “So You Think You Can Dance.”

MarieBelle: CAPD’s tasting will take place at this SoHo chocolatier

Set for Thursday February 3rd at chocolatier MarieBelle’s swanky shop in SoHo, the tasting kicks off at 7pm. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. to book.

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Charitable Event Pick: Bordeaux Grand Tasting

January 16th, 2011 — 9:33pm

You can get your vino groove on and mingle for a worthy cause at the UGC (Union des Grand Cru) Bordeaux Grand Tasting.

Set for Friday January 28th from 630-830pm, the event will take place at NYC’s Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. On tap — more than 95 different Chateaux showcasing their wines, and over 150 Bordeaux open to taste. All ticket sales will benefit the Hemophilia Association of New York (HANY).

Tickets are $45 per person. For more information, contact Gemma Oliviero at goliviero@zachys.com

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Charitable Event Pick: FLI Wine Tasting

January 2nd, 2010 — 8:26pm

When it comes to perfect pairings, a wine tasting that benefits a worthy cause is the ideal ticket. You can get your drink on and support educational opportunities at The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) Junior Committee’s upcoming wine tasting on Tuesday, January 12th.
The benefit for the charter school will take place from 7-9pm at New York Vintners on Warren Street. Admission is $50, $25 of which is tax deductible. for more info.
A quick editorial note — Single Gal In The City will be on an every other day schedule this week while I enjoy a little vacation and respite from NYC. Stay tuned for an action-packed January, including visits to the sets of NBC’s Today & The Martha Stewart Show!

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Charitable Event Pick: FLI Wine Tasting

January 2nd, 2010 — 3:26pm

When it comes to perfect pairings, a wine tasting that benefits a worthy cause is the ideal ticket. You can get your drink on and support educational opportunities at The Future Leaders Institute (FLI) Junior Committee’s upcoming wine tasting on Tuesday, January 12th.
The benefit for the charter school will take place from 7-9pm at New York Vintners on Warren Street. Admission is $50, $25 of which is tax deductible. for more info.
A quick editorial note — Single Gal In The City will be on an every other day schedule this week while I enjoy a little vacation and respite from NYC. Stay tuned for an action-packed January, including visits to the sets of NBC’s Today & The Martha Stewart Show!

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Singles Event Pick: Vino-Versity At Divine Bar

November 7th, 2009 — 8:05pm

One of my favorite activities for mingling is wine tasting — and no place in NYC does it better than Divine Bar in Midtown.

Divine Bar’s series offers thematic wine tasting sessions in a social, cocktail party setting. On November 24th, Vino-Versity will host “Tuscany and Parmesan” from 630-830pm.

The tasting will feature dozens of Tuscan and Central Italian wines paired with warm garlic-crostini bread topped with fresh parmesan shavings or a Reggianito Parmesan and olive tapenade puff pastry. Wine professionals explain each variety as they pour, and take-home help sheets are also provided.

Tickets are $40 per person. Vino-Versity events always sell out, so if you’d like to be part of the wine and cheese-enhanced fun.

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Singles Event Pick: Vino-Versity At Divine Bar

November 7th, 2009 — 3:05pm

One of my favorite activities for mingling is wine tasting — and no place in NYC does it better than Divine Bar in Midtown.

Divine Bar’s series offers thematic wine tasting sessions in a social, cocktail party setting. On November 24th, Vino-Versity will host “Tuscany and Parmesan” from 630-830pm.

The tasting will feature dozens of Tuscan and Central Italian wines paired with warm garlic-crostini bread topped with fresh parmesan shavings or a Reggianito Parmesan and olive tapenade puff pastry. Wine professionals explain each variety as they pour, and take-home help sheets are also provided.

Tickets are $40 per person. Vino-Versity events always sell out, so if you’d like to be part of the wine and cheese-enhanced fun.

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A Treat For Wine Lovers

July 19th, 2009 — 4:17pm

As someone who enjoys both drinking and learning about wine, I was excited to read The Sipping Point by Laurie Forster, a.k.a. The Wine Coach.

The Wine Coach: Laurie Forster
A crash course for aspiring oenophiles, The Sipping Point is a lighthearted guide that makes understanding wine fun and approachable. Laurie covers everything from food and wine pairings to wine care and handling. Laurie knows her stuff — she studied with the American Sommelier Association, earning a certificate in Viticulture and Vinification.
Tomorrow, Laurie is bringing her unique brand of wine expertise to NYC, with The Art of Blind Tasting, a two-hour event at the Institute of Culinary Education. Laurie will introduce guests to a variety of wine of different varieties, price ranges and vintages, using the blind tasting technique popular among professionals.
Admission to the event costs $95. For more info, click .

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A Treat For Wine Lovers

July 19th, 2009 — 11:17am

As someone who enjoys both drinking and learning about wine, I was excited to read The Sipping Point by Laurie Forster, a.k.a. The Wine Coach.

The Wine Coach: Laurie Forster
A crash course for aspiring oenophiles, The Sipping Point is a lighthearted guide that makes understanding wine fun and approachable. Laurie covers everything from food and wine pairings to wine care and handling. Laurie knows her stuff — she studied with the American Sommelier Association, earning a certificate in Viticulture and Vinification.
Tomorrow, Laurie is bringing her unique brand of wine expertise to NYC, with The Art of Blind Tasting, a two-hour event at the Institute of Culinary Education. Laurie will introduce guests to a variety of wine of different varieties, price ranges and vintages, using the blind tasting technique popular among professionals.
Admission to the event costs $95. For more info, click .

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