Wine is definitely one of those beverages that we enjoy drinking with our meals, sharing with friends and knowing more about it. We took a moment during NYFW to checkout City Wine Tours which allows you to choose a neighborhood where you will visit 2 eateries to know more about 3 wines that you will sample at each place as well as appetizers at the culinary destinations. You walk away knowing more about the varietals, taking notes about the wines you enjoy during the tour and being able to flex your wine muscles.
Back in 2011, 3 wine-drinking friends; Dan Andrew, Rick Goldberg, and Christian Iannucci began this company in Boston in 2011. Wes Narron joined as Chief Wine Ambassador soon after. Wes believes that learning about wine should be as much fun as drinking it.
For those in Boston, you can select tours in North End, South End, Back Bay and Harvard Square. In NYC, these tours are available in Soho, West Village and Upper West Side. Those in Philadelphia can go to Old City, Center City and Fishtown.
When it comes to pairing restaurants within the tours to the wines, City Wine Tours tries to find restaurants that have a wine list pricing based on value, rather than obscurity or exclusivity. Then they set up the 6 wines like you would see at any official wine tasting. They include a sparkling wine, dry white, sweeter right or rose, light bodied red, medium to full bodied red and something interesting.
In addition to signing up for a tour that has various people within it, there are options available when it comes to private ones as well. City Wine Tours wants their guests to have a great experience. They have put together corporate dinners, in-house or in-office tastings, Match.com dating events, wine blending competitions, birthday tours, bachelorette tours and intimate 2-person tours (where the dessert was a marriage proposal).
In terms of adding a twist to offerings that are available and providing options to stimulate their guests, they have tried various approaches such as Sparkling Wines only, Big Red Wines only, Mommy's Night Out as well as Wine and Chocolate.
City Wine Tours' focus is to continue to add more options in the East Coast and then to spread through the rest of the US. For those in Washington, D.C., Nashville and Providence, keep your eye out for this experience to roll into these areas.
CITY WINE TOURS
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