I’m a big believer in the importance of tasting wine. It is the best way to learn about your wine “likes & dislikes” and whenever possible you should taste a wine before committing to the bottle.
Given the significance I place on tasting I was psyched to learn about and visit a GREAT new wine shop in the West Village called “Uncorked”, serving 40 wines (small but FREE tastes) from wine dispensing machines. The space is real intimate with about 250 offerings (all you really need) and the founder/owner runs it himself. A former finance guy, Paul invested his savings into building this store to pursue what had become a passion – wine. In my opinion he did and is doing a great job. Real Enthusiastic, official policy says he’ll give you up to 3 tastings gratis, but having met him I’d bet if you show him that you are serious about buying he’ll give ya more than that. So if you are looking to pick up a bottle and have a few minutes to try some wine head on down to Christopher street and check him out.
Speaking of tasting wine, friends at City Winery are hosting Oregon’s Willamette Valley Wine Association who are pouring their wines on April 16th. The “Sideways” effect brought Pinot Noir more notoriety, but what style Pinot do you like? As a Burgundy lover I tend to enjoy the somewhat earthy characteristic in some Oregon’s Pinots rather than California’s brighter & fruitier Pinot Noirs. Check out the tasting to see which you prefer. In addition to Pinot Noir, they are sure to be serving some great Pinot Gris as well as other varietals. $75 isn’t cheap, but it’s a great deal for the opportunity to taste wine from 50 Oregon wineries.
’nuff said…Happy Wine Tasting!