Wine & Spirits

By Stef Schwalb

Wine. We love it, so do you. New World, Old World, oaked, organic and so on. There’s a lot of info to know and learning about what you like shouldn’t cause you stress. The best way to take it all in? Tantalizing tastings, of course! We start off this year with two big ones, courtesy of Bottlenotes. The first falls on January 19 and covers one of my favorite world destinations, Australia, and fans of this country will definitely dig it.

“Around Australia in 80 Sips” showcases the diversity of flavors found Down Under (cause it’s not just about Shiraz anymore) through a roundup of excellent wines (80 to be exact) from a variety of regions and producers. There will be bubbles (Aussie lingo for sparkling and Champagne), light dry whites and warm reds (which means yes, there will still be plenty of sumptuous Shiraz for diehard devotees to indulge in). So that you stay clear-headed and focused, there will also be artisanal cheese, charcuterie and more on hand to help out. A few faves we recommend looking out for? Penfolds, Jim Barry, Henry’s Drive and Wakefield.

Next up? A seriously grand union at the “Union des Grands Crus.” By now you’ve hopefully gotten to experience some of the bold beauty that hails from France and its numerous wine regions. So perhaps it’s time to take it up a notch. How about sampling more than 100 top Grand Cru Bordeaux wines at the initial stateside tasting of the esteemed 2009 vintage? Many of the wine makers will be on hand to answer any questions (a great way to gain some knowledge while savoring some seriously good selections), and gourmet cheeses and charcuterie will also be provided to assist you in tackling this succulent undertaking. Some of producers we’re looking forward to checking out include Smith Haut Lafitte, Lafon-Rochet, Grand-Puy-Lacoste and Prieuré-Lichine.

The best part? As loyal, wine-loving Beautynyc.com readers you can get a discount on the events by using the promo code below. So get your palate power-pleased and get ready to absorb the wine knowledge you want to know by purchasing your tix tout de suite!

Around Australia in 80 Sips
When: Thursday, January 19th, 2012
8:00-10:00 PM General Admission (***Note: VIP tasting already sold out!***)
Where: Espace 635 West 42nd Street
Cost: $75 – $65 for you when you use the PROMO CODE: BEAUTYNYC
Event info: http://www.bottlenotes.com/australianyc

Union des Grands Crus
When: January 24, 2012
6:00-7:00PM VIP Hour
7:00-9:00PM General Admission
Where: Espace 635 West 42nd Street
Cost: VIP $145 – $135 for you when you use the PROMO CODE: BEAUTYNYC
General admission $95 – $85 for you when you use the PROMO CODE: BEAUTYNYC
Event info: http://www.bottlenotes.com/NYCBordeaux

Originally published January 2012
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