Here Are NYC's Best Wine Tastings in April
Sun setting over Portugal's Alentejo wine region
Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Spring makes her stunning debut not with the blustery, wet weather forecast for this week, but with a knockout lineup of wine tastings from three stellar regions: Willamette, Oregon; Corsica, France; and Portugal. Rather wine than sun, right? Here's where to taste this month.
Wines of Corsica Presents "Being" at Openhouse Mulberry Gallery (201 Mulberry Street), April 9 through 11 Transport yourself out of Manhattan and onto the rustic and beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica with "Being," a one-of-a-kind, artistic event series dedicated to the dreamy French isle's finest export — wine. Attendees will sample an array of local vins while viewing depictions of daily life through the eyes of two artists.
For three days — Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, from 7 to 11 p.m. — nine Corsican producers will be on hand to discuss their wines, walk patrons through the process of winemaking, and describe the various grapes commonly grown on the island.
The visual component to the tasting was conceived by Aaron Zebrook, a photographer and the wine director at NYC's Beatrice Inn, and Gabriela Bravo Clavello, a Mexican painter and industrial designer. Both artists spent ten days on the island during the harvest season in order to capture the essence of Corsica, from the wine culture and the natural surroundings to the people who call it home. Bravo Clavello creatively incorporates organic elements into her paintings by using Corsican soil, vines, and rocks. Zebrook will present his inspiring photographs.
Tickets for "Being" are $30 and include the wine tasting, cheeses by Artisanal, and the art show.
Oregon "Pinot in the City" at City Winery (155 Varick Street, 212-608-0555), April 14 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Willamette Valley's first pinot noir plantings. Pioneering winemakers, compelled by a vision to create an American "Burgundy," riskily staked their hopes on a finicky grape in a wet and cool-weather-plagued valley. But the gamble paid off, propelling Oregon into the global spotlight for its delicate, nuanced, often achingly honest pinots, and the region never lost its soul to corporate, moneyed interests in the process. Many farms and wineries are still small, family-owned operations.
Fifty of Willamette's top wineries will showcase their favorite selections, including the valley's signature pinot noir and pinot gris, along with chardonnay and riesling. Familiar names include Penner-Ash, Erath, Ponzi, Drouhin, Adelsheim, and Domaine Serene. Hors d'oeuvres from City Winery will top off the evening.
Purchase tickets in advance for $75.
Wines of Portugal Progressive Tasting at Lobster Place (75 Ninth Avenue), April 16 Spend a joyous evening drinking Portuguese wine while noshing on small bites at Chelsea Market's Lobster Place to offset the depression-inducing deluge of April showers slated for the month.
Organizers of this maiden event hope to introduce patrons to the incredible range of Portugal's wine and regions, from the dry reds of Bairrada to the crisp whites of Vinho Verde to the elegant expressions of the Dão, and the rich and concentrated wines from Alentejo and the Douro. Guests will progress from station to station sampling regional offerings paired purposefully with appetizers from Lobster Place and Dickson's Farmstand Meats.
The event takes place on April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $60.
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