Announcing Vino’s Spring Class Schedule

March 29, 2010

Vino’s wine classes return in April with a fresh schedule for Spring! Our wines have gone international and so have our classes: this semester’s tasting seminars are a reflection of our expanding selection of world-class wines and spirits from around the globe. In addition, this term’s classes will be held on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays, giving everyone a chance to attend! Sign-up today!

Wednesday, April 21
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
No region evokes the magic of Italy more than Tuscany: its rolling hills, picturesque towns and stunning artistic heritage have attracted visitors for centuries. So familiar is the region — and its wines — that in recent years wine enthusiasts in this country have begun to pass up a Brunello or a Vino Nobile in favor of something new. While we strongly promote the discovery of Italy’s lesser-known wines, at Vino we are quick to recognize there is much more to Tuscan wine than a straw Chianti flask on a checkered tablecloth. From the famous Sangiovese-based appellations to the law-bending Super Tuscans, Tuscany is home to some of the world’s finest wines. Taste some of our favorites!

Tuesday, April 27
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
Charles de Gaulle once asked, ”How can you govern a country which has two hundred and forty-six varieties of cheese?“ It’s even more difficult to wrap one’s head around the country’s various wines (of which there are over 300 distinct appellations). This class introduces some of France’s best known exports: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Syrah. Participants will taste representations of these grapes as they manifest themselves in some of their finest growing regions. Participants will learn about basic winemaking techniques, French wine laws and appellations including: Bordeaux, Champagne, Burgundy, and the Loire and Rhone Valleys.

Wednesday, May 5
with William “Lucky” Lee
Many Vino customers often confess confusion when attempting to fathom Italy’s vast mosaic of appellations, myriad grape varieties, and countless winemaking styles. While we admit that getting to grips with Italian wine can be a daunting task, there’s no better place to start making sense of it all than at our hugely popular class. Featured three times this term, this introductory seminar will help unravel some of the mystery surrounding Italian wine, in the process hopefully answering some of those questions that continue to boggle the minds of so many wine novices. Participants will be treated to an exclusive tasting representing the incredible diversity of Italy’s wines. Whether you’re an Italian wine novice or a veteran of vino, consider this class your springboard from which to dive deeper into Italian wine’s many hidden depths, while broadening your knowledge of this richly entertaining and endlessly rewarding subject.

Tuesday, May 11
THE IBERIAN PENINSULA: The Wines of Spain & Portugal
with William “Lucky” Lee
Spain makes more than Rioja and Portugal makes more than Port. Come and learn about why these countries produce some of the finest wine values in the world. Explore Spain’s wonderful whites and Portugal’s dry reds. Taste Albariño and discover Green Spain, visit Jumilla and quaff Monastrell, and find our about Portugal’s indigenous varieties while downing Dão.

Wednesday, May 19
with William “Lucky” Lee
The joust is on! Maybe… You’ll no doubt have heard these phrases used to describe winemaking styles, but what do they really mean? Join us for an intriguing look at what differentiates “Old World” from “New World” wines, separating them into these two camps. We will taste selections from some of the world’s top winemaking regions to form a clearer understanding of how terroir and technique can affect the “profile” of a wine. We will also take an in-depth look at how different treatments to the same grape variety can yield wines of wildly differing attributes. California Merlot and Saint-Émilion? Australian Shiraz vs. Northern Rhône? Taste and decide which side of the winemaking divide these wines lay!

Tuesday, May 25
with Jim Hutchinson
Cesanese, Monastrell, Teroldego, Falanghina. If you’ve never heard of these grape varieties don’t despair, until a few years ago nobody knew Malbec either. Join us at Vino for an evening of exploration. We will taste wines made from six grapes of which you may know very little. Who knows? You may stumble onto the ground floor of the next big thing.

Wednesday, June 2
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
We’ve all heard the ”white wine with fish, red wine with meat“ dictum, but there’s so much more to pairing wine and food. This hands-on practical places each participant in a taste lab where we’ll be experimenting with various wine styles and food types. If you’re curious why some reds work with spicy food, what salt does to tannin, what foods are impossible to pair and what to drink with dessert, this class is for you.

Tuesday, June 8
with William “Lucky” Lee
The second edition of our introductory Italian wine tasting seminar.

Wednesday, June 16
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
Within the professional wine world, a blind tasting is seen by many as the ultimate test of a wine’s worthiness. External information, such as the cork, labels, price, even the bottle’s shape — factors which may sway a taster’s judgment — are hidden, leaving us with the purest sensory tasting experience. While a useful technique for creating a more honest comparison, a blind tasting is also a fascinating revelation as to the extent in which context and preconceptions can affect our perception of wine.

Tuesday, June 22
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
The cocktail renaissance is upon us. Prohibition-style speakeasies are all the rage as are bartenders who make their own bitters, but you don’t need a password or a degree in chemistry to mix up some of the classics. In this two hour seminar, Scott Rosenbaum will recount some of the history behind such hallmarks as the Martini, Manhattan, Daiquiri, and Sidecar. He’ll then shake ’em up as he discusses the finer points regarding the importance of fresh juice, good ice, and proper barware. Participants will have a chance to mix their favorite cocktail of the evening, flame orange peels and discover what should be shaken and what should be stirred.

Wednesday, June 30
with William “Lucky” Lee
There has never been a better time to be enjoying high quality wines from “our side of the pond”. As Europe migrated westward, so did their grape varieties and traditions, morphing into wines that began to reflect the distinct character of their new home. In “Wines of the Americas’, we will taste and discuss selections spanning both continents, picking out some of the regional flavors and practices that distinguish these wines from their European counterparts. Whether it’s lush California Pinot Noir, zesty Chilean Sauvignon Blanc or robust Malbec from Mendoza, one will find an ever-increasing array of fine wines spread throughout the wine growing regions of the Americas. For those of you who fancy a whirlwind western wine tour this class is a no brainer.

All classes start at 6:30pm and last approximately two hours. For more information and reservations please call 212-725-6516 or email


Vino goes global

March 24, 2010

It’s official: Vino has gone global! We’re happy to say our friends, fans and customers have embraced this new initiative with gusto — now Vino invites you to celebrate the expansion of your favorite wine store!

Over the last few weeks New York City’s #1 Italian wine store has begun looking beyond the peninsula. Tentatively at first: a breezy day-trip across the border for an Austrian white led to an unforgettable weekend in Bordeaux. Soon we were jetting around the globe with trips to South Africa, Australia and Argentina, clocking up air miles to bring you the flavors of the New World. We even extended a layover in California to hail a Cab.

But don’t think we’ve let our incredibly high standards slip. Quite the reverse: the same discerning palate which brought you the best of Italy is helping stock Vino’s shelves with a truly international and expanding selection of world-class wines and spirits.

In fact, we’ve got so many great new wines to taste, we couldn’t fit them into one event! Join us next week for a FREE Grand Tasting held over two consecutive evenings! On Thursday, April 1 and Friday, April 2 representatives from our top distributors will be pouring over twenty classic wines, new discoveries and popular favorites!


Thursday, April 1
Friday, April 2

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email

The original Collins

March 23, 2010

This Thursday Vino welcomes Mia Consiglio from Lucas Bols as we taste the original thirst-quencher, the Collins cocktail! Mia will be preparing this classic drink using the celebrated Dutch spirit, Bols Genever. Made from malt wine and a secret blend of botanicals, this protected product gives what Mia calls “The Original Collins” a pleasant depth and slight fruitiness.

The Original Collins
A large long-drink (Collins) glass
2 shots of Bols Genever
1 shot of freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 shot of rich sugar syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water)
Soda water

Shake the Bols Genever, lemon juice and sugar syrup with large, hard, cold ice cubes, double-strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge, dropped in but not squeezed.

COCKTAIL HOUR: The Original Collins
Thursday, March 25

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email

Don’t forget your passport…

March 22, 2010

This Friday we’re packing our flip-flops and cargo shorts to take you on a whistle-stop tour the New World! South Australia, South Africa and California may seem worlds away (literally) from Vino’s traditional italophile aesthetic, but as we’ve demonstrated with our new expansion initiative, there are terrific wines to be found beyond Italy’s borders — and we can’t wait to try more! In the meantime, check out some of our most recent discoveries at our free international tasting this Friday. Don’t forget your passport…

Chardonnay Chook Raffle 2008 Shoofly / AUSTRALIA

Situated in the Mount Lofty Ranges at an altitude of 2,300 feet, the Adelaide Hills is considered Australia’s premier cool-climate wine region, ideal for producing crisp Chardonnay. Shoofly adds a little Riesling and Verdelho to its Chardonnay for a touch of exotic flavor. Around 10% of the wine is matured in older French oak giving the wine complexity, aromatics and texture. For those unfamiliar with Aussie culture, a “Chook Raffle” is a weekly fundraising raffle popular down under, in which for a buck you might win a frozen chook (chicken)!

Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2009 Mulderbosch / SOUTH AFRICA

Founded in 1989, Mulderbosch is today recognized as one of South Africa’s finest producers: their award-winning range of wines consistently earns top ratings in the wine press. The 48 hectare estate is situated in the prime Koelenhof area of Stellenbosch. 25% of the Mulderbosch property has been dedicated to a conservancy, ensuring the preservation of indigenous vegetation and wildlife. Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Mulderbosch’s floral Rosé is packed with woodland fruit, making it a great choice for spring picnics.

Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 2008 Au Bon Climat / USA

Santa Barbara County’s Au Bon Climat (which means “a well-exposed vineyard”) produces some of California’s most recognized Burgundian wines. Founded by Jim Clendenen in 1982, the winery has since grown to earn a reputation for making classical style wines. ABC’s Pinot Noir is a perfect example: neither thick nor syrupy, the young wine is a delicate, balanced expression of the variety and ready to drink. Why not start right now?

Friday, March 26

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email

Last class before Spring Break!

March 18, 2010

Vino’s Winter semester concludes this Wednesday with a third chance to take part in our most popular class, Italian Wine 101!

Italian Wine 101 is the best place to start making sense of Italy’s vast mosaic of appellations, infinite grape varieties, and countless wine-making styles. Hosted by Vino’s William Lee, this introductory seminar will help unravel some of the complexities of the Italian wine system, and dispel much of the mystery surrounding what is for Italians simply part of everyday life. For this fun and lively class, participants will be treated to an exclusive tasting representing the impressive quality and incredible diversity of Italy’s wines.

And if you’ve missed out this time around worry not: we’ll be announcing our Spring class schedule very shortly, which is set to feature some brand new classes showcasing our ever-expanding selection of global wines and spirits! Stay tuned…

Wednesday, March 24

For more information or to register please call 212-725-6516 or email

Vive la France!

March 17, 2010

Vin comes to Vino

This Friday sees Vino embark on a new era, as we feature our first ever all-French tasting! Despite recent reports of an impending break-up of the marriage between Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni (above) we like to think that France and Italy can coexist in harmony, even on the shelves at Vino, where we’ve been doing our bit to bolster Franco-Italian relations.

As you are probably now aware, over the last couple of weeks we have been introducing products from parts of the world besides Italy. France will feature strongly in our selection of old world classics, and this Friday you can try three of our favorite French products which are already in stock, including a white Burgundy, Syrah from the Northern Rhône and a six-year-aged Armagnac!

Taste all three from 5:30-7:30pm this Friday. Allez!

Mâcon-Villages Blanc 2007 Henri Perrusset

Crozes-Hermitages Rouge 2007 Domaines des Martinelles

Bas Armagnac Napoléon Marie Duffau

Friday, March 19

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email

Know your onions

March 15, 2010

Vino’s Cocktail Hour continues on Thursday when we’ll be preparing delicious Gibsons, a tasty Martini cocktail combining Plymouth Gin, Dolin dry vermouth… and an onion. This variation is believed to have been invented by American graphic artist Charles Dana Gibson, who simply substituted the Martini’s traditional olive garnish with a pickled onion, although numerous theories abound. Whatever its origins, you can try this classic cocktail yourself this Thursday from 5:30pm!