Ciao for now: Vino NYC is moving!

May 15, 2010

Follow us on vinosite.com!

Big changes have taken place at Vino in 2010: first we took the decision to go international, extending our world-class selection of wines beyond Italy’s borders and to the furthest reaches of the globe. Now, more transformations are afoot, this time of the virtual kind. Vino’s online observers may have noticed we have a brand spanking new website, whose simple, clean design will hopefully make your shopping experience easy and straightforward. What’s more, the new website platform allows us to incorporate this very blog, meaning you only have to go to one place to buy wine and get all the latest news about upcoming events, tastings, classes and special offers at Vino! We think you’ll agree it makes much more sense than having three separate websites. (As the person responsible for maintaining all three I know it’s going to make my life a breeze.) This will be the final blog post at vinonyc.wordpress.com: thanks to everyone for following and commenting — I’m sure going to miss that Manhattan skyline header. Henceforth you can continue to follow Vino on vinosite.com/news. See you there!

Check out the new blog now!

And if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter or to “like” the brand new Vino Facebook page!

Ciao!


Buy wine at Vino, drink it at I Trulli!

April 23, 2010

For over fifteen years I Trulli has offered New Yorkers some of Italy’s finest wines from an award-winning, all-Italian wine-list. Thanks to Nicola Marzovilla‘s meticulous selection process and a sixth sense for the next big thing, we’ve helped turn some of Italy’s lesser-known wines and most obscure grape varieties into household names.

Now you can enjoy these wines at retail cost! Every weekend lunchtime you can purchase wine from our retail store, Vino, located directly opposite the restaurant on 27th Street, and open it at I Trulli! Vino is home to many of the Italian wines featured on I Trulli’s list, while its recent international expansion means its global selection is broader and better than ever before. Savor world-class wines at retail cost in one of the city’s top dining destinations!

BYOB
Buy wine at Vino, drink it at I Trulli
Saturday-Sunday, 12-3pm
No corkage fee!

Maximum two bottles per table. Reservations of up to six people.
For more information please call 212-481-7372 or email info@itrulli.com.


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
THE WINES OF TUSCANY
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
$65
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
FRENCH WINES IN A NUTSHELL
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
$45
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
ITALIAN WINE 101
with William “Lucky” Lee
$45
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
$45
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
OLD WORLD VS. NEW WORLD
with William “Lucky” Lee
$55
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
SIX GRAPE VARIETIES YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF
with Jim Hutchinson
$45
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
PAIRING FOOD & WINE
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
$55
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
ITALIAN WINE 101
with William “Lucky” Lee
$45
The second edition of our introductory Italian wine tasting seminar.

Wednesday, June 16
BLIND TASTING
with Jim Hutchinson, DWS
$55
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
AN INTRODUCTION TO CLASSIC COCKTAILS
with Scott Rosenbaum, DWS
$45
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
WINES OF THE AMERICAS
with William “Lucky” Lee
$45
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 register@vinosite.com.


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!

VINO GOES GLOBAL:
GRAND TASTING

Thursday, April 1
5:30-7:30pm
FREE
Friday, April 2
5:30-7:30pm
FREE

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.



Wein von Österreich… at Vino?!

March 8, 2010

Austrian wine is one of our favorite things at Vino, so we’ve peeked our nose over the border to bring you this elegant 100% Grüner Veltliner by top producer Wimmer-Czerny! Made from fruit sourced from 35-year-old vines cultivated at 300 meters above sea level, this food-friendly wine offers a fresh minerality with smoky notes typical of the löss soil found around the Fumberg vineyard site.

Grüner Veltliner Fumberg 2008 Wimmer-Czerny
$19

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.


Sign-up for our Tweet Treats!

February 28, 2010

Remember, you can now follow Vino on Twitter! Sign-up for all the latest news about events, tastings, classes and brand-new products! Also, be sure to look out for our regular Tweet Treats: just mention the secret code when you come into the store to enjoy big savings!

For more information call 212-725-6516, email contact@vinosite.com or check out our Twitter page now!


Notice anything different?

February 27, 2010

Change is coming to Vino

We know you love Vino — but even we know we’re not perfect… yet. In the last couple of weeks you may have noticed some not-so-subtle changes taking place in the store; you’ll now find Bourbon, as well as Austrian wine on our shelves. That’s right, we’ve gone international! We have already introduced several new products, as we recognize that while you love our Italian selection you may also have a thirst for more.

Vino will continue to offer its unique selection of Italian wines, and we’ll apply the same discerning approach in choosing our new offerings, ensuring you go home with the best Chianti, Malbec or Crème de Violette!

We are also updating our online presence with a brand-new website. Look out for changes at vinosite.com in the coming weeks!

And be sure to follow us on Twitter and be the first to know about our Tweet Treats: just mention the special coupon code to enjoy big savings!

For more information please call 212-725-6516 or email contact@vinosite.com.