New York Wine

New York Wine Expo | March 2-4, 2012

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New YorkThe 5th annual New York Wine Expo is being held at Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City March 2nd through March 4th, 2012.

The world class event will feature a Grand Tasting showcasing over 760 wines and 190 wine maker on hand pouring wines for you!  In addition to the Grand Tasting there will be wine seminars put on by Wine Spectator, and also one seminar led by author and PBS personality, Mark Oldman.

Several seminars will take place throughout the weekend. Below please find a list of those currently on sale. Please check back for additional sessions to be added. Friday, March 2, 2012

6:00 – 7:00 pm
Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator

Explore grapes and wine styles as you taste eight wines from around the world, learn the tasting techniques used by pros and build a wine appreciation framework that you will use for the rest of your life. Naww… It’s just smushed grapes.) In this lively seminar, Wine Spectator’s Director of Education, Gloria Maroti Frazee, will attempt to cover everything you’ve always wanted to know about wine, but were afraid to ask… including the key buzzwords for describing wine, stemware, decanting and storage as well as tips for saving leftover wine, food pairing and ordering wine in a restaurant. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced wine drinker, you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and take home handouts that you can use to do tastings on with friends.
Price: $30.00

8:30 – 9:30 pm
Wine Spectator Presents…Portugal – Discover a World of Difference
Do you enjoy discovering new grapes and new wines? Do you like crisp, refreshing whites and full-bodied, rich reds? If the answer to these questions is yes, you’re in for a treat. One of the world’s most traditional wine countries is seriously stepping up its game and using indigenous grape varieties from diverse regions to produce delicious wines. Join Wine Spectator director of education Gloria Maroti Frazee in this exploration of Portugal and taste for yourself why wine critics are excited about Portugal’s new wave wines.
Price: $25.00


Saturday, March 3, 2012


12:30 – 1:30 pm
Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator
Explore grapes and wine styles as you taste eight wines from around the world, learn the tasting techniques used by pros and build a wine appreciation framework that you will use for the rest of your life. Naww… It’s just smushed grapes.) In this lively seminar, Wine Spectator’s Director of Education, Gloria Maroti Frazee, will attempt to cover everything you’ve always wanted to know about wine, but were afraid to ask… including the key buzzwords for describing wine, stemware, decanting and storage as well as tips for saving leftover wine, food pairing and ordering wine in a restaurant. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced wine drinker, you’ll have fun, learn a lot, and take home handouts that you can use to do tastings on with friends.
Price: $30.00

1:00 – 2:00 pm
The Rhône Valley: A River Runs Through It…with Mark Oldman
Renowned wine speaker, author, and PBS TV personality Mark Oldman  gives you an insider’s view of the wine of France’s celebrated Rhône Valley, which Saveur magazine recently said “yields some of the most delicious wine on Earth”.   In his charismatic, savvy style that the Aspen Business Journal deems “hilariously entertaining” and sells out audiences across the country, Mark clues you in to a wide variety of Rhone wines that will make you the envy of your wine-passionate friends. Price: $25.00

Tickets for the Friday night event are $75 until Feb 24th and $85 thereafter

Tickets for the Saturday night event are $85 until Feb 24th and $95 thereafter.

*EXCLUSIVE* Weekly Wine Journal Readers enter PROMO CODE “WWJ15” and get a $15 discount off your ticket.

Buy tickets HERE

New York’s Finger Lakes takes home “Best of Show” in San Diego

Vineyard Finger LakesWhile many New Yorkers may be familiar with the wines produced in the Finger Lakes a.v.a the rest of the wine going nation was just introduced to the region in a big way last week.

A quick primer: The Finger Lakes are 11 glacial lakes located in Upstate New York spanning the area between Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.  The Finger Lakes a.v.a is massive at just over 2.6 million acres however there are only 11,000 acres under vine.Finger Lakes New York In addition the sub a.v.a’s of Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake are located inside of Finger Lakes a.v.a.  There are over 200 wineries located in the Finger Lakes area.  The deep lakes, some over 600 feet deep, create a moderating lake effect and cool climate which is often compared to Germany’s Rhine.

Over 1,600 wines were entered in the 28th annual San Diego International Wine Competition.  A panel of 28 judges including sommeliers, wine makers and wine writers awarded 669 silver medals, 205 gold medals and 66 platinum medals.

3 of those gold medals were awarded to Dr Konstantin Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars.  Dr Frank moved to New York from Europe in 1951 and by 1962 he founded Vinifera Cellars and quickly put the Finger Lakes region on the map as capable of producing world class wines.  Dr Frank is credited with pioneering grafting European vitis vinifera onto native rootstock.  The three gold medals were for the 2009 Gewurztraminer Reserve, the 2008 Rkatsiteli and the 2010 Riesling semi dry.  You may be wondering what a Rkatsiteli is…it is one of the oldest varietals and dates back to 3000 b.c. in what is now known as Georgia (eastern Europe)

Finger Lakes Vineyard

Winter vines at Casa Larga

Casa Larga Vineyards took home 2 of the 66 platinum medals for their 2008 Cabernet Franc ice wine and their 2007 vidal blanc ice wine.  Casa Larga was founded in 1974 and is now one of the leading producers of ice wines in the region.

And last but not least is Belhurst Estate.  Belhurst Estate took home a platinum medal for their 2009 Dry Riesling, Seneca Lake.  But wait there’s more, this wine also took home “Best Riesling”.  But wait! there’s even more!  This wine also took home the “Best of Show White Wine” award.

Seneca Lake New York

Belhurst Castle

Belhurst Estate Winery is located in a castle over looking Seneca lake.  The Winery is popular tourist destination for the setting as well as the wine.

This year’s San Diego International Wine competition introduced the wine going public to many wines from regions less well known including the Finger Lakes and even Mexico ( read this post on the $5 Rose that won best Rose ) Have you tried any of the New York wines, any from the Finger Lakes a.v.a?

Links: Dr. Konstantin Frank Casa Larga Vineyards Belhurst Estate

San Diego International Wine competition results

Photos courtesy of Meg Colombo