Wine Tasting in Bayonne

50% Off Food and Drinks for Two at Wine Bar

Wine Bar

Bowery

$40 $20

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100+ different bottles of wine line the walls of the intimate, Zagat-rated café serving French, Spanish, and Italian tapas

Hike the Hudson River Valley and Sample Wines at Two Local Vineyards

Hudson Valley Hike and Wine Tastings at Two Vineyards

Chelsea

$99 $99

All-inclusive trip takes you on a guided hike through 4–5 mi. of scenic highlands before you head to vineyards on the Shawangunk Wine Trail

Up to 43% Off Shortbread & Wine at Two Moon Art House and Cafe

Two Moon Art House and Cafe

Park Slope

$30 $18

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House-baked shortbread flavors include honey wheat and rosemary sea salt; samplers also include glasses of wine

Half Off Wine Tasting at Staten Island Winery

Staten Island Winery

Travis

$30 $15

From 6–9 p.m., guests sample four different wines and take home a wine glass

64% Off Dinner with Bottle of Wine at 1742 Wine Bar

1742 Wine Bar

Upper East Side

$80.90 $29

Start meals off with a chosen bottle of wine, paired with entrees such as potato gnocchi in a vodka sauce of pizza with taco-themed toppings

Up to 59% Off Wine and Food Tasting at Project JB Wines

Project JB Wines

New York

$150 $69

Five to six wines with food pairings in an relaxed, highly social setting

Up to 50% Off at DTUT

DTUT

New York

$32 $16

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Pairs dine on s'mores platters and sip wine for a romantic date night

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar – Up to 48% Off

AYZA Wine & Chocolate Bar

New York

$92 $49

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Martinis mix chocolate with flavors such as raspberry and mint; imported cheeses complement plates of grilled shrimp and artichoke hearts

50% Off Italian Food and Drinks at Vitis La Vineria

VITIS La Vineria

Gramercy Park

$60 $30

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Owner brings the taste and atmosphere of his native Italy to restaurant, whose menu offers salads, paninis, small plates, and desserts

52% Off Wine and Cheese Tasting from Sud de France

Sud de France

New York

$60 $29

Guests socialize at a relaxed, fun event while learning how wine is made and nibbling cheese and french bread

Up to 50% Off Winemaking Class for One

Make Wine With Us

Wallington

$300 $149

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American Wine Society–certified judges help participants crush, press, rack, and bottle their own wines during three hands-on sessions

Up to 52% Off Wine Aerating and Tasting Experience

Balic of Clinton

Clinton

$58 $30

Sip samples of white and red wines while enhancing the taste with the art of wine aerating

Up to 54% Off a Wine Class

The Wine List of Summit

Summit

$70 $35

A professional sommelier contrasts Old World and New World wines while leading students through a tasting

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At Staten Island Winery, wine enthusiasts transform into bona fide winemakers. They do so under the guidance of Bob Rando, who holds rank as the winery's owner and as an accredited winemaster. Bob and his team walk aspiring vintners through the process, starting with the crushing of grapes and ending with the bottling of finished products. Participants can even choose what kind of wine they make, either by selecting from the facility's list or coming up with their own blend.

106 Wakefield Ave
Staten Island,
NY
US

Brooklyn Winery's team crafts small-batch, artisanal wines in Williamsburg—and if winemaking in an urban environment sounds odd to customers, they can always find out how it works during Tuesday winery tours. The tour guides walk groups through their entire process, from the moment the grapes arrive at the facility to when the cork goes in the final wine bottle, trapping the wine genie inside for good. Of course, the process varies from wine to wine. The team ages some vintages in stainless-steel containers, while the barrel-fermented riesling is aged, predictably, in oak barrels, an old-school technique that originated in prerefrigeration Germany. The result? A quirky riesling with hints of soapstone, mushroom, and honey.

The team doesn't just reclaim old German traditions, though. For their unpretentious 1,200-square-foot wine bar, they also reclaimed most of the building materials. In the cozy, unpretentious bar, visitors sip vintages pulled from wine racks that were once World War II ammo boxes; the walls, meanwhile, were barn wood in a past life, and the bar itself is made from old church pews, completing the aura of modernity rooted in history.

213 N 8th St.
Brooklyn,
NY
US

John Gizzi and Diann Greco, the American Wine Society–certified wine judges at Make Wine With Us, teach wine aficionados to create their own wines using grapes harvested in Californian and Chilean vineyards. At the start of the nine-month process (California grapes in the fall, Chile grapes in the spring), winemakers-to-be assemble with fellow enthusiasts to learn the intricacies of the trade. Patrons learn to crush and destem grapes in a machine called a crusher-destemmer, named after the device's favorite Germanic metal band. Following the crushing process, a hydraulic press forces juice into barrels, where it shall remain until the conclusion of its sweet, sweet metamorphosis.

When wine awakens from its hibernation, patrons remove suspended yeast cells and skin particles though a process called racking. At the end of the nine-month period, newly minted winemakers lean on family and friends to fill, cork, and custom-label the finished product. Budding vintners then tote home their vintages to share with family, friends, and robot butlers with built-in carafes.

21 Currie Ave
Wallington,
NJ
US

At Bar Majestic, live music can often be heard bouncing off the backdrop of darkly lit wood, shimmery walls, and wine racks so well stocked the place resembles a chateau wine cellar in the heart of Spain's countryside. Small, sharable portions of fresh tapas dance across tables and decorate the menu. Nibble decadent meats and cheeses, or bite bruschette such as spinach pesto, prosciutto, or mushroom tapenade ($3 each, $7 for three, $12 for five). Piping hot paninis pummel stubborn stomachs with comestibles including turkey breast, brie, romaine, and aioli ($8) or eggplant, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and balsamic ($9).

275 Grove St
Jersey City,
NJ
US

Fromager Dimitri Saad counts himself among the American Cheese Society’s inaugural class of Certified Cheese Professionals, and it’s not hard to see why. To aid those who aren’t as cultured in culture, Saad’s menu of more than 40 cheeses is divided into five sections: fresh, bloomy, washed, pressed/cooked, and blue.

401 West 52nd Street
New York,
NY
US

Philip Marie is a spacious but intimate restaurant, garnished with simple décor that pays homage to the American heartland, a theme also reflected in many of head chef and owner John Philip Greco III's recipes. The menu provides a multitude of creative takes on American classics to choose from. Lunch-hungry lunch-seekers may want to wet their lips over a bowl of butternut-squash soup ($4.95) served with cornbread crumbs. An overstuffed chicken potpie ($10.50) is a hearty classic, great for warming up chilly afternoons, while a pan-seared red-snapper filet ($11.50) in lemon-wine sauce, served with sautéed spinach and steamed broccoli, is a lighter choice, excellent for snappy dressers, finger-snapping street gangs, and cereal elves.

569 Hudson St
New York,
NY
US