Wine Tasting in Manhattan

Date-Night Package for Two or Four at DTUT (Up to 50% Off). Four Options Available.

DTUT

New York

$32 $16

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

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

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

Champagne Tasting at The Night of Champagne on Wednesday, November 12 (50% Off). Four Options Available.

The Night of Champagne

New York

$160 $80

Guests sip several types of champagne and snack on hors d'oeuvres; VIP guests can try high-end champagnes such as Dom Perignon and Cristal

European Tapas and Wine for Two at Wine Bar (50% Off)

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

$149 for a Winemaking Class for One at Make Wine With Us ($300 Value)

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

Date-Night Packages with Small Plates & Dessert Martinis at 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

Italian Food and Drinks at Vitis La Vineria (50% Off). Two Options Available.

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

Shortbread and Wine for Two or Four, or Carry-Out Shortbread at Two Moon Art House and Cafe (Up to 43% Off)

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

Wine Aerating and Tasting For 2, 4, or 6 at Balic of Clinton (Up to 52% Off)

Balic of Clinton

Clinton

$58 $30

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

Wine Tasting with Wine Glasses for Two or Four at Staten Island Winery (Half Off)

Staten Island Winery

Travis

$30 $15

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

Select Local Merchants

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.

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

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

Like any good basement, Cellar 58 is full of secrets. Hidden in the back of the East Village eatery is a wine-tasting room that shelters more than 150 different bottles, including some that hail from overlooked countries, such as Greece and Bulgaria. In addition, the wine bar's frequently changing selection features more than 30 wines by the glass.

From the Press

  • "Wine enthusiasts eager to explore new territory should take a seat at one of the long marble tables at this mural-adorned East Village wine bar." ? Time Out New York
  • "It makes for the ideal venue for lingering over the international wine list comprising the world's major, minor and up-and-coming varietals, vineyards and vintages." ? Gayot
  • "The pours come from all corners of the world, and not just the currently budget-friendly Chile and New Zealand- Greece, Austria, and Bulgaria all make an appearance." ? New York magazine

Beyond the Wine List

There is also a surprising treasure in the front dining room. The marble-topped tables play host to entrees and small plates prepared by chef Fabio Bano, who comes to Cellar 58 from the ultraprivate Soho House. Using cooking methods that he learned and perfected in Italy, Bano handcrafts pastas and inventive desserts, which, like top-secret memos, melt satisfyingly upon entering the mouth.

58 2nd Ave.
New York,
NY
US

Although its eclectic selection of seasonal dishes features countless ingredients, Lura's design hinges on only two things: wood and rocks. Exposed-brick and stone walls accented by latticework surround wooden tables and thick timber columns while the heat from a gas fireplace wafts through the space. Patrons gather in this rustic setting to share Mediterranean-style tapas and indulge in hearty entrees.

Key Ingredients and Where to Find Them

  • Harissa: Orders of mussels can arrive in a spicy broth tinged with this hot-chili paste.
  • Parmigiano Reggiano: Creamy risotto becomes even more decadent with the addition of one of Italy's most iconic cheeses.
  • Truffle: The chicken schnitzel's mashed potatoes benefit from the earthy, savory flavor of truffles.
  • Tzatziki sauce: No rack of lamb leaves the kitchen without its side of refreshing, yogurt-based sauce.
  • Carbon atoms: Almost every menu item has carbon in it somewhere.

Feasts for the Eyes and Ears

Within the cozy confines of its dining room, Lura provides patrons with plenty of opportunities to treat more than just their taste buds. In addition to displaying works by visual artists, the eatery also hosts live shows throughout the week. DJs and jazz bands entertain crowds on select evenings, and burlesque dancers perform every Tuesday and Saturday night.

949 Columbus Ave.
New York,
NY
US

Perhaps it’s the slow, bluesy chords flowing from the guitarist in the corner that compel the customer to put down her drink, pick up a stick of chalk, and scrawl a wistful message on the bar. Or perhaps it’s the flicker of candles––their golden halos staving off the city night––that has inspired this misty-eyed inscription. Far from being annoyed at the graffiti now adorning his workspace, the bartender leans over to read the patron’s message, smiling knowingly at the freshly penned late-night bulletin. With a grin and a poured glass of wine, he coaxes a smile from her as she swipes her words from the board.

Such intimate, inviting evenings are a regular occurrence at Sweet Grapes Wine Bar, where a vast collection of vinous libations and snacks keep guests chatting and laughing into the wee hours of the morning. The chalkboard-topped bar affords customers a blank expanse to fill with favorite quotes or high-school locker combinations, while an ever-changing lineup of musicians floods the space with live tunes on a regular basis.

39 Essex St
New York,
NY
US

Fusing the best parts of a posh New York nightspot and a low-key Moroccan hideaway, Disiac Lounge graces nightly crowds with a menu of falafels, paninis, and cheese plates to pair with a panoply of sumptuous cocktails. Plush red stools line the neon-lit bar, where tenders whip up a host of chocolate-liqueur-infused libations, stir signature martinis in 16 flavors, and pour spirits aged in the choicest of camel humps. Bedecked with hints of crimson and gold, the intimate lounge plays host to a daily happy hour, and can be reserved in advance for private parties. Profilers from New York magazine praise the laid-back lounge for its mesmerizing interior, and maintain the bar's real draw lies in "pleasant patio […] laden with lanterns and Moroccan-style poufs for perching." Readers also chimed in with an almost-perfect 9 out of 10 review, only previously achieved when Roger Ebert reviewed the film adaptation of Ebert: An Autobiography.

402 W 54th St
New York,
NY
US