An in-depth knowledge of wine can enliven humdrum dinner parties, just as an in-depth knowledge of dynamite fishing can enliven foundering job interviews. Give palates an executive education with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a wine-tasting class for two at Giorgio’s Brick Oven and Wine Bar (up to a $108 total value). The class includes:
- Tasting portions of 10 wines, including five reds and five whites (an $18 value/person)
- A shared Italian appetizer platter including meats, cheeses, and mini cheese pizzas (a $37 value)
- A bottle of wine to take home (up to a $35 value)<p>
Giorgio’s Brick Oven and Wine Bar’s experienced connoisseurs impart the subtleties of vino as customers sip fine wines and clear palates with appetizers along a dark wooden bar. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, patrons sip full-bodied reds and delicate whites at 5:30 and 9 p.m. tastings as instructors share the secrets origins of flavors, suggest pairings, and field questions about removing grape stains from jelly jars. Between vintages, attendees can munch on a shared group platter of appetizers, defending Italian meats and cheeses from mini pizzas invading plate borders due to their bite-size Napoleon complexes. Black-and-white art photography hangs on the stylish bar’s white walls, and phalanxes of fine-wine bottles line wooden shelves behind the bar above a full selection of liquor. Each pair of patrons takes home a bottle of wine from French or Italian regions after the event to stage tasting reenactments for houseplants.
1742 Wine Bar
The food-and-drink connoisseurs behind 1742 Wine Bar impart the subtleties of vino as customers sip fine wines and tantalize palates with a menu of classic Italian dishes. Thin-crust pizzas support fresh mozzarella and a choice of more than three dozen traditional and inventive toppings, such as jalapeño peppers, zucchini, and smoked gouda. To pair with the kitchen's crispy discs and other Italian classics—from panini to a gnocchi of the day—the staff cull bottles from an inventory that, like a housecat's stratagem for achieving world domination, changes nightly.
French doors and flower boxes welcome diners into a narrow storefront facing the sloping greenery of Ruppert Park. Inside, black-and-white art photography hangs above the dark, wooden bar, which is back-dropped by wooden shelves lined with phalanxes of fine-wine bottles and a full selection of liquor.
Upper East Side
1742 2nd Ave.
Manhattan, New York 10128