On Friday night I was fortunate enough to attend the New York Wine Expo thanks to a contest I won through @NewYorkWineExpo on Twitter a few months ago. After work on Friday, I headed over to the beautiful Javits Center for some fun, food, and wine!
My friend Corinne is a big wino, so I invited her to join me for the event. She's even getting married on a vineyard in June! Tickets in hand, we excitedly checked in to start sampling! I want to give a special shout-out to Brooke, with the NY Wine Expo, who helped me tremendously with a bit of a ticket snafu (aka: I left my tickets at home!!) Thank you Brooke!
We thought we would only be there for 2 hours (how long can you really sample wines?!) Well, it turns out, the answer to that is 4 hours. Before we knew it, it was 10:00pm and the expo was shutting down. We had a blast walking all around sampling different wines from many different regions of Portugal, Italy, Spain, and the United States. There was also lots of food samples: cheese, dark chocolate, bread, tomatoes, roasted almonds, etc.
We enjoyed a lot of the wine we tried, some notables were the port wines from Quevedo Winery and available through Washington Square Wines. WSW just so happens to serve their wine at a restaurant right by my house, and are also available in retail stores near me as well! Corinne and I also really loved the BEX Riesling 10 from Nahe Valley, in Germany. But our favorite wines were from Brotherhood Winery, which happens to be about 2 hours from me in upstate New York! Brotherhood Winery is America's Oldest Winery, and I loved every single wine they had on hand. Their Riesling, dessert wines, and most notably, their Holiday Spiced Wine.
I LOVE spiced wines, and theirs did not disappoint. I absolutely want to have this on hand for winter Holidays to come! 10:00pm came way too quickly, so we took our newly purchased spiced almonds, cheese, and official "wine expo" wine glasses and met up with our guys who were hanging out at Heartland Brewery at the Empire State Building.
Some more drinks and an appetizer platter later; we were exhausted, so we headed back home after an amazing night of food, friends, and wine...lots and lots of wine.
Thank you so much to the New York Wine Expo for the opportunity to attend this special event and to try out so many amazing new wines. I definitely hope to return next year. If anyone is considering attending this in the future, it's definitely worth it!
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