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Help!! Need Wine Tasting Recommendations ASAP!

Meggers12 Jun 26, 2013 12:56 PM

Hi there,

My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary this Saturday, June 29th at either Tocqueville or Annisa (have reservations at both - have yet to decide). The only reservation times available were later - 9:30 and 10:00 - so it is a late dinner. I want to surprise him with something planned for before dinner. We had talked about going somewhere for cocktails beforehand but I'd like to plan something that is a bit more of an 'event' (for lack of a better word).

Any recommendations for nice wine tasting experiences? Or, a really nice cocktail bar that feels like a little bit of an experience in itself? We'll want to go somewhere nice, as it's a special occasion and we'll be dressed up for dinner. Budget is not a driving factor.

I would really appreciate any suggestions! Thanks in advance!

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    VaPaula RE: Meggers12 Jun 26, 2013 02:22 PM

    Well it's not right before dinner, but Corkbuzz has a class on California wines from 3:30-5:00 on Saturday. I haven't been to any of their classes, but have enjoyed half-priced bottles of bubbly there during their happy hour. ;-)


    Happy Anniversary!

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      sam1 RE: VaPaula Jun 26, 2013 05:24 PM

      yeesh...california wines :(

      i live at terroir so i suggest you go there and have them suggest some wines for you. the east village one is walking distance to tocqueville. the tribeca one is a $8 cab ride to annisa.

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        VaPaula RE: sam1 Jun 27, 2013 06:26 AM

        Oh please. You're preaching to the choir, dude. (Although I'm trying to broaden my horizons because I know wine styles - and winemaking itself - changes over time. But that's OT). But not knowing the OP or her husband's preferences for wine, and liking Corkbuzz, I thought it was worth mentioning.

        Glad you mentioned Terroir - am probably going to the MH one in a couple weeks since we're staying nearby.

        Nice link, ipse! Saving that one.

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          sam1 RE: VaPaula Jun 27, 2013 10:07 AM


          ive become such a french wine snob lately but seriously, i just cant drink california wine these days.

          i actually didnt like corkbuzz. felt very corporate and unless you are spending lots of money, i just didnt enjoy the place.

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            VaPaula RE: sam1 Jun 27, 2013 10:52 AM

            I hear you. Until recently, under "current drink of choice" in my profile was just "old, red & French." Love the looks of the winelist at Terroir.

            I assume you've been to Rouge et Blanc? The first time my husband and I wandered in there, they had just finished brunch service so we had a glass of wine at the bar. We spent a long time talking to Tom, the sommelier, about French wines, of course.

            Corporate, huh? I thought it felt kind of hip, but I am old and admittedly, don't know from hip. :-)

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              sam1 RE: VaPaula Jun 27, 2013 03:02 PM

              just felt like i was in an airport bar in denver (at corkbuzz). maybe i should try it again but im not interested in spending $23 for a decent glass of burgundy.

              havent been to rouge et blanc. will definitely finally check them out. thanks for the recommendation.

    2. ipsedixit RE: Meggers12 Jun 26, 2013 03:29 PM

      Maybe this will give you some ideas.


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        thegforceny RE: Meggers12 Jun 26, 2013 05:30 PM

        Blue Ribbon Downing St Bar


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          dyrewolf RE: Meggers12 Jun 27, 2013 08:54 AM

          Okay, your two choices are two of my top picks in Manhattan for a dressy, grown up dinner that is not too tooo fussy (EMP/Per Se etc). If I had to choose between the two It would be hard...

          Both places have great food and wine (I suspect you know this) so I would not want to get there too tipsy as that reduces what you can enjoy with the meal before you're toasted.

          So, I would not do a wine tasting... maybe go to a good wine bar for a taste or a nice midtown hotel for a cocktail or even have a glass of something or a split of champagne at a place near enough by like Gramercy Tavern where the front room is quite quite nice for a drink before dinner

          1. sgordon RE: Meggers12 Jun 28, 2013 10:44 AM

            I wouldn't do a wine tasting before dinner - you'll be having wine with dinner, I assume, and you don't want to be tipsy already when you sit down to eat. A cocktail is all I'd do pre-dinner, at most. Which kind of rules out most cocktail bars that take reservations, as they'd be a little unhappy they reserved a table if you're only having one round.

            Annisa's not too far a walk from Pegu Club. But keep in mind, with a 9:30 dining time that means you'd be going for cocktails at 8:30, perhaps... on a Saturday night. Every place, even the crappy ones, will be mobbed.

            Another option if you do Annisa, for before or after dinner: go watch drag queens sing karaoke on the second floor of Stonewall. The drinks aren't great, but the entertainment could be goofy fun.

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