Vino, krasi, wijn, vin, wine. For all of you who like wine, aren’t sure how you feel about wine, or want to find out how you feel about it, we’ve rounded up three great places to taste this weekend. Whether you’re a sommelier or you’ve recently asked the question “isn’t rose just like….red and white wine mixed together?” (the answer, by the way, is no), you should check out tastings at the following places. Why? Well, because wine is great. Wine is so great. And secondly, because at these places it’s free.
Acker, Merrall & Condit Company
Acker, Merrall & Condit Co. is located at 160 West 72nd Street on the Upper West Side. Founded in 1820, this swanky wine shop location claims to be the oldest in America. It boasts wines from around the world, from cheaper to extremely overpriced. They also offer a different tasting most nights of the week-all free which which vary by region. You can see their full schedule of wine tastings here.
2.Thirst Wine Merchants
Although this tasting location and shop is also a bit of a trek for Manhattanites and Bushwickians (located at 187 DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn), the wines and the merchants are great. They have fewer tastings than Acker, Merrall & Condit, but the tastings are fun and focus on the more eclectic and unique tasting wines from smaller, lesser-known vineyards. You’ll get a different array of wines from here, most definitely worth the trip to Fort Greene. The couple that owns it also opened a wine bar/french restaurant, Thirstbaràvin. This place is a on the pricier side, but also has the high quality wines that you’ll experience at the shops’ tasting. Their wine tastings are listed in their is a schedule of upcoming event in the homepage.
3. Blanc & Rouge
Located in DUMBO, Blanc & Rouge is always popping open some good stuff, as they have free tastings two times a week, every Wednesday and Friday from 5:30 PM- 8 PM. It’s close to the High Street A/C and the York Street F stops. You can check out their website here.