These are three things that we consider ourselves experts at. The wine and the cheese are no-brainers--just look at North Square's Happy Hour menu for a $5 artisanal cheese plate and a $6 rosé. The yachts? Okay, not so much. (But if we had one, we swear, we'd sure as hell be experts. Trust us.)
Wendy Crispell has been hosting Harbor Line's wildly popular NYC wine tastings for nine seasons. Wendy is everything good in this world: a certified cheese professional, wine sommelier and a French-trained chef. We assume Wendy has lots and lots of friends.
Each week she selects wines from small family-run or boutique producers and artisan or farmstead cheeses and brings an assortment aboard for educational--but more importantly, delicious--tours. This Saturday, April 14th, she's leading a two-hour wine and cheese pairing class that will sail past major lower Manhattan sites around sunset, including One World Trade Center, the Financial District, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge. To anyone who hasn't, a sunset sail along the Hudson River taking in the New York City skyline should be on your bucket list, if it isn't already.
Each week, Wendy focuses on a different region or theme. May 4th will focus on the Loire Valley; May 18th, Central Italy; July 13th, Greece. Portugal, Spain, Eastern Europe, Chile...virtually any wine region you can think of will be explored. You'll learn to appreciate why people love a Cote du Rhône, and what makes them unique. Other weeks will focus on reds for summer grilling, sparkling wines and the perfect picnic wines.
Some deets: Seating is indoor or outdoor, tours last two hours and cost $92 for five tasting, the cheese and other yummy nibbles. Tours take off from Chelsea Piers and you can grab tickets here.
Happy Monday, everyone!