Hosted in November, the festival celebrates wine downtown with a robust jazz band spitting out tunes while many partakers take to the cheeses, chocolates, and wines. Large columns divided the row of tables, all of which presented a wine from a region particular to that wine of this time of year and often sponsored by an unlikely company like Nissan or a line of jewelers, but nonetheless each was supportive. With over 35 tables, it’s best to list the most enjoyable selections of wines and ports, including a lovely mulled wine that was voted number one from the participants in attendance.
Dr. Konstantin Frank’s Riesling was notably one of the best rieslings in attendance that evening. In fact, many of the selections from the New York-based winery were above par. Several United States presidents have chosen Dr. Konstantin Frank wines to be served in the White House as well.
Brotherhood Winery, another New York state winery, paired similar to that of the riesling above. Their riesling spoke to the crisp, pear-infused notes that seem to taste so light and so well with almost anything you choose to pair with it.
From a distributor, Winemonger, some of the more enjoyable reds and ports were delivered, albeit from Austria and Germany, including 2014 Zahel Orangetraube and a 2012 Umathum Sankt Laurent. The Zahel is a more acidic, fruity but with a spiced finish wine blend that is known historically for using a table grape (only found in Germany) and other fruits to make a more robust blend for a more robust wine. It’s an elegant taste perfect for any palate looking to pair it with heavier meats including, but not limited to, pork chops. Same with the Umathum — the grape is purely a German-produced grape that results in a smooth, easy pairing similar to that of a pinot noir.
From the distributor of Spanish Wine Exclusives came one of the best sherry wines that was offered at the festival. Equipo Navazos’ 2013 Think Manzanilla Sherry is both fresh and complex — a stand alone sherry that isn’t too sour or sweet. An exclusive from the winery, the Darwin Code wordplay is particularly fun if you get the nod without a friend or expert’s explanation. Unlike the American sherry that is more popular but certainly not better, the Manzanilla sherry requires only one sip for the smooth, Spanish floral richness to feel satisfied. It’s wonderful.
Swine Wine — a zesty, robust pinot noir that may sound like a oxymoron but is certainly exactly that. The eye-catching label, the pink swine etched into the bottle, grabs any wine-inclined artist, and the taste keeps them pouring for more. It’s an easy pick for a richer red with spices plus raspberry and cherry notes. It was an easy and popular choice.
NY Wine Events hosts the NYC Autumn Wine Festival as well as the NYC Winter Wine Festival that will take place next year on Saturday, February 6th for two sessions only. For tickets and other information visit New York Wine Events or download their vino-friendly app Winevento for more information on other wine events in your area and how you can attend.
By Dani Kowalczyk