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Planning a Fun Wine-Centric Weekend in New York

Sip and savor at these restaurants, wineries and wine bars—fit for the enthusiastic oenophile—suggested by Jared Gullekson, chef concierge at The London NYC.

 

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There are plenty of tasting rooms and wine bars that make for a great vino-centric weekend in New York. (Courtesy of Charlie Bird)

 

Sipping in Soho

Charlie Bird … [is a] small and charming spot in Soho [that] boasts a wonderful and thoughtful wine list,” which is currently being developed by Arvid Rosengren, who serves as the locale’s wine director and won the prestigious 2016 World’s Best Sommelier competition. The venue also touts a unique music angle: “Not many venues specialize in ‘90s hip-hop and an excellent wine list.” (5 King St.; 212-235-7133)

 

Italian Vino

“[Visit ] Dell’Anima—a quaint Italian restaurant with an amazing wine list of Italian wines from expert sommelier and partner Joe Campanale. Their wine bar, Anfora, is located next door and features excellent small plates to share while you wait for your table at dell’anima for the best pasta in NYC.” (38 8th Ave.; 212-366-6633)

 

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Aldo Sohm Wine Bar’s sommelier also works at the renowned Le Bernardin. (Photo by Francesco Tonelli)

 

Music and Libations

City Winery is a great place to have a nice bottle [of wine] and listen to the music of some of the country’s best musicians as they play at this large yet intimate venue,” which boasts 300 seats and has the distinction of being Manhattan’s only working winery. (155 Varick St.; 212-608-0555)

 

Serious Sommelier

“[At] Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, [the] sommelier is … [also wine director/chef sommelier at renowned restaurant] Le Bernardin,” which means the midtown vino destination boasts a nearly unparalleled level of wine expertise, in addition to a tasting room and full restaurant. “What more can be said? Go and try it immediately.” (151 W. 51st St.; 212-554-1143)

 

Tastings and More

Corkbuzz [Wine Studio] features wine tastings, classes and events,” at its Union Square location—though it also boasts a second, smaller NYC iteration in Chelsea Market. “Corkbuzz offers expert education and spirits to novice [wine drinkers] and oenophiles,” in addition to an impressive menu that includes cheese and charcuterie plates. (13 E. 13th St.; 646-873-6071)

 

– Elizabeth Nutt