One of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year for oenophiles (lovers of wine) is the New York Wine Expo held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. This event really gives everyone from wine experts to neophytes the opportunity to taste an astounding array of wines from around the world, and talk to some of the creators of these lovely libations. There is also an opportunity to sample specialty foods and check out wine accessories, at the Grand Tasting. The New York Wine Expo is just so much fun, it’s hard to wait an entire year for the next one!
For many people who attend the New York Wine Expo, it’s an opportunity to have fun and taste a lot of things. But the best way to learn about wine (or home your palate even more) is to taste and compare different varietals and wines of different styles from different wine regions in one sitting. Whether you’re only into wines from the United States, or a specific region (e.g. California or New York State), or you want to learn more about wines from around the world, you can’t help but educate your palate while you enjoy wines from some of the greatest wine-producing regions of the world, and also from smaller local wineries, to organic wines to off beat varietals. Sometimes it is just the packaging that catches your imagination, or maybe it’s the personal story of a wine maker.
Just to give you an idea of the staggering variety of wines you can get up close and personal with, here is a listing of just some of the featured wineries from the 2012 expo: Alain Junguenet Selection, Alex Elman Wines, ATALANTA CORPORATION – DE MEDICI IMPORTS, Azienda Agricola Montonale, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, BGA International, Bodega Dehesa De Luna, Bodega Del Palacio De Los F, ontaura Y Victoria, Bodega Raffy, Bodegas Bleda, S.L., Bodegas Ignacio Marin, Boutique Wine Collection, Broadview Imports, BROADVIEW IMPORTS/MHW Ltd., Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery/Happy Bitch Wines, Cape Classics: Fine South African Wine, Craggy Range, Crosby Roamann, Delectatio Wi, es, DGB Pty Ltd., Diemersfontein Wines, DistellUSA Inc., Doen Zhumir Imports, DOMAINE LE PUY DU MAUPAS,PUYMERAS,FRANCE, Domodimonti International, Fabellini Sparkling Wine / MHW Ltd., Finger Lakes Wine Country Tourism 10 Table Pavilion, Food Wine Culture,Fulcrum Wines (one of my personal favorites!), Good Earth Winery/MHW Ltd., Graham’s & Cockburn’s Port, Grape Group/MHW Ltd, Green Griffin International, Hellas Imports, Indigo Wine Group, JC Imports, JK IMPORTS, Kakhetian Traditional Winemaking LTD, Kenneth Volk Vineyards, Lambouri Winery Ltd., Morande / MHW, Ltd., Naked Grape, New Wines of Greece / Hellenic Foreign Trade Board (Greek wine is more than just Retsina); New Zealand Winegrowers, Pitcher Perfect Sangria, Purple Wine Company, Rhône Valley Wines (always a very popular exhibit), Rutherford Wine Co., Saronsberg – Wine Sources, Savorian, Shawangunk Wine Trail (a must-visit in New York), Simone International, Spirits do Brasil, Star Tree Wines / South African Wine Export Company, Still River Winery, Strada del Vino Terre di Arezzo 8 Table Pavilion, Subarashii Kudamono, Testa Wines of the World Ltd, The Spanish Wine Importers, Thienot Bordeaux – Champagne, Van Ruiten Family Winery, Wine Sisterhood, Wine Worldwide, Inc., Wines from Castilla-La Mancha (SPAIN)8 Table Pavilion, Wines of Portugal 14 Table Pavilion, Wines of South Africa 12 Table Pavilion, WM Magner’s Inc. Magner’s Cider, World Wide Wine Importing
Alcoholic beverages are not for sale at the Expo (there are likely logistial and legal reasons for this), but there are plenty to taste for free with your admission. The representatives are delighted to help you learn where to find the wines you liked, in your area. However, we tried some amazing cheeses, chocolates and olive oils — some with very unique flavors. All of these were for sale at the Wine Expo. Just to give you an idea of how many non-wine exhibitors you can visit, here are some of the 2102 (not alcohol) exhibitors: A tavola Inc, Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, Almondina, Bella Bella Gourmet,Bridge Brands Chocolate, Cavedoni Balsamic Vinegar, Cayman Islands Dept of Tourism, Champignon North America, Inc., Cutco Cutlery, Demca/D Grater, DeMedici Imports, Ltd, DNAINFO.com, E. Beaver & Co., Green Mountain Energy, Gunter Wilhelm Cutlery, Guylian Belgium Chocolate, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, igourmet.com, ING Financial Partners, Intermezzo, Jana Foods, LLC, Krushed Grapes Lifestyle, LarMar Foods Inc., Lockwood Manufacturing Company, Metlife Financial Solutions, New England Stoppers, Oasis Day Spa, Oleificio Dell’Orto, PLJ Radio, Poppleton Pastries, Qwiker Liquor, Sliverleaf Resorts, The Manhattan Club, The New York Times, Tillen Farms, Tre Olive, Treasures of the Vine, Vacation Village Resorts, Wall Street Journal, Wine Me?, Wine Packaging Corp. of America, ZAGAT
People lined up early to get into the opening night (come early because in an hour or so even the Javits Center gets truly crowded). Tickets cost $85.00 for Friday, and $95.00 for Saturday. The only thing I would have liked would have been a way to keep some tasting notes without having to write everything down on scraps of paper. Maybe next year The New York Wine Expo will consider including (or selling) a list of the exhibitors with a few lines to write down the stand-out wines.
If you want more than just a taste, you can attend seminars led by industry experts. Some of the more interesting seminars from this year’s Wine Expo included: Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator, The Rhône Valley: A River Runs Through It…with (wine speaker, author, and PBS TV personality) Mark Oldman, Discover the New Wines of Greece with Steve Olson aka wine geek; and (with “The Wine Guy”, John Cressman), Simply Italian– “A Tour of Italy”
About the 5th Annual New York Wine Expo : This years’ New York Wine Expo was the 5th annual, held March 2-4, 2012. However, the 6th annual New York Wine Expo will be held next March, and you can get tickets, updated seminar schedule and event information when you visit www.NewYorkWineExpo.com or call 800-544-1660. Along with your ticket and access to samples from over 150 producers, you get a souvenir wine glass and a color program. There are usually some discounts if you buy your tickets early. @advicesisters tweeted about the discounts, so follow @advicesisters and we will tell you about next years’ New York Wine Expo as soon as we get the information.
The New York Wine Expo is produced by ResourcePlus Shows & Events. The company specializes in management services for consumer/trade shows, meetings, and special events. In addition to the New York Wine Expo, ResourcePlus’s portfolio of events includes the Boston Wine Expo, The Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival, Build Boston and Residential Design and Construction. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, ResourcePlus is a business unit of Seaport Companies.