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Surround yourself in 1920s elegance (think rotary phones and Macassar ebony desks) at the Jade Hotel, a boutique property in Greenwich Village. After check-in, head to the on-site restaurant Grape & Vine for a glass of Verdad Winery’s albariño. The crisp and mineral Californian is the perfect way to prep your palate for the weekend.

Jade HotelPhoto courtesy of the Jade Hotel

It’s only a few blocks and steps up to the High Line, the elevated park that will lead you to Terroir at the Porch near 15th Street. This local wine bar chain offers Mediterranean-inspired small plates and an unconventional wine list. Try the beet and gorgonzola arancini with a glass of Finger Lakes’ Thirsty Owl riesling as you watch the sun set over the Hudson River.

Brooklyn WineryPhoto courtesy of Brooklyn Winery

Hop a cab to the Brooklyn Winery in Williamsburg for a lesson on urban winemaking. Along with classes, tours and special events like film screenings and trivia night, visitors to the winery can taste its unique offerings, like an unfiltered orange chardonnay and a barrel-fermented riesling (reminiscent of pre-stainless-steel times).


Put the wine glass down and head to Mario Batali’s Otto Enoteca Pizzeria in the West Village. Every Saturday, the restaurant transforms into an Italian wine academy where patrons get schooled on the differences between the country’s various appellations (who knew that a faint maritime wind is essentially what differentiates Piedmont’s two big Bs, Barbaresco and Barolo?).

Shop the afternoon away at Chambers Street Wines. The Tribeca retailer stocks a healthy supply of natural, organic and biodynamic productions, as well as old-world classics and rare finds (we stumbled upon a bottle of Basque Txakoli, a naturally fizzy, acidic white wine that rarely crosses the Atlantic). If you want to try before you buy, join the knowledgeable staff at the store’s bi-weekly tastings, which usually occur on Fridays and Saturdays.

Kashkaval GardenPhoto by GiltCity (courtesy of Kashkaval Garden)

Drop your bottles off at the hotel and head to Kashkaval Garden, a spinoff of the popular Kashkaval cheese market/wine bar down the street. If you spy owners and former Montrealers Corey Samuels and Daniel Assaf, don’t hesitate to say hello. Next thing you know, you’ll be discussing the latest Canadiens trade over a bottle of Barolo and a plate of poutine (their version features roasted potatoes and pork belly).


Sweet RevengePhoto by John Bentham

At Sweet Revenge, the city’s only cupcake, beer and wine bar, bubbles and brunch go hand in hand. Pair the signature Belgian waffles – topped with whipped cream cheese, salted caramel syrup, raspberry sauce and fruit – with a glass of Argentine Malbec. Or, choose from the novel cupcakes, wine and beer pairings menu. The Il Vino dell’Amore Moscato Spumante’s jasmine and honey flavours pair wonderfully with the sweet yet balanced Malaysian coconut cupcake.

Walking is a New York sport, so treat tired muscles to a grape marc bath (a hydro-massage enriched with the solid remains of pressed grapes) at Caudalie Vinothérapie Spa. Located at the Plaza Hotel, the spa uses wine or grapes in all its treatments. Can’t choose between the Premier Cru facial and cabernet sauvignon body scrub? Opt for the Intro to Vinothérapie package, which includes a wine wrap of your choice, a massage, a facial and a private wine lesson with in-house sommelier Cliff Rames.



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