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"Toast of the Town": May 5, 2011

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Toast of the Town - Wine Tasting

Toast of the Town

Dan Cross

Wine Enthusiast's "Toast of the Town" In Brief:

Well-dressed New Yorkers of all ages attend Wine Enthusiast's Toast of the Town at the New York Theatre at Lincoln Center for an opportunity to sample over 500 different wines and dishes from select New York City restaurants. Participants can choose to purchase VIP tickets or Grand Tasting tickets.
The VIP tickets (approximately 400 available) allow guests to participate in an intimate tasting from 5-7 p.m., before the Grand Tasting begins. In addition to sampling the special wines (limited production, single vineyard, and reserve vintages) featured during the VIP Tasting and special restaurant samples offered during the tasting, VIP guests each receive a copy of the complimentary Wine Enthusiast Wine Master electronic pocket guide and gift bag.
The Grand Tasting (approximately 800 tickets available) offers over 500 different wines from a wide array of wineries, as well as extensive cheese displays and dishes from 30 different New York City restaurants. All participants get a wine glass, as well as a notebook for tasting notes.
"Toast of the Town" is by far the highest quality event of this type in New York City -- the food samples were plentiful and delicious; despite the crowds, there was rarely a wait for wine, and the wine offerings were both diverse and of a higher quality than I've seen elsewhere; the New York Theatre at Lincoln Center is a regal space for enjoying the wine tasting event; and staff maintained the space impeccably -- always picking up stray plates and napkins left behind.

How to Buy "Toast of the Town" Tickets:


VIP Tickets - $185 | Grand Tasting Tickets - $95
  • Available online
  • By phone: 1-800-847-5949

"Toast of the Town" Tips:

  • The event tends to be most crowded from 7-8:30 p.m. -- splurge on the VIP Tickets or stay late to avoid the crowds
  • Check your coats/bags -- you'll need your hands free to juggle plates and glasses as you work your way through the tasting booths
  • Most attendees tend toward business/business-casual attire
  • The event typically sells out a week or more in advance -- plan ahead to get the tickets of your choosing

Selection of Participating Wineries:

  • Abraham Perold
  • Beaulieu Vineyard
  • Berberana
  • Beringer
  • Boedgas Navaro
  • Broquel
  • Carpineto
  • Champagne Piper-Heidsieck
  • Charles Heidsieck
  • Chateau Magdelaine
  • Domaine Chandon
  • Fess Parker
  • Groot Constantia
  • J.Lohr
  • Jacob's Creek
  • LaVicalanda
  • Louis Bernard
  • Marques de Riscal
  • Mezzacorona
  • Montevina
  • Murrieto's Well
  • Napa Cellars
  • Penfolds
  • Perrier Jouet
  • Rosemount Lindemans
  • Rotari
  • Santa Ema
  • Scala Dei
  • Sebastiani
  • Simonsig
  • Sterling Vineyards
  • Tama's Estates
  • Tapena
  • Taz
  • Terrazas
  • Terrunyo
  • Toasted Head
  • Trapiche
  • Trinchero
  • Tumara
  • Two Angels
  • Undurraga
  • Valdubon
  • Valentin
  • Villa St. Eden
  • Wakefield
  • Wente Vineyards
  • Wines of Germany

Participating New York City Restaurants:

  • Abboccato
  • Aleo
  • Alfama
  • Balducci's
  • Barbetta
  • Coast
  • Compass
  • Fiamma
  • Fresh.
  • Marie Belle
  • Maya
  • Naples 45
  • Ono
  • Picholine
  • Red Jacket Orchards
  • Rock Center Café
  • Rosa Mexicano
  • Sapa
  • Shaffer City Oyster Bar & Grill
  • Shore
  • Social Enterprise
  • Sullivan Street
  • Teddy's Table
  • Thalassa
  • Thalia
  • The Little Owl
  • The Palm
  • The View at Mirror
  • Lake Inn
  • Tocqueville
  • Vince & Eddie's
  • Zoë

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