On Wednesday, we ventured to the Bohemian National House on Manhattan’s Upper East Side for “Wines of Europe,” hosted by the New York Gourmet Society.
As with most of our genius Groupon purchases, Court found this one for the bargain price of $35/ticket. The ad boasted that the two and a half hour event would provide the opportunity to taste more than 60 wines from France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal and Germany; ranging from inexpensive wines for everyday to those geared more towards the 1% ;O) Added bonus? A free wine glass! (of course we each ended up with two, thanks to “Lloyd” the guard that bid us adieu at the end of the evening.)
We arrived a bit early and were asked to wait outside, since we aren’t members of the New York Gourmet Society. Sitting on a stoop on 73rd Street, scoping out
the scene, we decided that trying to decipher to gourmands from the Grouponers was going to (perhaps) be as much fun as sampling the wines. We weren’t disappointed…
The crowd of about 200 was as diverse as the wines we tasted. The gourmands were immediately noticeable, as they were the ones with impeccable swirling and swishing techniques, followed by spitting perfectly good wine into plastic buckets. Not us Grouponers! You could find us huddled around the table, tasting
each wine in the flight and most definitely NOT spitting. We were also the ones making frequent trips to the bread and cheese platters in the middle of the room. Some might call it gauche, we call it self preservation…
The vendors were equally as entertaining. Despite the fact that the majority of the men had rings on their fingers, they made no attempt to conceal the fact that
they were more interested in checking out the women guests, than actually educating them about wine. About an hour into the event, most of the women didn’t seem to mind.
Our fav guests of the night? Two 60-something Brits (“just friends”) who spent the latter half of the evening talking to us about traveling and Match.com.
Our fav wine of the night? Surprisingly enough, $9 Pinot Grigio which we lovingly referred to as the “one night stand wine,” because it was just what we were looking for at the time but didn’t linger where it wasn’t wanted.
We ended our adventure at a bar around the corner called Stir (http://www.stirnyc.com/). It was empty, but pretty cute. What would best compliment all the wine we’ve just imbibed, we thought? Chocolate? A cheese plate? Not us! We ordered tater tots and guacamole. And both were delish (don’t judge!)
We ate our grub, chatted up some passersby, tried to steal their adorable dogs and then called it a night.
All in all, it was well worth the $35…a hilarious night and the impetus for launching this blog! #Winning!