When you think winter, you probably don’t think winery. If you’re like most people, you imaging shivering among the vines, your glass of chardonnay slowly freezing in your hand. The reality, however, is a much warmer alternative. With fewer people coming out, the wineries organize indoor events that focus more on educating you about their wines and wine pairing.
The Tasting Group, part of Lieb Cellars, is having a monthly WineMakers Series of lectures, featuring several of the winemakers who produce at Premium Wine Group. A tour of the custom crush winery, which is usually closed to the public, will start the event. Wine tasting, lectures, and bites round out the monthly Saturday events, each representing the wines of a single producer: Brooklyn Oenology, T’Jara Vineyards, Leo Family Cellars, Influence Wines, Onabay Vineyards, and Suhru Wines will be featured between November and April.
The first lecture on Saturday November 22 from 3-5 p.m., by Alie Shaper of Brooklyn Oenology, was “The Grapes of New York;” she will discuss working with New York grapes and how and why she chooses certain varietals. Tickets are $50 per person, available in advance, and space is limited.
Upcoming sessions (dates subject to change):
1/24: John Leo of Leo Family Cellars
2/21: Erik Bilka of Influence Wines
3/21: John Leo of Onabay Vineyards
4/25: Susan Hearn of SUHRU Wines