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Guests Wined And Dined Into The Night
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Hundreds gathered at the City Winery for The Jewish Week’s eighth annual Grand Wine Tasting

On Monday night, hundreds of oenophiles began their week on the right note — not to be too on the nose.

More than 400 people came out to the City Winery in Tribeca for an evening filled with wine, cheese, and mingling at the Jewish Week Media Group’s eighth annual grand wine tasting.

As guests filled up the vast space on Varick St., and the late afternoon light cast a glow through the floor to ceiling windows, wine aficionados and neophytes alike gathered to sample kosher wines from around the world including Israel, Spain, France, Portugal and Argentina.

For the second year, the JWMG offered a VIP section in a private room where guests had the opportunity to sample wines in an intimate setting downstairs prior to the main event.

Vintners like Recanati Winery, Yarden Wines, Hagafen Cellars and Vos Selction poured their finest reds, whites, rosés and sparkling wines as selected by wine experts in the weeks leading up to big evening. In all, more than 300 wines were sampled. Ahead of the grand tasting, wine connoisseurs gathered at the Jewish Week offices to sip, swirl and sniff hundreds of wines in a series of blind tastings, in which they deliberated the top 18 (a list featured in the paper’s annual Kosher Wine Guide published in the March 17th issue). 

The wines were complimented by savory fare from returning vendors like Tnuva who baked fresh cheese burekas on site and gifted guests with their Edam and Feta cheeses and the Cheese Guy who busily sliced Pecorino Romano, Gouda and other products. Abraham’s Natural Foods and Masbia doled out helpings of hummus and vegetarian dips.

As guests traveled through the palatial venue — part restaurant, part winery, part performance space — the décor offered a stimulating ambiance, further enlivening the festive evening.

Associate publisher, Richard Waloff, who plays a fundamental role in seeing the ambitious night come to fruition, said he enjoys the departure from the more typically, serious events hosted by JWMG. “This event gives us a chance to bring people in from all over New York City who enjoy good, kosher wine in a low-key but festive setting,” Waloff said.

Following tradition, the evening offered prizes including a gift certificate to Abigael’s kosher restaurant, tickets to the Broadway shows “Cagney” and “Indecent,” — and for the white whale of the evening: a round trip flight to Israel provided by El Al Airlines, which co-sponsored the event.

As the sun set and people’s spirits rose, wine and merriment continued to flow. 

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