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Nominated for Tales of the Cocktail 2008 Spirit Award for Best Cocktail Writing

Visiting Chamard Vineyards and Bistro, Clinton, CT, USA
Edward Nesta - Chamard Vineyard & Bistro - Flight Tasting - photo by Luxury Experience
If you live in Connecticut, or plan to be visiting, wine lovers will appreciate that the State has a vibrant Wine Trail, which deserves to be experienced. Chamard Vineyards and Bistro located in Clinton, Connecticut is the perfect place to discover the beauty and elegance of Connecticut wines. Established in 1983, they planted their first vines in 1984, and released their first wine in 1989. Today, Chamard has 20 acres of established vines on their 40-acre property, and they also have a Bistro. We always enjoy visiting Chamard Vineyards and discovering their ever-evolving wines. Cheers!
Wine Seminar with Kevin Zraly, Westchester Magazine’s Wine & Food Festival 2023
Kevin Zraly at Westchester Magazine Wine & Food Festival 2023 - photo by Luxury Experience
Celebrating its 14th year in 2023, Westchester Magazine's Wine & Food Festival was a true celebration of amazing wine and spirits, as well as delectable food, chef demos, and a wine seminar by wine expert Kevin Zraly, author of the Windows On The World Complete Wine Course. When we heard that Kevin Zraly was slated to give two wine seminars on June 10, 2023, we made time in our festival schedule to attend, as we always learn something new and interesting about wine from Kevin, and there are always special wines to sample. Cheers!
NYC Spring Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival, NYC, NY, USA
Crush Wine New York
Its wine festival season in New York, and Luxury Experience was there to partake of the festivities during the NYC Spring Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival presented by Crush Wine Experiences. Held in the Grand Hall at St. Mary's in New York City's Lower East Side, oenophiles gathered to experience wines from Argentina, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and from the United States with wines from California and New York state. Combined with artisanal tastings, it was a perfect Saturday evening in New York City.
Slow Wine USA Tour at Eataly, NYC, NY, USA
Slow Wine  USA - photo by Luxury Experience
The 2023 USA Slow Wine Tour at Eataly NYC Downtown in New York City brought together Slow Wines from around the world, including Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Italy, and Mexico, and from California and Oregon in the United States. Produced by Colangelo and Partners and presented at Eataly NYC Downtown, it was a day of education and experiencing Slow Wines combined with excellent cuisine. Salut et Mangia Bene!
Queen City International Wine Festival, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Queen City International Wine Festival
It was a fun-filled Saturday afternoon of wine tasting and wine education in the Hudson Valley at the gorgeous Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, New York for the 1st Annual Queen City International Wine Festival. Built in 1845, expanded in 1895, and renovated in 2019, Revel 32 has rich architectural details that complement the contemporary appointments. Produced by Revel 32 and 1915 Wine Cellar with a wine seminar by renowned wine expert Kevin Zraly, the 1st Annual Queen City International Wine Festival was a perfect afternoon of tasting, learning, and mingling in the Hudson Valley.
Wine Seminar with Kevin Zraly, Queen City International Wine Festival, Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Kevin Zraly - Queen City International Wine Festival 2023
Wine education is always fun especially when the seminar is given by wine educator and award-winning author Kevin Zraly. Held as part of the 1st Annual Queen City International Wine Festival at Revel 32 in Poughkeepsie, New York, the wine seminar provided participants with the ability to learn to appreciate and look at wines in a new way. As the class involved tasting four wines, it was the perfect combination of learning while experiencing. Cheers!
Kosher Food & Wine Experience 2023, New York City, USA
Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2023
The Kosher Food & Wine Experience (KFWE) 2023 held at Chelsea Piers Pier Sixty in New York City was a sold-out event that took guests' palates on a tasty journey around the world without the need for a passport with exceptional kosher wines from Argentina, Australia, France, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa, and the United States. Produced by Royal Wine Corp. and celebrating its 17th anniversary (after a three-year hiatus), KFWE attracted almost 3,000 guests. Distilleries were also well represented, and there was a plethora of delicious food to enjoy throughout the evening, which Luxury Experience happily did!
Vintage Cru at Mohegan Sun - Sun Wine & Food Fest 2023, Uncasville, CT, USA
Vintage Cru Sun Wine & Food Fest - 2023 - photo by Luxury Experience
Vintage Cru at the Mohegan Sun - Sun Wine & Food Fest 2023 in Uncasville, Connecticut was a celebration of wine and spirits excellence and provided wine and spirits lovers with the opportunity to taste a well-curated offering of 145 wines and spirits. It was a fantastic bon vivant late afternoon of experiencing exceptional wine and spirits hosted by Celebrity Chefs Rocco DiSpirito and Christian Petroni with oysters, shrimp, pairing cheeses, and live piano music by John Lomartra. Cheers!
Ottella Wine Luncheon at Il Fiorista, NYC, NY, USA
Ottella Italian Wines - photo by Luxury Experience
I attended a wonderful Ottella Italian wine luncheon at the restaurant Il Fiorista in New York City to have a better appreciation of these outstanding wines from the Lugana region of Northern Italy. Mariano Sansone, Wine Consultant at Vias Imports, Ltd. gave an interesting presentation on the history of Ottella founded in 1905 and the four wines that paired exceptionally well with Chef Rae Kramer's exciting cuisine. Mangia bene et saluti!
Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse, NYC – Barkan Winery Food & Wine Dinner
Barkan Superieur Cabernet Sauvignon - photo by Luxury Experience
It was a spectacular evening of wine and food at the kosher restaurant, Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse located at 16 East 48th Street in Manhattan, New York learning about the excellent kosher wines from Barkan Winery in Israel presented by Barkan's Master of Wine and Head Winemaker Ido Lewinsohn. Paired with Wolf & Lamb Steakhouse's delicious food, the one-night special event dinner was a night to remember.
Wine and Food Pairing at MADE Hudson Valley Spring 2022 at City Winery
Edward Nesta - Cheers from City Winery Hudson Valley - photo by Luxury Experience
We spent a perfect Sunday afternoon at City Winery experiencing MADE Hudson Valley Spring 2022 presented by edible Hudson Valley + City Winery Hudson Valley in Montgomery, New York. Our day began with a VIP Wine Tasting and Food Pairing, followed by a private wine cellar tour, sampling delectable products from the curated artisan vendors, and listening to live music.
Malbec World Day by Wines of Argentina in New York 2022
Argentina Malbec World - 2022 - dancers - photo by Luxury Experience
The Argentine consulate and Wines of Argentina hosted Malbec World Day 2022 in New York with more than 40 wines presented to celebrate the most renowned and revered of Argentina's wines. It was a magical evening of wine tasting, traditional Argentine dancing, and learning more about the impressive expressions of Argentina's famed Malbec wine.
Wine Tasting in the Wine Cellar, Crystal Springs Resort, Hamburg, NJ, USA
Sommelier Suzanne Wagner - photo by Luxury Experience
We spent a perfect Friday afternoon in the Award-Winning Crystal Springs Wine Cellar taking a Wine Tasting class with Wine Director and Sommelier Suzanne Wagner. As the Wine Director and Sommelier Suzanne Wagner is responsible for the Wine Spectator Grand Award-Winning Wine Cellar which houses an impressive collection of 45,000 bottles of wine with a value of approximately $10 million USD.
Benvenuto Brunello 2022, New York City, USA
Benvenuto Brunello - 2022 New York City - photo by Luxury Experience
Benvenuto Brunello 2022 held in late February 2022 in New York City was a celebration of the "2022 Release of New Vintages" - Brunello di Montalcino 2017, Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2016, and Rosso di Montalcino 2020. Fifty-three wineries presented an impressive selection of 156 wines available for tasting. During an informative (and very tasty) 3-hour presentation, we learned more about the nuances of what makes Montalcino such a special wine region.
Memorable Kosher Wine Dinner at The Fulton by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, NY, USA
Herzog Wine Cellars - photo by Luxury Experience Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's attractive restaurant, The Fulton by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, located in Manhattan, New York at Pier 17, was the stunning setting for a very special, one-night-only OU Glatt kosher wine dinner celebrating the 30-year collaboration of the Royal Wine Corporation & Edmond de Rothschild Heritage Wines. Hosted by Baroness Ariane de Rothschild & The Hertzog Family, the five-course gastronomic meal was paired with exceptional kosher wines for a memorable evening of fine dining.
Malbec World Day in New York
Malbec World Day - Argentina Wines - Malbec Grapes from ArgentinaThe Consul General of Argentina in New York, Ambassador Jose L. Perez-Gabilondo  and Mrs Ines Segarra, Director, Argentina National Institute of Tourism Promotion hosted Malbec World Day at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, which was a spectacular evening of Argentine Malbec tastings, delicious cuisine, and culture that included music, tango, and modern dance performances.
Fisher Vineyards Tasting Supper at Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
Blantyre Seared Maine Scallop - Fisher Wine Dinner - photo by Luxury ExperienceThe Dining Room at Blantyre, a Relais & Chateaux 19-room luxury hotel built in 1902 in Lenox, Massachusetts was the elegant setting for a Spring Tasting Supper featuring wines from Fisher Vineyards paired with Grand Chef Christopher Brooks’ culinary creations. Hosted by Ann Fitzpatrick Brown of Blantyre and Juelle Fisher and Fred Fisher of Fisher Vineyards, it was a memorable evening of dining and wine tasting.
Beaux Freres Vineyard and Winery Fall Tasting Supper at Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
Blantyre - Wine Tasting Dinner - Tuna, Berskshires, Massacusetts, USA - Photo by Luxury Experience It was an elegant and memorable evening of Oregon Pinot Noir wine tasting and gastronomy, at the Beaux Frères Vineyard & Winery Fall Tasting Supper at The Dining Room at Blantyre in Lenox, Massachusetts in the Berkshire Mountains with Winemaster Michael G. Etzel and Relais & Chateaux Master Chef Christopher Brooks.
Harvesting the Grapes at Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford, Connecticut, USA
Edward Nesta with Gouveia Vineyards Seyval Blanc Grapes - Photo by Luxury Experience It was a perfect late summer day with the sky so blue it was almost surreal, with grapes ripe and golden in the bright sunlight set against the vibrant green leaves. It was harvesting time at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, Connecticut, and the Adventure Kids aka Edward F. Nesta and Debra C. Argen of Luxury Experience, along with other family and friends gathered to bring in the grapes for the new vintage.
Regione Veneto - Prosecco, Soave, Amarone, and Late Harvest Wines

Regione del VenetoItaly is the No. 1 wine producer in the world and Regione Veneto has emerged as Italy's largest producer of wine. Vino 2009 sponsored a seminar and tasting of a selection of Regione Veneto wines, including the sparkling wine Prosecco, the lush Amarone reds, the beautiful and most popular Italian dry white wine, Soave, and a few other surprises.

Brunello di Montalcino Vintage 2004 - From Italy with Love

Vino 2009 - Veneto - Brunelo di Montalcino Vintage 2004 As part of Vino 2009, which was the first industry convention of Italian wines in America, I had the opportunity to spend a day learning about, and tasting Brunello di Montalcino wines, certainly not a bad way to spend a Tuesday in New York.

Modern Wine Collection on the Auction Block

Chateau Latour 1982 auctioned at Christie's Superlative Modern CellarWine, the elixir of the Gods, ranging from the palest yellow to the deepest burgundy, attracts oenophiles like bees to honey, who covet the bottles. However, when the cellars are too full, or the timing is especially fruitful, the bottles are put on the auction block. Such was the case of the Superlative Modern Cellar auction at Christie's in New York.

Carmenere Tasting Seminar

Carménère Wine from ChileAlthough Chilean wines have attracted their share of attention over recent years, Wines of Chile hosted a  Seminar  on Carménère in New York to focus on this often-overlooked variety.

Christie's Auction - Wines from 1870 - 2002

Christie's New York Finest and Rarest Wine Auction Christie's New York: The Evening Sale: 160-lot auction of wine from 1870 - 2002.

Finest and Rarest Wines Auction at Christie's

Richard Brierley at Christie's Finest and Rarest Wines AuctionMerely mentioning the names of Château Pétrus, Château Latour, Romanée-Conti, and Château Cheval-Blanc will bring a reverent sigh among collectors, and when these status wines come up for auction at Christie's New York, it is controlled pandemonium as to who gets to own these legendary wines.

New York (Wine) Cocktail Party

Ramona Ponce and James WallerWe always love a great party, so when we heard that Drinkology WINE: A Guide to the Grape author James Waller was hosting a New York (Wine) Cocktail Party with caterer extraordinaire Ramona Ponce, on January 10, 2006, it was definitely a party that we wanted to attend.

Marsala Wine Tasting in Sicily

Marsala SignSicily is the largest of the Mediterranean islands and has more vineyards than any other region in Italy. It has 19 DOC regions, with the most prominent producer being the Marsala region.

Wine Tastings to Benefit City Harvest
Flamenco DancersWine Tastings in New York to Benefit City Harvest.


1955 Bordeaux Wine Tasting

1955 Bodeaux winesRare Collector Wines - 1955 Bordeaux Wine Tasting

Wine Tasting at Bovey Castle

John Jardine Sommelier at wine tasting at Bovey CastleWine Tasting at Bovey Castle at Dartmoor National Park.

Chianti Classico Tasting in Tuscany

Chianti Lesson at Il BorgoChianti Classico Tasting in Tuscany 

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