Every spring the hearts of people all over the world are filled with the leafy promise of rebirth and renewal -- but New Yorkers are just happy to crawl out of their man-caves to pound the pavement in search of day-drinking opportunities. Here's a golden one, and it's free/delicious: The Rioja Wine Tour.
Of all the world's great growing regions, Rioja provides the most variety, offering an extraordinary range of wines (luscious reds, fruity young wines, refreshing rosés, and crisp whites) at every price point, many produced from the king of Rioja grapes, the Tempranillo varietal: famed for its food-pairing prowess, and the inescapable chorus "Under my Tempranillo, nillo, nillo". To introduce NY'ers to their saliva-worthy DOC, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva classifications, Rioja's put together a free sampling tour, covering these Manhattan stores:
1:00: Kessler Liquors: 23 E 28th St, between Madison Ave & Park Ave S (Serving from 1-4pm)
1:45: 111 Lex Liquors: 111 Lexington Ave, between 27th & 28th (Serving from 2-5pm)
2:30: McAdam Buy Rite: 398 3rd Ave, between 28th & 29th (Serving from 1:30-4pm)
3:15: Gramercy Wine Cellars Inc: 236 3rd Ave, between 20th & 21st (Serving from 2-5pm)
4:00: Bottlerocket Wine and Spirit: 5 West 19th Street, between 5th & 6th (Serving from 2-5pm)
5:00: Cibar Lounge: 56 Irving Pl, between 17th & 18th (Cheese and Happy Hour Rioja wine special 5-6pm)
Clearly, your afternoon is now set. Click here for a printable map of the above locations, because a dark winter in your man-cave can leave you without the leafy promise of figuring out where the hell you are.
Print out this map! Get free wine! You deserve it!