Despite the Gore-vindicating weather of late, your bucolic days of t-shirtedness are about to come to a scarved end. Enjoy what's left of them on this Saturday tour of no-cost vino.
430pm: Chelsea Wine Vault (2-5pm) At Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave at 16th; 212.462.4244 Argentinean reds from Frederick Wilman, plus vodka from Brooklyn-based Alchemy (known as "Poland's Chardonnay", you'll detect notes of drunkenness, with a subtle finish of calling your ex-girlfriend).
5pm: Le Du Wines (3-6pm) 600 Washington St at Leroy; 212.924.6999 Tuscan varietals from '01 and '03, bygone years when you swore you'd start amassing your own cellar, instead of floating among free tastings like a snooty hobo.
530pm: Golden Rule Wine & Liquor (4-7pm) 457 Hudson St at Barrow; 212.924.6340 Selected California varietals (Chardonnays, Cabernets, screenwriter/waiters).
6pm: Sea Grape (4-7pm) 512 Hudson St between Christopher and W 10th; 212.463.7688 Selected varieties of Pinot Noir, the noir sheep of the Pinot family.
630pm: Pop The Cork Wine Merchants (6-9pm) 168 7th Ave S At Perry; 212.807.1010 Reds from Uruguay, known by aficionados for its tannet grapes, and by 3rd graders for the slanderous dropping of the third "u".
7pm: Casa Oliveira Wines & Liquors (7-9pm) 98 7th Ave at 16th; 212.929.0760 The casa's eschewing wine for Bulldog gin, made with poppy, lotus leaves, and the Chinese fruit longan, the latter "promoting sexual stamina and amazing orgasms" (effects sadly counteracted by Bulldog's primary ingredient, gin).
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