For New Yorkers, springtime Saturdays mean throwing on your best whites, stepping out into the sunshine, and strolling the sidewalks hoping you'll somehow stumble across a source of free alcohol. This Saturday, your search will be easy: The Rioja Wine Tour.
As suggested by the rolling "r", Rioja represents one of the finest grape-growing regions in Spain, a picturesque valley known as "The Land of 1001 Wines". To introduce NYCers to their perfectly aged DOC, Crianza, Reserva, and Gran Reserva, they've put together a free sampling tour, spread out amongst six Manhattan stores -- in other words, your most epic Saturday wine session since your Bar Mitzvah. Your stops:
2:30: Bottlerocket: 5 West 19th St, between 5th and 6th (serving from 2-5)
3:30: Chelsea Wine Vault: 75 9th Ave, at 16th (serving from 2-5)
4:15: Sea Grape Wine: 512 Hudson St, btw Christopher and W 10th (serving from 4-8:30)
4:45: Le Du Wines: 600 Washington Street, at Leroy (serving from 3-5)
5:15: Golden Rule Wine and Liquor: 457 Hudson St, at Barrow (serving from 5-7)
6:30: Astor Wines and Astor Center: 399 Lafayette St, at E 4th (serving from 6:30-8:30)
For a quick video preview of your tour hosted by Adrian Murcia, the sommelier from Chanterelle, click below. You'll also find a printable map -- because the only thing more shameful than those white pants is getting lost while wearing them.