New Yorkers: Wine on Wheels Charity Tasting Saturday, May 2, 2015


Image by Lauren Mowery

Wine on Wheels 2015

Grand Tasting and Auction

May 2nd 2015, City Winery

4th Annual Charity Event to Benefit Wheeling Forward

This spring, Wheeling Forward , a charity focused on serving NYC’s disabled community brings together some of the greatest sommeliers and wines in the world inside one venue for its annual fundraiser Wine on Wheels . Currently in its fourth year, Wheeling Forward’s Wine on wheels invites oenophiles and novices alike to journey through over 150 wines poured by over 50 of the top sommeliers in the city lead by the co-founder Yannick Benjamin, a wheelchair bound seasoned industry professional and sommelier at the historic University Club.  New this year will be a series of engaging seminars hosted by GuildSomm featuring a focused look at individual wine regions, spirits and the technique of blind tasting.

Wine on Wheels will feature exciting wine producers from all over the world

Champagne Delamotte, Gourt de Mautens, Valentin Zusslin, Domaine Henri Milan, Domaine Andre & Mirelle Tissot, Mas Cotelou, Domaine des Hautes Terres, Chateau Yvonne, Emilian Gillet, Sentier Rose, Te Muna Road, Craggy Range, Domaine Marchand, Drouhin-Vaudon, Renato Ratti, Pol Roger Champagne, Faiveley, Olivier Leflaive, Hugel, JL Chave, Gunther Steinmetz, Francois et Vincent Jouard, Giamello, Gothic Winery, Smith Haut Lafitte, Giscours, Lynch Bages,  AIX, Herman J. Weimer, Flowers, Alfred Gratien Champagne, Red Tail Ridge, Domaine La Soumande, Chateau Grillet, Elena Wach, Domaine Fontboneau, Mas du Daumas and many more!

Further Information

For more information and to purchase tickets here or email:

A special thanks to the participating importers, distributors, partners & restaurants

Yannick Benjamin, Co-Founder

Yannick is a New York City-based sommelier and one of the co-founders of Wheeling Forward.  In 2003, a car accident left Yannick paralyzed but did not stop him from pursuing his dreams of going on to college and becoming a world class sommelier. Yannick is currently an Advanced Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked at Le Du’s Wines for over seven years.  Currently Yannick is a sommelier at the University Club and is working on his Master Sommelier certificate.

As a para-athlete, Yannick has competed in several marathons and races including the New York, Boston, and Chicago marathons. Yannick’s deep connections in the wine world have helped Wheeling Forward to build a broad base of supporters and inspired many sommeliers and wine distributors to give back to the community


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3 responses to “New Yorkers: Wine on Wheels Charity Tasting Saturday, May 2, 2015

  1. Thank you for sharing this great event and wish I could be there! May I suggest a edit? “wheelchair bound” is not the best description for a person who uses a wheelchair. “co-founder Yannick Benjamin, a wheelchair bound seasoned industry professional and sommelier at the historic University Club.”

    • Lauren Mowery

      Hi Deborah, Sorry to hear you cannot make this wonderful event. Thank you for your thoughts on the “wheelchair bound” copy, but that phrase came straight from Yannick, the event organizer who is also the sommelier in the wheelchair. I will decline to edit it since they were his chosen words. Thank you!

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