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

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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: info@wheelingforward.org

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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If You Live in NYC, Here are April’s Best Wine Tastings

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Spring makes her stunning debut not with the blustery, wet weather forecasted for this week, but with a knockout lineup of wine tastings from three stellar regions: Willamette, Oregon; Corsica, France; and Portugal. Rather wine than sun, right? Here’s where to taste this month.

Wines of Corsica Presents “Being” at Openhouse Mulberry Gallery (201 Mulberry Street), April 9 through 11
Transport yourself out of Manhattan and on to the rustic and beautiful Mediterranean island of Corsica with “Being,” a one-of-a-kind, artistic event series dedicated to the dreamy French Isle’s finest export — wine. Attendees will sample an array of local vins while viewing depictions of daily life through the eyes of two artists.

For three days — Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 10, from 6 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, April 11, from 7 to 11 p.m., nine Corsican producers will be on hand to discuss their wines, walk patrons through the process of winemaking, and describe the various grapes commonly grown on the island.

The visual component to the tasting was conceived by Aaron Zebrook, a photographer and the wine director at NYC’s Beatrice Inn, and Gabriela Bravo Clavello, a Mexican painter and industrial designer. Both artists spent ten days on the island during the harvest season in order to capture the essence of Corsica, from the wine culture and the natural surroundings to the people who call it home. Bravo Clavello creatively incorporates organic elements into her paintings by using Corsican soil, vines, and rocks. Zebrook will present his inspiring photographs.

Tickets for “Being” are $30 and include the wine tasting, cheeses by Artisanal, and the art show.

Oregon “Pinot in the City” at City Winery (155 Varick Street, 212-608-0555), April 14
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Willamette Valley’s first pinot noir plantings. Pioneering winemakers, compelled by a vision to create an American “Burgundy,” riskily staked their hopes on a finicky grape in a wet and cool-weather-plagued valley. But the gamble paid off, propelling Oregon into the global spotlight for its delicate, nuanced, often achingly honest Pinots, and the region never lost its soul to corporate, moneyed interests in the process. Many farms and wineries are still small, family-owned operations.

Fifty of Willamette’s top wineries will showcase their favorite selections, including the Valley’s signature pinot noir and pinot gris, along with chardonnay and riesling. Familiar names include Penner-Ash, Erath, Ponzi, Drouhin, Adelsheim, and Domaine Serene. Hors d’oeuvres from City Winery will top off the evening.

Purchase tickets in advance for $75.

Wines of Portugal Progressive Tasting at Lobster Place (75 Ninth Avenue), April 16
Spend a joyous evening drinking Portuguese wine while noshing on small bites at Chelsea Market’s Lobster Place to offset the depression-inducing deluge of April showers slated for the month.

Organizers of this maiden event hope to introduce patrons to the incredible range of Portugal’s wine and regions, from the dry reds of Bairrada, to the crisp whites of Vinho Verde, to the elegant expressions of the Dão, and the rich and concentrated wines from Alentejo and the Douro. Guests will progress from station to station sampling regional offerings paired purposefully with appetizers from Lobster Place and Dickson’s Farmstand Meats.

The event takes place on April 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $60.

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