Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting Returns to NYC, Celebrating New York State Wines at the Rainbow Room, March 31

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The New York Wine & Grape Foundation returns to midtown Manhattan's iconic Rainbow Room with its 9th Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting featuring 50 New York State Wineries on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. A trade tasting is followed by a public session from 6pm-8pm; tickets are on sale now at or

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NY Drinks NY returns to the Rainbow Room, Tuesday, March 31, 2020.’s an opportunity for all the dedicated NY Drinks NY trade attendees who have come on our familiarization tours or to our events, to meet up again with the wineries, and to check in on the wines that brought us all together in the first place.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is pleased to announce that the 9th Annual NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting will take place on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 again at midtown Manhattan’s iconic Rainbow Room located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the 65th floor. Fifty wineries from the state’s wine regions including the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Long Island, and the Niagara Escarpment will participate and pour at this specially curated New York-centric event. Educational seminars, “meet & greets” with the winemakers, and more will also be featured throughout the course of the event.

NY Drinks NY celebrates New York wine with a series of educational tours and events throughout the year, culminating with a Grand Tasting of over 200 library and current vintage New York wines at The Rainbow Room. To date, participating wineries include the well-known Bedell Cellars, of Long Island; Fjord Vineyards, of the Hudson Valley, Anthony Road Wine Cellars, of the Finger Lakes; Arrowhead Spring Vineyards, of the Niagara Escarpment, and wineries new to the NY Drinks NY program this year, such as Suhru Wines, from Long Island; Forge Cellars, Nathan K. Wines, and Silver Thread Vineyards from the Finger Lakes, and more. In addition to wine, there will be a spread of New York cheeses, charcuterie and hors d'oeuvres all sourced from New York state producers based in the Finger Lakes.

An educational session for Consumers entitled “New York Wines from Corner to Corner,” will be held from 6pm to 8pm. The session will be moderated by Alexander Peartree, Tasting Director of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. An Industry Session, exclusively for members of the media, restaurants, and the wine trade takes place from 12pm to 4pm. (Note: All trade and media ticket requests will be subject to verification.) This year, trade seminars include “Library Rieslings,” a look at some of our state’s premier Rieslings with a minimum of five years of bottle age, moderated by Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar; and “Burgundy Grapes In New York,” a dive into the still underrecognized world of New York Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Gamay Noir, moderated by sommelier Yannick Benjamin.

“We’re thrilled to be able to present a seminar with someone so keyed into both what’s going on in New York, and what consumers are drinking, as Alex is,” notes Paul Brady, New York Wine Brand Ambassador for the New York Grape and Wine Foundation. He continues, “This is a bit different from other large tastings I’ve been involved with, in that it’s an opportunity for all the dedicated NY Drinks NY trade attendees who have come on our familiarization tours or to our events, to meet up again with the wineries, and to check in on the wines that brought us all together in the first place.”

Tickets to the Consumer Session are on sale now, starting at $85. Special tickets are also available starting at $109 that include a Consumer Membership to The New York Wine & Grape Foundation. Membership benefits include access to events, educational webinars, discounts, New York wine information, and more. Additionally, a discounted ticket is available to current Consumer Members. Advance purchase for the event is highly recommended.

For complete details and to purchase tickets to the Tuesday, March 31 NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting, visit or

About The New York Wine & Grape Foundation
The New York Wine & Grape Foundation promotes the world-class image of New York grapes and wines from our diverse regions to responsibly benefit farmers, producers and consumers through innovative marketing, research, communication, and advocacy. New York ranks third in wine production nation-wide and the wine industry contributes $6.3 billion annually to the state's economy. Learn more at

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