What we're about
If you like wine and food, this group is for you. This group was started as a place to find other people who want to learn about wine and food in a casual, fun, and stimulating setting. This is not a dating or pick-up group.
We meet at least once per month at a local venue that allows us to bring our own wine. There are so many great places in NYC that are BYO/BYOB we can enjoy wine and food in a casual, fun, interesting, affordable atmosphere. We have access to great wine and we are always looking to enjoy it with like minded people.
The group was founded by Vicente Pina, a wine educator, wine writer, and former retailer. He created a group that was relaxed and focused on enjoying wine without being pompous or intimidating. When Vince left for a job opportunity in the Northwest, the members wanted to continue the group, so Dan Goroff and Jeff M, two amateur wine lovers, have taken over as organizers with support from other members.
Our aim is to promote the love of wine by providing other wine lovers the chance to learn about the wonderful world of wine and sample world-class vino as we socialize and meet a diverse group of people with similar interests. Our primary emphasis is to have fun by fusing these three activities - enjoying wine, food and meeting interesting people. The venues of our meetings will generally be BYO/BYOB places whenever possible, that also offer to great food and ambiance.
We taste wines from all over the world that have been rated by The Wine Advocate, International Wine Cellars, Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast magazines, James Halliday, Jancis Robinson, and other renowned experts.
Everyone is welcome! From people new to wine, to long time wine lovers. So lets join up and have fun meeting and mingling while indulging in three of life's most satisfying pleasures - PEOPLE, WINE & FOOD.
One final key point, the purpose of our events is for you, our members, to enjoy wine, food and friendship in a relaxed environment. It is even more important that you get home safely from the event. One of the nice things about organizing wine tastings in New York is that all of our events are convenient to subway or bus lines. After sharing six or seven bottles of wine between ten people, people should not be driving. You can use mass transit, cabs or Uber to get home, but please do not endanger yourself or others by driving after one of our events. We have zero tolerance for this behavior and members will be removed from the group if we find that they are driving after our events.