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Tastings and wine basics

Posted by Elaine Fernandez, Jan 19, 2009.

I moved to Albany about 2 years ago and don't know much about how or where to find good wines here. Specifically, I would love to know if there are any restaurants up here that have food and wine pairing menus. I would also like to know if there are wine tours nearby. I don't know a lot about wine, but I really enjoy wine. I want to know how and/or where I can learn the basics about wine while trying new types. Thank you!!


Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 19, 2009.

Hi Elaine and welcome to Snooth!

If you go to the Social root page, just click on Social in the bar above, you'll be able to find members who live by you. I'll see if I can't wrangle up an Albany-ite or two to get things started!

As far as learning about the basics of wine this is a great place to start. Throwing a wine tasting party with some friends canbe a great way to sample a variety of wines in one night without breaking the budget or drinking way too much. Rachel recently put together a great tasting -

And finding a trusted retailer is essential. I'll see what I can do about getting you some info on the stores in your neck of the woods!

Reply by Elaine Fernandez, Jan 19, 2009.

That's great! Thank you so much! A wine tasting party is a great idea. I'll check out the links you provided, and thank you again!

Reply by Ken V, Jan 19, 2009.

Hi Elaine,

Do you mean Albany, NY?

Empire Wines in the Northway Mall has a good selection and some good prices, but mostly I buy on the Internet or go over to the Berkshires to buy wine locally. Nejaimes has 3 stores. Spirit Shoppe has one. Both have good selections and prices and some nice tastings. Get on their email lists if you're not already.

The Fort Orange Club has monthly tastings. I don't go because men have to wear jackets and ties, but several of my friends go. They seems quite diverse and broad (the tastings).

I believe the Desmond and Cafe Capriccio do wine dinners from time to time. Check their websites or Metroland.

Let me know if you have other questions. I've lived up here for 25 years.


Reply by Elaine Fernandez, Jan 20, 2009.

Hi Ken. Yes, Albany NY. I'll check out the Northway Mall and the Fort Orange Club. I really appreciate all the great information! Thank you!!

Reply by Elaine Fernandez, Jan 20, 2009.

Hi again, Ken. I just googled Fort Orange Club and came up with a bunch of things. Can you please tell me where FOC is located? Thank you!!

Reply by Ken V, Jan 20, 2009.

It's right in downtown Albany just west of the old Capitol Building on State Street. Here is their website:

Reply by Elaine Fernandez, Jan 20, 2009.

Thank you! That's actually not far from me at all!

Reply by Philip James, Jan 20, 2009.

Elaine - welcome to the site, by the way.

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 21, 2009.

Thanks Ken.

I knew you were the right person to ask!

Reply by Mark Angelillo, Jan 23, 2009.

Great information! Welcome to Snooth, Elaine.

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