Last week I attended an amazing wine-tasting event – Around The World In 80 Sips. Arranged by Bottlenotes the event has been held all over the states and I was lucky enough to attend the one here in New York. It was an event for both wine experts but also the regular Joe that enjoys sipping on wine and getting a bit of a flavor adventure.

To make sure you would not get too drunk on all of the very many wines that were available there were hors d’oeuvres put out on a table for all to enjoy. But there were more, there also were cheese and Salami’s from Creminelli, extremely tasty and unique flavors from the chocolate store Vosges, Rick’s Picks, which were a variety of pickled vegetables and small little bites from a chef.

The cookbook Writer Tanya Steel were also there to promote her Cookbook The Epicurious Cookbook: More Than 250 of Our Best-Loved Four-Fork Recipes for Weeknights, Weekends and Special Occasions. Tanya Steel was put on the New York Times bestseller list for her Cookbook this week and she was happy to talk about how the cookbook came to and how to use it. A great inspirational cookbook if you love to cook.

Saving the best for last, the Sherry Suite, sponsored by Sherry -Lehmann – the Sherry Suite was for a few select people who had purchased a more expensive ticket and Oh My the wines that were there were amazing. The wines in the General Admission area were good but not the best of the best which was what you got served in the Sherry Suite. I never thought that I would try an almost 50 year old Vins Doux Naturel, made like a port but tastes more like a dessert wine. It was the best wine served that day and I will never forget it.

The prices for the event indicated the difference of quality of the wines where the General Admission was $75, access to the Sherry Suite was a whopping $495. Even though the Sherry Suite had the best wines of the evening, I am not sure I would pay $495 myself instead of the $75 because the general admission maybe did not give the best wines available but the ticket would give you good wines for affordable prices and you could get a look into where you should look for affordable and good wines for your own use. Not many would buy a $200 bottle of wine and then drink it.

The evening was an experience and I am glad I got the chance to go. I will never forget the incredible wines I had the opportunity to try.

- Line B.