What do NYC, Napa Valley and a big ol’ cheese and wine-tasting party have in common? (a) City Winery; (b) Murray’s Cheese; (c) an amazing Smith competition, with a Napa Valley getaway prize; or (d) all of the above?
The answer is, of course, (d). Bar, restaurant and all-round foodie destination City Winery stands out among the cool places to sip and be sceney in SoHo with its concerts, tastings and wine-making courses; the only working winery in New York City, it turns city slickers into amateur vintners – all without leaving the island. And (a genius ploy), the menu is all about ‘food pairing’ – making sure the spotlight stays firmly on your grape-juice beverage. (Well, when you’ve got your own wines on tap, you don’t want them hiding their light under a bread roll…)
City Winery’s vintages are crafted from grapes and juice shipped from tip-top vineyards from across California (think Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino) and beyond. Last week, we propped ourselves up amid their towering barrels to savour their most popular wines paired with the best wedges from Murray’s Cheese.
Their crisp Sohovignon blanc had us thinking about making our own Smith wine. While that remains a dream, we are going to fulfil one lucky couple’s foodie fantasies by sending them to Napa Valley to stay at an eco-friendly boutique retreat and try some of the country’s best food and wine…
WIN A GOURMET NAPA VALLEY GETAWAY
We’re giving away two round-trip tickets to San Francisco, a three-night stay at the bucolic cottage-dotted retreat The Carneros Inn in Napa Valley, and gourmet goodies galore.
Rocking chairs made out of repurposed milk cartons line the front of the cosy cottages at this agri-chic resort (Carneros Inn – pictured right – boasts its own post office, not to mention restaurants and spa). You’ll also get a private tour of Bettinelli Vineyards. Top it off with a tour of the olive press at Grove 45 and an alfresco lunch with the owners Nena Talcott and Bonnie Storm.
Back in New York, taste a straight-from-the-barrel cabernet sauvignon after a one-on-one tour with master vintner David Lacomte at City Winery. Since no rich red or wicked white wine experience is complete without cheese, Murray’s Cheese has put together a crate of their top performers, including Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog (left) and Cowgirl Creamery Mt Tam triple crème, artisan salamis and a bottle of Grove 45 olive oil, which will be delivered to your door.
Don’t miss this chance to steal away to Napa Valley for your own taste of the wine country: enter now.