Written by on 7.04.17

Old Man Winter has left the city, but the dog days of summer have not yet been unleashed. In other words, now is the ideal time to grab a few friends and sign up for a wine walking tour. Here are two of the Big Apple’s most popular wine tours (each starting at $75 per person).

SoHo Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

Sample six wines and palate-cleansing small sweet and savory bites at two unique venues in the picturesque, uber-artsy SoHo neighborhood. This two-hour tour is limited to 12 individuals, so you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions. Your guide will provide details about each vintage, as well as instruction on making smart wine-food pairings. Book early, as these tours usually fill up fast.

West Village Wine Tasting and Walking Tour

If you’ve not yet visited the authentic French bistro A.O.C., this tour is your opportunity to change that! The tour begins around a private table at this local gem, where you and an intimate group will sample a series of French varietals, charcuterie and artisanal cheeses. A wine ambassador will regale you with a bit of history about the wines and tips for selecting, tasting and pairing wines. You’ll stroll to a second West Village venue and conclude the tour back at A.O.C. by 5 p.m.

Prefer a More Spontaneous Tasting? Here are Some Suggestions!

If you’re interested in sampling different fine wines but aren’t necessarily interested in an official wine tour, the City is full of wine shops and restaurants offering tastings. Specializing in French and high-end wines, Millesima USA on the Upper East Side (1355 2nd Ave.) sponsors weekly in-store tastings. Located just steps from The Wellesley, if you’re a resident of this property, you won’t even need to hail a cab!

Want to sample more than just one, two or 10 vintages? We’ve got three words for you: Taste Wine Company (50 Third Ave.) By rating wines, you accrue points you can use to taste wines before you buy. (This venue also has traditional tasting events every month.) Greenwich Village residents of such properties as Carlton Towers and Dryden East have an advantage in the points department – they’re within a short stroll, making wine shopping and sampling more convenient than ever.

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