Sunday’s Wine Expo at the Javits Center in NYC was packed with many drinkers (as opposed to tasters) so I filed in quickly and efficiently, even getting in and out of there with a free bus transfer for my way back to the East Side.
There is always a lot to see and taste, one off the wine path and a lovely surprise to me was the Magners table showing off their new Pear Cider…delicious…and Gluten Free for the Celiac’s like me out there. Gonna be featuring this at a tasting soon!
Most impressive to me was the large South Africa conglomerate, tons of CheninBlanc and Pinotage to show off as well many delicious Shiraz examples. I asked about the push of SA wines to the US and the best answer I received was, “Yeah, South Africa always is trying to get more distribution in the US.” Of course, but with the banner space and the floor space that compared to no other wine region, there’s a bigger push than in years past.
The other impressive region that was well represented was Portugal. My wine tasting experience here is more in the Port realm or in good value red blends and light, crisp, budget friendly whites like Vinho Verde. They had those, obviously, but when I asked about the more recent push or promotion, the Portugal rep said that they wanted to show off more of historical wine making and focus on the higher end, quality wines. As deemed by the quotes on their big banner, “Fame is Fleeting. Heritage Endures.”
Very successful day, especially as a part of the Travel and the Restaurant show, it was a happenin’ scene.