- Windows on the World Wine School
New York Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, at 45th Street, 845-255-1456; wowws.com
Kevin Zraly’s 27-year-old Windows on the World Wine School always feels like a party, with 125 people gathered at the Marriott Marquis (the school’s new home) to slurp-and-spit $4,000 worth of wine in the course of eight weeks. In order to help each student sort through his or her own senses of taste and smell, Zraly employs a teaching method that’s part Socratic, part shtick. As the class covers fundamentals like which varietal goes best with lamb (Cabernet Sauvignon), there are also plenty of pleasant “Eureka” moments, such as when he describes Chardonnay as a red wine masquerading as a white and Pinot Noir as the reverse. Tuition is $895 per course.
Best Wine Wisdom
From the 2003 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).