Wine Down Eugene March 27-April 2
I’m back from the vibrant city of New York – a city that never sleeps, for sure. As I strolled (or should I say, speed walked) along the busy streets lined by restaurants, bars and shops packed full of patrons, I was amazed by the never ending dynamism.
I was visiting New York City to attend a weekend filled with stellar wine tastings coordinated by Snooth.com. Celebrating the First Annual Snooth’s People’s Voice Wine Awards, several top wine and food bloggers were invited by Snooth to attend the Grand Tasting and a plethora of Masters of Wine classes: Wines of Scarpa, White Wines of Italy, Wines of Brasil and Wines of Austria were just a few on the list of events we bloggers were lucky enough to attend.
Arriving a day before the wine events began, I was able to spend some time sightseeing around the Big Apple. As soon as I checked into my hotel room at the Hampton Inn Manhattan-Chelsea, which was a super clean and comfortable hotel in a great location, I asked the concierge the best way to get to the 9/11 Memorial. Assuming I’d be taking a cab or walking, the concierge’s suggestion of taking the subway made me realize she had a lot more confidence in my directional skills than I did. But, per her suggestion, I took a left out of the hotel, walked several blocks, and located the stairs that took me underground to the subway that would eventually drop me off at the World Trade Center – well, close to it anyway.
Once I got off the subway, I had no idea which way to go from there, so I decided to follow a group of Scandinavian’s, correctly assuming they were tourists and heading to the same place as me. Suddenly, there I was, looking up at the new One World Trade Center, the Freedom Tower, being erected where the original Tower had once stood – my mind immediately conjured up painful images of September 11, 2001. The last time I had been in New York City, I went to the top of Tower One -the absence of both Tower One and Tower Two was a sting and an absolutely surreal sight.
Located in what is called Memorial Plaza, the North and South pools, also known as the Memorial Pools, were built in the foot prints of the original towers – all the names of the people who lost their lives are carved into granite along the sides of the pools. The museum, memorial benches and trees, including the Survivor Tree that was pulled from the rubble, are all significant to this unbelievably moving and emotional Memorial Plaza.
Most of my first day was spent at the 9/11 Memorial, but the rest of my time in New York was spent tasting incredible wines from around the world and enjoying stellar food. I experienced wines from wine regions that were completely unfamiliar to me, like wines from Brazil and Scarpa. Snooth did an excellent job coordinating events and exposing us writers to delicious wine and food – giving us fabulous content for our blogs and media outlets. Follow me over to my award-winning website, WineJulia.com, where I’ll be sharing each of Snooth’s New York City events in detail.