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3 Towns Toasted, New York to Go

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009 at 4:26:05 PM
by Erika S., Wine Enthusiast Companies

Toast of the Town New York, our fourth stop on the Toast of the Town roster this year, is just a few weeks away (June 15th). Tickets are going fast! New York is where Toast of the Town was born so after putting on fantastic events there for a decade, we know it will be an incredible evening. Some of the exciting participating restaurants include: Alfama, Allegretti, Barbetta, Thalassa, and the Capital Grille. But let’s take a minute to discuss some of the buzz that has already been building for this year.

San Francisco Toast of the Town

We started in San Francisco, where the folks at YumSugar shared their favorite wines including a 2007 Deep Purple Zinfandel (“plummy and extremely juicy”), a 2006 Louis M. Martini Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley Reserve (“smooth and not overly tannic”), a 2007 Jackson-Triggers Proprietors’ Reserve Vidal IceWine (“a full-bodied sticky”) and some top Korbel sparkling wine. Adam Levin of, enjoyed making up his own food and wine pairings and getting hints from the people pouring. posted a full tasting report, saying “It’s the first time I’ve left a wine event completely stuffed — and perfectly satiated with a glass of Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon (rating: A) — a unique way to finish a wine tasting event” He also calls it a “must-attend event.” He enjoyed crab dumplings, duck salad, steak tartare, lobster thermidor, ahi tuna and more.

Toast of the Town Atlanta

Our next stop was a swimming success in Atlanta, at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium and home to over 60 marine exhibits. Sharks and beluga whales created an elegant backdrop for the evening. Premier restaurants including Canoe, Atlanta Grill and Aqua Blue offered a wide spectrum of great tastes like shrimp lettuce wraps, steak sandwiches and crawfish etouffee.

Chicago Toast of the Town

Next, the fascinating Field Museum in Chicago was our third stop for Toast of the Town this year.  Under the watchful eye of Sue, the Tyrannosaurus rex fossil, attendees enjoyed spiced lamb tenderloin, seared arctic char, big eye tuna with grapefruit, and much more. As with any Toast of the Town, worldly wines flowed freely including selections from as far as Austria and as near as Niagara and Napa. Live jazz added to the festive gathering.

We hope to see you all in New York in just a few short weeks! Grab your tickets today! If you are a Twitter user, be sure to use #TOTT as you tweet from the event.

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