Planning for New York Wine Expo 2012 @NewYorkWineExpo

Last year I attended the New York Wine Expo to cover the launch of Avocados from Mexico “Taste the Wow” tour. While there I just happened to meet Leslie Sbrocco, Founder of Thirsty Girl, a community of women passionate about wine, food, travel, libations and fun.

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Leslie and I spoke about the joys of wine and friendship. We both agreed that more women needed more enjoyment of both! Leslie explained that planning monthly (or weekly) socials to learn more about wine is a great group activity and easy to do. Her site offers wine education seminars and community support for women interested.

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I wish I could have chatted with Leslie more but she had a TV interview to finish and I had to head back home. On my way out I did stop by a few booths.

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One booth sign said they had the secret to the perfect Sangria! Of course I had to test out their recipe.

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Another booth offered chocolate to go with your wine. You KNOW I had to stop there. Yum!

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As I walked to the exit my eyes roamed over all the different tables offering wines from all over the world. I was amazed to see some countries made wines and wondered how their wines tasted.

Since I didn't get a chance to fully "cover" the New York Wine Expo last year, this year I'm REALLY looking forward to it.

The 5th Annual New York Wine Expo, will be on March 2nd - 4th and offers attendees a chance to sample wines from nearly 175 wineries from around the globe. Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City, several seminars will take place throughout the weekend led by industry experts. While more are sure to be added, those currently on the calendar include:

Wine 101: Taste Like a Pro with Wine Spectator
Friday, March 2, 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Saturday, March 3, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Explore grapes and wine styles as you taste eight wines from around the world, learn the tasting techniques used by pros and build a wine appreciation framework

Wine Spectator Presents...Portugal – Discover a World of Difference
Friday, March 2, 8:30 – 9:30 pm
One of the world’s most traditional wine countries is seriously stepping up its game and using indigenous grape varieties from diverse regions to produce delicious wines. Explore Portugal and taste for yourself why wine critics are excited about Portugal’s new wave wines. Hosted by Wine Spectator's Director of Education Gloria Maroti Frazee.

The Rhône Valley: A River Runs Through It…with Mark Oldman
Saturday, March 3, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Renowned wine speaker, author, and PBS TV personality Mark Oldman gives you an insider's view of the wine of France's celebrated Rhône Valley. Mark clues you in to a wide variety of Rhone wines that will make you the envy of your wine-passionate friends.

For tickets, updated seminar schedule and event information call 800-544-1660 or visit www.NewYorkWineExpo.com

Note: Sunday, March 4 is dedicated to trade representatives. The Wine Expo is not open to the general public on Sunday.

I can't wait to share with you some of the yummy wines and cool wine related accessories I find at this years New York Wine Expo!

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