Taste New York! Virtual Meet the Maker Tasting
  • Taste New York! Virtual Meet the Maker Tasting


    This tasting is $189.45 including delivery and all taxes!


    Grab a friend and sip and savour your way through 6 premium New York wines!


    Meet the winemaking superstars of New York State brought to you by Sips Toronto in partnership with Taste New York and New York Wine and Grape Foundation. Our neighbour to the south east, the New York Wine Region is the closest in growing conditions to Ontario’s own Niagara Region. We share similar soil types, varietal typicity and geographical location. As a growing region, New York gained traction in the mid 1970’s and we are now seeing New York wines hit the scene here in Ontario. We invite you to sample and enjoy six different wines from two of New York's major growing regions - Finger Lakes and Long Island. The tasting includes a tutored tasting and tour, led by Sommelier Melissa Stunden of these regions while you experience the differences and similarities between them, and hear the stories directly from minds behind the wines you will have in your glass! 


    Tasting kits and six pack will be shipped directly to your home so please provide your address upon check out.


    Featured Wines:.

    1. Channing Daughters Rosso Fresco 2018 – Long Island, NY

    2. Hosmer Chardonnay 2017 – Finger Lakes, NY

    3. Wagner Dry Riesling 2017 – Finger Lakes, NY

    4. Boundary Breaks Cabernet Franc 2018 – Finger Lakes, NY

    5. Sheldrake Point Rosé 2019 – Finger Lakes, NY

    6. Dr. Konstantin Frank Old Vines Pinot Noir 2017 – Finger Lakes, NY

    • What's Included:

      Enjoy a curated tasting kit to sample along with your host Sommelier, Melissa Stunden:

      6 ‘mini’ samples (good for two people)  

      6 of the same 750ml bottles

      Premium charcuterie pairing + truffle chips


      Must be 19 years of age or older to participate.

      Availability is extremely limited - Get yours before they are gone!!

      Registration closes on Friday, November 20th.

      Please adhere to your local public health restrictions during COVID.

    • About Melissa Stunden:

      She was part of the CAPS 1st graduating class in 2016 where she achieved her Sommelier certification with academic honours. Melissa worked with Le Select Bistro, arguably still one of the best wine cellars in Toronto, as she continued her studies. Following that certification, she worked as the Assistant Sommelier to Jennifer Huether, MS at Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Inc. where she achieved the prestigious award of Top 30 under 30. After six incredible years with the team at MLSE Melissa decided to pursue a career in wine sales. After some time in the world of spirits with Diageo she moved to Lifford Wine & Spirits where she focused on fine wine sales and moved on to develop their National Accounts Program. 

      In December 2017, Melissa started her own beverage alcohol consulting company, with my business partner Andrea Backstrom.  We work very closely with the trade, media, liquor boards, educational bodies such as IWEG and CAPS and host a series of different events over the course of the year.

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