Food Network NYC Wine&Food Fair 2011

Sizing things up at Grand Tasting – Photo by Ginalola Lowry

“A special reward for Southern Wine & Spirits of New York’s most valued customers, the Beverage Media Trade Tasting at the Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite, offers industry insiders the opportunity to learn about new trends and products in the beverage industry. This invitation-only event offers a sneak peak of the Grand Tasting experience. Invited guests sample rare vintages, unique spirits and select tastings while networking amongst colleagues. This year’s Trade Tasting moves to the historic Pier 57, with beautiful views of the Hudson River, and will be one of the first events held in this unique newly opened event space.”

That’s the way the event was posted on the Food Network NYC Wine & Food Festival 2011 web site.

As I have mentioned in the past, “we are all friends in fermentation”… so I took the opportunity to accept an invitation to attend the Grand Tasting… I mean the “Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite”. There was another reason I was interested in attending. In 1990, on my birthday, I started working at what was then known as the Beverage Media Network as an assistant editor. Three years later, after reaching the position of Managing Editor, the publisher wisely relieved me of my command, without prejudice, to become an author. Eighteen years later I was interested to see what kind of event they could throw.

What you are about to see is a short clip of what I consider the highlights of the “Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite”. The first segment lacks the additional effect of the aromas of the cooking that made it especially memorable. The later segment featuring your humble reporter obviously enjoying a sweet treat was a “beer” moment in that the refreshment enjoyed with the sweet was a sample of Palm Belgian Amber Beer.