Going beyond the basics, many stylish hotels invite guests and visitors to experience educational and social wine tastings. Here are highlights for East Coast travelers and locals.
The Charlesmark Hotel in Boston organizes a “Monthly Wine Tasting Party.” During a $20 self-guided tour on the third Wednesday from 6 to 8 pm, tasters sample three reds and three whites along with light appetizers. “Guests can do the tasting at their own pace,” said Jefferson Ryder, lounge manager. “People are afraid of those with knowledge about wine. If you like it, that’s the most important.”
At Philadelphia’s Sofitel Hotel, Liberté Urban Chic Lounge features nightly “flights” including Scotch, Cognac and Champagne paired with menu items. Launched in 2007, the program includes three 2-ounce glasses, starting at $12. “We have taken wines from regions of the world that have similarities in how they are aged,” says Shelley Dickinson, the hotel’s director of food and beverage.