Let’s bid a hearty farewell to 2020 and welcome the New Year with some authentic New York sparkle! New Year’s Eve celebrations may look different this year, but the holiday would be incomplete without the festive sound of a popping cork. Sparkling wine has driven New York’s industry since the very beginning: after Prohibition, Charles Fournier, originally of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin, became the winemaker and production manager of Urbana Wine Company in the Finger Lakes. Join us as we honor New York State’s sparkling wine history, celebrate the future, and toast the new year in a lively virtual tasting with brand ambassador Wanda Mann.
▸ Lakewood Vineyards 2019 Bubbly Candeo
▸ Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Riesling Bubbly
▸ Channing Daughters Winery 2018 Tocai Friulano Pét-Nat
▸ Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard Standing Stone Blanc de Blanc
▸ Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Methode Champenoise
About the Moderator:
Wanda Mann is the founder & editor-in-chief of Wine With Wanda, the wine lifestyle blog formerly known as The Black Dress Traveler. Wanda joined the team of the prestigious wine industry publication, The SOMM Journal, as a Contributing Editor in the summer of 2020. Always on a quest to learn more about wine, in 2015 Wanda earned the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) credential from the Society of Wine Educators and has traveled with her ever-growing collection of little black dresses (and many other colors) to numerous wine regions, including Italy, Spain, France, Portugal, and Argentina. In 2017, Wanda served as a judge at the Napoli Wine Challenge at the Vitigno Italia wine festival in Naples. Also, in 2017, Wanda was inducted as a Cavaliere into the il Sovrano e Nobilissimo Ordine dell’Amarone e del Recioto.
A native New Yorker and Manhattan resident, Wanda enjoys exploring the world of wine in her hometown by attending numerous tastings and classes. As a student, Wanda spent her junior year of high school in Barcelona, Spain with the School Year Abroad program. Her junior year of college was spent in Toledo, Spain studying at the Fundación Ortega y Gassett. She still dreams of living in España for at least 3 months each year. Wanda is a proud graduate of Phillips Academy (Massachusetts) and Pomona College (California) and her taste in wine has improved dramatically since her college days!