I love wine. It's both a blessing and a curse. From the time I was of age (or whatever), I was exposed to wines of all different qualities, flavors and regions via a family member who had (has) an extreme interest in mostly beautiful reds of all kinds. Perhaps it was osmosis combined with a desire to ingest any substance that might give me a buzz (we could all relate to this at 18!) that provided me with a taste for wine.
I've never visited Napa or wine country at all. While high-ranking on my bucket list, I haven't yet had the opportunity. So when I was invited on a City Wine Tour in Boston, I thought why not. I grabbed a friend I thought would appreciate an afternoon of wine and treats and off we went.
First step was choosing our tour. City Wine Tours (Boston-based) offer four locations - Harvard Square, Back Bay, South End and North End. Being Boston's own "Little Italy", we easily selected the North End tour which met at the Fairmont Battery Wharf. The tour began in the beautiful lobby where we met our tour guide - Roz - who kicked it off by giving a brief overview of wine and offered some interesting little factoids that I wasn't previosly aware of. We talked about several different types of wines, complete with generous tastings complemented by some baguette and cheeses from Aragosta, the restaurant at the hotel. About an hour into it, armed with some new knowledge about wine, we started the walking tour. We hit two other spots in the North End, my favorite being the The Wine Bottega, a small store in the heart of the North End's Hanover Street. The Wine Bottega specializes in natural wines, bottles you'll likely not find in regular wine stores. Sort of like the Whole Foods of wine stores without the esoteric pretentiousness. Matter of fact, if you want real advice and help selecting a great bottle of wine in any price range, hit up any of the knowledgeable folks at The Wine Bottega. You can justify the trip to the North End by sitting down in any of the amazing eateries on the street - they never disappoint (Giacomo's anyone?).
There were about 15 people on the tour, some celebrating anniversaries, others were visiting Boston, and others, like us, were just enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon in one of the most excellent cities in the U.S. I wouldn't hesitate to book a wine tour as a part of a bachelorette party or maybe even for a special birthday party. Truly, it was a treat to learn some little-known (or unknown by me) facts about wine, even things I thought I already knew. This included what to look for on a label, how to properly order wine in a restaurant, how to taste, and the difference in regions/grapes, etc. You'll impress your next date with your new knowledge about wine.
Tours run about 2 hours'ish and cost $66 per person. You can save 15% when you book by using discount code: CityWineJill at checkout.
Highly recommend. Thanks to City Wine Tours for treating my guest and I to a super afternoon filled with wine, delicious treats, and a great memory.