Wine-Tasting Series

Complimentary winesJoin us on the first Friday and Saturday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., for a complimentary two-ounce tasting of featured wines or spirits. Enjoy lively discussion with winemakers, spirit purveyors, and a variety of experts in the sophisticated and elegant Balcony Lounge.

The Balcony Lounge is open to Museum Members beginning at the Friend ($300) level. For more information on becoming a Member, or to upgrade your Museum Membership, see the Membership form or call 212-570-3753.

Friday, October 3, and Saturday, October 4: American Craft Ciders
Hard cider is a serious business. One of the most popular beverages for early colonial settlers, hard cider was often enjoyed daily by all members of the family. Harvard University was even noted to have run its own brewery: In 1639, when the university failed to supply sufficient beer, University President Nathaniel Eaton was removed from office. Just as the market for craft beer has exploded, so too has the demand for hard cider, as orchardists hone their craft to bolster their business and delight your taste buds.

Friday, November 7, and Saturday, November 8: Wines of New Zealand
Born in the sunshine and bathed in the cool seaside breezes, New Zealand wines deliver a unique and intense experience as diverse as the land itself. A commitment to quality and the benefit of a moderate maritime climate blend together to create a balanced and fresh flavor for which New Zealand wines are world renowned.

Friday, December 5, and Saturday, December 6: Beaujolais Nouveau Day
Beaujolais Nouveau Day is marked in France on the third Thursday in November with fireworks, music, and festivals. Under French law, the wine is released at 12:01 a.m.—just weeks after the grapes have been harvested—and celebrations are held throughout the countryside to celebrate the first wine of the season. Beaujolais wine was first produced a century ago, sold as a cheap and cheerful local drink to celebrate the end of the harvest season. Today there are several dozen vintners making this popular red.