Wine-Tasting Series

Complimentary winesJoin us on the first Friday and Saturday of every month, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., to enjoy a complimentary two-ounce sampling of wines or spirits, and meet experts from featured vineyards and spirit purveyors.

The Balcony Lounge
The Balcony Lounge is open to Museum Members beginning at the Friend ($300) level and above. This sophisticated space offers a delicious menu of beverages and light snacks for purchase, along with complimentary reading material and Wi-Fi. For more information, call 212-570-3753.

Monday–Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Second floor, adjacent to the Great Hall Balcony

To become a Member, or to upgrade your Membership, please call 212-570-3753.

Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1: What's in a Moscow Mule?
The story behind this cocktail is one of quintessential American ingenuity. Born of necessity by lackluster sales of vodka (once called "Russian for horrible") and ginger beer—an enterprising bartender at an LA bar paired the two together to make history. With an aggressive marketing campaign, the drink became a staple; join us and learn why you should be drinking them.

Friday, September 4, and Saturday, September 5: Napa Valley Wineries
The Napa Valley is home to hundreds of vineyards that produce wines proven to stand proudly alongside the top wines of the world. And while Napa's stellar reputation was built on the merits of its elegant Chardonnay and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon, many other grapes call the valley home and indeed thrive in its fertile soils. We'll sample a few of these wines and enjoy conversation with winemakers from the region.

Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3: The Negroni—Not Your Typical Apéritif
The Negroni is a classic—a refreshing, well-balanced apéritif that combines sweet and bitter flavors with a kick. In 1947, Orson Welles made it a mainstream favorite with an endorsement declaring, "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other." When recommended by Orson Welles, how could one resist the urge to indulge in this favorite?

Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7: Cocktails—Just the Classics
Did you know the first appearance of the cocktail in written word was well before prohibition? In 1803 this phrase was penned in the Farmer's Cabinet: "Drank a glass of cocktail—excellent for the head." While today your doctor may shy away from prescribing a martini for your ailments—we'd still recommend a Tom Collins or an Old-Fashioned for a relaxing evening.

Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5: Discover Super Tuscan Wine
They are among the most exciting and diverse wines in Italy, yet there is probably no term in Italian wine that is more misunderstood than "Super Tuscan." Join us to taste this wine and enjoy lively discussion on the ever-evolving definition of this ubiquitous term.