Wendy Crispell runs two-hour vino-soaked cruises around the lovely Isle of Manhattan and has set her sights on other parts of the state. Not that she’s taking partyers there, though the Erie Canal could make a fascinating pleasure cruise.
Rather, her upcoming autumn equinox evening aboard the 80-foot, 20s-era yacht christened with the same name as this magazine (minus the “Edible”), will feature all Empire-state wines. Feeling lost at sea when it comes to the local pour? Crispell will navigate adrift oenophiles through stars from the Hudson River Valley including Benmarl’s 2007 Traminette (a cross of gewürztraminer and seyval blanc) and Millbrook’s Long Island-sourced 2006 cabernet franc. “There will probably be a couple of Finger Lakes wines as well,” says Crispell, who is a diploma candidate at the prestigious Wine & Sprit Education Trust program and who pairs the local vino with tapas-style nibbles. “I always like to add a few surprises.”
The September 22 event, which leaves promptly at 6:30 p.m. from Pier 59 at the Chelsea Piers, costs $85. www.sail-nyc.com.
Photo courtesy of Classic Harbor Line.