Call it the Locavore Love Boat for Lushes

It ain’t your mother’s circle line.

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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.

Photo courtesy of Classic Harbor Line. 




Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal,, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.