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Wine and Cocktail Tastings with Wendy Crispell Join us with Wendy Crispell as she leads these fun and interactive NYC wine tastings! Whether you are interested in wine and cheese or making the perfect cocktail you will be sure to love these fun events aboard our classic yachts. Jump into the wonderful world of wine aboard the Yacht Manhattan and learn what Wendy has to offer.

Wendy has been hosting Classic Harbor Line’s wildly popular NYC wine tastings for 9 seasons. Wendy’s belief that learning about wine should be fun, and accessible to everyone, leading many participants to return year after year. In addition to holding multiple certifications in wine, Wendy is also a certified cheese professional, award-winning culinary writer, known for her world-renowned cocktail creations and is a French trained chef. She has traveled the world to get up close and personal insight into the culinary culture, traditions and trends in the world of food and wine.

What is the best date idea in NYC? How about a Wine and Cheese pairing on a classic yacht? Looking for a boat ride to see the sites of our gorgeous city without a guided tour? How about a Cocktail cruise that lets you watch the sun dip behind the Statue of Liberty? Visitors and Locals alike this wine and cheese tasting or cocktail cruise is great for a group of friends, a magical date or relatives from out of town. Become a regular and learn the ins and outs of all there is to know about Wine, Cheese and Cocktails with the wonderful Wendy Crispell!

*** Due to Covid-19 we will not be running Wine cruises.  The start of Wine cruises will be TBA depending on State requirements. 

COVID-19 UPDATES: Please click HERE to see how we have changed our operation due to Covid-19.


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Wine & Cheese Pairing Classes on Yacht Manhattan

Each week wines are carefully selected from small family run or boutique producers to express the terroir of the region being represented. Years of experience, education and constant tasting help to select wines of exceptional value, quality and taste. Cheeses are ONLY artisan or farmstead cheeses sourced from NYC’s finest shops or small local dairies. Led by NYC wine pro Wendy Crispell (a certified wine and cheese educator) our wildly popular Wine and Cheese cruise has been featured in Wine Spectator, Time Out NY, Edible Manhattan, Gastronomista, Pasta’s Kitchen, Two plus Two review and The New York Post(Photo by Tali Blankfeld). 

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

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Wine Regions of the World Tasting Series Cruise

Taste the wines of the world! Each cruise focuses on a different region or theme. Explore grapes, styles, soils, viticulture, and tasting techniques that will enhance your tasting experience. These interactive tastings will be conducted by our certified wine consultant, Wendy Crispell, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Artisan & farmstead cheeses, with a selection of jams, dried fruits, honey and breads will be expertly paired to complement the region’s wines.

 

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

March 28th See, Smell, Swirl, Touch, Taste. Wine 201, Secrets of a Wine and Cheese Professional

March 28th: Women in Wine and Cheese: Women’s History Month

Women in Wine and Cheese for Women’s History Month! Experience a tasting of 5 wines and cheeses made by Women and learn the history of women past and present.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

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April 4th: Wine and Cheese: Sensory Sensation

Wine and Cheese Sensory Sensation, perfect pairings. Learn the methods behind perfect pairings and why they work! Red and white wines will be featured with an array of cheeses.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

May 9th: Girls Rock! Women wine & cheesemakers in celebration of Mother's Day!

May 9th: Mother’s Day Wine and Cheese

Mother’s Day Wine and Cheese- Wines and Cheeses made by mom’s and or families. Passion and attention to detail rule in this special artisan event.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

June 27th: Blazing Sunsets! Red Wine perfect for Summer Sipping paired with cheese & chocolate.

June 6th: South of France, Fabulous Finds in Wine and Cheese

South of France, Fabulous Finds in Wine and Cheese under the Radar. White, Red, Rose and Bubbly with an array of French cheeses.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

April 25th: France without Fear: Part One

June 13th: Northern and Central Italy, Wine and Cheese

Northern and Central Italy, Wine and Cheese- Experience the wonders of Piemonte, Tuscany, Alto Adige and more in this exploration of Italian wine and cheese.

 

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

August 3rd: Wine Tasting on yacht: Greece, White & Red Wine and Cheese from the Mediterranean!

July 18th: Grilling and Chilling, Reds and Rose for Summer

Grilling and Chilling, Reds and Rose for Summer- Discover reds that are meant to have a chill along with cheeses or paired meats.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

July 25th: New Zealand, Lush Green land of Red and White Wines and the local USA cheeses that love them.

July 11th: Eastern European Wonders: Wines of Hungary, Czech Republic & Slovenia

Wendy has traveled extensively in these regions to find the best in under the radar wines. These exotic beauties will be paired with cheeses and or meats to take our tasting to the next level! Cruise with us in NY Harbor as you sip on the delicious picks and watch the sun dip beyond the Statue of Liberty! 

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

August 3rd: Wine Tasting on yacht: Greece, White & Red Wine and Cheese from the Mediterranean!

August 1st: Natural Wine, Orange Wine

Natural Wine, Orange Wine and Amphora Wines with Organic and Biodynamic Cheeses. – Do any of these practices make a difference in taste? Price? Method of production?

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

August 8th: Italy! Part One.

August 8th: France vs. USA

France vs. USA, Wine and Cheese. – Taste the difference in new world vs old world wine and cheese.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

July 11th: White Nights, Tasty Tongue Twisting Tipples paired with Cheesy Tapas. World wide whites and rose for Summer Scorchers

August 15th: Southern Italy and Sicily

Southern Italy and Sicily, Refreshing Whites and Rustic Reds! Taste the history and tradition of these great regions.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $96

August 22nd: Italy! Part Two.

August 22nd: Chile and Argentina

Chile and Argentina with a study of Gouda! White, and red with Gouda cheeses ranging from 6 months to 4 years old.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

October 24th: Spain and the Iberian Peninsula, From Rioja to Rueda and beyond with sinfully satisfying cheeses, jams and drizzles!

October 24th: Wines from Spain

Spain! Amazing value in premium wines and cheeses. From Refreshing whites to rustic reds paired with the best of Spanish cheese.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

November 17th, 24th & December 15th: Wine, Cheese, Chocolate pairing

Compare flavor, texture, sweet and salty elements while we craft the perfect pairing! Cruise with us in our cozy climate controlled all-glass observatory and sip on these delicious picks.  

 

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

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March 21st: UK Cheeses and the Tale of the Irish Wine Geese

In Celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day savor the best of Irish Cheddar, Rustic Blues and Washed Rind beauties. Pair with wines made by descendants of Irish wine makers from around the world.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $96

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April 25th: Springtime in the Garden of France, Loire Valley Wines and Cheese

Springtime in the Garden of France, Loire Valley Wines and Cheese- Delicious Chenin Blanc, Cab Franc, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc will be featured along with an array of fresh and aged cheeses.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $96

July 11th: White Nights, Tasty Tongue Twisting Tipples paired with Cheesy Tapas. World wide whites and rose for Summer Scorchers

May 30th: Sparkling White, Rose and Red to make every day Festive

Sparkling White, Rose and Red to make every day Festive! – Paired with an array of cheeses. Bubbly is the perfect pairing for any cheese, find out why at this fun and informative tasting.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

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June 27th: Greek wines and Mediterranean delights

Greek wines and Mediterranean delights- Learn about the indigenous grapes of Greece, with roots deep in the history of wine. Taste the wonderful array of cheeses, olives and learn how to make a fresh cheese to serve at all of your summer get togethers.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan or Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $96

May 30th: France without fear: Part Two.

July 25th: Greek wines and Mediterranean delights

Greek wines and Mediterranean delights- Learn about the indigenous grapes of Greece, with roots deep in the history of wine. Taste the wonderful array of cheeses, olives and learn how to make a fresh cheese to serve at all of your summer get togethers.

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

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August 29th: Gourmet Sangria! Red, White and Rose

Gourmet Sangria! Red, White and Rose with Cheesy Tapas. Learn how to make 4 quality sangrias with recipes and tips to get your cocktail game on! 

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $96

September 12th: For Gouda time call, Chille & Argentina.

September 12th: Sparkling Wine Cocktails

Sparkling Wine Cocktails paired with cheese and jam- Learn how to craft 4 different cocktails and pair with cheeses, fruit and jam.

  Duration: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

September 26th: Portugal, It's a treasure trove of delicious wines and cheeses!

September 26th: Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand with a variety of aged Cheddar! Experience Bubbly, Rich reds, Wonderful whites and a variety of aged cheeses in this delicious pairing.

  Duration: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

October 10th: Oktoberfest! Austria and Germany, Red and White Wines with Germanic cheeses and treats!

October 10th: Oktoberfest!

Octoberfest! Germanic wines and cheeses with Teutonic treats. Savor the flavors of fall with this fun and informative tasting.

 

  Duration: Chelsea Piers   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

December 31st Bubbly Holiday Tasting

December 30th – Bubbly from around the world with Wine and Cheese

Sparkling Wines and Silky, Savory Cheeses for a Decedent NYE Celebrations! Sparkling wine is the most versatile pairing in the cheese world! Find out about the grapes, styles, traditions and methods of production. Tickle your senses with bubbly Cremant from France, Sekt from Austria, Cava from Spain, Method Ancestral Prosecco, an American bubbly from the oldest hand dug cellar in the states and discover an unusual sparkling red! Taste a runny, ripe bloomy rind, a cave aged reserve, a rock hard salty sheep’s milk cheese and other surprises in this fun, interactive tasting!

  Duration: 2 hrs   Boat: Manhattan   Cost: Adult $96

Valentine’s Day Champagne Tasting Cruise

Join us in NYC for a Champagne Valentine’s Day Cruise aboard the luxury yacht Manhattan II.  As you cruise on the Yacht Manhattan II, you will be able to take in all the beauty the New York City skyline has to offer while cozying up and staying warm in our climate controlled observatory. This cruise has limited capacity to create an intimate, comfortable and quiet NY Harbor cruise.  This Valentine’s Day Cruise is one of the best date ideas in the city of Manhattan.  This romantic, intimate and breathtaking NYC Cruise is something that you will make a regular annual event on this special day.    

  Duration: 1.5 hrs   Boat: Manhattan II   Cost: Adult $72