The New York Wine Expo, held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center from March 2 to March 4, had a little something for everyone: Greek wines for the curious, natural wines for the health conscious (maker Domodimonti says its wine is chemically balanced to prevent hangovers), wines for girlfriends (from Happy Bitch Wines) and even wines for real housewives, from New Jersey's own Real Housewife Teresa Giudice. Show director Ed Hurley says no dominant trend emerged this year, so the expo had more of an "international flair" than a star region or variety. Click here to see highlights from the show.
All photos by Landon Nordeman for Bloomberg Businessweek
An attendee tastes a Rhône Valley wine at the 2012 New York Wine Expo at the Javitz Center on Friday, March 2. This year the expo featured 130 wineries, representing 12 countries, to about 4,000 attendees.
Some 4,000 Thirsty Attendees Served
Thousands of wine glasses were handed out to attendees at the entrance of the "Grand Tasting" hall, where more than 600 wines from around the world were available for sampling.
Larry Snider (left) and Emily Murphy of Grape Group chat while Grape Group President Cindy Diffenderfer (far left) chats with a visitor about the company, which sells wine in kegs.
Labels—After That Fourth (Was it Fifth, or Sixth?) Glass
James Dodd, president of Enfield (Conn.)-based New England Stoppers, displays a collection of antique stoppers made with old doorknobs from collectors, hotels, and other suppliers, priced from about $65 to $150. Custom stoppers with labels such as "Pinot" and "Merlot" can come in handy when you've downed enough to forget what you're pouring.
Stockholm (N.J.)-based Treasures of the Vine sells cheeseboards made of recycled wine bottles, complete with the original labels, for $29.95. Cheeky cheese lovers might appreciate such labels as "Grateful Red," "Big Ass Cab," and "Mommy's Time Out."
Vendor Nancy Camacho, left, helps an attendee decide which hand-painted wine glasses to purchase from Rebecca Suriano, the artist behind Phillipsburg (N.J.)-based Wine Me Company.
Even Housewives (Gasp!) Like Wine
Real Housewives of New Jersey's Teresa Giudice—the closest thing to a celebrity at the Wine Expo—promotes her new bellini line, Fabellini, which hit stores on March 1 in two flavors, peach and raspberry. Giudice says the process of developing her sparkling wine, produced by the Hudson Valley's Brotherhood Winery, will be featured in Season 4 of Bravo's reality TV show.
Attendees enjoy a final glass as Saturday's event draws to a close around 6 p.m.
Happy Bitch Wines's Keryl Pesce (left) and Debbie Gioquindo pour samples of their rosé, which hit stores in November 2011. The pitch: "girlfriends and great memories." To help attract attendees, hot pink thongs were offered at the booth.
Another empty wine bottle is tossed into the trash.
A broken wine glass remains on the carpet of the 2012 New York Wine Expo at the Javits Center on Saturday, March 3.