Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Your In-Home Wine Pub
Yeah, we all love hanging out at wine bars, sampling the quaffs, tasting the tapas. But with winter rains coming soon, we may want to hang out by the fireplace for our sipping.
A new website, tastingroom.com., offers over 50 sets of six sampler bottles of wine to check out — and then order the ones you like, IF you like. Sampler have been selected by Mario Batali in NY, and Michael Chiarello in Napa. Most choices are Californian, but they range through the rest of the wine world, too. There's also a wine club with cheaper shipping if you want to join it, but you don't have to.
Samplers are $24 - $35 for six 50-mll. bottles; 750 mll. are $11 - (oops) $110. Club membership is free at tastingroom.com.
Pictured: Mario Batali