wine riot

MMHO: Charlesmark

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We’re introducing a new feature on the website. We’ll use the Monday Morning Hangover to review places we’ve gone to or things we’ve done when we’re NOT crawling. Restaurants, bars, tastings, event, we’ll cover them here.

The Charlesmark Hotel is nestled on a stretch of Newbury St across from the Library.  The Charlesmark Lounge is yes, cmtechnically, in a hotel, but it shouldn’t be written off as a “hotel bar”.  The staff is extremely friendly and make great cocktails.  The drink menu includes twists on classics like their Charlesmark Martini (which I like to call the “Bad Day Corrector”), and their take on a Manhattan, with bitters made by a bartender at Solas across the street.  Also check out the Dancing Bear Martini, decorated with a row of gummy bears. They also have a seasonal menu, with bright, refreshing drinks in the summer and, bolder, warming drinks for the winter. In the nicer weather they have a nice patio which is great for Newbury Street people watching, and they also have a nice lounge with comfy and chic couches, so it’s a great place to relax with friends.  Bar manager Jefferson and the rest of the staff are some of the greatest in town, and it’s always a good time to stop in.  Once a month, they host a wine tasting.  This is one of the best values for a great time in town.  It’s held on the third Wednesday of each month from 6-8. For $20, you get to sample 6 wines (3 white and 3 red…you can try one of each, or stick with either all whites or reds, it’s up to you).  They also have light apps (cheese and crackers, crudité and dip, cupcakes and cookies) and pass out samples of their cocktails as shots. Admission also includes a drink voucher for your next visit.  They give you a handout describing each wine, so you can learn a little something while you mingle and sample.  It’s always hopping and a great way to meet people, or hang out with your friends for a midweek break.  Overall, Charlesmark is classy but comfortable, and a great place for a drink.

Under 3 weeks until we’re back for the 12 Bars of X-Mas. Ticket includes $3 or less drink at each bar, Beverage Mitt, Winter Pom Hat, Santa Socks, Koozie, Drawstring Backpack, Candy Cane, Temporary Tattoos, Photo Booth and No Covers at Scheduled Bars.

Wine Riot 2010

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Crawl In Boston recommends Wine Riot

Grab a glass and join the Riot! Wine Riot is The Second Glass’s expo-style wine tasting. Sample over 250 new wines, soak up knowledge from the experts, and grab tasty food pairings under $5. Throw in a DJ, photo booth, lounge, and more – this isn’t your parents’ wine tasting. Catch the Riot April 16th and 17th 2010, at Boston’s Center for the Arts in the South End.


Wine Riot II

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Wine Riot is The Second Glass’s expo-style wine tasting extravaganza, bringing together all types of winos to sample new wines, soak up knowledge from the experts, and sample tasty food pairings amidst a DJ, photobooth, lounge, and more. Catch the second coming of the Riot September 25-26, 2009, on Boston’s Waterfront at the Moakley Courthouse, just five minutes from Downtown Boston.

Highlights of Wine Riot II:
– 250 wines from around the globe
– Free Crash Course mini-seminars on hot regions, grape varieties, and baller, wallet friendly wines
– Tasty food pairings
– Chief Wino Help Desk, for strategic conquering of the Riot
– Printed guide highlighting all featured wines
– Photobooth, Lounge DJ & MORE

Buy your tickets BEFORE August 9th for only $55 to VIP and $40 to Riot 1 and 2!

Friday, September 25
VIP Night: 7-11 PM
– Free Celebrity Crash Courses
– Free food pairings!
– Only 500 tickets on Sale
– Ticket price: $65 ea.

Saturday, September 26
Riot 1: 1-5 PM – 750 tickets available
Riot 2: 6-10 PM – 1000 tickets available
Two sessions to choose from, each offering:
– Free Crash Course mini-seminars
– Tasty food pairings under $5!
– Ticket price: $45 ea.

More information and ticket sales at! Grab a glass and join the Riot!

Beer or Wine?

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The choice is yours as next month there will be the Beer Summit and Wine Riot falling on the same weekend. Thank goodness it’s a long one for most of us as Marathon Monday will also be going down.

What is Beer Summit? The Boston Beer Summit is an annual sampling event that brings over 50 of the worlds best brewers, with over 200 different beers to the Park Plaza Castle in Boston. We have great music, great beer, and a great time on Marathon weekend in April.

Who is coming to the Boston Beer Summit in April?
Atwater Brewing, Berkshire Brewing, Blue Hills Brewing, Boston Beer, Boulder Beer, Brooklyn, Cape Ann, Cisco, Clipper City, Dr. Gonzo, Eurobrews, Franziskaner, Gardner Ale House, Gearys, Gerbs Pumpkin Seeds, Gina Cigar, Grittys, Harpoon, Haverhill Brewing/The Tap, John Harvard’s, Long Trail, Mad River, Magic Hat, Martha’s Exchange, Mayflower, McNeill’s Brewery, Mercury, Narragansett, NewCentury/Edison, Newport Storm, Opa Opa, Pennichuck, Redhook, Sebago Brewing, Sherwood Forest, Shipyard, Smuttynose, Southern Tier, Spaten, Trinity Brewhouse, Tuckerman, Unibroue, Weihenstephaner, Widmer, Woodchuck Cider… with more to come soon

Wine Riot!, is an expo-style tasting event in Boston’s South End featuring over 250 wines. The Riot! will give drinkers ranging from curious new customers to enthusiastic collectors the unique opportunity to sample, mix and mingle with wine experts from around the globe. Wine Riot! will expand attendees’ wine knowledge through a printed wine guide, mobile technology, free mini-seminars, and forty fantastic exhibitors.

More wine knowledge will be dropped during free Crash Courses Seminars hosted by sponsors throughout the Riot! sessions, dishing in-depth explanations of specific grapes, regions, and growing trends. Rioters can stop in for complimentary guided tastings and head back to the main floor equipped with stellar tips and know-how to help them face any wine list, party or store.

Tickets are now on sale and will soon be available in wines stores around Boston.