This week, Ally and I had the pleasure of joining the creative minds at Tipsi and all of their photogenic friends for their first #TipsiTuesday tasting event and the celebration of their official NYC launch.
Hosted by Tipsi, Palm Bay International Wines, and Vitae, the night was full of good ambiance and great wine and food. My co-Bitch Ally and I were stationed at separate wine pairing tables, which allowed us to mingle with fellow Tipsi supporters and NYC entrepreneurs. We were encouraged upon arrival to take part in an interactive journey through four distinct regions of Italy through wine and bites, and had a few experts help us navigate our palettes.
The night very much translated to the services of Tipsi, which is an app that stores wine inventories from thousands of Manhattan restaurants and allows you to rate the wine you order. After receiving a few of your likes and dislikes, the app will use an algorithm to make recommendations at future restaurants, acting as your informed pocket sommelier. If you’re like me and you love wine, but have trouble differentiating between varietals, regions, and oaky tones, Tipsi is your new BFF.
In between a lot of tweeting, Instagramming, and socializing, guests were asked to sample and pair four different wines along with four different small plates. which included crispy pork belly, fried oysters, hanger steak crostini, and lamb with sweet potato curry. Being ravenous from a busy work day and in need of more than a wine sip didn’t help my ability to differentiate tastes, but I did my best to select my favorite duos. It helped that Tipsi prefaced the activity with there being “no wrong answer.” No judgement zone!
The best news of all is that Tipsi plans to install more frequent tastings throughout NYC thanks to this successful pilot, which can offer friends a unique and affordable outing, co-workers an out-of-the-box teamwork event, and significant others a different date than the norm. Tipsi plans to experiment with different venues, formats, and demographics over the coming months. Stay tuned on more news as they gain momentum in the city via Twitter! The Bitches will be sure to cover their wine happenings going forward.
Photos provided by Tipsi, credited to Courtney Ann Photography.