About the Shearwater Wine Tasting Sail – Manhattan by Sail
You don’t need to know diddly about wine, or sailing, to enjoy a casual late Sunday afternoon outing that combines wine tasting and sightseeing by sea. The Manhattan skyline along the Hudson River provides a spectacular backdrop for sipping wine and sampling cheeses aboard the historic 1920s Newport-style Shearwater yacht, courtesy of Manhattan by Sail.
The Shearwater is a perfect environment for swirling, smelling, tasting and savoring as it was built during the Roaring '20s – a decade known for its extravagance. The vintage vessel is decadence incarnate, built of native white oak, mahogany, brass and chrome; its interior is a throwback to the Jazz Age with period décor, coal-burning stove and marble head. Though the Shearwater itself is lavish and elegant, and the idea of wine tasting might seem upper crust, this nautical excursion is informal and should please wine enthusiasts and philistines alike.
You board the Shearwater at the North Cove Marina at the head of the World Trade Financial Center in scenic Battery Park City. The ship cruises along the harbor and provides for stunning views of the Empire State Building, the New Jersey coastline, the towering Brooklyn and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges and other historic landmarks, as you reach the Statue of Liberty and linger there for a spell.
Shearwater's resident wine expert will introduce you to a variety of fine wines. Every Sunday has a different theme: One theme celebrates World Environmental Day with organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines. A European theme explores a variety of wines from Germany and France. In the fall, there’s a tasting that focuses on autumnal vintages, including a warm mulled wine.
The Shearwater Wine Tasting Sail runs two hours.
Whether you’re a wine aficionado or you just like to have a glass now and then, you can’t go wrong sailing on a beautiful 1920s ship for a wine tasting complete with stunning sights both above deck and below.
Good for kids?
Though they probably won’t appreciate the tasting portion of this yacht ride, children 12 and under are welcome to enjoy the views and explore the vessel while the adults enjoy the fine wines.
North Cove Marina Location Information:
Battery Park City
New York, NY 10280
The Shearwater Wine Tasting Sail begins and ends at:
North Cove Marina
Corner of Liberty St. & South End Ave.
New York, NY 10280
E to World Trade Center; A, C to Chambers St; N, Q, R to Rector St.; 4, 5 to Fulton St.
Shearwater Wine Tasting Sail details
Departures are every Sunday at 4:30pm. Be sure to wear soft-heeled shoes to help protect the spotless deck from scuffmarks.