Wine Exploration with Master Sommeliers in NYC!


Photo by Liz Clayman

Master Sommelier’s Laura Maniec and Dustin Wilson invite Inside Access from Chase guests to a private wine-centric evening at Corkbuzz restaurant and wine bar located in the heart of Union Square in Manhattan.

Guests will begin with a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, then be seated for an immersive sensory session exploring the taste and smells that make up the complex wines across the US. During the tasting, Laura and Dustin will decode terms such as; body, acidity, tannins, florals, herbaceous, earthy, minerals and more, to help guests establish a better foundation for future wine enjoyment.

Following the tasting, Corkbuzz Executive Chef, Ken Vallespir will serve a four-course dinner, paired with two wines per course, including hand-picked international white and red selections. Laura and Dustin will highlight the “rules” of food and wine pairings and teach guests how to navigate wine selections for every meal while dispelling myths such as “only white wine with fish” and “red with meat.”

Discussions continue throughout the dinner covering topics such as: wine storage, decanting, how climate affects wine, the elements of wine, common grape varietals and wine regions, wine production, and serving.

Laura Maniec is one of just 32 female Master Sommeliers in the world. Following her career in the hotel and hospitality industry, Laura opened Corkbuzz, which now has three locations with two in New York city and one in Charlotte, North Carolina.

After becoming a Master Sommelier, Dustin Wilson was named the Wine Director of the three Michelin-starred restaurant, Eleven Madison Park. Since then, he has become a wine retailer and owns two Verve wine stores, one in Manhattan and the other in San Francisco.

Laura and Dustin were also featured in the SOMM documentary film series, which explores the world of fine wines, the people who grade them, and the journey to pass the Master Sommelier exam.

Experience Includes

  • Wine centric sensory evening at Corkbuzz hosted by Master Sommeliers, Laura Maniec and Dustin Wilson
  • Wine and hors d’oeuvres
  • Four-course wine paired dinner
  • Opportunity to purchase wines from Verve at special pricing

Tentative Event Schedule

Please Note: Schedule subject to change.

Event Location

Corkbuzz (Union Square)
13 E. 13th Street
New York, NY 10003

Please note: Parking is not included