- 9 Ten Broeck Place, Albany, NY 12201
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Ten Broeck Mansion Wine Club
Did you know that the Ten Broeck Mansion is home to America's oldest privately owned continuously operating wine cellar?
Since the 1840s, occupants of the Federal style mansion have housed collections of rare, fine wines in the cool, dry room in the home's cellar. Thomas Worth Olcott purchased the home in 1848 and installed the cellar to house the family's collection. During the frequent social gatherings and parties hosted by the Olcotts, guests such as 8th president Martin Van Buren would imbibe selections from the impressive stores. When Prohibition hit in 1920, the bottles would have been protected from the law and grandfathered in, but fear of losing the prized collection led Dudley Olcott to seal off the room, still stocked with Bordeaux and other European wines dating back to the 1860s. Albany County Historical Association took possession of the house in 1948. The wine cellar remained hidden for over 50 years, still doing its job by protecting the Olcott collection. Faced with financial troubles in the 1970s, the ACHA was considering selling the home when a worker discovered a false wall in the cellar and revealed the incredibly valuable and secret Olcott collection. The sale of the still-drinkable bottles helped to relieve the financial pressures by raising $100,000. In 2007, the ACHA held a "restocking party" and accepted donations of bottles for the cellar.
Raise a glass to history and join the Ten Broeck Mansion Wine Club. Gather with like-minded history-lovers and wine enthusiasts for a one-of-a-kind experience. The club meets in the cellar of the 1798 mansion four times a year to sample seasonal wines selected by guest sommeliers. The wines will be paired with small nibbles. Members will have an opportunity to purchase bottles of the sampled wines through Capital Wine on Lark Street.
Pick and choose which meetings you'd like to attend or sign up for all four meetings at once! Want even more of a discount? Become an ACHA Member first by clicking here, then sign up for the Wine Club under the special membership rate. (Plus you get a bunch of other great membership perks, too!)
Your donation goes directly to supporting mission of the ACHA and Ten Broeck Mansion.
Wine Club Meeting Dates for 2019
Thursday, March 21st, 7pm - SOLD OUT
New York vs. the World
For this tasting, you will be offered two wines at a time to taste blind- you’ll have one from New York’s up-and-coming wine regions, and a wine in a similar style from a long-established classic wine region. You’ll learn about NY wines, and see how good you are at spotting the difference!
Thursday, May 2nd, 7pm - SOLD OUT
Move Over Merlot: the Coolest Grapes You've Never Heard Of
The wine world has a well-deserved aristocracy of grapes: merlot and cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. These grapes can make great wine, but sometimes we crave difference just as much as greatness. This tasting is all about the vanguard of new wine grapes that are coming your way. We're talking about furmint from Hungary, mencia from Spain, friulano from Italy, alfrocheiro from Portugal and cinsault from South Africa. We'll be looking at the new kids on the block and working out whether any of them are going to make it all the way,and getting to grips with the newest trends in wine from around the world.
Thursday, September 12th, 7pm - ONLY 4 SPOTS LEFT
Piedmont to Puglia: the Classic Wines of Italy
From the foothills of the Dolomite mountains in the north all the way to the heel of the Puglian hills, a wildly diverse range of grapes can be found in Italy. While some wines don't leave their region, wines such as Barolo, Brunello and Chianti have made their mark on the wine world. Their flavors are closely linked to Italy's diverse, fiercely regional culinary traditions and at their best they give as true a reflection of local terroir as any Burgundy. Come share a glass of the dolce vita.
Thursday, November 7th, 7pm - SOLD OUT
Wine and Cheese: A Perfect Partnership
We hear you loud and clear Wine Club: you want to hear more about the fabulous cheeses that accompany the wines at our tastings. This tasting will pair a cheese with every wine you taste, and Mary from the cheese traveler will describe each cheese and we will talk you through the wines. The tasting will include a wide variety of cheese and wine combinations.