Wes Narron is chief wine ambassador at City Wine Tours, a five-year-old company offering weekend walkabouts in Boston-area neighborhoods. A guide leads groups through each urban locale, stopping at restaurants to educate about what folks are sipping. Participants learn to taste, select a great bottle, and pair wine with food.
- Jul 15, 2016
- May 3, 2016
Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and nobody wants to be that person who just gives their mom a coupon for “five free hugs.” So think fast and grab one of these great gifts that any gal would be thrilled to open on her special day.
- Mar 7, 2016
As you take your seat and appreciatively grab the restaurant’s menu from the hostess to begin perusing the list of entrées, the dreaded wine list is dropped into your hands. Should you get red or white? What country should it come from? If it’s not expensive does that mean it’s a poor choice?
- Dec 15, 2015
Especially for those in the suburbs, it can be difficult to try out all of the many amazing restaurants in Boston and New York. I recently found a great way to get at least a taste and to have some great wines to wash them down.
- Oct 29, 2015
City Wine Tours are designed for those who not only enjoy drinking wine but would also love to learn about the wine of the region.
- Jul 20, 2015
BOSTON — City Wine Tours’ (www.citywinetours.com) philosophy is “Learning about wine should be as much fun as drinking it!” And they proved their case with the tour we took with them recently.
- Jun 27, 2015
It’s a safe assumption: As long as you serve delicious cuisine paired with refreshing wines, your guests are guaranteed to view your wedding as a success. But if you typically choose wine by grabbing the least-expensive bottle at your local liquor store, selecting wines to satisfy your guests’ palettes AND complement the food (and your budget) can seem like a daunting undertaking.
- Jun 22, 2015
What better way to enjoy an afternoon in the Back Bay of Boston than to visit trendy restaurants, sample tasty appetizers and sip a variety of fine wines with a Certified Wine Specialist?- What fun! This experience is offered by City Wine Tours in four Boston neighborhoods.
- May 29, 2015
Wes Narron of City Wine Tours shares tips and recipes for an effervescent celebration. Champagne and sparkling wine make any bridal shower more festive. Popping those corks and the sound of effervescent cocktails signals the beginning of an elegant, decadent party.
- May 26, 2015
Memorial Day weekend is one of the Boston’s most popular with tourists and locals alike enjoying all the city has to offer. Here is a look back at some of the weekend’s most popular events.
- May 21, 2015
Discover Back Bay our guide to fun, food & shopping.
- May 15, 2015
City Wine Tours are walking tours showcasing wine locations in specific neighborhoods. There are four city wine tours through out Boston.
- Apr 30, 2015
One of my favorite places in the world to be is the North End of Boston. Coming from a large Italian family myself, I have so many fond memories of taking the train into the city with my Grandparents to get fresh ingredients to cook with. As I got older, I truly enjoy the amazing tastes that I find in the North End.
- Apr 14, 2015
Bostonians would sooner root for the Yankees than endure the indignities of a Duck Tour, but that doesn’t mean we still don’t love exploring more clandestine Boston attractions with savvy visitors in tow.
- Mar 18, 2015
City Wine Tours (www.citywinetours.com) brings guests on an intimate, afternoon wine tour in local neighborhoods of Boston.
- Feb 13, 2015
With Valentine’s Day (and a snowstorm) fast approaching, we hope your bar is stocked with plenty of bubbly and vino to keep you warm this weekend.
- Sep 5, 2014
According to a release, City Wine Tours launched Boston’s first sparkling wine tour this past weekend. The wine tour begins at Nubar restaurant and lounge, then proceeds to First Printer, home to the first printing press in the U.S. and ends at Finale with a taste of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
- Aug 25, 2014
City Wine Tours has already been offering some educational imbibing strolls throughout area neighborhoods, but on Saturday, August 30 the company launches its first Sparkling Wine Tour, a Harvard Square variations that focuses specifically on champagne, Prosecco and Spanish cava with food pairings.
- Apr 25, 2014
Wes Narron knows the Boston wine scene like the back of his hand. While he doesn’t work in a restaurant, Narron is committed to bringing the world of wine alive for those who take his City Wine Tours. Narron was General Manager of The Wine Gallery—a chain of local wine shops—for six years, before he crisscrossed the state as a wine consultant for Café Europa Wines and Monsieur Touton Selections. You can find him at City Wine Tours Boston.
- Apr 23, 2014
On Saturday, DC and I were invited by City Wine Tours to check out one of the tours in Boston. We decided on the South End tour, and it was a perfect day to learn about and sample wine in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Boston.
- Mar 8, 2014
We aren’t about to point any fingers, but plenty of people buy wine based solely on the pretty label. With that mentality, there’s a good chance you end up with the Pontiac Fiero of wines.
- Feb 25, 2014
It seems like wine can do no wrong. From lowering depressive symptoms, to benefiting the immune system, to killing lung cancer cells, new amazing uses for the vintage are being studied daily. The best part is that we actually have wine producers right here in the Commonwealth.
- Feb 21, 2014
Wine and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand. But when it comes to picking the perfect pour for the special day, it’s not so much of a no-brainer. Two-buck Chucks aren’t going to cut it if you’re trying to impress your special someone, but not all of us have the means to drop a considerable amount of dough on one bottle of vino.
- Feb 21, 2014
What is a wine expert drinking this Valentine’s Day? We thought we’d ask. And who better to ask than Wes Narron, the chief wine ambassador at City Wine Tours, a group that leads walking wine tours through New York City’s SoHo and West Village neighborhoods (as well as neighborhoods in Boston). Narron explained that the guides of the wine tours like to share “an insider’s perspective on how to buy wine,” so we asked him to do the same for us.
- Feb 21, 2014
Finding the right wine is a lot like dating: exciting, fun, and often complicated. How do you find the perfect wine? Is it going to be a one-night affair or a long-term relationship?
- Feb 12, 2014
Valentine’s Day is a time when you get to spend a bit more money for your good time. Flowers, prix-fixe dinners, chocolates…everything gets marked up a few bucks. Thanks for nothing, Cupid. But, Ace, now is not the time for bargain hunting, not with the unspoken understanding of bedtime high jinks hanging in the air.
- Dec 18, 2013
With a little knowledge you can easily purchase a great bottle of sparkling wine without putting yourself in the poor house. Here are five options from us and Chief Wine Ambassador for City Wine Tours Wesley Narron that’ll get you buzzed without breaking the bank.
- Oct 28, 2013
A couple of weekends ago, I had the chance to try out a City Wine Tour through Harvard Square. I don’t often participate in tours around my own city, but was glad to have the opportunity to give something new a try. On a rainy Saturday afternoon, our group of 13 convened at Nubar with our host Joanne, and got down to the business of learning about wine!…
- Oct 11, 2013
We were recently invited by City Wine Tours on their North End Wine Tour where we joined about ten fellow wine enthusiasts for a fun, informative, highly-recommended afternoon in this historic and iconic part of our city. We began at Aragosta, with it’s sweeping waterfront views. The theme, of course, was Italian wines and our tour guide and wine ambassador, Roz Angoff, could not have been more helpful or enthusiastic…
- Sep 20, 2013
You love wine. And you’re a conscientious person who wants to support the farm-to-table philosophy…Massachusetts has some great wines for fall. You just have to know where to look. There is some good, local Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and sparkling wine…you know, wines you want to drink.
- Sep 14, 2013
GLENN – Has living in Beantown lost its zing? Do you need to renew your appreciation for the Hub? Or are you new to town? And want to find out what’s out there in Boston’s neighborhoods? Perhaps you’re having weekend guests and would like to show them a somewhat different view of Boston? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then consider taking a City Wine Tour…
- Sep 14, 2013
Boston’s got its plethora of tours: from Duck Boats to Old Town Trolleys, the Freedom Trail to Boston by Foot, there are plenty of ways to explore the history of this city. But besides the standard tourist destinations, what can you really learn about your city from a trip down the Freedom Trail? We’ve been told the tale of Paul Revere and his midnight ride for decades, and Bostonians are itching for something new.
- Jun 29, 2013
Nine of us are seated at high bar tables in a corner nook of Gaslight Brasserie du Coin in Boston’s South End, paying attention as guide John Fiola (also known as a “wine ambassador”) demonstrates how to open a bottle of bubbly. “You twist the bottle, not the cork,” he instructs the group. “Six twists.” On that final turn, the cork releases with a gentle thwup — not the explosive pop many expected. “Anticlimactic, for sure,” Fiola quips, “but better than half the bottle gushing onto the floor.” The group chuckles. He pours. We sip the pink sparkler and nibble steak tartare on mini toasts. This is the first stop on a two-hour tour.
- Feb 14, 2013
Tactfully postpone wooing that girl you met in Clerys’s basement right before last call until after V-Day, then impress her pants off by taking her on this Saturday afternoon wine walkabout. You’ll enjoy private tastings at restos, wines shops, and hotels in one of four ‘hoods, all capped off with a fancy, romantic, exclusive prix fixe dinner.
- Dec 18, 2012
It’s holiday time and you know what that means….. you need gifts. This year, give some eco-friendly gifts, curated by yours truly, with a little help from my Facebook friends. Here’s what we are giving this year:
Learn to swing dance or draw! The Boston Center for Adult Education has $10 classes.
- Dec 16, 2012
Best designated driver who won’t judge your indulgence:City Wine Tours
City Wine Tours takes the wheel, or heel, and guides oenophiles on wonderful wine-tasting treks around town. (Now if only they could drop us off at home after!)
- Jun 3, 2012
Boston is full of promising startups working hard to redefine business as we know it. From tech, to food, to fashion, startups from different industries have one thing in common: exposing their new business and concepts to audiences and consumers alike. Whether it’s designing an interactive product for consumers or creating unique concepts to be patented and purchased by companies, the winners out there are determined and relentless in pushing through setbacks and capitalizing on small gains.
- Mar 14, 2012
City Wine Tours, a local walking wine tasting tour group, is looking forward to “sipping glasses of rose on the patios” of outdoor restaurants, they told me via Twitter. The company hosts walking wine tours of Boston neighborhoods led by wine experts in an effort to educate, entertain and explore the various Boston wine establishments. A great option for those of you looking to do something new this spring, or just brush up the best wine lists around the city.
- Aug 25, 2011
How about touring the cities of Boston and Cambridge by foot wine glass by wine glass? Along comes City Wine Tours. Initiated in May of 2011, City Wine Tours is a wonderful walking wine tour featuring great wine along with the exciting flavor of neighborhood culture. Two neighborhoods are highlighted below – Harvard Square and the North End.