What to Bring to Alto
This week, 'What to B' goes upscale, and sets its boozy sights on Alto (11 East 53rd Street), the upmarket midtown Italian eatery that recently waived its $60 corkage fee (through September, one bottle per table) in a bold recession move. Sure, one is more likely to bring a special bottle from home to go with Alto's $85, four-course prix fixe, but just for tough-times kicks, we imagined picking up a bottle on the way. We asked near-to-Alto Schumer's Wines & Liquors (59 East 54th Street) for some thrifty but classy suggestions. Shumer's owner Larry focused on wines from regions with good values; his picks are after the jump...
2006 Liberty School Syrah, California ($11.99)
"Really rich and jammy and juicy up front, not overly tannic or oaky. It does not taste like a $12 bottle of wine. It's a big rich glass of wine."
2006 Hope Estate Shiraz, Australia ($12.99)
"Hope is something everyone needs these days. Very fruit forward and delicious. Medium to full bodied. It's a good looking bottle, it looks very expensive and it tastes expensive."
2007 Macon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay, France ($11)
"It's great. It goes with everything. Perfect with fish and chicken. Nice crisp and clean and dry without being too dry."
Chianti, Fattoria di Faltognano, 2006 ($9.99)
"This is a great chianti. I tasted ten different chiantis to be able to have a $10 chianti in the store, and this is a great one. It tastes much more expensive."
2007 Susana Balbo Crios Malbec, Argentina ($16)
"This just a got a 90 point review from the Wine Advocate, it's a great value."