Last week, a Beaujolais disciple emailed to say he would sic Ted Cruz on me if I recommend anything other than 'merican wines on Thanksgiving, and this guy loves Gamay (and is a Canadian). But at the risk of offending patriotic readers (and inviting that Texas hound to track me down), I am committing to the following statement: Drink Cru Beaujolais on Thanksgiving.More »
All photos by Carl Timpone
For the New York wine industry, nervous anticipation of fall isn't about the return of fireside cocktails, knee-high leather boots, and felt fedora hats, or tacit permission to eat like a grizzly headed into hibernation. Autumn equals harvest, and depending on the quality of the growing season, which runs right up until the minute each cluster of plump berries is separated from its life-giving vine, that can be a joyous or heartbreaking occasion; a single, severe storm at or before picking can decimate a year's worth of toil.
Tired Irish pubs, cougar lounges, generic happy-hour venues, and big restaurant bars have dominated the midtown drinking landscape for ages. Oenophiles, desperate to avoid insipid $9 pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon specials foisted on locust-like swarms of undiscerning suit-clad co-workers, could only hope to snag one of precious few seats at slender Morrell's Wine Bar near Rockefeller Center to satisfy a Loire Valley chenin craving.
Relief comes by way of Aldo Sohm Wine Bar (151 West 51st Street, 212-554-1143). Here, eponymous Austrian Aldo Sohm, the longtime wine director at Le Bernardin, has, with the aid of Chef Eric Ripert, given the corporate and commuter community an elegant space to sip and snack.
Forget pumpkin beer, we've got sherry, cider, and lots of wine to drink this fall, all paired with edible expressions of the season. Here are four of our favorite food and beverage menus served around town this month.More »
A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person's surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but certainly timely topic, this industry luminary quipped, "The only thing I care about in my coffee is that it is scalding hot." It wasn't a joke; it was declared almost indignantly. This writer might as well have told me their favorite beer in the world was Bud Light. Maybe this Mad Men-era opinion was earned after multiple decades in the wine industry, but I like to think not; and if you think this way, you are woefully out of date as well.
How could a wine lover and educator, a connoisseur of flavor and devotee to complexity and origin, nonchalantly dismiss another comparably complex, fragile, and nuanced liquid gift from the earth?More »
Even though the annual New York City Wine and Food Festival (NYCWFF) and its hoard of groupies don't storm the city for another month, tickets have already been pillaged for a number of events. How typical! (Writes the jaded New Yorker.) Don't despair though -- we've sifted through the remainder of the wine and booze focused seminars under $100 to help you navigate what's still available, and trust us, the best ones haven't sold out -- yet.More »
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Washington state transplant and sommelier Jessica Certo, now a decade deep into her NYC residency, knows how to work the floor of a steakhouse. She's so good at her job, she can sell a glass of Chardonnay to a lawyer ordering a filet. And Certo doesn't work at any old steakhouse, but the impressively designed Del Frisco's Double Eagle (1221 Avenue of the Americas, 212-575-5129) in Midtown. How did this aspiring -- and female -- opera singer become a sommelier at an unabashed temple of meat and red wine, its parishioners composed primarily of the local, suit-clad, male workforce?
Chelsea Market continues to evolve into a one-stop shop for artisanal food and drink with its expanded list of night time venues that fit neatly into the market's concept. The most recent addition delivers a much needed wine bar to the area courtesy of master sommelier Laura Maniec. Hitting home with her first venture Corkbuzz Wine Studio near Union Square, the second incarnation, Corkbuzz Wine Bar (75 Tenth Avenue, 646-237-4847), opened its doors just four weeks ago, and it has already been overrun with market shoppers and tourists in need of a crowd-coping buzz.More »
Will this be the wine dinner of the year? New York City hosts a lot of cool, inventive, and often complicated sit-down events, many of them inclusive of wine, but few are actually the brainchild of a winery that hopes to coordinate the dining equivalent of a four-ring circus from its base in Sonoma, California.