Women and Men Unwind, Spend Money at the New Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

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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.

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The Four Best Fall Food and Drink Tasting Menus

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Foie gras at Manzo, Eataly

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.

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Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine

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Lauren Mowery

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after multiple decades in the wine industry, but I like to think not; and if you think this way, you are woefully out of date as well.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?

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Act Quickly: There Are a Few Choice Sub-$100 NYCWFF Tickets Left

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Lauren Mowery

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.

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What It's Like to Be Part of the All-Female Wine Team at a Manhattan Steakhouse

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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?


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Corkbuzz Expands to Chelsea Market

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Lauren Mowery

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.

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Simultaneous Four-City Wine Dinner Comes to NYC

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Paul Johnson

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.


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Greek Wines Rule the List at Molyvos

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Paul Johnson
Molyvos general manager and wine director Kamal Kouiri
Most visitors to Santorini at some point sip a crisp glass of lemon and sea-salt imbued assyrtiko while sitting hypnotized by the blue of the romantic isle's caldera; few have gone home and dedicated their lives to it (the wine; plenty of folks pursue bliss). Kamal Kouiri, wine director and general manager of Molyvos (871 Seventh Avenue, 212-582-7500), however, has quietly spent 14 years making the case for Greek wines. He's a native of Morocco; his Greek wife helped convert him to the charms of her country's wines, but he required little convincing of the country's vinous potential.

I sat down with Kouiri at Molyvos to discuss his wine list (the largest Greek-focused collection in the country) and the state of Greece's modern wine industry.

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The Austrian Cure for Vinous Discontent

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Lauren Mowery

It's mid-summer, we're steeping in city heat, and thus reaching for a bottle of chilled wine when evening refreshment hour rolls around (which seems to creep up earlier in the day as the season stretches on). By now, you've probably guzzled the last of your Wölffer rosé allotment, dumped out enough wretched Pinot Grigio to fill a kiddie pool, or developed the Sauvignon Blanc overdose blues. The antidote for such vinous malaise: Austrian wines.

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Meet Long Island Winemaker Russell Hearn (He Admits to Not Drinking Chardonnay)

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Iñaki Vinaixa
New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a few hours' drive away, we are pursuing a series of interviews with fellow resident vintners.

Every summer, I carve out a weekend or two to spend in the North Fork of Long Island. The once homegrown wine community has transformed into a world class region over the last fifteen years. Where former potato farms have been converted into vineyards, and barns into tasting rooms, this slender, picturesque extension of the island into the sea now boasts 56 producers. Recognition of Long Island's success extends far beyond New York or the East Coast; just last week, a notable California winemaker confessed to coveting the North Fork's climate, ripening window, and water resources, illustrating that our grass may actually be greener.

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