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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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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Why You Should Expand Your Sparkling Wine Horizons With Pet Nat

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Lauren Mowery
No time is a bad time for a glass full of bubbly wine (OK, maybe when operating heavy machinery), so you should consider drinking more of it. You can expand your horizons in the category this week at Williamsburg wine shop Vine Wine (616 Lorimer Street, 718-349-1718): The retailer -- which is known for its carefully selected natural, organic, and biodynamic wines -- is dedicating five days to celebrating Pet Nat, a niche category of fizz owner Talitha Whidbee believes deserves more consumer recognition.

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Seven Years on, Paul Grieco Is Still Trying to Eradicate Your Riesling Sins

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Lauren Mowery
Terraced Riesling vineyards of Wachau, Austria
This season brings the seventh iteration of Summer of Riesling, a vinous campaign founded and led by Riesling's greatest advocate, Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bars, to educate consumers on the grape's breadth of styles (e.g., most aren't sweet, many of the best are dry) and celebrate the grape's general greatness with like- and open-minded imbibers.

Opportunities to sample Rieslings abound at the various Terroir bars, but for a boat ride that includes a bottomless glass of "God's favorite nectar," consider joining the fourth annual shindig "31 Days of German Riesling Concert Cruise" this Tuesday, July 8. A boat named Jewel will coast around the waterways of Manhattan from 7:30 until 10:30 p.m.; the party features live music by Black Taxi and an appearance by the German wine Queen, and you'll be able to purchase Terroir food. Tickets are $45 (plus a small ticketing fee).

In advance of the event, we asked Grieco a few questions about his allegiance to Riesling, to use Nietzsche and Riesling in the same sentence, and to confirm rumors of an all-David Hasselhoff jukebox.

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Skip Caipirinhas, Drink Brazilian Wine During the World Cup Quarter Finals

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Lauren Mowery
Brazilian wines sweating with the rest of us during a World Cup match

Brazil. Quick: what springs to mind first?

FIFA World Cup, Rio Carnival, postcard-pretty beaches, oversized rainforest insects, and unlimited amounts of sizzling skewered meat served tableside? Or perhaps caipirinhas and cachaça, Capoeira, or the upcoming 2016 Olympics?

Of the hundreds of thought permutations possible, few likely included Brazilian wines. That is slated to change.

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What Wines Pair Well With Your Raw Bar Dishes, Per NYC's Somms

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Summer equals seafood. Fresh, raw, and unadulterated, nothing compares to scoring a seat at a glistening metal bar on a steamy NYC day, the slight damp from the swipe of a recent wipe down cooling your baked skin, while an oversized platter of chilled shellfish and crisp glass of wine appear before you as a magical tonic to the suffering outside.

With classic seafood offerings like shrimp cocktail and clams in mind, we polled the city's finest wine and shellfish aficionados for their favorite pairings. Here are eight suggestions to help you think beyond the tired but true Muscadet and oysters match the next time you slip into that raw bar stool.


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Set Sail with La Nuit En Rosé and Drink Rare Pink Wine

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Imagine a summer evening on a luxury yacht adrift in a river of rosé, the retiring sun setting the pink-tinged wine-filled channel aglow in fiery shades of orange and coral, as you dip your glass over the railing for a refill and clink a toast with friends.

An event sailing into Manhattan on June 13 and 14 doesn't tread far from this fantasy: The Hudson will stand in for the tinted waters -- more rust than rose -- but your elegant ship will swell with the weight of 85 rosé wines from 58 wineries around the world, and 10 of the city's most distinguished sommeliers and wine directors will join you at the fête, known as La Nuit En Rosé.


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Why You Should Sip Wine for the Wine on Wheels Fundraiser at City Winery

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Lauren Mowery

Looking for a nobler reason to drink than the start of summer? Here's an awesome one: Join New York's native son Yannick Benjamin, possibly the world's first wheelchair sommelier, on Saturday, June 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. at City Winery (155 Varick Street, 212-608-0555) for the third annual Wine on Wheels fundraiser.


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Here Are Five Rosé Wines to Drink for Memorial Day (and the Day After...and the Day After That)

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Lauren Mowery
Spring -- and the onset of Memorial Day weekend -- practically obligates wine writers to pen a piece on the unofficial arrival of rosé wine drinking season. I've no problem capitulating to such requisite; I adore this fermented pink drink -- the beguiling pale salmon to vivid fuchsia colors, and the multitude of fresh red berry, watermelon, spice, citrus, mineral, and floral flavors, provide for a million, fascinating permutations in the bottle.

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Is Racines NYC's Best New Wine Bar?

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Lauren Mowery
Racines (94 Chambers St, 212-227-3400) had me at Romorantin, or rather, Cour-Cheverny (the French don't label their wines by variety, but by region). One seldom finds Romorantin on a wine bar list, let alone by the glass, but this rarity, a textural, aromatic white from Cour-Cheverny in the Loire, has a home on Racines pour list, not surprising given the wine mavens who've collaborated on the Tribeca newcomer.

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