Vineyards and Winemakers

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    California Olive Oil Chain We Olive Will Soon Descend on Brooklyn

    Angelo Incorvaia spent his career in corporate America, but he and his wife Patricia had long nursed a love affair with California's culture, from its Napa Valley wineries to its cuisine. And so a year and a half ago, when the couple was casting around for something new to do, they decided to bring ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2014

    Is This NYC's Best Pop-Up Restaurant?

    In New York, we're spoiled for choice when it comes to French cuisine. Surrounded by culinary riches as we are, it can be tough to decide where to go for a fix of boudin noir and a well-paired wine. So when Eric Ripert himself begins making recommendations, you sit up and pay attention. Les Chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2014

    How the Brooklyn Wine Exchange Became a Beloved Neighborhood Wine Shop

    NYC is experiencing a golden era in wine, as retailers have access to more wines from more importers from the farthest reaches of the globe than ever before. As I set out to distill those retailers down to a forthcoming list of the 10 best (which will build on last year's list), I reached out to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2014

    Is Salta Argentina's Next Hot Spot for Wine?

    Last week, I spent several days touring the high country of Argentina's northwest in the Province of Salta, a varied landscape that kisses the arid edges of Bolivia and Peru. While driving three hours north from the city of Salta towards wine country in Cafayate, the landscape transforms every 30 mi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Jessica Brown, Wine Director at The John Dory and Breslin, Drinks Champagne with Everything

    Originally from a farm upstate near Ithaca, Jessica Brown grew up with Finger Lakes vineyards practically in her backyard. But her devotion to the vine began in Italy, where she adored Nebbiolo in particular, the fabled grape of Barolo from Piedmont. As the current sommelier and wine director at The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Bordeaux, Argentina, and a Wine Riot: April's Best Wine Events

    We've all grown weary of the incessantly cold days of March; thank goodness April brings vinous relief to our lives with three highly anticipated wine tastings. If you've got an appetite for touring the globe through a wine glass, are partial to the left and right banks of Bordeaux, or like to tango ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2014

    What's Happening This Week

    Now that the city has returned to normal -- or at least as normal as New York can be -- we've got a few non-sports related activities for you to consider doing in your free time. Here's what's happening this week.

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Bar Bordeaux Opens in Carlton Hotel

    New York City was founded in 1624. While the Dutch were busy trapping furs and trading beads with Native Americas in the New World, the Old World Dutch had just finished draining the marshlands of the Médoc in Bordeaux to plant the world's most legendary and expensive grapevines -- and by the 1650s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 16, 2013

    New Zealand State of Wine with Erin Scala of The Musket Room

    Erin Scala, originally from the state for lovers (Virginia), is currently having a love affair with New Zealand, especially the wines. She's a female force on the NYC sommelier scene and has run the wine show at The Musket Room (265 Elizabeth Street, 212-219-0764), New York's first restaurant showca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2013

    Weekend Plans? Celebrate the End of Summer at Harvest East End on Saturday

    I feel sad about this, but we don't live in Maui, and there is no endless summer in our future (at least the immediate future--who knows about the long term with global warming). And even though we New Yorkers generally get to enjoy warm days until late October, when the weather turns like clockwork ... More >>

  • Film

    August 14, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Wine Stores in Manhattan

    Declaring New York's top ten wine shops proved even harder than counting the city's finest bowls of ramen. The number of high-quality wine retailers at our disposal is an embarrassment of vinous riches, and the abundance of stellar shops forced me to draw up separate lists for Manhattan and Brooklyn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2012

    Help! What's the Best Gift for a Wine Lover?

    What's a really awesome gift to get for a person who knows way more about wine than me? I don't want to spend a ton of money on some fancy bottle, especially if I'm not sure it's to their taste ... Help! It can be a bit intimidating to pick out a gift for a wine nerd, but it shouldn't be. Defini ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Aki Matsuri, An Apple Festival

    It's the first week of October and we have for you a round-up of a lot of great restaurant deals and specials. Check it out: Tuesday, October 2 Pulled Pork @ City Grit. City Grit will be hosting a pulled pork dinner. Tickets are $55 and there will be a slow roasted bo ssäm snack, some fried chick ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Are Organic and Biodynamic Wines Worth It?

    Last week I attended a panel about biodynamic and organic agriculture and its influence on the wine industry. Roger Cohen's recent op-ed in the New York Times was a hot topic -- the one in which he enthusiastically (and myopically) applauded a study by Stanford University that concluded organic food ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 16, 2012


    Googa what? Googa who?

  • Voice Choices

    February 15, 2012

    THE 411

    Talking to the artists of 
New Museum’s Triennial

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Village Voice Vino: The Best Wine in New York City

    ​Do you enjoy savoring your Village Voice every Wednesday morning with a steaming cup of coffee? Well, here's a much tastier, boozier way to start the day: Village Voice Vino. Yep, we got ourselves a wine.

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Summer Wine Books Reviewed; Beer and College Football Go Hand-in-Hand

    ​Eric Asimov reviews four new wine books. He likes Summer in a Glass about the Finger Lakes, An Ideal Wine about Californian wines, and Voodoo Vintners about biodynamics. Less so Naked Wine about natural wines. [NY Times] The Hangar One Vodka blimp, on a six-month promotional tour around the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Alexander LaPratt, Best Sommelier in America, Knows His Smokes as Well as His Wines

    Charles RousselSometimes a cigar is just a cigar​What does it take to be the best sommelier in America? Expertise in wine, surely, but also, surprisingly, a knowledge of cigar service. Hosted by American Sommelier, The Best Sommelier in America competition was held this past weekend at the J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Donald Trump Buys a Winery; Potential 'Drinking Gene' Isolated

    ​A small winemaking cooperative in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina is working with six Croats and a Serb to revive ancient regional wine traditions -- and put the horrors of the Bosnian war to rest. [Reuters] Francis Ford Coppola has lured rockstar winemaker Phillipe Bascaules from Château M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Sherry Cocktails Are Hot; Witches Pissed at Witch's Wit Beer

    ​Sherry cocktails are all the rage these days. Find them at Gilt, Anfora, and Aldea. [NY Post] Gypsy brewers, like Pretty Things and Stillwater Artisanal Ales, are cropping up everywhere. They don't have a home brewery, but travel from facility to facility. [Atlantic Food] Vinitaly took plac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Bordeaux Plagued by Bunnies; Medea Vodka Boasts LED Ticker on Bottle

    ​A roundup of new booze books includes Allen D. Meadows's The Pearl of the Côte: The Great Wines of Vosne-Romanée, Terry Theise's Reading Between the Wines, and The World Atlas of Whisky by Dave Broom. [NY Times] The Bordeaux region has been plagued by rabbits this vintage with some winemak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It is now Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back on the week that was: Our Man Sietsema ranked Our 10 Best Chinese Restaurants, 2010 Edition. Brooklyn Winery's Conor McCormack discussed urban winemaking, the science in the glass, and why winemakers are so beer-happy. Battle of the banana cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Queens Food Fest; Long Island Wine Celebration

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! The Cuisine of Queens & Beyond Food and Wine Gala Astoria World Manor, Tuesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Join chefs Rocco Sacramone of Trattoria L'incontro in Astoria ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Mezcal Still the Next Big Thing; Pinot Grigio Makes a Comeback Among Snobs

    ​Officials are moving forward with plans to replace the dated bar cars on Metro-North Railroad's Connecticut trains with new cars that look more like a sit-down pubs on wheels. [Wall Street Journal] VinPerfect, a new type of screw cap that regulates air into the wine bottle, joins the synthet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2010

    Winery Dogs Abound; Beer Cocktails Thrive

    ​ Bedell Cellars is one of the many New York wineries with dogs, with nearly a dozen of its employee's dogs roaming around. Wineries and dogs are such a good match that there has even been a book, Winery Dogs of New York, published and a website, [NY Daily News] Wine lists can ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Wake Up to Coffee Cocktails; Canadians Come Up with Wine-Fed Beef

    ​The Randolph at Broome has started serving hot and cold coffee cocktails from 8 a.m. on, such as the World's Best Dad, incorporating Laird's Applejack and sweet vermouth, and the Slow Trip to New Orleans, made with Bulleit bourbon, Plymouth sloe gin, and coffee. [Diner's Journal] Tokaj, Hun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2010

    The NFL Bans Players from Selling Wine; Rheingold Comes Back from the Dead

    ​The garagiste movement, popular in the 1990s, seems to be resurfacing and changing, with a number of micro wine producers returning to a terroir-driven philosophy. [Wall Street Journal] Some diners are uneasy with the practice of the sommelier tasting the wine first. Daniel Boulud's wine dir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    Asians Love Scotch; Brits Make Bubbly

    ​While overall sales of Scotch in Asia have dropped, exports of higher-end Scotch have grown steadily over the years. [Wall Street Journal] The Brits invented sparkling wine, although the French get all the glory for it. Now, British bubbly is on the rise due to better winemaking techniques a ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 18, 2010

    One for the winos

    Tool frontman takes on a new side project

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Calçots Festival & Housing Works' First Tasting Event

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Annual Calçotada Festivals Savoy and Back Forty May 10 & 11 Forget ramps. In Catalonia, the seasonal onion that gets everyone excited is the calçot. Sample gr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    Evan Spingarn of Tangled Vine Talks Sustainable Wine, Pairing Myths & Drinking What You Don't Know

    Evan Spingarn wants you to try something other than the Cab.​The term sustainable has made its way to the wine glass, but the point for wine geeks isn't necessarily eco-friendliness. At Tangled Vine, a newish wine bar on the Upper West Side that our own Sarah DiGregorio found delightful, touts ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Greek Wines Are No Longer a Tragedy: Here Are Five That Are Hard to Pronounce, Easy to Drink

    Baby Bacchus drinks Greek wine. So should you.​Most people's first experience with Greek wine is pine-y, syrupy retsina -- that country white so ancient even Homer himself may have sipped it while composing his epics (poetry and booze being the classic combo that it is). But the cradle of wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    American Vermouth Stages a Comeback; Beer Is Good for Your Bones

    ​New Albany, Miss., an ultra-conservative and religious town, has voted to allow the sale and consumption of beer and wine coolers, effective in a couple of months. Liquor and wine are still illegal. [NY Times] More good news for beer drinkers: a new study suggests that the brew helps keep bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    Gov. Paterson Uncorks Another Wine-in-Supermarkets Bill; Opponents "Outraged"

    ​Gov. Paterson has once again proposed a measure that would allow supermarkets to sell wine. This time, he's making the proposal part of his 2010-2011 budget. And once again, depending on who you listen to, it's either the end of the world as we know it, or the second coming of the messiah. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Booze News: Bruce Willis Buys Into Belvedere Vodka; Red Hook Winery Release First Vintage

    ​Movie star Bruce Willis is set to acquire 3.3 percent of Belvedere vodka, as part of a long-term investment, although the actor won't get a seat on the company's board of directors. [Wall Street Journal] The Red Hook Winery is selling its first vintage at Brooklyn Wine Exchange on Court Stre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Booze News: Rye Kicks Scotch's Ass; The Strongest Beer on Earth

    ​Rye managed to outrank Scotch as the world's top-rated whiskey. The 2010 edition of The Whisky Bible, Britain's biggest selling whiskey book, has named 18-year-old Sazerac Rye from Kentucky as the finest dram available, beating out past winner Ardbeg Supernova from the Hebridean island of Isl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Booze News: Soothing a Stuffed Belly with Amaro; Pairing Wine with Pumpkin Pie

    ​ Feeling overstuffed? No country can match Italy for the sheer variety of digestive liqueurs, called amari, which can soothe a fully belly at the end of a big meal... something you might want to look into this holiday season. [NY Times] Two cases of MacKinlay's Rare Old Whisky that Ernest Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Booze News: Two-Buck Chuck Gets Served; Fruit Flies Help Fight Alcoholism

    ​What does your beer say about you? According to recent research, people who prefer domestic beers over craft beers or imports are generally middle of the road in their politics. People who don't drink beer at all tend to be conservative. [AdAge] Look out, Two-Buck Chuck. The 7-Eleven conveni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: An Argentinean Food Fest & Drunken Dragon Nights

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Argentinean Wine and Food Festival various locations October 5-15 Libertador, Azul, and Industria Argentina will play host to an Argentinean Wine and Food Festi ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 29, 2009

    NYC Pinoys for Pinoys Benefit Dining Event

    To benefit victims of Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    I, Locavore: Comtesse Terese Merlot

    From Long Island to Zaytoon's ​ Zaytoon's, on Smith Street, is BYOB, and a good, local wine to tote along is Comtesse Terese's First Harvest Merlot, a simple, light-bodied, tannic Merlot that tastes of red berries. It might be too astringent on its own, but it's excellent with food, especially ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Everyone Is Going Rose, Especially New York

    andyket/flickr​ You may have already had your fill rose. Or at least talk about it. Yes, the summery pink wine -- once considered the quintessence of tackiness -- is all the rage this season. Everyone and his mother (for once, she's with it!) is happily sipping these terribly drinkable wines. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2009

    The 'Corked!' Trailer: Finally, A 'Spinal Tap' for the Oenophile Set

    The mockumentary Corked! was screened at the Sonoma Film Festival earlier this year and will be shown in San Jose next week. There are plans to screen it in San Francisco and other cities around the world, including a possible New York screening, but no dates have been set as yet. "We're talking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    Booze News: A Cocktail Convention Comes to a Close; Wine May Keep You Sane, Says Study

    The seventh annual Tales of the Cocktail convention came to a close on Sunday. Industry insiders shared information about drinking trends, offered seminars on mixology techniques, and buried a bad cocktail. Last year, bartenders said goodbye to the Appletini; this year, the lesser-known Redheaded Sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2009

    What Ahmadinejad, Moussavi, and Khamenei Are Eating as the Iranian Election Dispute Flames Up Anew

    Typical restaurant meal in Tehran (which Moussavi won't be eating--he's under virtual house arrest) would include kebabs, chello rice, and grilled mild or hot peppers. photo: While newsies sit on the edge of their seats watching riots erupt in Tehran, fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008
  • Dining

    April 11, 2006

    Brik House

    Our Wookie goes down on some flaky warka in the East Village

  • Film

    March 15, 2005
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