• Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Behind the Bar: Master Sommelier Roger Dagorn on Wine, Steak & Why Fruit Can Be Tricky

    The FeedGetting a glass of Meursault from the Master.​ When Chanterelle closed, the city lost not only a great restaurant, but also a wonderful wine list. Luckily, many of those bottles -- as well as the person who selected them -- can be found at Porter House, where Master Sommelier Roger Dag ... More >>

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    December 30, 2009

    Toast With a Chilean Sparkler This New Year's Eve, From Chinatown's New Puro Wine

    Cheers!​ When Alberto Valdivieso founded his Chilean winery in 1897, he was the first South American wine-maker to make sparkling wine by the Champagne method, using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes fermented in the bottle. The new all-Chilean wine shop Puro Wine is carrying Valdivieso's Extra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Atlantic Avenue Gets a Boutique Wine Shop

    Get your bubbly in Brooklyn this New Year's Eve.​What was once a bullet-proof-glass-type liquor store on Atlantic Avenue is now a proper wine shop. Atlantic Cellars opened this month at the corner of Grand Avenue on the Clinton Hill/Prospect Heights border. It stocks a selection of wines from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Holiday Gifts for Food-Lovers: Envelope, Orange Wine From Channing Daughters Winery

    ​ Channing Daughters, widely considered one of the best wineries in New York State, cultivates its vineyards on a wild and windy stretch of Long Island's South Fork. The grapes from the estate--like Tocai Friulano, Muscat Ottonel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir, Dornfel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Battle of the Locavoric Wines: Two Finger Lakes Dry Rieslings

    CyclosportThe view from the eastern shore of Seneca Lake, with vineyards in the foreground.​Two wineries on the eastern shore of sylvan and deep Seneca Lake make dry Rieslings. Are they really dry, and which one is better? We set out to make a determination.

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    Patrick Watson on the New Brooklyn Wine Exchange, the Best Wines to Bring to a Party, and Going Biodynamic

    ​Patrick Watson and his wife Michele Pravda have built a mini empire on wine and cheese--they own the cheese shop Stinky Bklyn, the wine bar JakeWalk, and the wine shop Smith and Vine, all within a few blocks of each other on Smith Street in Brooklyn. This week, they opened a second, larger wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: A Kitchen Swap & a Latke Cook-off

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here!

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    October 30, 2009

    Our 10 Best Wine Shops in NYC (and NJ)

    ​Some wine shops go crazy with the signage, as with this European vineyard vehicle parked in front of the Seaport's Pasanella & Son. But will it make our top 10? What does Fork in the Road look for in a wine store? A broad selection of wines, from France, Italy, Spain, and California; smaller ... More >>

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    October 29, 2009

    East Village's Pommes Frites Applies for Wine License

    Robert SietsemaPommes frites from Pommes Frites​The East Village's Pommes Frites, which scored the number two spot on Our 10 Best French fries list, has applied for a license to serve wine. So instead of hitting up the fried-potato-heaven after you get a little tipsy, you can do both at once-- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Fork in the Road on the Road: Rioja's Only Official Single-Estate Wine

    ​It's Rioja Restaurant Week in New York, which means that some 100 restaurants around the city are offering special dining deals, like $25-50 prix-fixe menus plus a glass of Rioja wine, or a 20 percent discount on a bottle. Coincidentally, Fork in the Road just happens to be on the road in Rio ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Proofing Our Wine Bar List: Terroir in the East Village

    ​ Afternoon sunlight streams into Terroir, as it prepares for the evening rush. When we put up Our 10 Best Wine Bars last Friday, the wine bar missing from the list that readers most recommended was Terroir in the East Village. "How in the world could you not include Terroir," groused one com ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2009

    Losing Money, the 'Times' Hits the Bottle

    The New York Times Company announced yesterday that it's starting a wine club. An un-bylined article in the Times' business section today reports that the new business, called (suprise) the New York Times Wine Club, is one of several ventures the company has been exploring as its advertising sales h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    The Winemakers: The 'Big Brother' of Wine

    The Winemakers is coming to PBS this fall, a six-part reality series shot in Paso Robles, California, that pits 12 wannabe winemakers against each other. The contestants include a lawyer, a teacher, and a marketer, who must compete in such challenges as working a crush and pouring in a tasting roo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    What to 'B' to A Salt & Battery

    Every week or so in "What to B When You BYOB," a local wine shop recommends a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, Lisa Schock, the director of tasting events at Chelsea Wine Vault, discusses what to bring to nearby fish and chips joint A Salt & Bat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2009

    Booze News--Aussie Wine Now Cheaper Than Water; More on the Beer Cocktail Trend

    The Bermudan Dark 'n' Stormy cocktail is two ounces of Gosling's Black Seal rum layered with ginger beer, and that's official. E. Malcolm Gosling Jr., whose family has owned Gosling's since 1806, says two trademark certificates on file with the United States Patent and Trademark Office define the ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2009

    What to 'B' to Bar Blanc on Sundays

    Every week or so in "What to B When You BYOB," we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to Cristiano Andrade, the general manager and buyer at Sea Grape , a West Village wine shop that specializes in well- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    What to 'B' to Lamb & Jaffy

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to Meguire Campbell, the manager at Vine Wine in LIC, about what to bring to Lamb & Jaffy, with its affordable New Ame ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2009

    What to 'B' to a Certain Argentinean In Williamsburg Awaiting Its Liquor License

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to Beau Rapier of Uva Wines in Williamsburg about a certain newish Argentinean restaurant still awaiting its wine-and- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2009

    Food & Wine Writer Hangs On to Old La Fonda del Sol Menu for 45 Years

    At a luncheon for the Septima winery's new vintages at La Fonda del Sol today, food and wine writer Sharon Kapnick reached into her roomy handbag and produced a folded piece of colorful high quality-stock paper. She unfolded it to reveal the surprise: a vintage menu from the original restaurant date ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    What to 'B' to Dirty Bird

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to David Hunter, the general manager and wine buyer at Chelsea Wine Vault, about what to bring to nearby fried chicken ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    What to 'B' to Under D Tree

    Photo borrowed from Harlem VintageEvery week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to the folks at Harlem Vintage about what to bring to nearby Jamaican joint Under D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Booze News--Bakon Vodka Is Here; $10K A Month to Wine Twitter

    A new Dutch study says that drinking up to half a glass of wine per day can help you live up to five years longer--if you're a man. More than half a glass and life expectancy starts to drop off again. [AP via Google] Murphy-Goode Winery in Sonoma County is offering a $10,000-per-month gig to a wine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    The Secret's Out--Sherry Society Coming to a Back Room Near You

    You're induction into the secret society will go something like this: You'll receive an invitation telling you where and when to convene. You'll arrive, be greeted with a cocktail, and led down a flight of stairs or perhaps a darkened hallway to a secret room where others share your enthusiasm. We ... More >>

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    April 7, 2009

    Booze News--Wine Studies A-Go-Go and Dan Aykroyd Signs Vodka Skulls

    Wine Enthusiast alum W.R. Tish has launched a new online publication that takes a cheeky approach to wine appreciation and its aficionados. The Dregs Report is like an Onion for oenophiles. [The Feed] Director of wine and spirits at B.R. Guest Restaurants Laura Maniec is now a Master Sommelier. As ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    What to 'B' to Ivo & Lulu

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine store to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to Jim Kuhner of Vestry Wines (65 Vestry Street) about what to bring to Franco-Caribbean neighborhood favorite Ivo & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    I, Locavore--Awesome Deal on Local Chardonnay

    The crisp chardonnay of Millbrook Vineyards and Winery (click to taste) As a wine enthusiast, you're no doubt familar with the reasonably priced and often good wines of the North Fork of Long Island, and the pricier product of New York's pristine Finger Lakes region. But a lesser known wine reg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    What to 'B' to Cube 63

    Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine store to recommend a wine under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we ask Gabrio Tosti di Valminuta of De-Vino wine boutique (30 Clinton Street) to recommend a few bottles to pair with some of the dishe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Peñín Guide In Hand

    Spanish wine critic José Peñín unveiled his Peñín Guide to Spanish Wine 2009 yesterday at a wine tasting held at the American Museum of Natural History. We had a quick tête-à-tête with the critic over a glass of vino or 30. You've often been compared to Robert Parker for your use of the 10 ... More >>

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    February 24, 2009

    What They Ate: The Obamas' First State Dinner

    While much of America was watching this years' Oscars, with its awkward montages and musical numbers, on Sunday night, the Obamas were, of course, hosting their first state dinner for the country's governors and their spouses. A staff of ten, including White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    South African Female Winemaker Dinner at Madiba

    Madiba (195 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn), Fort Greene's fabled South African restaurant, along with Gnarly Vines Wines & Spirits (350 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn), is hosting a South African Female Winemaker Dinner on Wednesday, March 11. Mark Henegan, who grew up in South Africa and owns the restaurant ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Last Night's Brunello Tasting at the Hilton

    The tumultuous scene inside one of the Hilton ballrooms at Vino 2009, the Italian wine tasting I almost never accept invitations to promotional events, but when I got a card a few weeks ago admitting me and a friend to a tasting of the newly released 2004 Brunellos, I thought a few seconds and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2009

    International Booze Tastings

    In the event that you're one of the few people in the city who still have the cash to blow on booze tastings, there are two big ones coming up on Monday, January 26th.The Union des Grand Crus de Bordeaux is in town to promote the 2006 vintage. During the day, they'll have a trade tasting, and in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    Last Chance to Win!

    It's your final chance to enter our music wine pairing contest and win a free Vinofile Membership at City Winery (a $50 value!) and a blind wine tasting. Email your pairing idea or ideas to by noon tomorrow for a chance to win.

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    December 31, 2008

    Taste Test: Great Sparkling Wines, Under $15

    Blind taste test, set up and ready to goNew Year's Eve 2008: We need a drink and we have no money, agreed? So last night I procured six bottles of cheap sparkling wines from Astor Wines (399 Lafayette Street) which is having a big sale right now on sparkling wines. So I was able to get these sparkle ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Good Wines from Surprising Places

    Wine from unexpected places has become an obsession around here, between my New York City urban wine post, and Our Man Sietsema's musings on Mexican wine. This weekend, I was perusing September Wine and Spirits on the Lower East Side, and came across a trove of wine from surprising places: Hungary, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    Fork in the Road Tries Drinking Really, Really Local

    This week, FitR's column explores the urban winemaking phenomenon. The idea of making wine commercially in a city is all over SF's Bay Area already—see SF Chronicle, Imbibe magazine. And now it's come to New York. Urban winemaking isn't about growing grapes in the city, which would be pretty muc ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 8, 2008

    Ever Had a Nice Bottle of Greenpoint?

    Bringing the wine to the people: the new generation of urban winemakers

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    July 17, 2007
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    March 30, 2007
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    March 20, 2007

    Laurent Saillard's Last Meal

    ...Will be eaten sloshed

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    December 29, 2006
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    May 30, 2006

    Just Add Dixie Cups

    Picnic wine at a bargain

  • NYC Life

    October 4, 2005

    An End to California 'Chablis'

    Does it matter that new American wines can't be labeled with regional affiliations?

  • NYC Life

    August 2, 2005

    Drinking With Dr. Feelgood

    Motley Crüe's Vince Neil, well-respected winemaker?!?

  • NYC Life

    March 29, 2005

    Natural Selection

    Organic wine sticks it to the man

  • Film

    March 15, 2005

    Punch-Drunk Love

    Filmmaker-sommelier Jonathan Nossiter uncorks a vintage wine-industry exposé

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    March 15, 2005
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    March 15, 2005

    Message in a Bottle

    Rustic eccentrics wax philosophical and 'terroirists' denounce globalizers in wine doc

  • NYC Life

    February 15, 2005

    Wines to Welcome

    A new shop gives lesser-known vintners their due

  • NYC Life

    January 18, 2005

    Bottled Up

    A crash course on wine

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