It's frightening that we are already one week deep into September and are marching towards shorter, cooler days. For many, the change in weather means a welcome return to red wine. But what do you drink when the humidity abates yet temps still hover in the shorts and t-shirt zone?
I was running late for a meeting. "On my way!" I texted. "Should I sent u an white horse to welcome u"? I didn't quite know the sender well enough to know how seriously to take the request. There are, after all, white horses in Central Park, which is where I was headed. "Please!" I replied as I l ... More >>
Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, where the edge of the earth kissed the sea, sat a castle. Perched high on a mountain, this pastel-hued palace looked down upon stark cliffs that plunged into the rumbling ocean, upon which grew precious vines. Both royals and locals prized the vines for their ... More >>
Every so often, I come across the argument that rosé lacks merit as a wine, and, therefore, has become over-hyped. I disagree--why manufacture controversy over a drink as pleasurable as rosé? To the residents of southern France, rosé equals lifestyle; I doubt they would agree their Provençal exi ... More >>
Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>
To understand sherry, you must drink it! And if you were paying attention during my interview with New York's Queen of Sherry, Carla Rzeszewski, then you know to drink it with food. Here's a simple formula for exploring the umami flavors of sherry: Chill the bottles. Meanwhile, invite over some fr ... More >>
Monday, January 7th The Harmony of Beer and Cheese: If you're sick of pairing cheese with wine, Murray's Cheese is offering a beer and cheese pairing class for $75. The experts at Murray's say to pair German smoked Rauchbiers with a "meaty washed rind cheese" to create a "bacon bomb." Sounds delight ... More >>
My last memory of drinking boxed wine is from a college football game. A friend duct-taped a Franzia Chardonnay bladder under khaki pants like a wino's version of a flask. During the game, he would roll up his pant leg, flick the spigot and fill-up nearby students' cups with the plonk. Given this w ... More >>
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 >>
Considering women now buy more than half the wine that ends up on the American table, a few companies have devised marketing tricks to stand out. I submit the following: Exhibit A The wine purse. No, there aren't pockets for your cell phone, mirror and gloss. That might make the packaging useful as ... More >>
Maslow 6's Charity Tasting At this Tribeca wine shop (211B West Broadway), a tasting will help fund a music education non-profit -- the Harmony Foundation. Starting at 6 p.m. Monday, attendees can sample wines, meats, cheeses, and live music. Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the group ... More >>
jessicamelling/flickrA wine by any other name...When you start a winery, especially one that makes reds, you have to account for some lag time between launching the business and seeing profit. It takes time for wines to, well, age. Brooklyn Winery, which launched last year, has also been oper ... More >>
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 >>
We are not immediately predisposed to the Vino in Vino concert series -- which "matches artists with winemakers for a night of music and vino" -- but we are fortunately extremely predisposed to sharp-edged dream-pop belter Holly Miranda, whose show at Bowery Ballroom a few months back was one ... More >>
Basheertome, FlickrNo other choices for you, white wine fan Riesling fans wanting to persuade their friends of its charms: Apparently Terroir has your back -- in a major way. The wine bar and restaurant co-owned by Paul Grieco and Marco Canora has taken the rather ferocious step of eliminati ... More >>
Vyne recently opened in the West Village, offering a wine list that's weighted towards white wines, and a number of requisite small dishes and snacks.
Carne de vino.You know what it's like: you're about to grill a beautiful cut of meat a plancha when, lo and behold, you realize you've forgotten the plancha. Josh DeChellis, executive chef at La Fonda del Sol, found himself in just such a predicament while in wine country when he came up with ... More >>
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! First Anniversary Week Spina June 21-26 The East Village fresh pasta house is celebrating the big one with a week of special menus and wine-pairing dinners. Thr ... More >>
When "infamously gluttonous" Mario Batali jumps on the Meatless Mondays bandwagon, you know the campaign has legs. [Washington Post] The trend toward over-the-top fatty, carb-heavy foods may be fueled in part by chefs who smoke weed and the munchies marijuana induces. [NY Times] P.F. Chang' ... More >>
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 >>
Keith WagstaffSake consumption fosters a certain bond.This is not a normal wine tasting, suited older men smiling near dump buckets, quiet murmurs as people swirl their wine glasses around. It's the Saturday night after Tax Day and bespectacled Michael Daves is playing the hell out of his gui ... More >>
katielips/flickrRioja winemakers may be promoting the fruits of their labor in New York this week, but back in Rioja, it's business as usual. And, in some cases, not so usual. Bodegas Riojanas, which just happens to be one of the oldest wineries in the region, is one of nine wineries particip ... More >>
Nearly everyone who has ever done a Riedel "glassware tasting" says the same thing: size and shape matter. The surface area of the glass combined with the circumference of the rim work together to point whatever liquid is inside to just the right place in your mouth. Riedel has made glasses ... More >>
Now is the time to invest in wine, say experts, as prices of collectible vintages fell from 20 to 40 percent in the last four months of 2008. But collectors should act fast: prices are already on their way back up. [NY Times] A Thai brewery has enlisted former backpackers and other foreign fans of ... More >>
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 Jamie Wolff of Chambers Street Wines about what to bring to nearby Middle Eastern eatery Alfanoose. We start by br ... More >>
It's that time of year again, when everyone likes to round up the best kosher wines to pair with traditional Seder fare. The Feed lists several Israeli Cabernet Sauvignons, including one from Bazelet Hagolan in the Golan Heights. Tasting Table offers up a couple less conventional options, such as ... More >>
Don't forget to enter our music wine pairing contest, inspired by City Winery's Michael Dorf's idea of pairing wine to music.Send your serious, or your comical, music wine pairings to email@example.com. Our favorite pairing will win a blind tasting and a Vinofile Membership at City Winery.
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