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    May 7, 2013

    Aussie Wine Got Good! Here's Where to Drink it in New York

    If your last memory of Australian wine was an overripe Shiraz, erase it! The new breed of Aussie wine is leaner, more structured, and food-friendlier than before, and heading to New York thanks to a wave of young, dynamic winemakers and importers. Gordon Little and his fiancee Lauren Peacock of Lit ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Meet Carla Rzeszewski, New York's Queen of Sherry

    What comes to mind when you hear sherry, besides the Four Seasons song that maddeningly loops in your head like scratched vinyl? If the answer is a sweet brown drink that grandma likes, allow me to introduce you to New York City's "Queen of Sherry," Carla Rzeszewski. Rzeszewski is a sherry fanatic ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment

    As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    February 21, 2013

    Big Reds with Barbecue and More Simple Wine Pairing Advice

    Last week, I opened a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape to drink with takeout from Fletcher's BBQ. I wasn't really thinking about the pairing, although perhaps "big red and big food" subliminally guided me to pair the Southern Rhône with charred hunks of meat. I'll leave the review of Fletcher's to ou ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Pressing Thai, Tahitian, and Balinese Grapes: 5 New Latitude Wines

    Welcome to the doldrums of winter. Unless you spend your weekends driving to the mountains, you're probably dreaming of warm, exotic locales to escape to during these blustery months. But don't imagine bland lagers and coconut cocktails -- the old drinks of tropical travels -- because more tourists ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Your Guide to Brooklyn's Wine Country

    Can't make it to Napa this week 'cause Jay-Z hitched a ride in your Gulfstream to his Barclays show? No worries, hit up Brooklyn, Hova's favorite borough, for an idyllic afternoon on the subway wine trail. Your chariots, the 5/G/L trains, let you have the drink without the drive -- can you name anot ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    5 Best West Village Wine Bars

    In theory, I should love wine bars -- I drink a lot of wine, and I often trade evenings in my dinky, NYC apartment for nights out. But I often cringe when I hear the term, since every restaurant proprietor takes poetic license to call their beverages a "wine list" and their establishment a "wine bar ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    10 Tips for Wine Rookies

    Welcome to Unscrewed, your weekly antidote to wine-related malaise. Allow me to introduce myself with a list: 10 of my best tips for revitalizing your personal wine program or becoming a better drinker. 1. Be curious. There is no shame in learning, only in pretending to know what you don't. 2. Or ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    What's Happening This Week: Wine Tastings, Cheese Party

    Harold Dieterle is having a prix fixe dinner at Perilla, featuring dishes made with La Quercia products like prosciutto, guanciale, speck, and lardo. The dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 24 from 5:30 p.m. and will cost $70 per person, excluding tax and tip. The East Village's Spina is hosting ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 21, 2012

    Kaia: Please Boer Me

    Happily, New York gets some more South African food

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    February 10, 2012

    Takeout Your Valentine's Meal Part Deux: Pairings

    FlackJacket2010 / FlckrHave a few drinks to loosen up, but go at your own pace. Don't want to end up like this guy.​You have a plan for Tuesday and now you're ready to stick with it. Ready for your next assignment? Beverage pairings!No romantic meal is complete without a little (or a lot) of booze ... More >>

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    January 8, 2012

    Lincoln Ristorante's Aaron Von Rock on Negronis and Child Labor

    Aaron Von Rock​Aaron Von Rock works as wine director of Lincoln Ristorante (142 West 56th Street), where he has also unveiled popular Negroni and Prosecco bars. Von Rock took the time to chat about the challenges of running single-beverage establishments -- and how a childhood of labor prepped ... More >>

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    December 29, 2011

    Aquavit's Keri Levens on Swedish Fish

    Keri Levens has worked as Aquavit's wine director since May. Though she studied art history and art at Rutgers University, she ultimately decided to pursue a culinary career. She chatted with Fork in the Road this week about her work at the restaurant (65 East 55th Street) and how she plays with dri ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Gingerbread Decoration at Eleni's New York

    Wine Tasting on a Boat As part of an ongoing series about world wines, Classic Harbor Line will host a sampling tonight, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Meet at Chelsea Piers' slot no. 62. Sign up for the $85 event here. Gingerbread Decoration at Eleni's New York Want to build the house of your dreams ... More >>

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    December 13, 2011

    5 Great Wines Under $15: Reds

    ​Mas de Gourgonniere, Le Baux-de-Provence (2009) T'is the time of the year when oenophiles (as distinguished from onanists) give each other gifts of wine, and dinner hosts impress their friends by decanting bottles that drink much better than the price paid for them. In other words, the gr ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Cupcake Party

    Cupcakes Take the Cake Anniversary Party The go-to blog for these frosting-topped pastries will host its 7-year anniversary party tonight, at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art (138 Sullivan St.) The shindig starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can still be purchased online for $7.

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    October 10, 2011

    How About Some Steal Your Face Red Blend Wine to Drink With Your Cherry Garcia Ice Cream?

    If you happened to miss the Village Voice-sponsored wine tasting/Grateful Dead cover band event Wine Unplugged at this year's Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, you can console yourself with the next best thing: a bottle of the just-released Grateful Dead "Steal Your Face Red Blend" wine.

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    September 26, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Drinking Italian, Pondering Vegetables

    Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the hottest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Tour of Italy Wine Tasting I Trulli Ristorante and Vino Wine & Spirits Monday, September 26, 6:30 p.m. Taste Italy's indigenous wine varieties at this walk-around tasting of about 1 ... More >>

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    September 14, 2011

    Morrell Wine Bar's Jake Klein Talks Wine Pairings and Getting Drunk as a Ten-Year-Old

    Photo courtesy Jake KleinJake Klein, lover of bone marrow and white wine​ The Morrell Wine Bar (1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-262-7700) is one of the city's great spots for downing a glass or two -- its extensive list boasts more than 2,000 different bottles. Pairing food with wine can be tricky, t ... More >>

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    July 21, 2011

    Terroir Acknowledges Flub on Food, Promises Grub at Summer of Riesling Concert 2012

    Chantal MartineauRiesling: food-friendly once more​Ask and ye shall receive. As we reported yesterday, the Summer of Riesling Concert 2011 was a lovely, German-wine-soaked Tuesday evening on a boat. The only problem: This celebration of wines with razor-sharp acidity didn't provide food (which ... More >>

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    June 13, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Crab Boil, Colorado Pop-Up and Spanish Wines

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Crab Boil Back Forty Tuesday, June 14th, 7 p.m. Peter Hoffman's East Village spot Back Forty will kick off summer by throwing its first Crab Boil of the season. For ... More >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Can Sadat X Make Wine Hip-Hop?

    He's trying with True Wine Connoisseurs, YouTube's most entertaining wine-themed rap show

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    March 31, 2011

    Leo Schneemann of Café Kristall On Austrian Wine, Beyond Grüner

    Leo Schneemann​We're betting the first time you ordered the Grüner, you felt pretty cool. The crisp, oftentimes brilliantly acidic wines helped put Austria on the map, but the country has since expanded beyond white wines. Why not try a Blaufränkisch or Zweigelt? Or even a pleasantly mineral ... More >>

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    February 22, 2011

    Make Brasserie's Le Baeckeoffe d'Alsace by Chef Luc Dimnet

    Good pot.​What a tease. Temperatures hit balmy spring levels last week but, alas, it wasn't meant to last. It's still February and the season of hearty one-pot meals continues. Keep the cold at bay with Brasserie's Le Baeckoeoffe d'Alsace, a meaty communal Alsatian dish that pairs wonderfully ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    FishTag's Gianni Cionchi On the Existential World of Wine Pairing

    Gianni Cionchi of FishTag​We recently had a bit of a When Harry Met Sally moment at FishTag. (You may have wanted to have what we were having.) While we were there, we couldn't help but notice the unusual way the menu is laid out, with suggested pairings printed right alongside apps and main c ... More >>

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    January 28, 2011

    Rubén Sanz Ramiro of Veritas On Wines with Energy and the Restaurant's Craziest Bottle

    Photo by Geert TeuwenRubén Sanz Ramiro​Rubén Sanz Ramiro is the head sommelier at Veritas, which reopened late last year with a new chef and a 3,000-bottle-strong wine cellar. He sat down with Fork in the Road to talk vino and just what gets him revved about it. For starters, it's in his blo ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    Battle of the Budget Bubbly: André vs. J. Rogét

    Lauren ShockeyOur office becomes the champagne room​ It's time to break out the bubbly and celebrate the season, but let's be real. Not everyone (ourselves included) has the budget for the good stuff, especially post-holiday shopping. But everyone has the budget for the budget stuff! So fo ... More >>

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    December 21, 2010

    Where to Buy Wine for the Holidays​ With the season comes many a holiday party, which means plenty of opportunities for wassailing and even more for drinking. Showing up to a party empty handed is a surefire way to garner a "Scrooge" nickname, but with so many liquor stores to choose from, the selection can som ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    The Natural Wine Company Brings More Natural Wine to Williamsburg

    Why, wine, naturally.​Natural wine geeks will have one more reason to make a booze run to Williamsburg as of this Saturday. The Natural Wine Company is opening in a revamped factory building on North 11th between Driggs and Roebling. The wine shop will specialize in organic wines made by small ... More >>

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    October 12, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Beery Dinner; A Sherry Reveal

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Brooklyn Brewery Dinner Austin's Steak & Ale House Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m Join Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster, Garrett Oliver, for the eighth edition of this ann ... More >>

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    September 24, 2010

    Conor McCormack of Brooklyn Winery Talks Urban Winemaking, the Science in the Glass & Why Winemakers Are So Beer Happy

    photo by Ben KilgustConor McCormack with founders Brian Leventhal (left) and John Stires (right).​Just a few blocks from Brooklyn Brewery is -- wait for it -- Brooklyn Winery. Or rather, Brooklyn Winery Urban Winery Winemaking Center. The bespoke winery is the brainchild of Brian Leventhal a ... More >>

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    September 13, 2010

    Forget Banh Mi Beefs. Introducing the Brooklyn Winery Wars.

    "Lucy! You got some 'splainin to do!"​ Remember good, ol' fashioned Brooklyn banh mi rivalries? Well, the borough has now graduated to winery wars. The Brooklyn Paper reported today that a squabble has broken out between two wineries in Brooklyn, but one of them now says the episode is a non-i ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    July 30, 2010

    Vyne's Inez Bon Talks Riesling Week, Seasonal Drinking & the Effing Merlot

    Inez Bon​There are wine bars that specialize in French wines, Italian wines, Spanish wines, even organic wines, but in all these cases the focus is usually red. Inez Bon wanted to create a wine bar specializing in the kinds of wines she likes to drink: in a word, whites. In more words, crisp, ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Sweet Talk on New York Beekeeping; A Fungus-Filled Mushroom Class

    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 Secret Lives of (NYC) Bees The Elixir Bar at ABC Kitchen Tuesday, July 20 at 5 p.m. Jean-Georges Vongerichten's newest darling of the culinary world, with its s ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Celebrate Herring & Discuss Restaurant Design

    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! Herring Festival Aquavit June 14-19 & 21-26 Jewish delis aren't the only one who get excited about herring this time of year. Aquavit's annual Herring Festival ... More >>

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    May 27, 2010

    Q&A: Tool's Maynard James Keenan on Blood Into Wine, the New Documentary About His Adventures in Winemaking

    "But hopefully they'll end up waking up one day, open up that bottle of wine and go, 'Holy shit. He's right,' and give me a nod rather than drop to their knees." ​With mindless celebrities attaching their name to any vanity project that comes their way--Cadmium-laced Miley Cyrus bracelets pri ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    April 20, 2010

    Off to the Pour House: The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen

    The Upper West Side sips and nibbles a bit of Spain

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    April 7, 2010

    Pichet Ong Debuts Dessert Menu at the Bubble Lounge Tomorrow

    Andrew ScrivaniOng's chocolate layer cake with rasberries and cream​The Bubble Lounge (228 West Broadway) has been quietly pouring Champagne for 14 years, but tomorrow they're adding a dessert menu from Spot sweets maven Pichet Ong.

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    April 6, 2010

    On the Vino Road! A Day Aboard the Little Wine Bus.

    Sarah ZornThe rolling hills of the Benmarl vineyards.​Seeking to mix things up for our third anniversary, my husband and I decided to ditch our preconceived notions of group tours and give the Little Wine Bus a try (or, I went ahead and booked a couple of tickets, and he had no choice but to g ... More >>

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    March 29, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Sephardic Seder; Home Ec Class

    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! Bordeaux Tasting Le Skyroom at French Institute Alliance Française March 29 As part of a series of six tastings, each associated with a different region, the e ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Special Oscar-Inspired Dishes; A Final Days of Winter Menu

    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! Oscar Week Menu Delmonico's March 1-7 As you get ready to see who will take Best Picture at this year's Academy Awards, Delmonico's is offering a special menu i ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    There Are Now Enough Wine Shops in Red Hook for a Turf War

    Sarah DiGregorioHow many boutique wine shops can one neighborhood take?​Pretty much the most accurate measure of Red Hook's gentrification can be summed up by this headline found in the Brooklyn Paper this morning: "Call it the War of the Rosé! Red Hook wine shops battle it out." Yes. There ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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.

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