Every week or so in ‘What to B When You BYOB’ we ask a local
wine store to recommend a wine to drink at a nearby BYOB restaurant.
They’re asked to consider the cuisine at the restaurant and suggest an
appropriate bottle for under $15.
This weekend is the last chance to BYOB at Cafe Cortadito (210 East 3rd Street), the popular East Village Cuban restaurant the Times recently declared the “overall winner” in an “unscientific” survey of Cuban restaurants. The restaurant just got a liquor license, and starting February 1st, its bring-your-own-booze (with $5 corkage fee) days are over.
In celebration/mourning of these final BYOB days, we asked local wine shop Discovery Wines (10 Avenue A) for some pairing ideas. Their suggestions are after the jump.
ISA, VdP Cotes de Thongue, 2006 ($14.99)
“This grenache-based blend from France’s Languedoc region offers some decent dark fruit on the attack, and fine integrated tannins,” says Discovery Wines manager Tim Mortimer, “Overall it’s medium to full bodied with excellent balance. Try it with steak. Made with organically grown grapes.”
Las Rocas, Garnacha, 2006 ($12.99)
Mortimer says: “Medium bodied with a great acidic backbone, this grenache offers bright red fruit and black pepper on its long finish – it goes very well with spicy dishes and garlic.”