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.
For this week’s ‘What to B,’ we turned to Abistro (154 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn), a quaint spot in Fort Greene serving Senegalese and French fare. Just around the corner, Gnarly Vines Wine & Spirits (350 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn ) had some suggestions for bottles to bring to the restaurant.
Abistro’s menu feature lots of seafood, so Gnarly Vines manager Lauren Kelleher says she usually recommends a light red, like a Cabernet Franc “that is light enough for seafood but can hold up to the spice and also work with meat.” At $16, their 2007 Domaine des Vallettes, St Nicolas de Bourgueil from the Loire Valley is a Cab Franc that almost sneaks in under $15 (our price cap) and pairs well with herb-seasoned food. And Kelleher has some suggestions in the under $15 range:
2002, Cardeal Reserva Touriga Nacional, Dao, Portugal ($13.50)
This dry red table wine is “very rich but medium-bodied,” she says, perfect for standing up to bold spices.
2007 La Hitaire ‘Les Tour’ Ugni Blanc Blend, Gascogne, France ($12)
For a white option, Kelleher says this “crisp, dry white wine, that’s lemony and fresh would go well with some of their seafood dishes, like their salty codfish fritters or calamari.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 20, 2009