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-priced boutique wines, about what to bring to nearby Bar Blanc, which has just lifted its $25 corkage fee on Sundays.

Ricossa Gavi 2007, Italy ($14.99)
“They have a black cod on the menu with fennel and saffron… most light whites would go with that,” says Andrade. “Gavi is a great food wine because it has good minerality. Whites that grow along the Mediterranean have this saltiness to them that works well to pair with fish. This is actually on sale, so it’s a great value.”

Vignerons de Buxy 2007, Burgundy, France ($14.99)
“Pinot Noir is great with duck or any fowl, really. For a good Pinot, I would go straight to Burgundy. This wine is light, but lush enough to go with the rich roasted duck. We try to get as close to the source as possible, and this wine is made on the estate. Ask a waiter to put a little chill on it for you.”

Mont Tauch Fitou Reserve 2006, Languedoc, France ($15.99)
“This estate-grown and bottled wine is medium to full bodied. It’s made of Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah, so it’s a typical Southern France blend. It’s a little oaky, with a little spice, but it’s still mellow and rich. These are big grapes that love pork. And Fitou is one of those appellations that you don’t find everywhere. Wine geeks love it.”

Nicolas Grosbois Chinon Rose 2007, Loire, France ($13.99)
“Finally, with anything in the summer, you can always drink a rose. This is a Chinon from the Loire Valley, which is known for its Cabernet Franc, but also makes great rose. It’s a close-out from last year, but it’s still showing well. It’s light, crisp, and floral. With light roses, you’re always looking for strawberries, and it has that.”

Have a great BYOB recommendation? Let us know!