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After being squeezed out of Terroir before we could enter, Caitlin and I walked east to Pata Negra, a five month old wine and tapas bar, named for an apparently delectable ham.  (Being a pescatarian, I’ll leave that part of the experience for someone else to try.)  With an inconspicuous facade, Pata Negra is located at 345 East 12th Street, and at 7 PM there wasn’t yet much of a crowd.  Upon passing through the glass door, we found just what we needed, a table for two in a brick walled room, and an interesting selection of affordable wines.   (more…)

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Before leaving Benmarl, we were told that we should visit Stoutridge Vineyard, just a few miles away, in Marlboro, New York.  He’s doing some pretty interesting things with his wine making techniques, suggested Wendy, Benmarl’s wine events coordinator.  And so, with less than 30 minutes to go before Stoutridge was due to close, we hopped in the car and left.   (more…)

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After driving for over a half hour and then getting lost in Poughkeepsie, Carlos and I finally made our way to the Benmarl Winery at Slate Hill Vineyards, in Marlboro, New York.  Driving up the gravel road, we passed through Benmarl’s 37 acre vineyard, which grows both Baco Noir (a French-American hybrid that was introduced to New York in 1951) and Traminette (an “Estate French Hybrid white” that was introduced in Geneva, New York, in 1996). Located on a piece of land that has sustained grape growing since 1772, Benmarl is one of the oldest vineyards in America, and the producer of some very fine Hudson Valley wines. (more…)

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Yesterday, Carlos and I drove up the Teconic to visit a few award winning wineries in the Hudson River Valley, beginning with Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, in Millbrook, New York.  Originally a dairy farm, purchased by John and Kathe Dyson in 1979, these 130 acres and converted barn make for a lovely day trip to the country side. (more…)

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Last night I attended the Strictly Bordeaux wine tasting at Bacchus, a wine store on the Upper West Side.  Perhaps akin to speed dating, this event armed us with a Riedel Crystal Stem and one hour to revel in the cellar tasting room where we roamed from table to table, sampling their selection of twelve Bordeaux wines. (more…)

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Thursday night saw the inauguration of the Imbibe NY Wine Club, with only three members in attendance–Jenn, myself, and Farrel.  Being so close to the 4th of July, we decided to begin with American wines, Pinot Gris from Oregon, of which we sampled three: Firesteed (2005), Bethel Heights (2006), and ElvenGlade (2006), all of which were so remarkably different, at times it was hard to believe they were born from the same grape. (more…)

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Last night Carlos and I walked a few blocks at dusk to Nectar (2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd.), the new and only wine bar in Harlem.  Having passed it a few times on my way to Harlem Vintage (same owners) next door, I was both titilated by a wine bar so close to home and skeptical, wondering how anyone could possibly  construct an inviting environment inside one of those new-fab store fronts popping up (and still unoccupied) all over uptown. (more…)

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