Archive for September, 2008


After scoring a sweet pair of boots at Century 21, I headed up West Broadway to Franklin, where I found the  Vinovino Wine Bar Wine Shop.  At a few minutes past five, I practically had the place to myself.  By the time I left at around seven, the bar was a little livelier, but far from packed.  Perhaps the downtown crowd had lost its heel, in the face of this week’s financial crash.  Or maybe Vinovino is somehow off the beaten track… (more…)


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Tonight, Friday, September 26, 2008 is the first Presidential Debate between Senators Obama & McCain during this historic election season.  Come to Nectar to watch and discuss this meaningful event as it unfolds while enjoying wine, cheese, and charcuterie.

Nectar will be donating a portion of the evening’s sales to the Obama/Biden campaign.  We hope to see you tonight!!!

Nectar Wine Bar

2235 Frederick Douglass Boulevard

b/w 120th & 121st Streets

PH: 212-961-9622

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At six o’clock on Thursday, Casellula Wine and Cheese Bar was full beyond capacity with members of the button-down after work crowd.  After putting our name on a list and leaving for a drink elsewhere, Farrel, Ellen, and I returned when called by the host, and were promptly sat.  Within the first ten minutes, I perused their extensive wine list and quickly learned that the staff at Casellula does not take the cheese element of their wine bar lightly. (more…)

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For this month’s wine club, Caitlin suggested we go Greek–so near Italy, with such an ancient grape history.  We were curious–why is it that the intolerable Retsina is the only wine that comes to mind?  Inspired by the Wine and Spirits (June issue) article on great Greek cheeses, I picked up some Kefalograviera and Manouri along with some Kalamata olives, to which Kelleigh added some tzatziki and garlic hummus, and boy was I glad!  If I learned anything by the end of the night, it’s that Greek wines (or at least the ones we sampled) live up to their wine potential when paired with Greek fare. (more…)

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Located at the beginning of Brooklyn’s Broadway, in the shadow of the Williamsburg Bridge, Bridge Urban Winery is the official tasting and sales room of Bridge Vineyards on Long Island’s North Fork.  And though they plan to ferment and bottle their own wines onsite some time soon, they now offer a fine array of New York wines, including their own Brooklyn Bridge label series crafted by owners Greg Sandor and Paul Wegimont with winemaker Eric Fry (of Lenz Winery), by the taste and flight.  For off-premise drinking one can grab a few bottles to go from their even larger selection of wines from the Empire State. (more…)

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Before dining at the North Fork Table & Inn for our first anniversary, Carlos and I visited a few wineries, including Lenz Winery, Bedell Cellars, Peconic Bay, and Waters Crest-all located on the North Fork, far from where we honeymooned a year ago, when we toured Sonoma, Mendocino, and Anderson and Alexander Valleys on the west coast.  And because we zipped in and out of Lenz and Waters Crest without inspiration, I devote this post to the wines and locals that did incite our delight. (more…)

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