Archive for October, 2008

Last night at dusk I slipped into Xai Xai on West 51st–a dim lit wood centric South African wine bar.  At six, the small bar was nearly full, but the tables were empty.  I sat by the window without a draft, in warm light that was readily absorbed by a dark slate floor.  With brick and textured walls, high ceilings, wood rafters, enchanting tunes, and beautiful cypress logs- ancient and stripped of bark-as columns on the floor, the space was a warm reprieve from the midtown autumn chill outdoors. (more…)


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Last night I traveled to Brooklyn Heights to meet up with a few IWC classmates–Cathy, Georgia, and Shawn– so that we could study for our impending exam and sample some wines.  Before hitting the books, we visited a couple of neighborhood wine stores–Heights Chateau and Zap Wine and Spirits–both of which were hosting tastings that night.  Just a short walk separates these two shops, but the ways in which they choose to showcase their wines are as different as day and night. (more…)

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Experiencing my own personal recession, which has nothing to do with greedy investors and everything to do with a very indulgent birthday weekend a few weeks back, I decided to visit a few free tastings this week, beginning with one at Vino Wine and Spirits, 121 East 27th Street.  Specializing in Italian wines since 2000, Vino claims to represent labels from “every wine producing region in Italy,” and I believe them.  A small, accessible boutique, with a sizable offering of wines for under $20, Vino showcased the three red wines of Casa Emma, on Friday night. (more…)

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On the night of the great VP debates, the Imbibe Wine Club met to sample some 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon from California.  We had three from the Napa/Sonoma region, and one from Carmel Valley in Central Coast.  With the intention of focusing on tasting notes until Sarah Palin’s face appeared (warranting belligerent screams from our crowd of four), we did just that, fueling our ire with a nice selection of hearty American wines.   (more…)

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