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Archive for June, 2010

Two weeks ago, on the heels Chablis, I dropped by the Jura Region Tasting on West 36th Street.  Twenty-three growers and a few hours there–within minutes, I wanted nothing more than to drink the wines of Jura daily.  Situated between Burgundy and Switzerland, Jura is home to grapes like Poulsard, thin skinned and producing fantastically light ruby reds with earth, funk, red fruit, and skunk…I’d be pressed to ask for anything more.

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Last Monday was a bit of a whirlwind that began with the Sud de France worldwide synchronized wine tasting event in NYC.  With five other bloggers at Les Maisons de la Région Languedoc-Roussillon in midtown, I participated in a live video conference with winemakers in Montpellier.  In addition to this dialogue, the goal was to bring together 90 bloggers and journalists from 20 countries, to celebrate Sud de France brand’s forth anniversary.   (more…)

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There are over 300 estates in Chablis, and last Monday, it felt like they’d all descended upon NYC.  Thirty-four exhibitors, and God knows how many wines…I tasted through over 100 and by 4:30, a third of the wines listed had yet to arrive.   (more…)

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Last week, with Ellen as my guest, I attended the Annual Dinner of the Wine Media Guild of New York, at the Four Seasons Restaurant.  A 100-seat event open to the Guild, their guests, and to members of the trade, the menu of course was fabulous (though as a pescatarian, I opted for the “silent option”, or salmon, which was good but probably didn’t compete)–Crisp Farmhouse Duck with Plums, and Filet of Bison with Foie Gras and Black Truffles…And while there were sparkling wines provided during cocktail hour, for dinner, everyone brought a bottle to share.

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Wines from Santorini

Sun poured through panes and lit the wines of ten producers from Santorini–Domaine Sigalas, Hatzidakis, Argyros and Gaia… Assyrtiko.  Vinsanto.  Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall.  We walked the room and poured our glasses, lips-snacking over Jonathon Sawyer‘s eye-candy fare.

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Turn left on N. 11th to Berry.  Be careful how you enter.  The door is up the ramp and on 11th.  Not around the corner.  Large glass panes, enclosing Mason Jar illuminations, brick, long glossy wood tables, and wine.  Downstairs–the cocktail room.  Dark.  A mixologist dreaming of shaking and stirring.  Soon a DJ, maybe eventually, a band.  The Counting Room in Williamsburg.  Open just a couple of months, and bustling on a Tuesday night.

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