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We had high expectations for the Bandol rosé wines sampled at this month’s Imbibe New York Wine Club meet.  After all, for rosé, these wines from Provence don’t come cheap.  The selections we drew were equally surprising–no repeat bottles (of a wine that’s not exactly available everywhere), and the photo above excludes one of the better wines that we savored that night.  Another unexpected, yet consistent element is the alcohol content–13.5% to 14%!  And while the high abv wasn’t immediately apparent in all the wines, a few of the bottles that we tasted were sublime, while others were simply disappointments.

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The other week, I was asked to participate in a TasteLive event with the folks at Discover Beaujolais, and so I asked Ellen to join me.  The theme of the evening was Beaujolais Village vs. Cru Beaujolais, but my four bottles of wine got tied up at UPS in the Bronx, and so, instead, Ellen, Oscar, and I met in one of Central Park’s playgrounds to drink some rosé wine.  A few days later, my Beaujolais arrived, leaving me to spread the love and the bottles, over the course of a week.  BV vs CB? Here’s what we found:

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Keeping Wine Chill in the Summer–NYC

We’ve notched a lot nicks on our outdoor drinking belts this summer, and so, there have been a variety of solutions that attempted to circumvent both the watchful eyes of security and the blistering heat.  To the World Cup screening beneath the Manhattan Bridge, Woody brought baby jars filled with rosé–both instant glassware and bottle-free storage.  However, the lids, we found, are not aroma free.  After a few minutes, the scent of puréed carrots does dissipate, but still, there had be a better way…

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A short while ago, I attended a Chablis tasting at the Tribeca Rooftop, where I met JR and Nina Battipaglia of Garnet Wines.  Seated together at the morning seminar, we chatted through the tasting, which included a bottle from Nathalie & Gilles Fevre, and before leaving, Nina offered to send me some wine.  What follows is a few thoughts on the four bottles sent, all of which were sampled, with Suzanne, on Harlem Hill in Central Park.

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Good Beer at BAM

Last week, Sarah and I attended Good Beer at BAM–an afternoon of more than 20 breweries and the fare their beers inspired.   Produced by Edibles Manhattan and Brooklyn, Good Beer is on its second year running, during July–the “Good Beer Month”.  Catering to a sold out crowd, both upstairs and down, The Vandervilt, Gramercy Tavern, The Good Fork, and Jimmy’s 43, were just some of the 20+participants who came to represent.  Rooms of dense crowds and pork, beef, and beer, this is no place for spit buckets…this is brew and folks came to drink.

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