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Archive for January, 2011

Last week, I attended the Terry Theise (and Mark de Grazia) Spring Tasting, presented by Michael Skurnik Wines at City Winery. It was a Tuesday afternoon, cold and wet, and I was coming from the South Bronx, so of course I got there late.  But what a event…the house was packed with bodies and wine…I wish I’d had more time, for Terry Theise is a seeker whose wines you can trust.  Like I’d written earlier about Jenny & François–if you’re ever unsure of what wine(s) you should buy, make your selections based on the importer and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Veritas

Last week, Suzanne and I dropped in at Veritas, down the street from Moore Brothers on East 22nd Street, to sit at the bar for a couple of by-the-glass wines.  And while the bar menu is sweet–the Charred Bread, Honey Truffle Ricotta is divine–we were less drawn to the ten or so glasses of red and white wines on the list, because the cocktail menu, and its bottled ingredients behind the counter, were more compelling to us than this.

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Upcoming Events

Listing upcoming events for the public and trade is not something that I normally do, but it seems that this month, wine events are falling like flakes from the sky.  And so, rather than keep the goodies to myself, I thought I’d set a little snowball rolling…for in a couple of weeks, NYC will be blanketed in Bordeaux.

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Before the new year, I attended a seminar on the Village Appellations of Burgundy, with Anne Parent (pictured above), who is of the 12th generation in a family of winemakers at Bourgognes Parent, as the speaker.  The point of the talk and taste was to introduce Burgundy’s Village wines as affordable, yet satisfying, options in lieu of the more exclusive Premier and Grand Crus.  Living with Champagne taste on a beer budget, I appreciated the focus–for as much as I hope to die with a glass of epiphanic Burgundy in hand, I don’t imagine purchasing that bottle any time soon…

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