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Archive for March, 2011

Tucked between Sophie’s and Ace Bar on East 5th Street is Goat Town, an American Bistro with arched tin ceilings.  Opposite the red banquet and subway tiled booths sits a bar with maybe twelve seats.  Finishing a 3:00 class at Jivamukti, Caitlin and I met Adam and Ken for the freelancer’s happy hour–perfectly timed to avoid the afterwork crush, and early enough to get home after a bit of wine for some work.

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Last week, I spent a delightful afternoon at The Modern, at the tasting of the Union des Grands Crus de Chablis, a non-profit organization of 14 producers of wines from the seven Chablis Grand Cru vineyards. Including Blanchots, Bougros, Les Clos, Grenouilles, Preuses, Valmur, and Vaudésir, all seven climats were represented, as was Clos des Hospices by Domaine Louis Moreau.  With great emphasis on 2009, there were a few older vintages, allowing one a peek through the porthole of what might become.

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bahr ché

Last week, I received an invite to bahr ché on Astor Place, from the wine bar’s PR rep.  And since Caitlin and I had planned a glass post-yoga, we walked south in bliss to Gwathmey Siegel’s curvilinear glass structure, stuck tall in the sky in a brick/stone hood.  Teetering at the edge of the East Village, but not quite in, the entrance to bahr ché sits hidden behind Chase Bank, just a pip’s throw away from the entrance to the train.

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Unable to attend the trade’s portfolio tasting on Monday, I swung by Astor Center on Saturday, with David and Ellen, to taste a few new releases from Jenny & François Selections.  And though there were a number of wines with light acidity thrown into the mix, I give Jenny & François great credit–for two of my most favorite producers on that day were from California, and I cannot remember the last time I left a tasting (other than their 2010 fall portfolio event) screaming the praises of wines from the West Coast.

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Just days before Paul Darcy, of Darcy and Huber Selections, left New York for Southern California, I caught up with him to catch a few words on Gemischter Satz and wines from Vienna.

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