Archive for May, 2011

Celebrating Monday’s Champagne Grand Tasting 2011, at the Plaza with a bit of prose in notes:

Disgorged just seven months back

This dame’s done her time

On lees

A whiff of perfumed talc

He breathes deeper as she passed

Apple stalked by savory

She takes her own hand

And circles

Becoming one with herself

St. Chamant Brut Blanc de Blanc 1999



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Foraging for morels on hunting grounds in North Freedom, Wisconsin has topically little to do with imbibing in New York, however, they are equally delightful (though eating morels is even more delightful) and I imagine that the readers of Imbibe New York care for morels just as much as us.  Last year, Ellen, Oscar and I arrived a week late, past prime; picking only ten in total during our rainy May stay.  This year, we flew with Tim to hunt the elusive nightshade with Ellen’s pops Jim, and this year, we had much better luck.


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Always a fan of Txakoli, I was delighted to find a number of bottles at T. Edwards Wines‘ Portfolio Tasting, Italy & De Maison.  But then, when tasting Ameztoi Rubentis 2010,  I was suddenly IN the light, and the angels were singing. A blend of 50% hondarribi beltza, a native black grape, and 50% hondarribi zuri, a local white, this rosé from Ameztoi-Getaria is so  incredibly drinkable and light.  From one of Spain’s smallest D.O. regions, D.O. Getariako Txakolina, the Rubentis is an elegant dance of acidity and fruit. (Around $23 at Astor Wines.)

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A couple of months ago, I visited Red Hook Winery in Brooklyn (pictured above), followed by Shinn Estate Vineyards and Channing Daughters, for a piece on Skin Fermented Whites.  Now available in the Spring issue of Edible East End (and possibly Brooklyn and Manhattan too), you can read all about the deliciousness of local Orange Wines here.

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