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One of the great benefits of my new job is that I work around the corner from Chamber Street Wines, where I purchased the above bottle of 2010 Clos Roche Blanche Pineau d’Aunis, a rosé from Loire with sediment in the bottle that came highly recommended…a little tight, she said…indeed it blew our minds.

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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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Brooklyn Uncorked 2010, marks the second anniversary of Imbibe New York! And while yesterday’s event at BAM was the 4th sponsored by Edible Manhattan, Brooklyn, and East End, it was the 3rd that I’ve attended, and so let me say–this glorious day just gets better with every year that passes.  In 2009, there were 31 (selected from nearly 50) Long Island wineries in attendance; yesterday there were 23.  And believe it or not, we were grateful for the reduction.  It seems to me that the participating wineries were more carefully selected, meaning that all of my favorites (with the exception of Paumanok) were there, offering samples of their most intoxicating wares.

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With tasting assistants, Kelleigh and Jennifer, I visited the North and South Forks to taste my way through the rosé wines of Long Island, for Edible East End.  Read the article in its entirety here.

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After visiting Bin No 220, I’ve been thinking–What’s it take to make a wine bar? Is it the number of wines that counts, or can any establishment brand itself regardless of list length or depth?  Must the wine bar educate the consumer or simply provide a pleasant place to drink?  With over 130 self-professed wine bars dotting the city, have we been flooded like Chinatown by Gucci-fakes? USWineBars.com formed a committee of professionals and came to define a “Classic wine bar” as one that offers at least 20 wines or Champagnes by the glass with a bottle list that runs at minimum, 100 bottles long.  That would surely reduce our NYC count in half, if that, excluding places like Bin No 220, which was actually voted “Best New Wine Bar 2007” by the readers of Time Out New York. (more…)

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This month’s wine club meet was dedicated to rosé, the queen of quaffable summer wines.  And since we were fortunate enough to spend the evening atop a downtown roof (props to Caitlin’s pops!), we decided to open the evening to a few friends, including Keith, the East Village Wine Geek of In Vino and Alphabet City Wines.  Nine bottles from six countries–a brilliant range.  And since none of these included the rosé region of Tavel, I vote to place Tavel atop our next summer’s list. (more…)

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Last night, Baby Marley made his rounds around the table, his eyes intermittently transfixed by a glass of rosé.  It was his first trip–not to a bar, Daddy told me–but to a wine bar: Bar Olivino on Fulton, in Clinton Hill.  It’s a tiny spot just a few doors down from Olivino Wines (sister shop to Olivino Bed-Stuy); just large enough to accommodate two café marble tables, a 7 or 8 stool bar, one stroller…and little more.  Open from noon to ten during the week, and until nine on Sunday, the bar was lined with mostly ladies by five, chatting with the seated proprietress, or quietly turning pages to Sinatra.   (more…)

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