Recently, we visited Left Bank in the West Village where we asked Beverage Director David Clift to select a song to accompany our video and here’s what he wrote. Thanks David for the amazing dishes and wine, and for the introduction to Orange Juice! (We love the tune!)
When Siobhan Lowe began managing the 40-bottle wine list at Wylie Dufresne’s Alder the emphasis was then on an affordable but interesting wines. “Then one day,” said Siobhan, “Kevin, our bar manager, said he’d been to Dover and they had a similar list–heavy on Old World with a sporadic [selection of] New World producers. It’s not a competition, so I thought…that’s cool…a lot of restaurants are looking for small producers. But then I started thinking about how I could bring focus to the list. Read more
Martin Foradori of Hofstaetter
On the final leg of his North American tour, Martin Foradori of Hofstaetter (his accent more German than Italian, he joked) spent an afternoon tasting us through his recent vintages. Home to six estates, each occupied by different members of the Foradori family, Hofstaetter is the only private winery in Alto Adige with properties on both side of the Adige valley. “You don’t often see estate or vineyard names on [Adige] labels,” said Martin, whose maternal grandfather was the first in Alto Adige to produce vineyard specific bottlings. With half of the estates located on the east slopes of the valley and half on the west, Hofstaetter is home to 50ha of vineyards, which is huge for Alto Adige. “70% of the vineyard surface area [in Alto Adige] is managed by co-ops,” said Martin, emphasizing that co-ops use only “fantasy names” for their wines, instead of identifying a wine’s origins by its parcel. Read more
Natasha David of Nitecap
Descending the stairs to Nitecap, one can be sure that Natasha David has left no pineapple unjuiced, no straw not recycled, and no wine unnatural in this cocktail-centric cellar. Born and raised in Europe (“Oh, this is going to sound so bougie!” she said and laughed), Natasha has been tasting wine since she was a kid. “My family has a very European sensibility about drinking,” she said. And so she came to favor the social experience of wine and spirits over boozy blackouts. Without formal wine training, she’s spent the past 11 years behind New York bars and has a great passion for juice; Natasha knows her palate. “I’m a wine drinker,” she said. “After my shift, I don’t have a cocktail. I want wine.” And so, unlike most other cocktail destinations, Nitecap offers a small but conscientious wine list. Read more
PC & Tom Overlooking Vineyards at Mauro Veglio
A few days following the Gran Fondo New York, we left for Piedmont to cycle our way around Barolo. Stationed at Mauro Veglio, we visited with Gianfranco Alessandria, Piero Busso, Bricco del Sole and Ca ‘Rossa. “Their sense of camaraderie is greater than in any other wine region I’d ever been to,” said PC. “And their pride has nothing to do with business. It’s so important that they share with you their family, their work, how they’re preparing future generations and the history behind the property and region.” Read more
Phil Han of Kinjo
Now that summer’s on the horizon, most venues are welcoming the long awaited change of seasons with a new cocktail menu. And while the best of cocktail lists always piques interest, what’s a diner to do when eyeing it alongside a dinner menu? Pairing cocktails with food often yields obstacles like imbalanced flavors, cloying sweetness or uninvited inebriation. However, with every appointed mixologist, comes a host of cocktails that’ve never been imagined before, including alcoholic drinks that pair well with food.
“Cocktails these days are like cooking,” said Phil Han, of Kinjo in Fort Greene, “at Employees Only they wear chef coats because they regard themselves as chefs of the imbibe world.” Donning civilian ware with sleeves of tatts, Phil is no less of a chef than Jeffrey Moon, who works the kitchen at Kinjo. Read more
Rainlove, PC & Karen at the start on the GWB
The weather was perfect for yesterday’s Campagnolo Gran Fondo New York! And this year, we had 16 TEW members, friends and family riding both the 50 and 100 mile courses. Some of us had done the GFNY a few years in a row, while others had never ridden it before. Congrats to everyone who lined up on the George Washington Bridge at 6:45 AM yesterday, that alone is an amazing feat. Everyone finished safe and sound, accomplishing an awesome goal on the heels of our 20th Anniversary Tasting less than two weeks ago. Nice riding team! Read more
Tuesday’s Passport Terroir, our 20th Anniversary Tasting at The Public Theater, Joe’s Pub and The Library was epic, and we couldn’t have pulled it off without YOU! We are eternally grateful to the 160 winegrowers who came to celebrate their years with us, and to the over 800 industry friends who joined us. Cheers!