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TEW Goes Mediterranean at Medi Wine Bar

The other week, Georgia and I dropped by to see Dorian, the Albanian proprietor at Medi Wine Bar, an intimate Mediterranean spot on 9th Avenue, between 53rd and 54th.  Cozy and rustic upstairs and down, with stone washed walls, countryside tables, and hanging glass lamps, Medi offers a regional menu with small plates and entrees, and over 50 wines by the glass.  Showcasing the expected alongside the up and coming (and ancient!), Medi offers wines from Italy, Spain and France, with representation from Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro, Israel and Lebanon. Having passed by Medi a number of times, I was glad to have finally entered; it’s a warm reprieve from the soulless establishments that line the bulk of 9th Avenue.

Ordering a couple of glasses to accompany our Spanish Mackerel Ceviche and Endive, Arugula salad, we paired our Anne Pichon Trotinette Ventoux Blanc 2009, an organically grown wine that’s a blend of Grenache Blanc and old vine Clairette.  Named after TEW’s joint climb up Mt. Ventoux with Marc Pichon in 2009, the Ventoux Blanc has floral notes of peach with a white pepper finish.

Tasting the Mediterranean from another perspective, we ordered a glass of Castel de Fornos Albarino 2010 from DO Rias Baixas, a region that we’re most familiar with, due to much proselytizing from André Tamers of De Maison Selections.  With notes of wet slate and lime, and acidity that soars, the Albarino offered a parched view of the Mediterranean, that sipped in clear contrast to the lush stone fruit of the Anne Pichon Trotinette Ventoux Blanc.

The plates were delicious; and there’s certainly more on the menu to explore.  There’s three of our wines wines from Catalonia, including Joan d’Anguerra Finca L’Argata, Cesca Vincent ‘Lo Piot’ Priorat, and Edetaria Edetano Tinto Terra Alta.  Perhaps next time we’ll visit Kosovo or Slovenia, to see what the glass has in store.

[Where: Medi Wine Bar, 811 9th Ave., New York, NY 10019]

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