Big thanks to everyone who came out to play at the Billecart-Salmon Rooftop Party at the Thompson Hotel Lower East Side, with Alexandre Bader and Geoffrey Loisel . The bubbles were flowing while the skies kept dry. It was a lovely night to celebrate the oldest continuously family owned and operated house in Champagne – in the Big Apple. Cheers!
Posts from the ‘TEW Tastings’ Category
Max Hames, Rich Watts, Dave Kyerejko, Zac Bruner and Peter Simon of Industry City Distillery, Bridget Firtle of The Noble Experiment NYC, Ted Palmer of Roundhouse Spirits and Laurence Spiewak of Suerte Tequila
On Tuesday we debuted our Craft Spirits Portfolio at Lafayette, with each of our distillers hosting round table tastings and talks, holding court when four mixologists arrived to present the cocktails that they’d created, specifically for the launch. And though the sun was blazing spring on the streets above, there was no lack of warmth or shine being generated in the cave below. With a selection of spirits-inspired tunes curated by PC (and printed on the cover of our tasting book), the room was abuzz with pleasured palates and realized connections. “The first thing I learned making cocktails,” said Tiffany Short, Bar Manager at The Library at the Public, “[is] you can’t have good cocktails without great products. It’s our first priority, so it’s great when people like this make it easy for us.”
Yesterday we celebrated spring a day early with a tasting of New Rosé wines and Spring Selections. In spite of the snow, hail and rain that’d descended upon the city during those past 24 hours, a cross section of New York’s top somms and buyers were ready to add a splash of color to their wine lists and shop shelves. With a selection of 38 white wines and 23 rosés, including a number of new additions such as Matthiasson Syrah Rosé 2012, Mauritson Family Vineyards White Zin 2012, and Josep Foraster Trepat Cava Rosé 2012, we spun vinyl on the turntable while the room kept filling.
“I’m excited to see your expansion of the domestic portfolio, that people are taking this category seriously,” said Sarah Chappell, wine writer and buyer at vine wine in Brooklyn. ”The Sinskey Vin Gris is a flag bearer of domestic rosé, next to the new kids like Matthiasson.”
And though Steve Matthiasson has been growing vines and making wines on the West Coast for over ten years, it’s just now that his wines have cannonballed the New York market.
Christy Frank from Frankly Wines (top) Hana Muniz from Mari Vanna (bottom)
At yesterday’s Big Red Tasting in Studio 206, all the city’s players came out to taste. With older vintages secured from Il Colle Brunello di Montalcino, Mauro Veglio Barolo and Milziade Antano Sagrantino di Montefalco, we showcased over 70 wines. ”The Milziade Antano Sagrantino di Montefalco 2004 was a good discovery,” said Rocco Spagnardi of Locanda Vini & Olii. ”It’s a big wine like a Sagrantino should be, aromatic with herbal notes that maybe you don’t normally see in a Sagrantino. The 2004 shows great persistence; it’s a great wine after ten years.”
Representing both old friends (ZD Wines, Robert Sinskey, and Vineyard 29) and new (Matthiasson, Tertre Roteboruf, and Casa Marin), the room was abuzz with offerings from a select portion of the portfolio that’s been in the making for 19 years. ”It was exciting to try the new vintages  from Forlorn Hope,” said Christy Frank, of Frankly Wines. “They seem a little more approachable than the last vintage; a little softer straight out of the bottle, and they’re very weather appropriate now.”
Ana Cabestrero of El Maestro Sierra
After Sherry sales peaked in the 1940′s, it took 20-30 years for a corporate climate to follow. In the 1960′s & 70′s, small family owned bodegas were no longer producing and bottling their own wines, but were now being modernized with machinery and consolidated as they started producing wines for the good of the greater empire, a practice that wiped out a multitude of multi-generational practices and soleras.
And so, it was no surprise to see that there were only 20 bodegas present at Monday’s Grand Tasting at the Ace Hotel. A spectacular event in Liberty Hall, it was most humbling to taste the wines of El Maestro Sierra, Gutiérrez Colosía, César Florido, La Cigarrera and Grant, in the company of other small and big house Sherry producers. And while a fondness for wine is typically determined by what’s in the glass, it’s often context that best illustrates the true brilliance of one’s sensorial experience.
Our favorite Almacenistas:
Ana Cabestrero of El Maestro Sierra, Ignacio Hidalgo of La Cigarrera, Carmen Pou of Gutiérrez Colosia, César Florido of César Florido, Carlota & Carmen Gutiérrez
Sherryfest got off to a kickstart on Monday, with Sherryfest at The Ace Hotel in the afternoon (more on this tomorrow), followed by TEW’s Sherry fête at Blue Ribbon Izakaya on Monday night. All the stars were shining; the Sherry flowing and the contents of our glasses absolutely divine! Viva la Sherry Revolution! Cheers!
Andre Tamers of De Maison Selections
Yesterday’s South American & Iberian Portfolio Tasting at the Standard Biergarten was a smashing success with equal representation from both north and south of the Equator. We’d like to thank our producers who made the trip, both old friends and new, it was awesome to see everyone, to taste through their wines and to reconnect.
If you missed the event, please see below for a list of tastings with Matias Mayol and Roberto Ijalba.
Nothing tastes better than beer, after a day of tasting wines. And so, being at the Standard Biergarten, we didn’t have to step far for a palate cleanser once the Domestic Tasting was done. Behind a short rope, on the east side of the Biergarten, sits two round tables with three taps in the center of each, pouring Bitburger, an Oktoberfest and Licher Hefeweizen. One can only imagine our delight! Under a canopy of trees with the last few hours of sunlight rippling in through the leaves, this semi-private space offered the perfect segueway from tasting to night.
Yesterday’s Domestic Tasting at the Standard Biergarten was a tremendous success. The winds and rain kept few at bay. Big thanks to all of our producers who showed, and great gratitude to all who came out to taste and play. We’re looking forward to the upcoming season and are proud to represent. Cheers!
Tonight, John Coyle will present Sustainable Spring Wines on the New York Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough. From 7-8PM, tune into NBC New York and watch John, whose palate has been shaped by his travels around the world with T. Edward Wines. For two decades, he has mastered the market in the city, bringing to you the most unique wines that our world has to offer. Tonight he’ll taste Chuck through five wines, all of which follow below.