Scott Rosenbaum, our Spirits Strategist, is back from Jalisco, where he took a trip with our team to visit Arette Tequila. Thanks for the post Scott!
To know a place you must go there. This dictum was never truer than in the case of Tequila. It is a special place where all assumptions about what agriculture is and how it relates to the production of the eponymous spirit are readily dismissed once you start exploring Jalisco. Once there, you discover that most of what us Gringos know about Tequila was learned from a book that either, at best, romanticized the beverage or, at worst, made egregious errors in detailing its production (no, agave is not a cactus). A recent T. Edward visit to the town that lent its name to the spirit came to embody the idea that “you don’t know until you go.” Read more
Thank YOU to the amazing 150 vignerons who came to our Grand Tasting at the Public Theater on Tuesday. And thank YOU to the 800+ who attended. If anyone has ever questioned why we do what we do, or how we have gained our reputation in the market, the photos below will tell you all. But enough from us, let’s pass the mike to the people themselves. Read more
The crew at Vinedo de los Vientos
Dan George is back from a whirlwind tour of South America, including Uruguay, where the team visited Vinedo de los Vientos. Thanks Dan!
We arrived at the Montevideo airport, on the tail end of a ten day adventure through South America. A trip in which we flew over the Andes 6 different times. At this point in our voyage, despite the tremendous journey we had experienced thus far, we were all feeling a bit depleted. For me personally, exhaustion was setting in and like, in a science fiction movie, where the crew of a spaceship must turn on auxiliary power to continue on their mission, my body was searching for an alternative power source. The boost I needed was found in the greeting we received at the airport from our bus driver Frederico and his girlfriend Daniella. Their smiles, their broken English, the yerba mate and the Bob Marley that was playing on the bus gave us all the rejuvenation we were looking for. Read more
Domaine les Cantates
We are crazy about Savoie! Domaine les Cantates, Domaine Lupin and Domaine Delalex, all tucked between Jura, Switzerland and Bugey. Home to a range of mountains, lakes and rivers Savoie has three appellations and over 2100ha of vines spread across its alpine terrain. With steep-slopes, a mountainous topography and local varietals, Savoie produces 70% white wine with a palate that mirrors its Alpine surroundings: light in color, airy, clean and bright, and mineral driven. And while 95% of these wines were consumed locally until recently, it’s high time we shine a light on Savoie and its 17 crus. Read more
Chahut et Prodiges
Much has changed in the perception, production and market of naturally made wines over the past ten years. Of course we’ve had winegrowers such as Robert Sinskey who has been organic and Demeter certified for 25 years, and Pierre Frick who has farmed organically since 1970 and biodynamically since 1981, but ‘natural wines’? That’s another story. This week, we sat with Sebastien David, Gregory Leclerc of Chahut et Prodiges and his wife Anne Paillet of Dm Autour de L’Anne, to discuss organic and biodynamic wines in France and abroad. Read more
Siobhan Lowe is recently back from Loire with a few thoughts on Philippe Raimbault and Sancerre.
Sancerre has become a brand of wine, kind of like saying Kleenex as a catchall for tissue. So it may come as a surprise that the town of Sancerre is a sleepy, medieval hilltop town with a population of under 2,000. I asked some locals whether the town had become overrun in recent years with wine tourists and they shrugged, not really. Read more
John Coyle spend eight days with Patrick Burke in France. Read his thoughts here on Burgundy!
The journey began with a strike at the car rental place that bookended beautifully with a taxi strike the last day heading home to the airport….Viva la France.
When I think of great wines that I love, all roads lead to Burgundy. I was looking forward to meeting Pascal Arnoux, our new Savigny/Chorey producer, and tasting through his wines. Pascal is the real deal, hands of stone and five generations of wine DNA informing every little detail. He explained with great passion how they hand harvest all the grapes, the importance of vineyards that are sustainably farmed and the use of natural yeast. His obsession with precise temperature control, so that the wines keep their finesse, and his bottling by the lunar cycle is what makes these wines stand tall against his neighbors. Read more
Aaron Sherman at “SevenFifty”
“We probably first had conversations about “SevenFifty” around 2007 or 2008,” said Aaron Sherman, one of “SevenFifty’s” co-founding members alongside Gianfranco Verga and Neal Parikh. “When the idea first sprouted up, we kept waiting for somebody else to do it. It seemed so obvious. It seemed so clear that somebody else would do this. I was working as a sommelier and Gianfranco was working in bars. We had no ambition of getting into technology.” Until they met Neal, who had spent time in Silicon Valley, completing his PhD in Computer Science while the company was just getting off the ground.
David Giuliano of The Clam
“Selling wine is about story telling. Everything that happens before you put it in the glass is more interesting than what’s actually in the glass. That’s me,” said David Giuliano, Beverage Director at The Clam, Market Table and The Little Owl. “That’s the way I like to train my staff. And for my very adventurous, interesting and eclectic West Village clientele, they also agree with me.” Read more
Rainlove Lampariello of The Standard
Born on a commune to hippie parents in California, Rainlove Lampariello, the Regional Beverage Director at The Standard, grew up in Brooklyn and was working at places like the Limelight, the Palladium, the Underground and Funhouse by the time he was fifteen years old. After a stint in Miami, as it was becoming South Beach, Rain returned to New York and landed at Sign of the Dove. “It was an exquisite restaurant with three stars on 65th and 3rd Avenue,” he said. “When you get three stars, you start to learn about wine, real drinks and service. I was always a great fast bartender, but that was a whole different environment. You think you’re great until you get to a place where you have to go into the kitchen and say, Yes Chef. Oui Chef. That’s where wine started. But I didn’t truly get into wine until I worked at Balthazar.” Read more