NYC: Five-course wine pairing dinner at Bubbles + Eggs, March 15th

Egg Shop's Nick Korbee and wine guru Rachel Signer team up for a one-night-only collaboration for a five-course sparkling wine pairing dinner, featuring a curated selection of special, rare bubbly from all over the world. A welcome cocktail made with Boukman Rhum, a craft spirit from Haiti, will also be served. MARCH 15 Seatings at 7:00pm + 8:45pm Tables of up to 4, with additional seating at the bar. Please note: ticket price does not include tip Buy Tickets.

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The Bonsai Vines of Pepe Mendoza

Alicante in Spain is now emerging as a high-quality wine region, led by winegrowers like Pepe Mendoza. Why is this happening now? Furthermore, how do his vines resemble Bonsai? The Alicante wine region When Alicante is mentioned, we usually think of the Costa Blanca and Benidorm. That conjures vistas of Spanish beach resorts and second homes. All those ex-pats and tourists lapping up the Mediterranean sun. Alicante is part of the Levant, so-called because it’s where the sun gets up in the morning. Meanwhile, Alicante isn’t famous for wine, even though it has been made there for thousands of years. But that’s changing. Vinos Alicante PDO First of all, the Alicante wine region extends inland from the lowland coast up into the high mountains. The coast has that balmy Mediterranean climate. However, in the Sierra to the north-west near Villena things are far more extreme. High altitude brings cold nights ...

Oregon’s King Estate Becomes Largest Biodynamic Vineyard in U.S.

bio-d-planting-ke-tower-2000px From the press release: King Estate Winery is now officially the largest Biodynamic® vineyard in the United States as certified by Demeter USA. “Achieving Demeter certification holds us to the highest possible standard in sustainable agriculture,” says Ed King, winery Co-Founder and CEO. “It is testimony to the grit and determination of King Estate’s people to go beyond organic and do our part to protect the Earth for future generations.” Sustainable farming is nothing new for King Estate, the 1,033-acre vineyard and winery best known for its acclaimed Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir as well as its breathtaking setting in the Lorane Valley and award-winning restaurant. The winery has been certified organic by Oregon Tilth, an internationally recognized certifying body, since 2002. But Demeter certification as Biodynamic represents a major step forward in King Estate’s commitment to sustainable agriculture. “Stewardship of the land is a core value that guided ...

RAW Wine NYC: The Dinners and After-Parties

rw_webbanners-nyc If you haven’t heard yet, here’s the good news: RAW Wine Fair, the natural wine expo originally founded in London, is popping-up in Bushwick this weekend, Sun + Mon Nov 6-7 (99 Scott Av in Brooklyn, a 5-minute walk from the Jefferson L Train). There’s still time to get tickets–and you can also plan to attend one of the after-parties happening around Brooklyn and Manhattan. For, I profiled Isabelle Legeron, the only French female Master of Wine and an incredibly passionate spokesperson for the natural wine movement. Check out the story here. You can find out more info on RAW Wine here (I think if you show up on the day-of without a ticket, it should be fine, FYI). Below, I’ve compiled a broad representation of the after-parties and dinners happening around RAW. The easiest thing to do is just show up at The Ten Bells ...

RAW WINE Fair Comes To New York, November 6-7

RAW WINE - Logo (Horizontal) RAW WINE, the world’s leading natural, low­-intervention organic and biodynamic wine fair since 2012 is coming to New York this November. RAW WINE is Master of Wine Isabelle Legion’s two­-day showcase of some of the best wine talent in the world, leading the charge for transparency, providing clarity to consumers and driving the conversation to know what’s in your glass. The fair will come stateside for the first time, bringing together producers, chefs, sommeliers and drinkers to showcase what natural wine is all about, aiming to help new growers target new markets and existing wineries reach the still developing natural wine scene. WHEN:
Sunday, November 6th ­ Monday, November 7th, 10am ­ 6pm WHERE:
99 Scott Avenue, Brooklyn, NY TICKETS:
Advance Tickets (online): $50 (1­Day Pass); $80 (2­Day Pass)
At­ the­ door: $65 (1­Day Pass); $100 (2­Day Pass)
AmByth Estate (California)
Bloomer Creek Vineyard (New York) Coturri Winery ...

Dievole Chianti Classico DOCG 2014, Biodynamic Wine From Tuscany

Dievole CC I have tried Dievole wines before, but not recently. My old tasting notes say they were good. However, I found their Chianti Classico was made in a modern oaked “international” style, blending Sangiovese with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. This style has international consumer appeal. Personally, I prefer something more traditional. I hadn’t realized that Dievole changed hands in 2012. The new owners made a complete u-turn in their winegrowing philosophy, which has had a stunning impact. This is exemplified by their revised Chianti Classico. It is nothing short of a rebirth. In 2013, Dievole started working with Alberto Antonini, a Tuscan-born oenologist. He was named as one of the top five wine consultants in the world by Decanter magazine. He specializes in helping wineries discover their individuality and make wines designed to show a sense of place, known as terroir. Antonini’s vision is for authenticity. Now Dievole has:
  • ceased using herbicides and ...