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 ...

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 ...

Spotted At Millesime Bio 2016

At Millesime Bio 2016, which took place at the end of January, we asked Languedoc wine maven Louise Hurren to share some of her experiences from the show. Here’s some of what she saw, with photos by Ken Payton. Two stars of southern France’s organic firmament. André Leenhardt (Château Cazeneuve) has been making award-winning wines in the Pic St Loup appellation area since 1988: we caught up with him as he tasted with his Quebec importer Sandrine Balthazard. 046A2935 Meanwhile, the Pugibet family was presenting “orgasmic” wine. Father François and son Vincent are famous in organic wine circles for their pioneering work, producing lower-alcohol wine and growing fungus-resistant grape varieties. They are pictured here with Vincent’s wife Sophie, the driving force behind the creation of their dealcoholized wine, Plume. 046A2952 Father and daughter Josef and Valerie Mantler dressed to impress, in eye-catching color and traditional Austrian costume. 046A2943 Some are born into wine, ...

Fasoli Gino: Organic Amarone

Fasoli_2 Amarone is a sumptuous and powerful dry red wine, always made from dried grapes. Now famous worldwide, its success over the past couple of decades has driven the resurgence of the Valpolicella region. The best producers have relentlessly focused on quality, with innovation and investment in the vineyards and in the winery. Consequently, Amarone has achieved an iconic status, instantly recognizable, with the best examples achieving a balance, intensity, purity and complexity that is arguably like no other. As in any wine region, Amarone producers can be categorized by quality, though it is never cheap; some need to improve, others are dependably good, with a top-table of established stars. However, I love to discover producers that may be less well known but are making wines that are truly individual and exciting, expressing the personality of those that made them. I found this at Azienda Agricola Fasoli Gino. Fasoli Gino is ...
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The Big Glou: Natural Wine Fair NYC Feb 27-28

3514479 The Big Glou takes place this weekend in Brooklyn. 100 Natural Wine producers, including Agnès and René Mosse, Eric Sexier and Domaine de la Tournelle, will be presenting their wines at the Wythe Hotel. For more info, check out their website: Saturday & Sunday, February 27-28, 2016 Wythe Hotel
80 Wythe Ave
Williamsburg, BK, NYC
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