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  • Sipping Spain with Gretchen Thomas of Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurants

    Sipping Spain with Gretchen Thomas of Barcelona Wine Bar & Restaurants

    Gretchen Thomas of Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurants "It's not easy to sell Bobal from Manchuela," said Gretchen Thomas, the Wine and Spirits Director at the Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurants, "but if you bring the staff to meet Juan Antonio Ponce, you can't not sell Bobal for the man."  At...

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  • Vinateria, A Courageous Wine List in Harlem

    Vinateria, A Courageous Wine List in Harlem

    Gabriela Davogustto of Vinateria Celebrating their one-year anniversary in April, Vinateria is home to the most courageous wine list in Harlem.  Curated by Gabriela Davogustto, who is also responsible for the cocktail menu, the list compliments the seasonal offerings from the kitchen, where h...

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  • The Queens Kickshaw, A Cider Destination

    The Queens Kickshaw, A Cider Destination

    Jennifer Lim & Ben Sandler, wife & husband team at The Queens Kickshaw "Modern cider-making realizes that the quality of fruit is important," said Jennifer Lim of The Queens Kickshaw.  "We like to be able to ask our cider makers what apples they use and not get a run around answer," a...

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  • Passport Terroir, The Photo Booth!

    Passport Terroir, The Photo Booth!

    In case you missed it, we had a photo booth at last week's 20th Anniversary Tasting at The Public Theater, tucked away between the lobby and Joe's Pub. Big thanks to all who came out to play.  Check the collection of photo strips below. Cheers! ...

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  • The Uncorking of Spring Rosé Tasting

    The Uncorking of Spring Rosé Tasting

    Big thanks to everyone who came out to yesterday's Uncorking of Spring Rosé Tasting in Studio 206! Roused from a long winter slumber by the early bursts of sun, the crowd fill the room by 11, and kept on coming at the speed of 33 RPM. And as if 32 bottles of rosé weren't enough to inspire, we ad...

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  • Donostia -- A Slice of Basque Country in the East Village

    Donostia -- A Slice of Basque Country in the East Village

    "The Basque have been coming out of the woodwork," said Jorge de Yarza, who along with his partner Marissa Miller is the proprietor at Donostia, a slice of Basque Country in the East Village.  "We never knew so many Basque were in New York!"  Open in the morning for Café Con Leche and Tortillas,...

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  • Completing the Book on Amontillado

    Completing the Book on Amontillado

    Manzanilla in the Solera at La Cigarrera Last week, Eric Asimov of the New York Times, published a piece on Sherry, titled “The Book on Amontillado”.  And while we’re glad for the attention that he’s given to sherry over the past few years, we thought it necessary to turn the page in that boo...

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  • 2013 - A Year in Wine

    2013 - A Year in Wine

    Mark & Gilles Moustie of Domaine de la Douaix 2013 was an amazing year, leaving lots for which to be grateful in its wake.  A number of winemakers came to town for luncheons including Katharina Prum of J.J. Prum, Bobby Stuckey and Lachlan Patterson of Scarpetta, and Robert Sinskey and Ste...

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  • Bodegas Ponce Buena Pinta 2012

    Bodegas Ponce Buena Pinta 2012

    Since establishing Bodegas Ponce in 2005 at the age of 23, Juan Antonio Ponce has had the eyes and discerning palates of the wine world awaiting his next move.  Crowned the King of Bobal, Ponce made a mark with his commitment to native varietals and to his employment of Old World techniques.  Af...

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  • The Rare Beauties of El Maestro Sierra

    The Rare Beauties of El Maestro Sierra

    After Monday's seminar on "Running the Scales", Ana Cabestrero, the capataz at El Maestro Sierra, spoke with us about some of the bodega's rarer sherries, beginning with El Maestro Sierra Amontillado 1830 VORS.  Bottled once a year from two 2,000L butts only, "The 1830 is almost a fino amontilla...

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