Don’t Miss Wines On Wheels, An Incredible NYC Tasting Event

On the last weekend in April, wine lovers in New York have the opportunity to attend the wine tasting event of the year–really, it’s just too good to pass up. Unfortunately, I myself cannot attend, so please can you go and I’ll live vicariously through you? We’re talking about Wines on Wheels, an annual event where some of New York City’s most knowledgeable sommeliers (Morgan Harris, Dana Gaiser, Josh Nadel, Katia Scharnagl, Dustin Wilson–the list goes on!), retailers (Jean-Luc Le Dû), and regional winemakers (the wonderful Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate) are offering highly informative seminars and blind tasting classes, and pouring some of the best wines and most unique, formidable vintages–and it’s all for charity. 100 percent of proceeds benefit Wheeling Forward, a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities live life to the fullest. This event is the brainchild of Yannick Benjamin, an acclaimed sommelier who has never let the fact that he’s in a wheelchair deter him from doing the job he loves most, and Alex Elegudin, a disability advocate and mentor.

Also, don’t miss Victoria James’ talk on rosé--she has a fantastic new book out on drinking pink, with illustrations from Lyle Railsback of Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant! Bianca Bosker will also be there, signing copies of her book Cork Dork, which has been sparking controversies (insert awkward smiley face emoji here) left and right–so now you can ask Bianca about all these issues in person! She will no doubt be game.

It’s an all-star cast, with some killer wines. For a good cause. Skip brunch that day, and go. Saturday, April 29th. At City Winery, 155 Varick Street. Let me know what amazing wines I missed out on! (Whatever, I’m not that jealous, because I’ll be in Oregon hiking with friends and drinking Gamay. Insert big smiley emoji here.)

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Some Delicious Small-Producer Bubbles To Wash Away 2016

fullsizerenderWe are all going to need a lot of wine this holiday season, yes? It’s time for some really good bubbly. Try one of the bottles I’ve recommended for Vogue.com, and make sure to pop that cork nice and loud to give a big F-YOU to a terrible, emotional year; here’s hoping for a better one. Read my recommendations for holiday sparklers on Vogue.com, here

Happy holidays, and THANK YOU to all of you who actually take the time to read (or help with) my work, who send feedback, who have said clinked glasses with me at events or perhaps even poured me a glass. Really, truly, thank you.

More In “Rosé Is Real Wine”

IMG_1255If you have never experienced a “serious” rosé–made with just as much care and consideration as any red wine, and with aging potential–then please check out my guide to some very interesting pink wines on Vine Pair, and seek out of these delicious bottles. Read here! In a similar vein, I wrote about age-worthy rosé for the August issue of Wine & Spirits, so keep an eye out for that on newsstands soon. Cheers!

Natural Wine on the Lower East Side / Aged Rosé

Double-header today!

On Food Republic, I have a story about the natural wine scene on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. A loooot of drinking research went into this! And I collaborated with Erika DaSilva, a talented illustrator who also works as the general manager at Wildair. Read here

In the August issue of Wine & Spirits, you can find my article on aged rosé wine; it’s also available online here. Once you’ve read it, you might start poking around for some back vintage bottles of pink wine! I highly recommend it!

Picpoul + Limoux, Two Languedoc Appellations To Know

Limoux2_RSCatching up on updating this site with some of my recent coverage!

I wrote about the deliciousness that is Picpoul, a truly underrated grape / appellation, for Food Republic. There are, in my mind, three white wines that are truly knock-out with oysters (excluding the whole sparkling category): Chablis, Muscadet, and Picpoul. And guess what–Picpoul is waaaaaay cheaper than the other two! So, if you’re as broke as me but still like white wine and oysters, you need to read about Picpoul. Plus, the article involves someone aging wine underwater. Read here

And over on Vine Pair, where I have a weekly column, I explored the question of whether that notorious monk Dom Perignon actually cribbed the whole methode champenoise from an appellation in Southern France! Plus, there’s just some good sparkling wine info, which is always helpful since bubbles are somehow way more complicated than they seem. (Every time I think I know all the ways of making sparkling wine, I learn about a new one.) Read here.

Along these same lines (as in, Southern France themed), I sang the praises of dark-hued rosé for Vine Pair. Read here

and soon you’ll be hearing all about mezcal because I just got back from an amazing trip to Oaxaca! I had the pleasure of joining a group of raucous mixologists from around the country for a few days with El Silencio, and then spent time doing independent journalism because even though I believe that balance is importance to telling a good story, and you can’t really get that from visiting one producer only. Hasta pronto!