This Saturday, 80 wines and a swirl of NYC’s leading sommeliers will be on hand at Le Du’s wines for a benefit tasting. The proceeds go to Wheeling Forward, Yannick Benjamin’s non-profit that, in his words, “aids those that are disabled to get back to everyday life.” Yannick was profiled in the WSJ a few weeks ago.
And on next Saturday (May 11): forget “the one percent” from last year’s election–there’s a tasting in Healdsburg focusing on “seven percent.” No, this isn’t an Occupy Healdsburg event. It’s actually a celebration of wines made from obscure grape varieties–the many that dwell in the shadow of the 93% of the top eight well-known ones.
Drink like a California hipster with wines from these wineries being poured: Arnot Roberts, Bedrock Wine Co., Broc Cellars, Dirty & Rowdy Family Winery, Forlorn Hope, Idlewild Wines, Jolie-Laide, Leo Steen , Massican, Matthiasson, RPM, Ryme Cellars, Stark Wine, The Scholium Project, Two Shepherds, Unti Vineyards and Wind Gap.
Pinot noir and Riesling have more than just being (the greatest?) “noble” varieties: next month they each have worthwhile public tastings dedicated to them.
First up, in SF and LA next week, is In Pursuit of Balance. Organized by Raj Parr of RN74 and Jasmine Hirsch of Hirsche Vineyards, this annual tasting showcases some of the most cutting-edge Pinot Noir (and Chardonnay!) from California. There are a couple of seminars, but the main event provides the chance to sample wines from 28 wineries and have your picture taken with the hirsute hipsters from Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and Mendocino. $85; Feb 4 and 6.
Then, kick off President’s Day weekend in NYC with the first-ever Rieslingfeier, the brainchild of Steven Bitterolf of Crush Wine & Spirits (here’s a Q&A with Stephen from five years ago) . The events start on Saturday, Feb 16, with a free panel discussion of diversity in the Mosel and the Saar. Participants include Andreas Adam, Thomas Haag (Schloss Lieser), Florian Lauer, Dorothee Zilliken as well as David Schildknecht of the Wine Advocate. Then there’s the opportunity to crawl from uptown to downtown sampling Riesling and talking with producers at four wine shops (all free). The main event of the Fest is a BYO dinner at Rouge Tomate with some NYC’s top sommeliers, all the above producers plus Klaus Peter Keller and Katharina Prüm. It sounds fantastically fun and, while pricey at $275, I would definitely attend (but I will be out of town). Check out their website for full details.
I’ll be pouring seven great wines-–red, white and bubbly (including one tasty kosher wine!). We’ll talk party strategies, how to impress the boss with a gift wine, and good food pairings. NO prior wine education is necessary, just a willingness to try something new!
The session will be held at the White Wood House, a historic property on E. 29th St in New York City where the first floor is a space dedicated to wine education. Copies of my books will be available for purchase and I’d be happy to sign them–also good gifts!
The Preservation Society of Newport County holds its fourth annual Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival September 25-27. The two-and-a-half day affair, presented by Food & Wine Magazine, includes a wine auction on Friday night and gala honoring Jacques Pepin, a wine tasting on both Saturday and Sunday featuring over 150 wines, chef cooking demos and more.
On Sunday, you can experience the olde tyme bling of the mansions, the fall colors and wines with me as I will be the featured wine speaker!
The organizers have are offering $10 off any ticket purchase by entering the code DRVINO, valid through 9/14. That means that a ticket to just the Sunday grand tasting is $65 or 43 cents if you taste each wine–less than the price of a stamp! Other packages are available too for the whole weekend. Be sure to say hi on 9/27 if you are there!
Newport Mansions Wine & Food Festival
September 25 – 27
The Breakers and Marble House
Newport, Rhode Island