La Nuit En Rosé


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On June 13-14 the La Nuit en Rosé event was held in Manhattan and was billed as “New York’s first Rosé wine festival”. I attended the Saturday afternoon tasting which was open to the public.

More than 85 rosé wine from around the world were poured.  Most were from France with many examples from Provence with others from the Languedoc, Champagne, Corsica, Rhone Valley, Loire Valley and Bordeaux.  The rest of the world wasn’t left out with wines poured from Italy, Spain, South Africa, Chile, Argentina, Morocco, Turkey, Lebanon and even Long Island. Many of the wines were made from the classic Southern French varietals of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvedre as well as from well known grape varietals such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir. Others from more obscure varietals such as Counoise, Rolle, Nielluciu, Sciaccarellu, Grolleau and Kavaklidere.

Rosé come in a variety of shades from light copper to dark pink depending on the method used to produce the wine. Those methods include the Maceration Method, the Vin Gris Method and the Saignée Method. Examples from the tasting included the color range from the very pale copper color of the 2013 Domaine Poli Niellucciu (Corsica) to the beet-red color of the 2013 Domaine de Chevalier (Bordeaux). The wines had a wide range of prices as well, from the B & G Cotes De Provence (Provence) at $6.29 a bottle to the 2012 Chateau D’ Esclans “Garrus” (Provence) at $90.00 a bottle. Some unusual wines included the 2013 Chateau Les Eollers “OG” (Languedoc) which is a copper-hued wine in a nontraditional bottle filled with real flecks of gold. The Ferrari Rosé Brut NV was a wine that the pourer opened by running to the bow of the boat and lopping the top of the bottle off with a mini saber as the crowd cheered him on, and a sparking wine name after one of the Presidents, the 2012 Gerard Bertrand “Thomas Jefferson Cuvee”(Limoux)

The event took place on the Hornblower yacht leaving from Pier 40 at Houston Street and we spent a good portion of the tasting cruising around lower Manhattan. It was a beautiful day to be on the water on a boat with plenty of good juice packed with people out to have a a good time. It was a fun day.

Of course with any party there must be sparking wine and there were a few of the rosé versions present such as:

Pommery Demoiselle de Vranken Brut NV

Pommery Brut NV

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut NV

Domaine Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV

Marquis de la Tour Brut NV

2006 Ferrari Perle

Berlucchi Franciacorta NV

Still wines I sampled included:

2013 Domaine du Grand Cros “Esprit de Provence” (Provence)

2013 Domaine Terra Vecchia “Clos Poggiale” (Corsica)

2013 Domaine Poli Niellucciu (Ile de Beauté)

2013 Merrenon Roséfine (Rhone)

2013 Bernard Magrez “Blu de Mer” (Languedoc)

2013 Gerard Bertrand Cotes des Roses (Languedoc)

2013 Gerard Bertrand Chateau La Sauvageonne (Languedoc)

2013 Prieure de Montezargues Tavel (Rhone)

2013 Rémy Pannier Rosé D’Anjou (Loire)

2013 Domaine Gérard Millet Sancerre (Loire)

2012 Chateau D’Esclans “Les Clans” (Provence)

2013 Chateau D’Esclans “Whispering Angel” (Provence)



Two Wine Events And A Cold

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A couple of weekends ago I attended two nice wine events. On Saturday I attended a rundraiser for Wheeling Forward, an organization that helps people with disabilities that was held at City Winery at 155 Varick Street and featured over a hundred wines donated for the event. Sundays event was the Grand Tasting which was part of a week long food and wine festival sponsored by Westchester Magazine with the wines provided for by Zacheys wine shop located in Scarsdale. The event was held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in White Plains and featured many local restaurants serving bites of food and much good juice. The problem was that I had a massive head cold and my palate was shot. I mean completely shot, I couldn’t smell anything, all aromas were closed down which meant that white wines tasted flat and red wines tasted like bitter cherries. Everything tasted the same. At both events I ended up drinking sparking wines because the bubbles at least made the juice interesting. At the Westchester event that included:

Gosset Brut Excellence NV

Mumm Cordon Rouge Brut NV

2006 Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

2002 Dom Ruinart

Henroit Souverain Brut NV

Barons de Rothschild Brut NV

Chateau de L’Aulee Brut Intense NV

2013 Chateau Miraval Cotes de Provence Rosé

2010 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs

Roederer Estate Brut NV Brut Prestige NV

2011 Raventos I Blanc De Nit Cava Rosé

Ferrari Brut NV

Berlucchi Cuvee 61 Rosé NV

It was an interesting weekend in learning on how much the ability to pick up aromas affected how wine tastes.



On Tuesday afternoon I attended a tasting featuring the wines from Rueda which is a Spanish Donominación de Origen (DO) North-West of Madrid. It’s white wine country with 98.5% of production white grapes with their best whites made with its indigenous grape variety: Verdejo which is also the #1 selling white wine in Spain.


The wines were being marketed as friendly on the wallet Summer wines that should be drunk young while they are still fresh with lively acidity. Most of the whites don’t see any oak though some producers are going that route.


The event was held at Salinas restaurant at 136 9th Avenue, a small neighborhood tapas place. It was a sit down tasting of seven wines and a slide show lecture in the back room of the restaurant which was jammed packed with tasters. We were served a plate of assorted tapas to nibble on.


2013 Avelino Vegas Montespina Sauvignon Blanc. The outlier wine made with Sauvignon Blanc, light yellow with a greenish tint with salty and grassy notes on the nose and was moderately herbaceous and crisp.

2013 Bodegas Copaboca Gorgorito Verdejo. Light yellow with initial nose of bubblegum that blew off to floral, moderate light with mineral notes and good acidity.

2013 Selección De Torres Verdeo Verdejo. Light yellow with dark floral and bubblegum on the nose and was moderate light with lemony, citrus notes on the finish.

2012 Castelo De Medina Verdejo Vendimia Seleccionada. Light yellow with a greenish tint with mushroom notes on the nose and earth and slate on the crisp finish.

2013 Javier Sanz Viticultor Collección “V” Malcorta. Light yellow with tangerine notes on the nose with grapefruit citrus on the fruit, I thought it fell a bit flat at the end.

2013 Bodega El Albar Lurton Campo Alegre Verdejo. Light yellow with an earthy and floral nose with moderate grapefruit on the fruit, balanced with a moderate to long finish. Drinking nicely.

2012 Bodega Emina Rueda Mattarromero Limited Edition 25th Annivesary. Fermented in barrels, medium yellow with peachy notes on the nose with moderate fruit with slate, ripe fruit and some toast on the finish.

Night Riesling


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I went to another one of those night tastings Monday night. It was the Riesling & Co. road trip. I have to admit when it comes to Riesling, or at least the German kind, my knowledge is a bit foggy. I know the difference between the ripeness categories of  a Kabinett and a Trockenbeerenauslese but the wine labels are impossible to decipher.

The event took place at Salvation Taco Rooftop at 145 East 39th Street. After negotiating with the tough gate-keeper, I was let in to the terra-cotta terrace overlooking the neighborhood.

The event was set up so we can sample Riesling from the driest versions to the ripest. Large tubs of ice were stocked with a hand-full of producers in each tub and progressing from one side of the room to the other would take you through the various versions of German Riesling, ending up with a couple of tubs with wines from the ’90s and ’80s. I started with the driest and since I wasn’t familiar with labels, just grabbed a bottle and took it from there. Of course Tacos were served and at midnight the roast pig made a grand entrance.

2012 Ostricher Doosberg (Rheingau). Oily and peachy on the nose with tight fruit, petroleum and some burnt rubber notes on the finish.

2012 Groebe Kirchspiel (Westhofen). Closed nose of apricots, tight with lime notes on the finish.

2012 Von Schubert Maximin Grunhauser (Mosel). Floral and crisp.

2010 Peter Jakob Krühn (Rheingau). Deep gold in color and very floral.

2012 Weingart Kabinett (Mittelrhein). Dusty, peachy nose, moderate sweet with apricot on the fruit.

2011 A. Christmann (Pfaltz). Gold in color, oily petroleum on the nose with apricots and spice on the moderate fruit with a long finish.

1999 Schloss Johannisberger Kabinett (Rheingau). Gold in color with honey and spices on the nose with some RS.

1994 Husarenkappe Troken Spatlese (Baden). Dark gold with petroleum notes on the nose, moderate dry.

1990 Domdechant Werner Hochmeier Auslese (Rheingau). Gold in color with saffron and honey on the nose , moderately sweet with good acidity.