Whiskey & Swine

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This  past weekend was all about barbeque, pork and whiskey (mostly Bourbon). I attended a couple of pork-centric events in the city. Usually, wine doesn’t make much of an appearance at these types of events but they are fun. On Saturday I attended the Bourbon, Bacon and Beer Fest held at the former Tunnel nightclub on 608 West 28th Street in Manhattan. The site of a former railroad freight terminal and there was plenty of space for the various bbq, beer, cider and bourbon that was served that night. Not a drop of wine in sight but I did further my education on craft whiskies. My favorite dish of the night was collared greens with pork. Some of what I sampled:

Whiskey, Cider And A Beer

Lost Prophet Bourbon 22yr

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Bourbon 23yr

Garrison Brothers Hye Rye

Garrison Brothers Straight Texas Bourbon

Defiant Single Malt Whisky

Elijah Craig Bourbon 12yr

George Dickel Nº 8 Sour Mash

Filibuster Triple Cask 117° Bourbon

Redemption Straight Rye Barrel Proof 7yr

Crispin Artisanal Reserve Cider

DownEast Cider Original Blend

Goose Island Beer Co., Lolita Belgian Style Wild Ale

On Sunday I attended the New Porc City event which was part of the Cochon 555 U.S. tour. The event was held at the Andaz  5th Avenue hotel on 485 5th Avenue in Manhattan. The tour is a culinary competition advocating sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs.  It was billed as “5 Chefs, 5 Pigs, 5 Winemakers”. I  thought it was going to be a swine and wine competition but that was the seminar earlier in the day. The event turned out to be more of a hipster cocktail party than a wine event. There was plenty of  wines and craft cocktails to go around. My favorite dish of the afternoon was actually the only non pork one at the event, Del Posto restaurant served a Beef tartare with shaved black truffle, very delicious.

2013 St. Francis Winery Chardonnay (Sonoma County)

2012 Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fumé (Loire)

2012 Ronch di Cialla Ribolla Gialla (Friuli)

2011 Miner Winery Viognier (Madera)

2012 St. Francis Winery Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma County)

2011 Goldeneye Winery Pinot Noir (Anderson Valley)

And a nice Manhattan made with Whistle Pig Rye


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