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Air’s Champagne Parlor is All About the Bubbly

Posted on Sep 15, 2017 in All Things Wine, Drink Spotting

Beer, wine and even cider bars abound in NYC, but Air’s Champagne Parlor is one of the few area drinkeries devoted to bubbly. To be fair, the Riddling Widow briefly preceded it, but owner Ariel Arce was actually beverage director during its tenure, as well as Birds & Bubbles before that, and Chicago’s Pops for Champagne (not to mention Grant Achatz’s exclusive, original The Office) before that.  Meaning her reputation as queen of Cuvèe absolutely proceeds her.

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Raising a Glass to In Vino in the East Village

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 in All Things Wine, Restaurant Spotting

There may be a high intimidation factor when it comes to wine, but the vibe couldn’t be any more relaxed at In Vino in the East Village. In fact, you’ll generally find owner and head oenophile, Keith Beavers, working the room in a Star Wars or Ween t-shirt (he originally moved from Syracuse to Manhattan in hopes of becoming a rock star)…

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Best Summer Wine Bars

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 in All Things Wine, Best Of

Summer’s here and the warm weather seems to stir up different boozy cravings in all of us. Some revel in six-packs at backyard barbeques while others prefer dark air-conditioned bars where the tequila flows like water. But for us, summer is all about wine.

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City Guides

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 in All Things Wine, City Guides

Coming this summer…

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Rose Season – Our Favorite Bottles For 2011

Posted on Jun 12, 2011 in All Things Wine

Summer is the season for rose.  Of course, you can drink it all year round, but it’s the perfect match for oysters, lobster rolls, summery salads and even a burger off the grill.  Nowadays, winemakers make rose from all types of grapes in all different varieties — from earthy and aged to light and bubbly.  Together with Brian Quinn, co-founder of the traveling wine saloon The Noble Rot, we’ve picked a few bottles of rose we’re excited about from as close as the North  Fork of Long Island or Napa Valley to Spain, France, and Italy. Bedell Cellars 2010 Taste Rosé This vineyard produces lots of great wines, but we’re particularly charmed by Bedell’s 2010 rose, which happens to taste as good as it looks.  The label on the bottle is a commissioned photo of a Marilyn Monroe-look alike...

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New York's Best New Wine Bars

Posted on Nov 15, 2010 in All Things Wine, Best Of

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a grape plebian or a master sommelier, there’s nothing like a great glass of wine.  Wine bars understand exactly that.  Whether you’re in the mood for a fruity white, a big red or a celebratory champagne toast, they’ll point you to the right selection.  Lucky for us, the city is flush with wine bars serving unusual or interesting bottles by the glass, and new ones opening every day.  Which means you don’t have to make a habit of the same spot or the same glass.  Here’s a few of our favorite new entries to the wine bar scene… Brooklyn Oenology Address: 209 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn Phone: (718.599.1259) Website: Barely open a week and this wine bar is already generating buzz for its one-of-a-kind menu.  The wines being served at this Brooklyn newcomer are...

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