If you like the sound of popping cork, there’s no better place to be this week than New York City. Starting today, top citywide restaurants will be featuring wines from Puglia, a southeastern region of Italy, in a promotion brought to you from winery association Wines of Puglia. (Try saying ‘Wines of Puglia’ out loud: totally fun.) The first ever Puglia Wine Week will offer wine lovers the chance to discover regional grape varieties like negroamaro, uva di Troia, and the popular Primitivo.
Participating restaurants include Il Buco on Bond Street, Gusto in the West Village, Lupa in Soho and, naturally, SD26, San Domenico’s rebirth and the eatery being touted as one of the city’s best for Italian. All 23 restaurants in on the Puglia cabal will create special menus and host a Puglian winemaker on one evening during the course of the program (it ends October 3rd). Participating wineries include Albea, Barsento, Cefalicchio, Due Palme, Tormaresca, Vallone, and Vigne E Vini.
Many Puglia wines are not presently imported to the states, but if after several glasses of D’ Alfonso del Sordo you find yourself hankering for sloppy fourths, certain bottles will be available at select wine shops, so you can, er, pop your own cork. Speaking of which, has the question of whether cork soaking is a real profession ever been answered?