Where To Sip What Wine In NYC: Three Wine Bars To Know

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What could be better than ending the day with a light, springy wine? Even if it’s not feeling much like spring, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t go about our April business as intended. Three top NYC wine bars lent us their sommeliers to let us in on their seasonal faves. Not that we needed any encouragement to indulge, but custom recommendations will serve.

Corkbuzz

Chelsea Market, 75 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011 and 13 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003

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Corkbuzz’s master sommelier Laura Maniec’s shares her picks for three rosés featured in Corkbuzz’s new “Spring into Rosé” tasting.

Christophe Lepage Pinot Gris Rosé ’12, Côtes Saint Jacques, Burgundy, France “This is the lightest of the three Rosés on this list. It’s got more of a dry, French style. It’s pale pink in color, and is an easy-drinking Rosé. What’s interesting about this wine is that it’s made from a white grape, which is a super rare style of Rosé,” Maniec notes.

Arnot-Roberts ‘Luchsinger Vineyard’ Touriga Nacional Rosé ’14, Clear Lake, California “Arnot-Roberts is a boutique California producer. It’s a limited production Rosé that is sure to sell out before Spring even gets started,” Maniec says. “We managed to get our hands on just a few cases. It’s a slightly richer wine with notes of strawberries and hibiscus,” Maniec notes–you might want to hurry over to try this one sooner than later.

Altura ‘Chiaretto’ Sangiovese Rosé ’10, Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy “This is one of my personal favorite Rosés of the moment. It actually looks like a light red. This wine is from an island just off the coast of Tuscany. It has a little more tannins than most Rosés. It’s perfect for meat dishes like a grilled hanger steak salad or something with pork. It’s got a ripe, refreshing acidity that also lends itself to pasta dishes,” Maniec says.

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

249 Centre Street, New Yok, NY 10013

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The wine selection at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels is curated by Fabien Suquet and Caleb Ganzer.
Faugères Château de la Liquière, Les Amandiers 2013
“I chose this wine because when the almond (amandier) trees are in bloom, it’s a sign in the south of France that spring has arrived and winter is on its way out,” Suquet tells BlackBook. “This wine was born on schist soil perfect for the season, from grape varieties of carignan, grenache, syrah and mourvedre.  This wine, created by winemakers Sophie and Laurent Dumoulin, accompanies beautiful days with sips of red fruits and sweet spice for good balance. It’s fresh and crispy and goes well with lighter foods like salads, and even BBQ.” Suquet says. 
Goisot, Sauvignon de Saint Bris, Burgundy 2013
“A favorite wine of mine that works perfectly with the Spring weather, and the Spring mindset, is Goisot, Sauvignon de Saint Bris, Burgundy, France 2013. It’s on our list at $43 and completely over-delivers. Yes, this is Sauvignon Blanc. Yes, this is Burgundy. Despite what we are normally taught, the two are not entirely mutually exclusive,” Ganzer explains. “Saint Bris is located nearly equidistant from Sancerre, Chablis & Champagne, thus you have this great confluence of temperate growing climates which keep the fruit flavors of Sauvignon Blanc in check along with chalky limestone soils with fossilized oyster shells which lend a ton of fresh minerality to the finish. It’s the perfect wine for a spring pea & scallop risotto or roasted asparagus & chèvre,” Ganzer suggests. 
 
Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Rouge Frais Impérial, Corsica, 2013 “Red wine is not usually the first thing one thinks of when Spring is mentioned, however this light rouge has enough bright, crisp fruit flavors to provide as much refreshment as any good white: Domaine Comte Abbatucci, Rouge Frais Impérial, Corsica, France 2013. Made with the local Sciacarellu (sha-kuh-RELL-oo) grape, this wine has a deft, feminine touch of cranberry & pomegranate fruit notes with a slight smokey, granite underpinning of mineral flavor. I like it with a slight chill to help make the fruit notes pop. A great wine for lamb carpaccio!” Ganzer says, making a case for reds in spring. 
 

Vin Sur Vingt

1140 Broadway, New York, NY 10001 and 201 West 11th Street, New York, NY 10014, and The Plaza Food Hall at 1 West 59th Street | New York, NY 10019

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The experts at Vin Sur Vingt suggest the following two wines as their top picks for a visit to their bar for spring.

Touraine Chenonceaux, Domaine Vieil Orme 2012 “The vines used for these wines are between 25-35 years old. It’s a 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Domaine Vieil Orme is a traditional artisanal producer practicing sustainable farming since 2009. The aromas include passion fruit, pear, and almonds.”

Côte de Duras, Domaine Mouthes le Bihan 2011 “This is a 50-plus year old vine (certified organic). The grapes include Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle.  The aromas include citrus and white peaches, with squashed fresh grapes.  This wine offers good structure and fat on the palate.”

Check out our guide to spring wines and the best wine bars in San Francisco here. 

 

 

Everything’s Coming Up Roses: Shop the Best of the Bouquet For Your Beauty Regimen

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Rose is the most elegant, simple, and refined single-note scent I can think of. And I’m a single-note scent kinda gal. Tell me about bouquets mixed into a perfume and I can feel a headache coming on, but rose is light and fresh, timeless and romantic. And I’m not alone in my admiration for the flower and it’s many byproducts.

Adding to the luxuriousness of the bevy of rose products presented here is the utter preciousness of the delicate flower. Mostly grown in Turkey and Bulgaria, it takes almost 300 pounds of rose petals to create just one fluid ounce of pure rose essential oil, which is known to be not only uplifting, but also an aphrodisiac… 😉

To get your weekend shopping off to a rosy start, we’ve rounded up some of the best rose infused products to shop now.

BODY

Ren Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil

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This bath oil is the result of 10,000 rose petals–pure luxury! Plus, its scent is known to have stress-relieving properties.

Kora Organics by Miranda Kerr, Luxurious Rosehip Body Oil 

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Rose hip seed oil might be an even more popular beautifying ingredient than rose. Rose hip refers to the berry-like fruit born of the classic flower. But its biggest selling point just may be that beauty, Miranda Kerr, supermodel and creator of Kora Organics, swears by it. Kora explains: “Rosehip Oil is rich in Vitamin C, abundant in Essential Fatty Acids and is incredibly moisturizing. It can also assist in reducing the appearance of sun damage and scarring and is a wonderful, nurturing product if you have sensitive skin.” So, forget Body by Victoria–I’ll take Body by Miranda.

FACE

Indie Lee Rosehip Cleanser

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A gentle natural cleanser with a light feel, Indie Lee’s rosehip creation removes makeup, soothes sensitive skin and redness thanks to it’s ample quantities of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. It’s got anti-aging properties too. 

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel-Lotion

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There’s nothing like a gel moisturizer, if you ask me. Instant spa sensation, this moisturizer is fun to apply due to it’s simultaneously fluffy and lightweight texture. This stuff truly smells like roses too, which is a major plus in my book.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream 

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A rich, thick moisturizer that calms redness and, in contrast to the Jurlique gel above, is more of a balm.

Glossier Soothing Face Mist

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Rosewater and aloe makes for a cooling, calming toning spray, or just a mid-day treat.

Jurlique Rose Mask

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An ultra-hydrating mask that also works as a lovely facial-while-you-sleep.

COLOR

Aerin Rose Balm Lipstick

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The collection harnesses the benefits of rose in ten perfect lipsticks.

By Terry Cellularose Blush Glace (in Rose Melba)

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A perfect sorbet pink, which, while a splurge, will literally last forever, as less than a fingerprint per cheek gives a bright, light glow in cool gel form.

HAIR

EO Organics Rose & Chamomile Protective Shampoo and  Conditioner

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Particularly for color-treated hair, made with precious essential oil.

Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax

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Ditch the feminine pink of many rose products for Oribe’s sleek, black look, but keep the perks: the rose hip fruit extract in this wax conditions and adds shine with enriching Vitamin C. Perfect for that choppy, slept-in hair we all crave.