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.


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

La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels - New York, NY

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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. 



You Can Actually Wake Up Flawless Like Beyoncé

Who doesn’t want to wake up like this?

Making it a fantastic morning for shopping, Spring (it’s an app, duh, in case you’ve been living in nowifiville,) has almost every look from Beyoncé‘s 7/11 video available to shop, plus a few extras, like Bey’s nail wrap collab with NCLA.

Also this mug, which we are adding to our Christmas wish lists immediately.


Hop to it!

Your Shopping Addiction Just Got Worse

Yes, soon it’ll be fall… but shopping is getting a makeover and everything is about to change — think of it as a retail refresh — Spring is here.

Prabal Gurung. Public School. Band of Outsiders. Nonoo. Frame Denim. Veronica Beard. Steven Alan. Suno. The list of brands you can shop directly from the Spring app is near 75, and there are 35 more coming to the app soon. All it takes is a scroll through your own personalized feed, a swipe right, and boom, fashion on your doorstep.


Download Spring on your phone, then follow your favorite brands. Share your picks or swipe right to purchase. It’s as easy (and dangerous) as that.

What are you springing for?

This Week’s Line-Up: Andrew Goldberg’s Birthday, “Wildchild” Party, and “Broke House”

It feels like spring and I’m lazy and just want to lay out in McCarren Park with the puppy but, alas, there are too many things that need to be done. Writing this leads the list, then it’s coffee at House of Small Wonder which, if I was smart, I wouldn’t tell you about. On Wednesday I celebrated Octavia McKinney’s birthday party at Chinatown Brasserie on 4th Avenue. We had a small room all to ourselves as we all took in Octavia’s undying beauty. She has been a club fixture, employee, and general menace to society for nearly 20 years. After a great dinner at this underrated restaurant we headed to The Boom Boom Room – yes, I insist on calling it that. It’s still the best room in the city.

We listened to old classmate, DJ Fanny Chan, offer up a lounge house-sound to a beautiful crowd. She will be DJing again tonight for Vida at the Hotel Americano from 7 to 10pm. Fanny is living the New York Dream. Formerly one of the most sought-after bartenders in New York, she has moved on to DJing to support herself while pursuing her fashion design career. She is one of a million people who have made it here by working in nightlife on the way up. A vibrant nightlife supports creatives: the people that make this city a cheerful place. As we left The Standard and headed into the night, we passed a threesome who were dejected – obviously told "no" by the Boom Boom door gal. The female of the three tearfully and forcefully told her male companions in a thick southern drawl,"I don’t really care if we get in. Their Hogs and Heifers looks like a perfectly nice place!"…and it is.

Tonight, I am trying to get to the Abrons Art Center where Heather Litteer known as Jessica Rabbit AKA Rabbit will strut the stuff that dreams are made of in Broke House. You only have a few days to catch this act which, according to The New York Times, is an undeniable hit.

Tomorrow I am continuing my rock and roll adventures with a visit to Candice Fortin and Pam Glam’s “Wildchild : Down and Dirty Dance Rock” party. It will feature a live performance by Jogyo and will be at 107 Stanton Street. I have never been to this spot but I hear it’s an old theater foyer or something like that. I also hear it’s dirty and decidedly undone. Sounds like a perfect place for imperfect people to gather and let loose.

Next Wednesday I will attend Tao Strategic Group honcho Andrew Goldberg’s birthday bash at Avenue. Andrew is one of the great people in this business and I expect hordes of scenesters and no meansters at this jungle-themed event. I’ll be talking about this again but figure I will spend the next few days scoping out an outfit. Tarzan won’t work for me anymore.

Spring Begins, Nightlife Booms, Chaka Khan Eats Her Birthday Cake

TGIGF (Thank God it’s Good Friday). For many, this is Good Friday. For the folks over at EVR, it figures to be a Great Friday. They will resume their late-night programming, which had been curtailed by wording on their liquor license which I have been told has been reworded. The restaurant/lounge on 39th St. between 5th and 6th is removed from residential buildings on a block where they fold up the sidewalks on weekends since the retail/business establishments aren’t usually open. The very pretty EVR (pronounced ever) has had a pretty good week so far.

Tuesday, EVR hosted Chaka Khan’s 60th birthday bash. The "I’m Every Woman" and "Ain’t Nobody" legend attracted a lot of non-every-woman types… a slew of somebodies including Aretha Franklin, Whoopi Goldberg, Star Jones, Cissy Houston, Taraji P. Henson, Soledad O’Brien, Juanita Jordan, and many more. A three-course dinner was served for her 150 guests.

On Wednesday at EVR, I DJd at Nick Andreottola and Nicole Rose Stillings’ Champagning event. The packed, adult crowd enjoys the sharp atmosphere, great food, and early hours (event starts at 6pm) – and maybe my music. For working folks who can’t get to my 11pm-till-4am DJ gig at The DL, pop by EVR to visit Mr. Lewis. 

Spring is in the air. I’ve seen crocuses and daffodils and migrating birds and an ice cream truck by the school by my Brooklyn abode. I have pep in my step, although my increasingly serious relationship with Amanda has stopped me from looking for love in all the wrong places. 

The next few weeks will bring a big boom to nightlife as the frost will finally leave and Al Gore’s global warming shtick finally comes to fruition. As always: party responsibly. Never try to fit a year’s worth of mayhem into a single evening. 

Photo: Uptown Mag.

Spring Menus Launch Downtown: Spring Rolls, Scallops, & Panna Cotta Await

While it does not…quite… feel like spring in NY (is there such a thing?), two restaurants are doing a very good job at playing along with Mother Nature by rolling out their new spring menus, characterized by light, cold, smooth bites and fruity, bitters-filled cocktails.

Feast  East Village’s whitewashed brick, dim, and woody restaurant – debuts their nine-course scallop seafood spread for the scallop fanatic in most/all of us, priced at just $49. Fried Nantucket bay scallops? Oh yeah. Citrus scallop ceviche and a seared smoked-scallop pot pie? You betcha. At Feast, there are no limits to the variety of those bivalve mollusks. And the culminating dessert: the vanilla yogurt panna cotta. Feast has also kicked-off their Sunday brunch, offering diners massive, flat, and sweet Swedish pancakes, shrimp and grits, and a big ol’ basket of bakery goodies to overstuff yourself on before the food arrives.

L’Amant – the West Village’s French-Southeast Asian, wallpapered cocktail nook – debuts baby crab spring rolls in a ginger soy sauce, alongside such bubbly spring cocktails as "The Big Gun" – with whiskey, pear brandy, bitters, and homemade cinnamon syrup – and "The Business Man" made with rye, byrhh, maraschino, and orange bitters. And to temper the buzz, their menu staple: the creamy, in-a-skillet truffle mac & cheese.

Ah, spring. Thanks for coming.

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The Met Launches Webseries ’82nd and Fifth’

The weather is slowly getting nicer and there is more daylight everyday. It all feels amazing. The gradual changes that we often don’t stop to observe are happening. Summer nights will soon be upon us with a whole world of possibilities to explore. Stimulation will be ever present and the paths we could choose will be unlimited. If you are like me, you dream of spending these long summer days lost in the museum and gallery circuit wandering through new exhibits. And if you are like me, you have yet to make it to these dreams a reality. Excuses and responsibilties take over your mind and you realize you have to spend most of your days behind a desk. So for the hard working grounded human in us all, The Metropolitan Museum of Art has reinvented the museum-going experience: every Wednesday The Met brings the art from within the walls right to your screen with their new series 82nd & Fifth.

The web series joins together a 100 curators to talk about specific works of art that resonate with them. 82nd & Fifth allows inside access into the depth of artworks that might go overlooked and allows one to hone in on and give attention to individual pieces. While you may be stuck behind your desk sipping iced coffee, let the museum come to you and get lost for two minutes with a small dose of culture.

Check out one of the stand-out episodes featuring curator Doug Eklund and Dedicated to Myself, which exhibits the found photo album of teenage boy who took the traditional model of a photo album and made it uniquely his own. By collaging photographs, illustrations, and notes, the artist propells us into his world to observe his musings on the ladies who weave in and out of it. Eklund states, "The entire album is an excerise in exploring what the pictures mean to him and what people’s relationships to photographs can tell us,"

The series premieres two new episodes every Wednesday, and you can receive these episodes right in your inbox each week, which eliminates half the effort already. Head over to the museum website to uncover several other interactive features as well as a backlog of every episode. Be inspired to gain a new perspective on the way you view the world this season. Exploration is right at your fingertips.

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So Appy Together: This Spring’s Best New Android Apps

Get appy with this season’s five best Android apps! Turn into a cartoon, firm your tush, and take a stroll around New York City’s most peaceful parts. When you’re done, sit on a bench and navigate our listings straight from your phone. 

BlackBook City Guides [Free]:So perhaps we’re “tooting our own horn,” blaring it, perhaps. But when you’re the leading non-user generated City Guide on the whole market, why not shout it to the world! This little app gives you access to the insider-scoop, pictures, and special offers in 65 cities worldwide – written by locals, for locals. Find out where the best seaside seafood spot is in the French Riviera, which hotel has the gasp-inducing view of the Trevi Fountain in Rome, and what New York salon gives you complimentary shots of moonshine.

Peaceful Places: New York City [$9.99]: Serenity in New York – sounds like an oxymoron or charmingly antiquated folk tale. Before this app, it was. But with 100 Peaceful Place: New York City, serenity in this city actually becomes a tangible destination.  In the 345 pages, author Evelyn Kanter guides you to the 129 most restorative, diverse, and hidden oases across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island. Stroll through the tucked-away parks, promenades, and gardens, and pursue the dainty shops and quaint streets few know about. All the spots are classified according to area, alphanumeric, and category – and most of the sites are free, which is calming in itself. 

Cartoon Camera [Free]: Maybe you’ve always coveted Marge’s frizz-free, beehive bouffant on The Simpsons. Or perhaps you’ve secretly wished your cat looked like Garfield. Yearn, no more! With this app, your entire world becomes a colorful cartoon. The app transforms everything you see through your camera lens into real-time sketches of cartoon, sepia, dark and light strokes, and edges. Capture the image with a click of a button, auto-focus, and zoom in on an especially cartoonish and fuzzy piece of lint under your sofa.

Fitness Buddy [$.99]: "Fitness Buddy?" More like the "Goodbye, My Expensive Personal Trainer" app. For under $1, you gain access to 75 curated workout routines for men and women, each customized to whichever goal you wish to achieve (firming your tush, getting a six-pack, etc.) There are also 1,700 equipment and body part-targeted exercises, and thousands of high-def videos and photos so you can actually understand what the heck you’re trying to do. The best part: you can track and graph your progress based on your body weight and body measurements.

Crackle [Free]: When you’re stuck on a 12-hour family car trip to Yellowstone National Park, or your roommate and his "friend" are snogging and hogging the sofa in front of the TV, Crackle is your escape. Watch full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows using your Wi-Fi and 3G connection. Browse by genre, and gorge on episodes of Seinfeld and Groundhog Day for free, in the comfort of your own personal space. Twenty new movies and TV shows are added monthly, so expect a whole bunch more additions to your very urgent to-do list.