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. 



Los Angeles Openings: Superba Snack Bar, The Colonial Wine Bar

Back down by the beach, Superba Snack Bar opens today in Venice. It’s a modern pasta bar that’s got one things others don’t: spiked pasta. Yes, we said it and we’ll say it again: spiked pasta. And along with spiked pasta, the Snack Bar also offers a bunch of other homemade pastas, mini snacks (like chorizo and ricotta meatballs), and lots of vegetables straight from the backyard garden. The outdoor patio is perfect for people-watching and bonding over too much sangria and charred watermelon and burrata.  Open for just dinner now, with brunch and lunch on the horizon.

Just a year later at 7166 Melrose Ave., TiroVino Wine Bar is gone and The Colonial Wine Bar is here. That means no more black and white films played on the back wall–which is fine because you’re at a wine bar to drink and converse and not be told to sit down–and it also means a brighter, more regal room that’s focused on small and large plates that pair perfectly with the beer, wine, and sake menu. We suggest the lamb burger, the rigatoni, the deviled eggs with pickled jalapenos, and the wine.

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Los Angeles Opening: Dry Tour

Venice Beach is known to be a little on the crumbly side; take a look inside your best surf buddy’s ocean-side apartment for a reminder. So, it’s with great tradition (or irony) that the guys behind Dry Tour, a new wine bar serving charcuterie and paninis and artisanal cheeses, has stripped its historic building at 80 Windward down to its 1904 studs. When it was all said and done, they left the original chipped ceiling and floor tiles behind, and highlighted the antique vaulted ceilings and old brick with Edison bulbs and simple chandeliers.

They’ve got boutique California varietals, unique vintages from around the world, a good selection of draft and bottled beer, and hand-crafted cocktails – all a stone’s throw from the infamous VENICE sign hanging at Windward and Pacific. (Don’t throw stones into the intersection.)

Chicago Opening: Vera

There’s something very Frasier and Niles about the idea of obsessing on that never-really-trendy yet decidedly rarefied Spanish tipple known as sherry. But Elizabeth and Mark Mendez’ new Vera wine bar forwards a fittingly classical European experience.

Featuring such charming notions as Old World vs. New World vino flights, and a considerable selection from Espana divided into Old-School Spain and New School Spain. Cut-to-order cheeses along with central and eastern Spanish delicacies make up the shareable plates; there’s even something called a cheese bar action station—neato! And of course, there’s that magnificent sherry selection. Vera presents another strong case for Spain as the true epicurean capital of the universe.