Short & Sweet - Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit Newsletter

Environmental rock star

Here in New York, it is officially chilly outside. You can see your breath. This makes us happy because it finally feels like winter.

Savor winter and help prevent climate change: conserve energy by turning off the lights, opening a bottle of inky red wine and cuddling up with someone you love. If you prefer to do it with the lights on, replace your incandescent bulbs with energy saving compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL).

Cool factoid: according to Environmental Defense, if every household in America changed three bulbs to CFL, it would be the equivalent of taking 3.5 million cars off the road.

dr. ruth
Dr. Ruth sheds light

Looking for a fun date night? How about a wine tasting in the company of world-famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth? Priming the pump for Valentine's Day, Bottlerocket welcomes the wise and witty Dr. Ruth for two hours of sex tips and wine.

Mark your calendars: Tuesday, February 13, 6 to 8 pm. Like all Bottlerocket Eclectic Salon nights, this event is free and no reservations are required.

We're busy lining up a great selection of classes, workshops and wine-related field trips. See below for our next class offering and look for more in future newsletters.

Latest & Greatest

A man with a passion

Marolo. Grappa di Moscato.
Italy > Piedmont. 375 ml. $33

Made by artisan Paolo Marolo in his family-owned distillery, this grappa gets its distinct flavor from the pomace of Moscato d'Asti, the classic Italian fizzy wine. You can taste the craftsmanship here: clean aromas of fruit and sage, intense flavors of grape and peach balanced by warm alcohol. Sip this after a meal to heat yourself from the inside. In Italy, no meal is complete without grappa, thought to aid digestion (hence, the name "digestivo").

The Venge vineyard

Saddleback Cellars. Venge Scout's Honor 2004.
USA > California >> Napa Valley >>> St. Helena. $40

From a boutique winery in Napa Valley, this wine is ripe and sultry. Just right for taking the chill off. The Venge family dedicated this luscious Zinfandel blend to the memory of their yellow Labrador Scout, rescued from a Napa shelter. We love this big, black and brambly but balanced Zin...Scout's Honor.


Churchill's. Vintage Port 1997. Portugal > Douro. $78

When the plates have been cleared, break out the vintage port.
It's dense and chewy, giving off whiffs of berries and pepper. It tastes of intensely ripe fruit. This 1997 is drinking beautifully right now, but will get better and better over the next 15 years. Treat yourself on a cold winter's evening: you will melt with contentment and feel at one with the world.

Call for delivery: 212-929-2323.

Is there a wine you wish we carried? Let us know and we'll see what we can do.


Tuesday, February 13, 6 – 8 pm. Eclectic Salon: Dr. Ruth
Get ready for Valentine's Day! Renowned radio/TV personality and teacher Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer will be at Bottlerocket with the latest edition of her bestselling guide,
Sex For Dummies®. Bottlerocket invites lovers of wine, and lovers, to join Dr. Ruth in a frank discussion. Wines will be opened for tasting. Free. Reservations not required.


Bottlerocket launches our Winter "Explore Wine" classes on March 6.

Explore Wine: Four Week Introductory Series. $160
A practical, fun, utilitarian workshop to familiarize you with the major types and styles of wine. You will learn how wine is made, how to taste and evaluate wine, and ultimately what you like personally. Our goal is to provide you with the information and experience to make you comfortable, confident consumers.

March 6 – Explore the Major Varieties
Know the noble and notable wines of the world and a bit of history.
March 13 – Explore Old vs. New World
Learn how a region, grape grower and wine maker can influence the final product.
March 20 – Explore White
Dig deeper into the huge variety of white wines.
March 27 – Explore Red
Taste through the world of red wine.
Conclude with practical advice on continuing the adventure.

Classes start promptly at 6:30 and end at 7:30pm. Only 20 lucky participants can be accommodated, first come, first serve. Full payment in advance required and no refunds possible.

Sign-up today for classes by calling 212-929-2323.
Or email us:

We Do

Delivery – Just give us a call and we'll take care of the rest: 212-929-2323.
Special Orders – Give us one day and we'll give you price and availability for a case of almost anything. Email:
Gifts selected, wrapped, packaged and shipped.
"Find the Love" – Samplers to expose you to new tastes.
"The High End" – We serve collectors, too. Call for info.
Private in-store events: customized tastings, food & wine pairing parties.
Tasting events at your home or office.
Consultations and Gift Registry for weddings, parties, events.

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Remember, we're a work in progress. We would value any suggestions you may have to help us create the best wine buying experience on the planet. Send us an email: Thank you!

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