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Enchiladas, salsa, quesadillas...words familiar to American ears given our long love affair with Mexican food. And yet, burrito fans are generally limited to basic tex-mex lexicon: foods popularized in the USA and having little to do with authentic Mexican cooking.
Kennedy visits Bottlerocket this evening to set us straight. Come meet
the doyenne of Mexican Cuisine. We'll open wines to complement the salsa
we're making from Kennedy's recipe book. Discover how spices interact with
Befuddled by wine labels? Check out this excellent wine label de-mystifier. Very
handy. Thanks to the wonderful Wine Lover's Page.
Procrastinate no longer! Sign up for our new "Explore Wine" class today. Four
part class starts May 8.
Don't forget: the wild and wacky Amy Sedaris will be at Bottlerocket on Wednesday, May 9 from 6-8pm. Comic relief with a free wine tasting.
Bill Riley is an original Bottlerocker. He helped create the
store, applying his builder ingenuity, artistic sensibility and his love of
wine long before we opened our doors for business. Piled on top of all that
talent, he's also a great cook.
In fact, Bill grew up in the restaurant business. He helped
his parents in their family restaurant, washing dishes on a milk crate. He
learned to open clams when he was 7 years old. If you need a wine pairing
suggestion next time you're in the store, Bill's your man.
Here are Bill's picks for your enjoyment.
Schramsberg. Blanc De Noirs 2003.
USA > California. $32
One of the great producers of sparkling wine in the U.S. This
is a mouth-watering Pinot Noir-based bubbly with a long history of
excellence. It has bright cherry fruit and a touch of earth and spice.
Ramsay. Northcoast 2005.
Young and fresh, the Ramsay Pinot offers up a well-made,
fruit-forward wine at a great price.
Domaine de l'Hortus. La Bergerie Blanc 2005.
Pic St. Loup enjoys one of the most individual microclimates
in France. A deep valley between two protective walls of rock, these wines
tend to be more elegant then many of the other wines of the Languedoc.
Winemaker Jean Orliac is considered the "father" of the Pic St. Loup and is
leading the fight to attain full AOC status.
Querciabella. Chianti Classico 2004.
Querciabella's Chianti Classico is a big, bold, modern version
of the Italian classic. Earthy and rich, this is as far from wicker basket
Chianti as you can get. A real treat.
Domaine Vincent Paris. Saint-Joseph 2005.
Winemaker Vincent Paris inherited his grandfather's vineyards
in Saint Joseph. Some of these vines are well over 100 years old, giving
this 100% Syrah great complexity. Plus we hear it is popular among the hip
Paris Bistro set. This is a great value and will not be around for long.
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.
Wednesday, April 25, 6 – 8 pm
What a treat! Come meet the high priestess of Mexican cuisine.
Wine tasting and book signing with the author of The Essential Cuisines
of Mexico. Diana Kennedy moved to Mexico in 1957 and married Paul P.
Kennedy, foreign correspondent for the NY Times. In 1969, at the suggestion
of Craig Claiborne, she began teaching Mexican cooking classes and later,
writing cookbooks. She has been decorated with the Order of the Aztec Eagle,
the highest honor bestowed on foreigners by the Mexican government. She
lives much of the year in her ecological adobe house in Michoacan, Mexico.
Free. Reservations not required.
Wednesday, May 9, 6 – 8 pm
This lady may have the power to transform your social life.
Take her hostess advice: "A good trick is to fill your medicine cabinet with
marbles. Nothing announces a nosey guest better than an avalanche of marbles
hitting a porcelain sink." Spend an evening with Amy Sedaris at Bottlerocket
in our lead up to Mother's Day. Her recent book, I Like You: Hospitality
Under the Influence, is the perfect antidote to any perfectionist urges
you may harbor. Amy Sedaris has appeared often on screen, both large and
small. She's co-creator, with Stephen Colbert and Paul Dinello, of Comedy
Central's hit show Strangers with Candy and half of the Obie-winning "Talent
Family" playwright team (with her brother, David). Book-signing and wine
Explore Wine: Four Week Introductory Series. $160
Classes start promptly at 7:00 and end at 8:00pm, except the
first class of Explore Wine, which ends at 8:30 pm. Only 18 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.
About Lauren Bernardini
An experienced teacher most recently affiliated with the Starr Restaurant Organization, Lauren directed the wine programs at Philadelphia's Striped Bass and Tangerine when both restaurants were awarded the Wine Spectator's Awards of Excellence in 2004, 2005 and 2006, as well as Food + Wine Magazine's "Top 10 New Wine Lists in the United States." She has completed the first level exams for both the Court of Master Sommeliers and the American Sommelier Association.
Lauren recently relocated to New York, where she represents
Paumanok Vineyards, a small family-owned vineyard in North Fork, Long Island
and is currently consulting on wine lists and beverage programs in both
Manhattan and Philadelphia. She also teaches at the French Culinary
Institute. Lauren lives in the West Village with 16 cases of wine and her
famously demure pit-bull, Daisy.
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