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April 30, 2008
vistas we love
The view from 19th Street

> Mastering a restaurant wine list and more
> The future is coming: David Houle on May 7
> Stimulate this! Did you get your rebate yet?
> Chocolate and wine tasting: Mother's Day warm-up
> The Billionaire's Vinegar comes to Bottlerocket

This month our new neighbors moved in at The Jade, a just-renovated building across the street. They invited Bottlerocket to dream up a party on the roof deck. A chance for residents to meet and greet. What a treat to see the city from stolen views. Promise yourself to always seek vistas previously unknown to you!

know wine

You love a bargain. Most of us do. Learn insider tricks on how to outwit a restaurant wine list next Monday evening, May 5, at our popular class, "How to Navigate a Wine List." Led by the very smart and sprightly Meg Staloff, you'll leave class feeling pumped with newfound know-how. Impress your friends (if that's your thing) next time you dine out. But best of all, find wines that make you happy and leave you with money leftover for dessert.

the shift age

Next week, we are delighted to host writer and futurist David Houle, coming to share his book The Shift Age on Wednesday, May 7 at 6 pm. Taste wines in the company of Alvin Toffler's disciple. Get a sneak peek of the future, beyond fossil fuel, fads and Facebook.

Want to stimulate the economy? Looking to stretch that rebate check? "The Stimulus Package" is Bottlerocket's answer: 12 bottles of top-rated wines for $600. Think of it. You're investing in America's future and your own pleasure principle. You're stimulating more than you think! Read on for more details...

chocolat moderne

Got plans for Mother's Day weekend? If you're out and about town, drop by on Saturday, May 10 from 3 to 6 pm for a free and fabulous chocolate and wine tasting. Our friends at Chocolat Moderne will provide heavenly confections. Bottlerocket will pour liquid treats. You will feel warm and fuzzy inside. Pistachio Praline, anyone?

billionaire's vinegar

It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. The infamous Jefferson wine scandale, chronicled in The New Yorker last fall, is now recounted in a riveting book, The Billionaire's Vinegar. Come to Bottlerocket Thursday, May 15 to meet author Benjamin Wallace and hear the tale. Taste a young Bordeaux. Get the book signed. And plunge into the eccentric, intriguing world of wine collectors.

Latest & Greatest

Ready for your rebate check? Get this case of 12 wines and you'll have a jaw-dropping array of bottles to get you through the recession. $676 value for $600. Spanning the world: some for cellaring, some for now. All fantastic wines. And a deal. A stimulating package, indeed!

the armagh

Jim Barry. "The Armagh" 2004.
Australia > South Australia >> Clare Valley. Red. $175

Jim Barry's top of the line Shiraz. A big, bold monster of a wine, that is both powerful and elegant.

cover drive

Jim Barry. The Cover Drive 2005.
Australia > South Australia. Red. $19

A "knock-out value" according to Robert Parker, this is one of our favorite Cabernets.

chateau beausejour

Château Beauséjour. Montagne Saint-Emilion 2004.
France > Bordeaux >> Saint Emilion. Red. $19

Made in a traditional manner from 40 year-old vines. Fragrant and rich. This is a great Bordeaux.


Jules. Côtes de Provence Rosé 2006.
France > Côtes de Provence. Rosé. $17

Made by newcomer Julian Faulkner from a blend of hand-harvested grapes using eco-conscious techniques. Delicious!

prum auslese

J.J. Prüm. Riesling "Wehlener Sonnenuhr" Auslese 2006.
Germany > Mosel. White. $65

The legendary Prüm family has been making wine for 200 years and "Wehlener Sonnenuhr" is one of their top vineyards. Drink tonight or cellar for years to come.


Churchill's. Vintage Porto 1997.
Portugal > Douro. Red. $78

This vintage bottling is the flagship of the estate's entire range, a culmination of various Grade A quintas. The bomb.


Vall Llach. Idus 2003.
Spain > Priorat. Red. $60

Made from old-vine grapes selected off precipitous slate slopes, this is the prodigious result of young winemaker Bibi Garcia. A perfect union of tradition and innovation.

lopez de heredia

Lopez de Heredia. Vina Tondonia Rioja Blanco 1989.
Spain > Rioja >> Rioja Alta. White. $45

These rarely seen, labor-intensive wines use indigenous grapes, age 4 years in barrel and 4 more in hand-filled bottles before release, continuing to mature for decades. Taste history!


Bodegas Numanthia. Numanthia 2005.
Spain > Toro. Red. $62

Distinctively meaty, strong and extracted. A powerhouse red that is excellent now but will easily develop for a decade or more.


Duckhorn. Merlot 2005.
USA > California >> Napa Valley. Red. $58

Named one of the top ten wines of 2005 by the San Francisco Chronicle. Deeper and more complex than the average Merlot.

jim clendenen

Loango. Chardonnay 2006.
USA > California >> Santa Maria Valley . White. $33

A Jim Clendenen offering, produced in limited quantities. A crisp, tropical, almost honeyed rendition of Chardonnay, it will make your taste buds do a jig.

bodega bouza

Bodega Bouza. Tannat A6 2004.
Uruguay > Montevideo. Red. $45

An intense and concentrated wine from a little known grape, grown in a little known area of the wine 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.


How to Navigate a Restaurant Wine List. $50

Monday, May 5, 6:30 to 8 pm
Meg Staloff, Instructor

Do you ever feel the hidden gems on a wine list are buried from your view? Wouldn't it be cool to make confident, informed choices when you're choosing the wine? New York is a notoriously difficult place to make good restaurant wine choices: prices are high and choices are many. In this smart, practical class you will learn to decrypt wine list language and deconstruct NYC wine lists. You will taste six wines and take away insider knowledge.

Meg Staloff

About Meg Staloff: Meg Staloff's work as a consultant to fine wine importer and distributor Polaner Selections takes her to wine stores and restaurants around New York and Westchester. She has been in the wine business for more than 10 years in London, Boston and New York, where she has also worked in wine retail and as a restaurant wine steward. She has served as an instructor at the Boston Center for Adult Education and currently teaches wine classes at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan.

This class starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8 pm. Only 18 lucky participants can be accommodated, first come, first serve. Full payment in advance required and no refunds possible. Call 212-929-2323 or contact us here to sign up now.

Explore Italy. $85

Monday, May 19, 6:30 to 8 pm
Karen King, Instructor

Dive into the mysteries of Italian viniculture and wine classifications as you sip your way through magical areas such as Valpolicella, Alto Adige as well as the hills of the Langhe and Montalcino. Discover the eccentricities of Italian indigenous grapes and learn about the major appellations. Taste eight wines and ask what you've always wanted to know about this beautiful, ancient wine-making nation.

karen king
Karen King

About Karen King: Karen King worked with the Union Square Hospitality Group for twenty years. She was the Wine Director at Union Square Café, the Beverage Director at Gramercy Tavern, and she opened the restaurants at The Museum of Modern Art in 2004 in the role of Beverage Director.

Karen has taught wine classes for The French Culinary Institute and at the Institute for Culinary Education, among others. She has served as a judge in wine competitions and joined Eric Asimov's panel for The New York Times on numerous occasions. Sharing information and joy about wine is one of her passions. She is now working with Winebow on the distribution side of the business as a sales manager.

This class starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8 pm. Only 18 lucky participants can be accommodated, first come, first serve. Full payment in advance required and no refunds possible. Call 212-929-2323 or contact us here to sign up now.

Explore Summer Wines. $75

Saturday, May 31, 4 to 6 pm
Meg Staloff, Instructor

The languorous days of summer are coming! What wines will you drink, whether under a shady pergola or on your stoop? Explore delicious, zesty white wines. Taste a refreshing, iconic rosé and several luscious reds as we anticipate the summer solstice. Try eight fantastic wines for picnics in the park, sunsets on the beach and weekend barbeques. Bone up on what to drink on balmy days and sultry nights.

This class starts promptly at 4 and ends at 6 pm. Only 18 lucky participants can be accommodated, first come, first serve. Full payment in advance required and no refunds possible. Call 212-929-2323 or contact us here to sign up now.

Explore Wine: Four Week Introductory Series. $180

Starts Monday, June 2 at 6:30 pm
Ellisa Cooper, Instructor

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.

June 2 – Explore the Major Varieties
Know the noble and notable wines of the world and a bit of history.
June 9 – Explore Old vs. New World
Learn how a region, grape grower and wine maker can influence the final product.
June 16 – Explore White
Dig deeper into the huge variety of white wines.
June 23 – Explore Red
Taste through the world of red wine.
Conclude with practical advice on continuing the adventure.

ellisa cooper
Ellisa Cooper

About Ellisa Cooper: Ellisa possesses an extensive, almost encyclopedic, knowledge of all things wine-related. Her own education in wine began while working in several of the great New York restaurants where top chefs Terrance Brennan, Waldy Malouf, Marco Moiera, Dave Pasternack and Marc Murphy prepared foods that demanded great wines. She is currently a Master Sommelier candidate through The Court of Master Sommeliers. She is a founder of the retail shop Discovery Wines.

Ellisa's mantra is simple, "The only way to learn wine is to drink wine."

Explore Wine classes start promptly at 6:30 and end at 7:30pm. Only 18 lucky participants can be accommodated, first come, first serve. Full payment in advance required and no refunds possible. Call 212-929-2323 or contact us here to sign up now.


david houle
David Houle

Wednesday, May 7, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: David Houle & The Shift Age

Why do things happen so fast? Why do we feel unsettled, even out of control? David Houle explains the dynamics and forces that have reshaped our world. The Shift Age is about humanity's new era. Taste wine, meet the author and get a grip on the future. Houle will sign copies of his brand new book, available for purchase. Free. Reservations not required.

joan coukos
Joan Coukos

Saturday, May 10, 3 – 6 pm
Tasting: Chocolate & Wine

Oprah Winfrey, The NY Times and Food & Wine Magazine have all taken note of Chocolat Moderne. Now, entrepreneur Joan Coukos brings her artisanal chocolates to Bottlerocket for an afternoon tasting. Try a Peanut Praline with Amontillado Sherry. Or dark Ganache with a rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Invite your mom for sweet treats, in her honor. And just in time for Mother's Day! Free. Reservations not required.

benjamin wallace
Benjamin Wallace

Thursday, May 15, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: The Billionaire's Vinegar

In 1985, a bottle of 1787 Bordeaux, purportedly from Thomas Jefferson's collection, sold for the record-shattering sum of $156,000. But why wouldn't Hardy Rodenstock, the obsessive wine collector who had discovered the bottle, reveal exactly where it had been found? Hear about The Billionaire's Vinegar at Bottlerocket. Author Benjamin Wallace comes to taste wine with us as we celebrate the launch of his new book.
Free. Reservations not required.

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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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