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May 15, 2008
danny devito
DeVito loves limoncello

> Tonight! Experience The Billionaire's Vinegar
> Andiamo! All-Italian Class this Monday, 5/19
> Taste America's Artisans at Bottlerocket 5/21
> Discover the perfect summer wines
> Critique of a mighty wine critic

He grew up in New Jersey. He's a household name, an actor, movie producer and director. Danny DeVito is a man of many talents. But did you know that he also makes an elixir from organic Lemons? Bottlerocket now stocks Danny DeVito's Limoncello, a classic Italian liqueur. His wife Rhea Pearlman stopped in recently to shop and convinced us to try DeVito's stuff. Drink it ice cold. Put on a Frank Sinatra tune. Close your eyes and you're transported to the Amalfi Coast...

thomas jefferson
Thomas Jefferson loved wine

Come to tonight's Eclectic Salon to hear a story of suspense and intrigue: The Billionaire's Vinegar. Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 8 pm author Benjamin Wallace talks about the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. Swindle or serendipity? Bottlerocket will pour a Bordeaux white and red. Admission is free. And yes, a lovely bottle of Bordeaux can be had for a lot less than $156,000. Read about all upcoming events here.

vermont cheese
Wine loves goat cheese

Join us next week for a free sampling of American artisanal food. Bottlerocket welcomes writer Rebecca Gray on Wed. May 21, with her new book American Artisanal. She's bringing the products of four purveyors profiled in the book, including cheese from a family outfit in Vermont and hard cider from New Hampshire -- driven down to New York by Rebecca herself.

al fresco
Summer supper al fresco

You're feeling it now. Mid-May and the thermometer hit 75. We can fully tune our minds to the concept of summer. Beach houses, hilltop cabins, floor space at a friend's summer share in the Hamptons...Wherever you find yourself, you will want wine. Plot your vacation pleasure at our new class, Explore Summer Wines, on Saturday afternoon, May 31.
More about classes here.

wine love
Discussion and tasting

Finally, mark your calendars for a very special guest coming to Bottlerocket in June. Journalist and wine lover Alice Feiring brings her new book, The Battle for Wine and Love: or How I Saved the World from Parkerization, on Wednesday, June 4, 6-8 pm.

Latest & Greatest

grace vineyard
The Grace family hard at work

And while we're on the subject of wines that people covet, Bottlerocket just got 6 bottles of hard-to-come-by Grace Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2005. It's $450 a bottle.

This is a chance to nab one of the first "Cult" wines from Napa. Organically farmed using Biodynamic techniques. The Grace Family regularly support non-profits: in 2006, a 12 liter bottle fetched $90,000 at a charity auction.

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.


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.

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 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.


billionaire's vinegar

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.

Wednesday, May 21, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: American Artisanal
american artisanal

We want to know where our food is coming from. Who grew it? How was it made? What's the back-story? Come meet author, cook and food journalist Rebecca Gray. Sample homegrown treats profiled in her new book, American Artisanal, including olives from the Santa Barbara Olive Company, cheese from Vermont Butter & Cheese, cider from Poverty Lane Vineyards Farnhum Hill, and sorbet from Blue Moon Sorbet. Discussion, book signing and taste fest. It's all Free!
Reservations not required.

alice feiring

Wednesday, June 4, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Alice Feiring

Alice Feiring is on a one-woman crusade against the tyranny of homogenization, wine consultants, and, of course, the 100-point scoring system of a certain all-powerful wine writer. Come meet Alice, taste some of the wines she champions and get her new book, The Battle for Wine and Love.
Free. Reservations not required.

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