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November 13, 2008

> Sample 10 Thanksgiving Wines. Free on Saturday!
> Find resources for menu making
> Get going on the gift front
> Celebrate Otis' big birthday


The election is behind us. Leaves turned gold and red. A chill in the air. Now deeply into fall, thoughts turn to home-cooked meals.

Invite people over. Cook something easy. Open a few bottles of wine. This is the sustenance we need.

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On Saturday 11/15, Bottlerocket hosts its 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tasting.
City Bakery will bring the entire Thanksgiving feast.
A catered meal. Turkey, stuffing, sides, dessert. Yum!

We'll pour 10 wines to pair with the meal. Compare and contrast. Plan the meal. Learn first-hand what goes best with what. Sat. 11/15, 2 to 5pm. Free!

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The Tasting Table

Musing about menus? Daydreaming about food and wine? For a nice and useful daily distraction, sign-up for The Tasting Table. This new online venture sends delicious emails, promising "the best of New York food culture to adventurous eaters." In our brown-bagging economy, savor your food fantasy life...

If you are hunting down new recipes, perhaps for that brussels sprouts side dish you promised to bring to Aunt Sue's this year, check out a few favorite food websites of note:

The City Cook
Mark Bittman's blog, "Bitten"
Chocolate & Zucchini

Otis has a birthday

This is the time. Order gifts for the holidays. Host and hostess presents. Something for your beloved. Corporate gifts. Send us a spreadsheet and we'll handle everything, from choosing to wrapping to hand-written note cards. Give them something to consume. A bottle to warm them from the inside.

Last but not least, November is Otis' 10th birthday. If you live nearby, come in and get some dog love. He'd appreciate it.

Latest & Greatest

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Zach takes in Paris

This month, we highlight wines chosen by Bottlerocker Zach Baum. A student at NYU, aspiring film producer and wine buff, he recently returned from a semester in Paris. Explaining his love of wine, Zach says it's because wine is "Equal part hedonism and intellect."

A native of Chicago (and rightfully proud of fellow Chicagoan president-elect Obama), Zach has the convictions and passions of youth, and the palate of a very wise, sophisticated gentleman. Check out his stellar picks...


Tensley. Syrah 'Colson Canyon' 2006.
USA > California >> Santa Barbara. Red. $39

Zach turned us on to Tensley, having tasted their single-vineyard Syrahs in Napa. He shared his last bottle with us a week before, coincidentally, we were offered a small allocation of their 2006's, which we greedily snatched up. Purple/black, smoky and hugely extracted, this 10 year-old winery's Syrahs may become Santa Barbara's benchmark.

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Alban Vineyards. Viognier 2007.
USA > San Luis Obispo >> Edna Valley. White. $29

The original Rhone Ranger, John Alban set out to change the California wine landscape. In 1989 he established Alban Vineyards, the first winery in the U.S. specializing in Rhone varieties. Seemingly audacious at the time, this wine proves that it was ingenious. As good as a great Condrieu.

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Jean Orliac and family

Clot du Prieur. Val de Montferrand 2003.
France > Languedoc. Red. $22

Only rock-climbing Jean Orliac could look at a sharp, craggy slope 200 meters up a sun-burnt mountain and say, "Yeah, that’s where I want to make my wine." By slowly fermenting in cool cement and aging partially in used Bordeaux barrels, he is able to create wines of great depth. A deft balance of rugged terroir and supple, earthy fruit.

Monsieur Vacheron in the Loire
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Domaine Vacheron. Sancerre 2007.
France > Loire >> Sancerre. White. $35

To say this wine is extraordinary is like saying the sky is blue. If there were ever a Grand Cru in Sancerre, it would be chez Vacheron. They possess the only vineyard in Sancerre with equal parts limestone and flint, which is farmed biodynamically and passionately. Thoroughly mineral-laden with layers and layers of citrus fruits. Hello, gorgeous!

Weingut Heribert
Wine-making family in the Mosel

Weingut Heribert Boch. "Trittenheimer Apotheke" Beerenauslese 2006
Germany > Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. White. $42

Sourced from the ancient Apotheke vineyard (German for pharmacy, alluding to its health attributes), on the steep slopes overlooking the Mosel, Anne and Michael Boch produce this stunning, botrytis-infected, late harvest Riesling. Outstanding now, this wine will mature beautifully (if you can wait.)

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 Wine: Four Week Introductory Series. $180

Starts Tuesday, January 20, 2009 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.

Jan. 20 – Explore the Major Varieties
Know the noble and notable wines of the world and a bit of history.
Jan. 27 – Explore Old vs. New World
Learn how a region, grape grower and wine maker can influence the final product.
Feb. 3 – Explore White
Dig deeper into the huge variety of white wines.
Feb. 10 – Explore Red
Taste through the world of red wine.
Conclude with practical advice on continuing the adventure.

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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.


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Saturday, November 15, 2 – 5 pm
Thanksgiving Food & Wine Tasting

Does turkey taste better with white or red? What do you pair with candied yams? You be the judge! City Bakery will provide tastes of roasted turkey with all the trimmings, alongside their delicious, beloved vegetable side dishes. Dessert included. Ten wines will be opened, from Champagne to Zinfandel, Riesling to Sauternes. Educate your palate and have some fun. Free. Reservations not required.

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. Send us an email.
Gifts selected, wrapped, packaged and shipped. Download pre-packaged gift info here.
"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.
Download Event Services guide here.
Tasting events at your home or office.
Consultations and Gift Registry for weddings, parties, events.

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