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January 17, 2008

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> BYOB Restaurants in NYC

Had he lived to see Barack Obama's inauguration next week, Martin Luther King, Jr. would have been 80 years old. Happy Birthday, Dr. King!

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We pride ourselves in staying focused, bringing you a well-edited selection of excellent choices. Did you know Bottlerocket has 75 wines for under $15? You'll also find 150 wines from $15-30 and 140 for over $30. That's 365 bubbly, red and white wines from all over the world. We work hard sniffing and swirling hundreds of wines each year, hunting down the best for you. Hop online to see the whole selection here.

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Begin the New Year feeling smart about wine! Sign up for our intro class, Explore Wine. Starts Tuesday, January 20 at 6:30 pm and runs for 4 consecutive Tuesday evenings. Read reviews about Bottlerocket and classes on Yelp. Write a review while you're there. Tell us what you think!

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Here's a fun idea for a date night: come meet celebrity sex therapist Dr. Ruth at Bottlerocket. On Friday evening, Feb. 6, we'll pour tastes of wine while she reveals her “Top 10 Secrets for Great Sex.” Get free advice. Get in the mood for Valentine's Day. Get lucky. Free. Reservations not required.

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Thrift is the watchword. Each year, we like to point you to restaurants around the city that allow you to bring your own booze. A few charge a corkage fee (meaning you pay for the privilege of bringing your own), but many don't. Buy a $30 wine at Bottlerocket to have with your meal. Pat yourself on the back for saving 2 or 3 times that amount (given restaurant mark-ups). This BYOB list lets you add others you've discovered. Cool.


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Three “old world” reds for under $20. One is made in a modern style. Another continues a family tradition of excellence. And the third, made from organically grown grapes, earned the distinction of being named one of this year's top 100 wines of Bordeaux.

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Fattoria di Bibbiani. Chianti "Poggio Vignoso" 2007. Italy > Tuscany >>Chianti. Red. $12

The historical Bibbiani estate has been growing grapes for 13 centuries. Under the direction of Luigi Donato, whose family has owned the estate for 150 years, the focus is on making traditional wines that truly represent the region. An accomplished gardener and Professor Emeritus, here's a classic wine from a Renaissance man.

Bodegas Luzon. Luzon 2006
Spain > Jumilla. Red. $9

Over 60% of the Jumilla appellation was devastated by the phylloxera louse in 1989. Historically known for producing dark, tannic, full-bodied wines, replanting has ushered in a fresh perspective, with an experimental approach to vineyard management and winemaking. To new beginnings!

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Château Couronneau. Bordeaux Supérieur 2006
France > Bordeaux. Red. $18

Set on a Bordeaux hilltop, with arrow slits and corner towers, Château Couronneau was built in the 1400's as protection against the advancing British enemy. The winery buildings have been in use since 1620. With all that history, current owners the Piats also subscribe to an older methodology: being fully organic in their vineyards and production. C'est classique! Winner of 2009 "Today's Bordeaux" 100 Top Bordeaux, selected by an independent jury in a blind tasting of 350 wines.

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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 7:45pm. 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.

How to Navigate a Restaurant Wine List. $50

Tuesday, February 24, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Michele Anderson, 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.

Michele Anderson

About Michele Anderson: Michele worked as Sommelier at the Four Seasons Hotel in Sydney, picking wines for the largest wine cellar in the Southern Hemisphere. Since then, she has launched Wine Angel, a wine import business, introducing Australia's leading boutique wines to US consumers. She created Mirrabooka, her own Australian wine brand, and started, a specialty Internet business. Wine Angel was acquired in 2007 by Australia's second largest public wine company, McGuigan Simeon Wines Ltd. Michele is now the General Manager responsible for their North American business.

This class starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 8:00pm. 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.


Friday, February 6, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Dr. Ruth

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Priming the pump for Valentine's Day, Bottlerocket welcomes world-famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth for two hours of sex secrets and free wine. Not satisfied with your sex life? Want expert advice? Renowned radio/TV personality and teacher Dr. Ruth K. Westheimer will be at Bottlerocket with her new book, Top Ten Secrets for Great Sex: How to Enjoy it, Share it, and Love it Each and Every Time.


Friday, March 6, 6 – 8 pm
Tuthilltown Spirits Tasting

Local. Artisanal. Small batch. Delicious! Tuthilltown Spirits does it the old-fashioned way. Hudson Baby Bourbon is the first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York since Prohibition. The good folks at Tuthilltown are coming to Bottlerocket to offer free samples of their tasty liquors, including a vodka, rye and bourbon. Meet Gable Erenzo, Head Distiller, and sip these Hudson Valley treats with us. Not to be missed! 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.
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Tasting events at your home or office.
Consultations and Gift Registry for weddings, parties, events.

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