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harvest moon
Harvest moon tonight

New York is heartbreakingly beautiful this week. The color of the sky. A harvest moon. The soft and easy weather. The rich roster of art bursting forth from every museum, gallery, and performance space. And as always, new wines to try with favorite fall foods. Stop in the store to get recipes and wine pairing ideas. We've refreshed our island displays with new recipes and images.

Just over one year in business and we've hit the 10,000 mark! Thank you for helping us grow. Ten thousand customers looking for a better way to buy wine, one bottle at a time.


A clever spouse recently threw her husband a surprise 40th-birthday party at Bottlerocket. Guests hid in the stairwell, giving him a complete jolt. Much fun ensued, including a wine tasting led by a former sommelier. The back of our store converts into a private party space. We lay out foods and wines on a banquet table. Your playlist gets plugged into the stereo. Think of us next time you're planning an event. We do holiday parties, private, themed tastings (at the store or in your house/office), and pretty much anything you can think of.

tim weiner
Author Tim Weiner

Tonight! Don't miss it!
The wonderfully smart and interesting Tim Weiner comes to Bottlerocket Wednesday, 9/26, from 6 to 8. Hear about the CIA's origins, its promise and failure, told by this Pulitzer Prize winning reporter. Tim will discuss his gripping, bestselling book, Legacy of Ashes, and answer your burning questions.
Free and open to all!

get some

You asked for it...GET SOME is back! This is our free, Thursday night weekly wine tasting for singles. People had so much fun we're "doing it" again. Begins Thursday, Oct. 11 and runs four consecutive Thursdays, 6 to 8 pm. Rally your friends for a night out. Taste wines, play games and get lucky.

Latest & Greatest


Incognito. Viognier 2005.
USA > California > Lodi. White. $18

This wine was awarded "Best Rhône in the World"—as a Roussanne (the grape variety)—at the 2000 L.A. International Wine Competition. However DNA testing determined it to be a rare clone of Viognier that mysteriously appeared in California. This phantom clone originated somewhere in the Rhône Valley, then was mistakenly sold to a local grower in California. All mistakes should taste this good!


Domaine St. Paul. Pinot Noir 2005.
France > Languedoc. Red. $11

Often overlooked, the tasty Pinot Noirs of the Languedoc are great alternatives to the more expensive wines of Burgundy and Oregon. Domaine St. Paul's 2005 offering is beautifully black cherry scented, satisfyingly dry and certified organic.


Roshambo. Justice Syrah 2004.
USA > California >> Sonoma County. Red. $22

A contestant on "You Bet Your Life" once said the reason she had 10 children was because she "loved her husband very much." Host Groucho Marx replied, "I love my cigar, but I take it out of my mouth once in a while." We think that if his sweet cigar smoke, like this Syrah, were mingled with luscious blackberry and plum, with hints of anise and dark chocolate,
he would have understood the kind of love of which she spoke.

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. $45

Monday, October 15, 6:30 to 8 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.

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.

COMING SOON! Food & Wine Pairing Essentials

Saturday, October 20
Lauren Bernardini, Instructor

Stay tuned for further details on this, our first Saturday class. Please call 212-929-2323 for info or check back soon on the "New/Events" page of our website.

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 lives in the West Village with 16 cases of wine and her famously demure pit-bull, Daisy.

Explore Wine: Four Week Introductory Series. $175

Starts Tuesday, October 23 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.

Oct.23 – Explore the Major Varieties
Know the noble and notable wines of the world and a bit of history.
Oct. 30 – Explore Old vs. New World
Learn how a region, grape grower and wine maker can influence the final product.
Nov. 6 – Explore White
Dig deeper into the huge variety of white wines.
Nov. 13 – Explore Red
Taste through the world of red wine.
Conclude with practical advice on continuing the adventure.

About Ellisa Cooper: Ellisa possesses an extensive, almost encyclopedic, knowledge of all things wine-related. She is currently developing her own media concept for Television and DVD titled "The Two Things You Need to Know About Wine." 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. Ellisa 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.

Sign-up today for classes by calling 212-929-2323.
Or email us:


legacy of ashes
Shocking but true

Wednesday, September 26, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Tim Weiner

Come meet Pulitzer Prize winning NY Times reporter Tim Weiner as we celebrate his just-released book Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA. Weiner is a brilliant storyteller (and fellow wine lover, by the way). Mother Jones magazine calls his new book "an epic, eye-opening history of an agency out of control. Weiner presents 60 years of bungled covert operations, blatant criminality, lying to the public, and breathtaking incompetence." Reading, book signing and wine tasting.
Free. Reservations not required.

judith jones
A life in cookbooks

Wednesday, October 24, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Judith Jones

What do M. F. K. Fisher, Madhur Jaffrey, Julia Child and Lidia Bastianich have in common? A prodigious and beloved book editor named Judith Jones. One of the food world's most admired figures, Ms. Jones has written an evocative memoir, The Tenth Muse. Join us in welcoming Judith Jones at Bottlerocket for this reading, book signing and wine tasting.
Free. Reservations not required.

Wednesday, November 7, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Elder Wisdom Circle
elder wisdom circle

Move over Ann Landers. Step aside Dr. Phil. Former businessman Doug Meckelson and L.A. Times reporter Diane Haithman have written a book collecting advice from our elders. Embodying the adage "age is wisdom," the Elder Wisdom Circle is a group of more than 600 wise "cyber-grandparents" between the ages of 60 and 105 who offer their collective 45,000 years of experience in the form of sage advice to anyone in need of help. Come meet the authors and schmooze with the elders. Reading, book signing and wine tasting.
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. Email:
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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Remember, we're a work in progress. We would value any suggestions you may have to help us create the best wine buying experience on the planet. Send us an email: Thank you!


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