Short & Sweet - Bottlerocket Wine & Spirit Newsletter

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Christine Vachon

It's dark early again. Make dinner at home for someone you love. Open up a bottle of wine and have an impromptu candlelight meal. Celebrate nothing in particular...everyday, if possible!

But if you are going out, stop by Bottlerocket tomorrow evening, Wednesday, November 1 to meet Christine Vachon, independent film producer, New Yorker and fellow wine lover. Christine has produced dozens of movies including Academy Award winner Boys Don't Cry, just-released Infamous and all of Todd Haynes' pictures (Poison, Safe, Far From Heaven, etc.). She's recently published a page-turning account of life on the front lines of movie making. We'll pour some of the wines Christine likes, hear her tell a few good war stories and celebrate her book, A Killer Life.

We're also excited to welcome Jay McInerney 11/7, and encourage you to learn the secrets of great entertaining on 11/8. Read on.

Latest & Greatest

Montesel. Prosecco 2005. Italy > Veneto. $21

Renzo and Vania Montesel carry on the family tradition with this beautiful wine made from hand harvested grapes. The Prosecco grape is indigenous to Italy and has been cultivated in the hills of Conegliano-Valdobbiadene since 1800. Montesel has a delicate sparkle and a soft finish. Elegant and tasty. We love it with fried foods (try tempura or spring rolls), and it really sets a mood if you serve it before dinner as an aperitif.

Layer Cake
Pure Love Wines. Layer Cake Shiraz 2005.
Australia > Barossa Valley. $18

The inaugural release from Jason Woodbridge, producer of the cult wine, Hundred Acre Cabernet from Napa Valley. This Australian is true to its name, the wine version of a big, rich piece of chocolate cake. And considering Jason's heavy-hitter sells for around $300 (if you can find it), we think the price of Layer Cake is pretty good, too.

Gold, Southern Hemisphere White 2006.
U.S.A > California >> Napa Valley. $30

Another Jason Woodbridge creation. First released in 2005, Woodbridge bottles and releases Gold twice a year, with the wine released in July made from Southern Hemisphere (Australia) grapes, while the wine released in November comes from Northern Hemisphere (California) grapes. Made of un-oaked Chardonnay, plus a few other aromatic white varietals, the wine has been exposed to subfreezing temperatures to preserve its personality. Pure 24 karat gold is mixed in before going into a clear French glass bottle. Super sexy, a little bit gimmicky, but very cool. Conundrum lovers will enjoy this. Plus, if you turn the bottle upside down, enjoy the dreamy gold flecked, snow globe affect. Steve Tanzer's International Wine Cellar gave Gold a 90.

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Is there a wine you wish we carried? Let us know and we'll see what we can do.


Wednesday, November 1, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Christine Vachon

Independent movie producer Christine Vachon discusses her brand new book, A Killer Life. Bottlerocket will pour wines while Christine shares this part memoir/part how-to guide about making movies. A wine lover herself, Christine has produced more than 45 films including Far From Heaven, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Kids and the Oscar winning Boys Don't Cry. Christine tells her story with wit and passion, reporting from the front lines of the film industry. Book-Signing and Wine Tasting. Free. Reservations not required.

Tuesday, November 7, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Jay McInerney

"Shamelessly provocative," is how wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. describes author Jay McInerney. In addition to being an acclaimed novelist, Jay McInerney is also the House & Garden magazine wine columnist and author of a previous book of wine writings, Bacchus & Me. Come hear Jay McInerney read from his just-published collection, A Hedonist in the Cellar, while Bottlerocket opens a few bottles for your pleasure. Book-Signing and Wine Tasting. Free. Reservations not required.

Wednesday, November 8, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: James Waller and Ramona Ponce

If you're going to drink, shouldn't you have a little something to eat, too? Join authors James Waller and Ramona Ponce, presenting Drinkology EATS: A Guide to Bar Food and Cocktail Parties. Bottlerocket will serve mulled wine and homemade snacks while the authors dispense witty advice about what foods best complement your favorite beverages, along with practical tips on how to throw a great party. Book-Signing and Wine Tasting. Free. Reservations not required.

Tuesday, November 14, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: The Best Things to Do in New York

Young, intrepid New Yorkers Caitlin Leffel and Jacob Lehman have personally combed the five boroughs to unearth the coolest stuff to see, do and eat in New York. Join us for a wine tasting and book signing with the authors who will spill their secrets of the city. With their book, experience NYC like a vibrantly engaged high/low culture-hound of the highest order! Free. Reservations not required.

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Our first in-store classes occurred earlier this month. Explore Wine, our practical and fun workshop, gave attendees a chance to become familiar with the world's major types and styles of wine. And now this:

Explore Olive Oil and Wine. $40
Wednesday, November 15, 6 – 8 pm
Bottlerocket teams up with O&CO. for a delicious class, devoted to the surprising and subtle flavors of grapes and olives. Each attendee will taste 5 wines and 5 olive oils. Regional, olive-based foods will also be sampled. Long associated in history, agriculture and geography, olives and grapes are both greatly influenced by the places where they are grown. Transport yourself to the sun, sea, vineyards and olive groves. Taste and learn. Registration limited to 20 people.

Sign-up today for this special one-time class by calling 212-929-2323.
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Stay tuned for more classes to be announced soon.

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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