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> 45,000 years of wisdom in one evening—tonight!
> Free Thanksgiving Workshop: Wine, Food & Advice
> Inner circle for wine lovers: a taste of things to come
> Opera, wine, singles and public radio
> All-sparkling class demystifies bubbly wine

Briny delight

Last week, a bride and groom emailed us their fall wedding menu, including raw oysters on the half shell and roasted rack of lamb. We had fun choosing an all French wine list: crisp Champagne, hand harvested Muscadet from craftsman Marc Ollivier and a favorite inky red from Languedoc. Bottlerocket consulted the couple briefly by phone about budget and logistics ("How many bottles will we need for 200 guests?"), then took care of the rest. Get in touch for your next party. We love doing this stuff.

wise elder

Tonight! The Eclectic Salon features members of the Elder Wisdom Circle, a group of volunteer cyber-grandparents who give out free advice on the internet. On Nov. 7, join us for free wine and wisdom. Come with your own questions or pick up their new book, Guide for a Meaningful Life, compiling the best of their sage counsel. Find out why NPR, Time magazine and the BBC rave about this 21st-century success story connecting young with old. Clingy boyfriends, fanatically religious family members, people in subject is too tough for these street smart seniors.

Thanksgiving prep event!
city bakery

We are very excited to announce a tremendous pre-Thanksgiving event! Please join us at Bottlerocket, in collaboration with The City Bakery, on Saturday, Nov. 17. This first-ever Thanksgiving Workshop will give you a hands-on opportunity to sample traditional dishes with many different wines. Menu includes roast heritage turkey, greenmarket veggie sides, and of course, pumpkin pie, all from The City Bakery. In addition, 3 great New York chefs, all Culinary Institute of America grads, will be on hand to answer any and all cooking questions. An afternoon of delicious bites, sips and expert advice. Free and open to all.

Bottlerocket will soon launch "Pings," a special program just for our committed customers. Pings is a separate email list that will offer allocated, unusual or delicious wines that are unlikely to ever hit our shelves. To give you a taste of what's to come, today we are offering a vertical of Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon Estate.
Please read on, under Latest & Greatest, for more information...


Check out WNYC radio's singles event this month. Bargain-priced orchestra tickets to the Metropolitan Opera's Carmen (Bizet), pre-performance mingling, hors d'oeuvres and chocolate. Wines provided by Bottlerocket will put you in the mood. Proceeds benefit this indispensable public radio station...and boost your social life.

Flutes in waiting

If thoughts of the holidays induce whiplash you may want to sign up for "Explore Sparkling Wine," our new class. Taste 7 festive wines from around the globe, including 3 vintage Champagnes. Get savvy in time for party season. Learn why bubbles keep good company with Asian foods. And lose your fear of popping corks. Monday, December 3, 6:30 to 7:45 pm. Taught by the effervescent Lauren Bernardini.

Latest & Greatest


Chateau Montelena. 5 Bottle Vertical Case. $590
Cabernet Sauvignon Estate

One bottle each of the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 vintages. Robert Parker rated them 93, 95, 90, 95 and 95 respectively and says "Chateau Montelena over the last thirty years has been the most consistently fine producer of top-flight, world-class Napa Cabernet Sauvignon!" Availability is very limited but we will do our best to accommodate on a first come first served basis.

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 Sparkling Wine. $75

Monday, December 3, 6:30 to 7:45 pm
Lauren Bernardini, Instructor

A world of bubbles await you in this fun, informative class. Taste a delicious flight of 7 sparkling wines, nibble on specially paired hors d'oeuvres and learn about the joy of fizz. "The one thing that gives me zest when I feel tired," according to Brigitte Bardot. Refreshing, seductive, hedonistic and luxurious. A perfect survey course for the holidays, providing lessons that will last you a lifetime.

Lauren Bernardini

About Lauren Bernardini: An experienced teacher, 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 also teaches at the French Culinary Institute. She lives in the West Village with 16 cases of wine and her famously demure pit-bull, Daisy.

This class starts promptly at 6:30 and ends at 7:45 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 to sign up now.

Explore Wine: Four Week Introductory Series. $175

Starts Tuesday, January 8 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.

January 8 – Explore the Major Varieties
Know the noble and notable wines of the world and a bit of history.
January 15 – Explore Old vs. New World
Learn how a region, grape grower and wine maker can influence the final product.
January 22 – Explore White
Dig deeper into the huge variety of white wines.
January 29 – Explore Red
Taste through the world of red wine.
Conclude with practical advice on continuing the adventure.

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 to sign up now.

ellisa cooper

About Ellisa Cooper: Ellisa possesses an extensive, encyclopedic knowledge of all things wine-related. She is developing her own media concept for TV and DVD titled "The Two Things You Need to Know About Wine." Her education in wine began while working in several of the great New York restaurants where top chefs Terrance Brennan, Waldy Malouf, Marco Moiera and Dave Pasternack 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."

How to Navigate a Restaurant Wine List. $45

Monday, January 14, 6:30 to 7:45 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 7:45 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 to sign up now.

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elder wisdom circle

Wednesday, November 7, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: 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.


Saturday, November 17, 1 – 4 pm
Thanksgiving Workshop

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Whether hosting the in-laws from out of town or bringing a side dish to someone else's house, we all need advice. Come to Bottlerocket for our first-ever Thanksgiving Workshop. Our friends from The City Bakery will serve the traditional meal with all the fixings. We'll pour tastes of many wines to pair with the holiday feast. And three chefs—all grads of the Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.)—will be on hand to answer your cooking queries. An afternoon of food and wine with the experts. Everything you always wanted to know about Thanksgiving. Free. Reservations not required.

shooting war

Wednesday, November 28, 6 – 8 pm
Eclectic Salon: Shooting War

A NYC Starbucks is blown to bits. The Iraq war rages on. It's 2011 and young, anticorporate blogger Jimmy Burns, hero of the new graphic novel Shooting War, splits for Iraq to tell America the truth. What started as a subversively fringe comic on the internet grew into a hit sensation. Come meet the author and illustrator, Anthony Lappé and Dan Goldman. Find out why Rolling Stone calls this "A scary-smart take on what the horrors of the future may hold." Discussion, 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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