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2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by David Raccah » Thu Feb 02, 2012 3:13 am

Well as many know last year the date for the Gotham Wine Event moved around more than an army brat, but finally did settle and happen. Well this yar, it looks like the date is March 4th, the place is still not set as they are waiting for the permits.

The Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting is set - the place is the City Winery and the date is the next week, following Gotham's event - March 11th. Yossie just tweeted that he was on the tasting panel for the Jewish Week wines - so that means the wines will be even better!!!

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Yossie Horwitz » Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:06 pm

In addition to the Jewish Week's tasting on March 11 from 2:00-5:00 at City Winery in Soho, they are also hosting two winemaker food and wine pairings look very promising and whose details I have listed below.

While I am, once again, one of the judges for the Jewish Week's annual Kosher Wine Guide, the wines selected for the actual tasting event are determined by the relevant wineries, importers and distributors and not any of the judges.

The first is Sunday, February 12th at 6:00 PM (the night before KFWE) and will host the winemakers of Goose Bay/Pacifica, Elvi Wines, Tulip Winery and Flam Winery listed below, each of whom will be discussing thier wines (tickets and more info: http://citywinery.com/events/251576).

Gilad Flam - Flam Winery, Israel
Tamir Arzy - Tulip Winery, Israel
Dr. Moises Cohen - ELVI wines, Spain
Phillip Jones - Goose Bay, New Zealand & Pacifica, Pacific Northwest

The second wine/food pairing event will be immediately following the Jewish Week's tasting on Sunday March 11, at 6:00 PM and will host the awesome Jürgen Wagner of Capcanes, Spain. Jürgen will discuss his wines, of which the following will be poured (tickets and more info: http://citywinery.com/events/251577:

Peraj Ha'abib 2008, 2009 and 2010
La Flor del Flor 2010
Peraj Petita 2009
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by David Raccah » Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:43 am

The Gotham Wine Event is being held at the West Side Institutional Synagogue which is:

120 West 76th Street New York, 10023

http://www.facebook.com/events/295736570485439/

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Yossie Horwitz » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:10 pm

Just to follow up on this posting, Sunday night was the "Winemakers Dinner" at City Winery with the four winemakers listed above in attendance who all poured and discussed thier wineries and wines.

While the food was lacking (prior such "dinners" have had substantially more and better food), it was great to hear Gilad Flam (Flam) discuss his wines and the newly kosher winery. In addition to the wines listed above, he also brought a bottle of his kosher Reserve Syrah (which he also poured at KFWE last night - see my next post on the event) which was enjoyable. Tamir Arzy from Tulip gave a nice explanation of the winery's operations and its special place in Kfar Tikvah and the wines he was pouring of which the Tulip White was a favorite. Philip Jones poured the Goose Bay and newly released Pacifica Wines (I enjoyed the Pinot Noir more than the Meritage) and discussed the use of French chips he uses in all his wines over barrels. Dr. Cohen gave a great overview of the family's wines and poured one of the best kosher Rioja wines I have tasted to date (the Crianza Herenza 2009) and a new release In Vita (blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Pansa Blanca that was delicious) besides the always delightful EL 26 which was easily the crowd favorite of the night (Elvi's newest release is also thier flagship wine - the Clos Mesora which was poured at KFWE - see next post).

All is all it was a nice event with a great opportunity to spend time with the winemakers pre-gaming the KFWE craziness the next night. Despite the relative poor food showing, highly recommended and I suggest trying to attend the next event on March 11th with the delightful Jürgen Wagner and the amazing Capcanes wines.
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Pinchas L » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:22 pm

Hi Yossi,

I just wanted to clarify that of the two Flam brothers, Golan is the winemaker and Gilad, the one present at the dinner and at KFWE, is the businessman.

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by Yossie Horwitz » Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:48 pm

Thanks Pinchas - I'm aware of that and didn't mean to imply Gilad was the winemaker; my bad if I gave that impression.
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Isaac C » Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:36 pm

Here are the details on the Gotham Wine Tasting:

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Isaac C » Tue Feb 28, 2012 12:06 pm

For those who plan on attending the regular part of the Gotham Wine Tasting - jdeal is offering the tickets for $18.

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by David Raccah » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:39 pm

OK, so as Isaac said the event is shaping up to be a great one. The place and time are all locked in so what about getting together after the event for dinner at one of the local, and close, kosher eateries and watering holes? I will leave it up to the locales to come up with the place, but I really hope we can get together to put a face to the names.

Also, the VIP session is always a kick with Costas - a do not miss mini-event prior to the main show...

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by Yossie Horwitz » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:42 pm

Sorry to miss but all I can say is Mikes, Mikes and Mikes. Nothing else is worth even trying. Someone who knows him should call and coordinate either the seven course tasting menu or an off-the-menu special like beef tartre and other stuff. Wines won't be up to par but after tasting all those wines, get beer or Scotch.
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by David Raccah » Wed Feb 29, 2012 1:46 pm

Hey Yossie you will be missed. I must say your comments remind me of what Daniel would say after a long tasting - he would go get a <cough cough> burger and drain it down with beer as there was no way he could appreciate the wine at that point! My how much I miss him...

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by David Raccah » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:43 pm

Just to be clear, I am not set on any one location - I am more interested in hanging out with the forum members, so as long as the place has seating, I am game. Though no Chinese food if possible, I have had ZERO luck with NY and LA Chinese food.

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Pinchas L » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:25 pm

Hi David,

What about if we try and arrange something at the City Winery? I believe that given some notice they could provide some finger food. However, if you prefer serious food, then I would propose either Pardes restaurant in Brooklyn or the Clubhouse Cafe on West 46th street.

What do the others think?

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by David Raccah » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:44 pm

Indeed - the city winery is around the corner. I leave it up to you guys, as long as there is seating I am down!

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by Pinchas L » Wed Feb 29, 2012 6:56 pm

All,

How many of us want to join the party? We need to give them advance notice that should include the number of participants and the budget. Does anyone want to coordinate this, or have I inadvertently nominated myself by suggesting the place?

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by Isaac C » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:01 am

I'm not that excited about City Winery - first of all I am not interested in drinking more wine after such a huge tasting (am I allowed to say that on this forum?) and it sounds like a pricey option to have them arrange something for us. I was hoping for Le Marais - it's a nice relaxed environment (upstairs), the prices are moderate with a large menu and an amazing selection of beer. If people are OK with that I have no problem making the arrangements as I am good friends with the owner and staff and shouldn't have a problem reserving a nice table.
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by Pinchas L » Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:45 am

Hi Issac,

I agree that the City Winery option has multiple drawbacks, and that Le Marais and its sister restaurant Clubhouse Cafe, that is nearby and less formal, are better options. Whatever you decide is fine with me, and thanks for offering to make the arrangements.

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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Menachem S » Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:55 pm

I like the mike's idea better - although the most expensive of the choices

Also, ideally we should be able to bring some wine
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Adam M » Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:23 pm

Sorry guys, I'm late to the party here. Are we talking about a meal after the Gotham tasting? If so, that is on West 76th street. I would suggest that we pick a place that is on the upper west side. City Winery is nice but impractical b/c it is very far away. La Marias and the Clubhouse I guess could work but they also are out of the immediate neighborhood.

Might I suggest Noi Due, which is a fantastic kosher Italian bistro on West 69th street. Weather permitting, we all could simply walk there. The ambiance is quite nice. I ate there prior to last year's tasting. It's dairy, so you won't be able to get a burger or steak, but it is very good food and reasonably priced. www.noiduecafe.com/Home_Page.html

Just a suggestion. I'd also be game for Mike's, although my sense is that is would be considerably more expensive, unless perhaps Yossie could work a reasonable price-fix deal with Mike??

Either way, count me in. I'll be there from 1pm...
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by Yossie Horwitz » Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:02 pm

While unfortuantely I can't attend - I highly second Adam's Noi Due recommendation where the food is simple, well-priced and really fresh. There is the added benefit of some non-mevushal wine available (not a huge selection but last time i was there a few weeks ago he had the Yogev Cab-PV, the Peraj Petita and some others. I assume Adam and others knw Golan the owner, but please feel free to use my name - he is a good friend.
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by David Raccah » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:26 pm

I am fine with anything meat - I do not normally eat at milk place because I do not much like cooked milk products. However, if that becomes the best option, I can always go for pizza.

Either way, I just want to meet you guys and get some dinner :-)
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by Isaac C » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:32 pm

David - I'm with you on that - I struggle during the Nine Days - I would also prefer meat. So far it looks like there are 5 of us. If it does grow to be a bigger group we should probably make reservations before Shabbos. As far as Noidue - if I recall they do not take reservations and the wait can sometimes be really long, unless they have changed their policy.
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Adam M » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:02 pm

I'm cool with whatever.

Isaac - I think you're right about the no-reservation policy and it will be Sunday evening, which is always very busy.
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Re: 2012 Gotham Wine Event and Jewish Week's Grand Wine Tasting

by Pinchas L » Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:19 pm

Adam M wrote:I'm cool with whatever.

Isaac - I think you're right about the no-reservation policy and it will be Sunday evening, which is always very busy.


All,

I don't recall discussing a date and time. Personally, after work on Monday or Tuesday might have been better for me, but if the rest prefer meeting after the Gotham event, that will probably be fine with me, though I won't be at the event itself.

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