The Rhône winemaker, Marcel Guigal, makes insanely great wines like La Turque, La Mouline, and La Landonne (at astronomical prices) but also a Côtes-du-Rhône that puts your $10 bill to excellent use. Parker writes, "There is no winemaker on planet earth who has produced so many compelling wines, irrespective of vintage conditions, as Marcel Guigal." M. Guigal will participate in two upcoming dinners. The first, March 20th, 7pm, is at The Mark, $110, details. The second is March 27th, 7pm, at Morrell Wine Bar at Rock Center, $125, details.
Best Wine List Reading
Speaking of insanely great wines, if the spirit is willing but the bank account is weak, indulge your fantasies with the wine list from Cru, 24 5th [9th/10th] 212.529.1700, (red/white). Of course, if the bank account is also willing, you can drink, instead of just dream about, flights of Romanée-Conti, a 1945 Jaboulet Hermitage La Chapelle, an 1899 Lafite for $13,000 (hey, it's a magnum), a 1982 Pétrus, and several Gaja Barbarescos from 1978.
The Grapes of Lebanon
A short ride from Beirut is the cult favorite winery Chateau Musar, which has been making wines since 1930. Ralph Hochar, son of Gaston Hochar who founded the vineyard, will be hosting a tasting seminar on March 30th at Bacchus, 2056 Bway [70th/71st] 212.875.1200. There are three one-hour tasting slots, 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm, $10, reservations required.
After work, three wines and antipasti (things like marinated calamari, stuffed clams, bruschetta, tuna crudo) are $15 at Aroma, 36 E. 4th [Bowery/Lafayette] 212.375.0100, every Tuesday to Friday, 5pm-7pm.
Best New Wine Shop
That's easy: Le Dû's Wines, 600 Washington [Leroy/Morton] 212.924.6999. It almost would have to be, given that M. Le Dû was the head sommelier at Daniel for a decade. The store is beautiful, with plenty of elbow room, they've got the really good stuff, but also some terrific under-$20 bottles. And check out their events: the next is March 22nd, a taste of Spain, which they call "the world's most exciting wine region." $60
The Biltmore Room is the Spot
The Biltmore Room, 290 8th [24th/25th] 212.807.0111, is hosting a series beginning April 3rd with Chave, whose Hermitage is one of the all-time greats. Subsequent dinners will be 1997 Brunello di Montalcino, Top 2000 Bordeaux, The Next Generation of Cult Wines, and Great Pinot Noir From Around the World. $165, includes Gary Robin's sparkling food.
Wine and Jazz
Burgundy lovers already know about the Burgundy Wine Company, 143 W. 26th [6th/7th] 212.691.9092, but you might not know about their informal Wednesday night tastings, 5pm-7pm, where you can hear some jazz, try some wines, have a little cheese, and schmooze with the staff.
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