LIQUID COURAGE
Event Re-Cap: Wine Crawl At Terroir Park Slope



Madeira Month at Terroir is a time to honor one of America's oldest and most beloved wines, Madeira. Originating from the Madeira Islands in Portugal, Madeira wine is a fortified wine that ranges from dry to sweet.

To celebrate Madeira Month Terroir had a special wine crawl throughout all last week that featured tastings of different Madeiras. We had a chance to sit down with Beverage Director Matt Stinton at Terroir's location in Park Slope to try some Madeira wines from The Rare Wine Co. and two other special selections of Madeira wine.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Fabulous Foodie Events & Weekly Parties

Recently, Sauce launched weekly Monday night beer dinners that feature a five course tasting menu paired with beers from different breweries around the country. The menus will change each week through the spring. You can book your reservation by calling the restaurant. The beer dinners are $50/person with a two person minimum.

The Royalton Hotel's sophisticated lounge Forty Four has introduced a music series on Thursday evenings beginning at 8pm. There will be a different performance each week, ranging from jazz, R&B to opera and '60s classics. Enjoy cocktails and light bites as you enjoy the music.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Terroir Opens in Park Slope

Popular Manhattan wine bar, Terroir is expanding its territory to Brooklyn. Opening tonight, Park Slope residents will now be able to enjoy Marco Canora and Paul Grieco's sips and eats. The new location will have 74 seats, retractable garage doors that will stay open for warm weather, and a similar menu to its sibs in Manhattan.

However, the Brooklyn venue will have some exclusive menu items of its own, including ballpark hot dogs, cracker jacks and Korean cut short sibs.

This will be Terroir's fifth location, having just opened a seasonal location early this summer. So oenophiles, get ready to pounce on this new joint!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
The 5th Annual 31 Days of German Riesling Cruise

Terroir's fifth annual Summer of Riesling is still in session and in order to commemorate the 31 Days of German Riesling for the month of July, there will be a concert cruise on July 24th.

Hop aboard The Jewel from 8-11pm as the ship sails around New York Harbor. The evening will feature live performances by The Dead Exs and Lez Zeppelin, and will include a special appearance by Annika Strebel, this year's German wine queen and the guest of honor at the event.

Tickets are $54, available for purchase here, and include an array of Rieslings hand picked by Paul Grieco and a variety of Terroir foods from chef Marco Canora will be available for purchase.

LIQUID COURAGE
The Summer of Riesling Is Upon Us

Extra, extra, read all about it: the Fifth Annual Summer of Riesling by Terroir starts today! The season-long national extravaganza was founded by sommelier Paul Grieco, who has recently won the 2012 James Beard Award. Summer of Riesling evolved from an in-house celebration at Terroir in the East Village to a nationwide blowout. This year, the Riesling fueled events will take place at over 400 restaurants and wine bars across the country.

Each participating venue will be pouring three Rieslings by the glass for all 94 days of summer. During the month of July, two of the three Rieslings must be from Germany, paying tribute to the birthplace of the majority of the world's Riesling. Terroir is providing all participating venues with Summer of Riesling care packages, containing t-shirts, wine list inserts with fun Riesling facts (did you know that Riesling dates back as far as the 1300s?), and buckets of Riesling flair.


An array of Summer of Riesling events are already on the calendar, including:

  • 31 Days of German Riesling Concert (July 24) aboard a boat named The Jewel that will set sail around New York Harbor
  • Summer of Riesling dunk tank at San Francisco’s Outside Lands festival (August 10-12)
  • Ode to Austria Festival in Chicago (August 17-19)
  • A week-long New York City visit from Annika Strebel, the 2012 German Wine Queen
  • 21 Riesling Dinners at restaurants around the U.S.

Check out all the participating venues near you!

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Happy National Lobster Day!

National Lobster Day is here and summer is the perfect time to score the freshest shells. Check out these NYC restaurants and what delicious lobster dishes they will be serving, as well as a couple of recipes for Do-It-Yourself-ers!

Carmine's: Lobster Fra Diavolo

Vai: three-course National Lobster Day menu featuring dishes such as sauteed lobster fricasse

LIQUID COURAGE
Terroir Opens Up on The Highline

New Yorkers all know and love the city's superb wine bar, Terroir. Paul Grieco and Marco Canora have now opened a seasonal location of the popular spot at The Porch, an open air cafe on the High Line. As a recap, Terroir's wine and beer list highlights artisanal wineries and breweries, with a focus on New York State. Canora's menu features ingredients from local farmers and producers, with an enticing selection of salads, paninis, and of course, his signature veal and ricotta meatball sub. For the perfect view of the river and delicious eats and drinks, this is the perfect spot which has it all.

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Bottoms Up: NYC's Latest Bar Openings

Fresh out of the oven, here are your four new openings for the beginning of Fall 2011. These warm, funky atmospheres will have you craving a slice of that NYC magic we all know and love. You know the feeling- the wonderment filling within as you take in a new spot, privy only to those who love all things nouveau. Go ahead, take a look:

Leading down a plain staircase, you wouldn’t expect much of The Tippler, hidden in the recesses of Chelsea Market. That is, not until you see the books, perfectly placed around flickering candlesticks. Then, you turn and as you notice the reclaimed wood from an old water tower, the train rails retrieved from the Highline, all shining against the Americana pendants, you realize that you are reliving a piece of New York history. With its definitive red brick arches and warm décor, The Tippler has primed the paramount atmosphere for any intimate situation, whether with friends or your hubby. This, fellow clandestine-seekers, is, by far, the newest old Chelsea night hit, since it hasn’t been open to the public since 1890. With thrill-drinks like the Screaming Greenie Lushie- Pernod absinthe with Finlandia vodka, lemon, and exploding (!) basil leaves and the Derek Smalls- Zubrowka bison grass vodka with cucumber, anise, grapefruit, and mint, you’ll feel compelled to return again and again. Oh, and did we mention they have small bites from all the shops buzzing above in Chelsea market?

TERROIR
Terroir Tribeca: The New Outpost Hitting Downtown

Terroir Tribeca
24 Harrison St., nr. Greenwich St.
New York, New York
212-625-9463
www.wineisterrior.com

Another wine bar is on the horizon, and this time is it popping up in Tribeca. Terroir Tribeca might ring a bell because its first location, Terroir, resides in the East Village.

This time around the vino spot is changing up a few details. The space is double the size, with more counter space and a dining room consisting of four communal tables. A full kitchen prepares more than just meat and cheese plats. Dishes like bone marrow bruscetta with garlic chives and sandwiches- veal, meatball and a homemade Reuben, duck prosciutto, and lamb sausage will be available.

AQUAVIT
NYC Restaurants and Wine Shops Celebrate Reisling Week

Starting this Monday, it’s Riesling Week! Wines of Germany and the European Union present the fifth annual Riesling Week, May 18-24th. Restaurants and wine shops from coast to coast will be celebrating “the ultimate food-friendly white wine” from Germany, (the birthplace of Riesling,) Austria, and Alsace during this week. Restaurants in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Las Vegas and Miami will offer Euro Riesling specials, (like food-pairing menus and by-the-glass selections) and wine retailers will be hosting Riesling tastings. Check out destinationriseling.com for more info on these promotions.