A couple of things. Dining here and there. The Wine Spectator Experience. And the latest rising star in the wine bar scene. Let's jump in.
First off, dining in New York is ridiculously expensive. Like I said, “New York prices ain’t for the meek or the weak.”
For my part, of course there were the Italian tables to visit. But one cannot walk past an Anthony Barton or an Alexandre Thienpont and not say hello and take a sip. Yes, an embarrassment of riches.
Then there are the folks on the other side of the tables, walking around tasting; many friends and colleagues over the years. I saw titans of industry tasting right next to upstart wine bar owners and disruptor-bloggers, usually at odds with one another over the best route to market, sipping contentedly. Yes, wine, the great peacemaker.
|Aldo Vacca wasn't in NY but his 1997Asili was one of the bargains to be found at nearby Barbetta|
The scene afterwards was equally enticing. Aldo Sohm tweeted “Our 'Guest Sommelier' @gerhardkracher for tonight's #aldoafterdark #10pmpour @sohmbar.” Less than a ten minute walk from the Wine Spectator event it was. I’d heard about Aldo’s new venture and this seemed like the perfect way to step inside and see what it was all about.
Inside the Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, one could as easily been in Paris or Verona or Los Angeles or Marin County. Quiet, subdued, soft chairs, loungy and inviting. Music in the back ground, an ambience for conversation, maybe even reflection.
|Gerhard Kracher and the young lion of Wall Street, Dylan Stout|
|I spent the night with a 25 year-old German beauty|
The people of the future have a different perspective. Theirs is one less of contemplating being a heavenly body as it is observing those celestial forms on the azimuth; almost touchable, definitely less of a career goal than an approachable thing, if only for an evening, sharing a glass in a warm and friendly place, while the star wars rage on in the wine world.
The young breed of “New" Californians” and “New" New Yorkers are bringing vibrancy and energy to the sorting table. And it makes one Ancient Sicilian very happy.
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