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Calendar of Upcoming Events

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - Natural Gems in the Jura: the beautiful Arbois of Patrice Béguet
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - Natural Gems in the Jura: the beautiful Arbois of Patrice Béguet

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This Tuesday, the Racines NY team is very excited to welcome Eben Lillie who will pouring the spectacular natural wines of Patrice Béguet.

In 2009, Patrice left the mathematics & the noise of the city for the beautiful Jura, and settled near Arbois with the desire to farm with the most respect his vineyards and make low intervention wines. Today, he takes care of roughly 4 hectares of vines in Mesnay, a little village located in Les Planches-près-Arbois gorge, mostly Savagnin for the whites and Ploussard for the reds.

Thanks to the passion and research of Eben & David Lillie, his wines are now available in New York City. If your Graal is Overnoy-Houillon, you should open a bottle of Patrice… it won’t disappoint! And if you are not sure, join us Tuesday! These wines are not to be missed! No reservation needed.

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Chambers on Chambers: Great Tastings on Tuesdays, and Wine Dinners at Racines NY This Fall!
Sep
25
to Nov 6

Chambers on Chambers: Great Tastings on Tuesdays, and Wine Dinners at Racines NY This Fall!

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Please join us this fall as Racines NY and Chambers Street Wines team up to present some extraordinary events featuring our favorite producers of organic and natural wines, and the superb cuisine of Racines Chef-in-Residence Paul Liebrandt! 

On Tuesdays at Racines, and a few special Mondays, Racines Partner/Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, MS and CSW staff will present tastings at the bar, generally in a flight of six half-pours, beginning at 6pm. This Tuesday, September 25th, we'll start off with Eben Lillie presenting the natural Jura wines of our new friend Patrice Beguet in ArboisThe flight will be priced at $30 - don't miss it - and see the upcoming schedule listed below. (Chef Liebrandt's extensive a la carte menu will be available at the bar)

On Thursday, October 18th, Racines will begin a Tour de France of intimate dinners featuring the cuisine and wines of our favorite regions, created by Chef Liebrandt with wine pairings by sommeliers Pascaline Lepeltier and Arnaud Tronche. On the 18th we'll feature the cuisine and wines of the Loire Valley with some superb examples from the 1989 vintage, followed by the cuisine and wine of Champagne on Halloween, October 31st, and the Northern Rhone, featuring wines of Domaine Pierre Gonon, on November 7th. (Schedule subject to change, please contact the restaurant for reservations and more information.)

Tuesday Night Flights

Tuesday October 2nd: Wines of Savoie (with David Liilie) featuring the unique wines of Domaine Finot, Domaine Dupasquier and Domaine Lavie. We'll include the rare "Etraire de la Dhuy" of Thomas Finot, only 12 bottles for the US!

Tuesday October 9th: Wines of Jasnières with the Biodynamic wines of Domaine Bellivière and Domaine de la Roche Bleue. We'll include the 2005 Bellivière Vieilles Vignes Eparses! (with Pascaline Lepeltier)

Monday Octoner 15th: Melanie Tarlant and Gwenaelle Croix (Pepière) will present their superb Champagnes and Muscadets - at CSW from 5 to 7 and at Racines NY at the bar from 7 till 8pm!

Monday October 22nd: Special Event featuring the wines of Emmanuel Houillon and "Les Donneurs du Temps." Only a few seats available, contact CSW to reserve.

Tuesday October 23rd: The Wines of Alice and Olivier de Moor. We'll present 6 wines from Burgundy by two of the best and nicest winemakers on the planet. (with David Lillie)

Tuesday October 30th: Ariana Rolich presents Natural Wines From Spain. Please join Ariana to taste an extraordinary flight of what's new and natural from Spain!

Tuesday November 6th: Introducing the Organic Piedmont Wines of Camparo featuring the lovely Barolo "Boiolo," and including a few special surprises! (with Jamie Wolff)

(The Fine Print: From 6pm, while supplies last, prices will vary, please contact the restaurant as dates approach, reservations not required except for 10/22)

Racines NY 94 Chambers Street (212) 227-3400; info@racinesny.com


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Meet the Authors! Dana Frank & Andrea Slonecker behind the bar to present their Wine Book, New Adventures in Drinking & Cooking!
Sep
18
7:00 PM19:00

Meet the Authors! Dana Frank & Andrea Slonecker behind the bar to present their Wine Book, New Adventures in Drinking & Cooking!

Back to full swing at the restaurant and for our first wine event we are super thrilled to welcome two wonder women, Dane Frank & Andrea Slonecker, to celebrate the launch of Wine Book, New Adventures in Drinking and Cooking! A disguised wonderful mini wine encyclopedia who makes you want to drink, cook and pair food and wine in a brilliant yet super accessible way, this book is showcasing a ton of producers we love! Dana and Andrea will be both there with us behind the bar next Tuesday to pour some of the vigneron(ne)s they care for and talk about the art of pairing! No reservation needed, just come after 7pm at the bar! The book will be for sale too ! See you soon at Racines NY!


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Racines NY welcomes Levi Dalton for a special Mature Napa Valley Wine Dinner
Aug
22
7:00 PM19:00

Racines NY welcomes Levi Dalton for a special Mature Napa Valley Wine Dinner

Wednesday, August 22nd we are very happy to welcome Levi Dalton, host & creator of the fantastic podcast "I'll Drink to That!" (http://illdrinktothatpod.com/), and one of the most knowledgeable sommeliers we know. Levi curated a fantastic selection of mature Californian wines, which will be paired with a special menu created by Chef Paul Liebrandt and served by the Racines NY team, Arnaud Tronche & Pascaline Lepeltier, MS.

In Levi's words about this dinner and  Mature Napa Valley wines: "Napa Valley casts a shadow of luxury wineries and day trip amusements for some, but if you look past that you can still find today a Napa Valley landscape of rugged Cabernets from second wave pioneers who broke through hard scrabble and loam to plant vines.  Napa Valley wines meant to be just as ageable as the European classics from which they took some inspiration.  We’ll showcase a number of different Napa Valley wines with a track record for aging over a meal meant to bring forward the nuances and the delights of these mature wines.  The youngest wine served will be over 15 years old, and the full lineup of wines will stretch back to the 1985 vintage.  Along the way, side by side pours of two wines from each of the 1996, 1994, and 1993 vintages will be served.  And there will three wines from the 1980s available at this dinner as well.  This is an excellent opportunity to check in with a range of different Napa Valley producers whose wines benefit from age – winery names like Dunn, Diamond Creek, Dominus, and Togni - and to do so within the context of many fine back vintages at the table.  Those who want to find the mature side of Napa Valley should attend on Wednesday, August 22nd".


The line-up will be:

 Chanterelle I Smokey Lardon I Oeuf Confit

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Cask 23" Napa Valley 1993

Beringer Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Private Reserve" Napa Valley 1993

Lamb Tartare I Summer Beetroot I Aged Balsamic

Diamond Creek Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Volcanic Hill" Napa Valley 1996

Chateau Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon "The Montelena Estate" Napa Valley 1996

Aged Squab I Black Aubergine I Black Olive

Cain Vineyard "Cain Five" Napa Valley 1994

Forman Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 1994

Scottish Roe Deer I Blood Plum I Jus Truffé

Dominus Estate Napa Valley 1985

Niebaum-Coppola "Rubicon" Napa Valley 1987

Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon "Howell Mountain" Napa Valley 1988

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Philip Togni Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2001


This dinner will start at 7pm. It is $290 before tax & gratuity, with limited seats available.

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - The rare, soulful wines of Christian DUCROUX
Aug
21
5:00 PM17:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - The rare, soulful wines of Christian DUCROUX

Racines is proud to present a tasting of the rare and unique natural wines of Christian Ducroux on Tuesday, August 21st, beginning at 5pm. Organic and Biodynamic since the mid-1980s, Ducroux is one of the original producers of "natural" wines, Beaujolais made without additives and with low alcohol levels, truly in the style of Jules Chauvet. Please join Pascaline Lepeltier MS at the bar on Tuesday to taste: 2017 Vin de France "Exspectatia," 2017 Vin de France "Esquisse" Rosé, 2015 "Exspectatia," the rare 2013 "Patience" (press wine aged in old barrels) and the 2010 Regnié.  In addition, we'll taste the 2012 Morgon "Tradition" from Christian's Biodynamic friend and neighbor, Roland Pignard.

This will be an extraordinary evening of true natural wines, please call Racines to reserve, 212-227-3400.

Some notes on Christian's wines by the one-and-only David Lillie:

Christian Ducroux produces vibrant "wines of nature" from his five hectares of living soils in Thulon, above Regnié-Durette in the Beaujolais. Christian's attention is primarily on the health of his soils, the most important factor in producing true wines of terroir. To this end, Christian works mostly with horses and a bull to avoid compacting the soil. The timing and types of plowing, kept to a minimum, are carefully planned to maintain the correct levels of water and nutrition. He avoids the "organic" treatment copper-sulfate which can be harmful to the life of the soil relying instead on natural methods such as fenugrec, biodynamic preparations, herbal infusions and silica to combat mildew and oidium. Fruit trees alternate with each 5 rows of vines, planted at 10,000 vines per hectare, hedges surround the parcels and wild grasses grow throughout - Christian's vineyards are a glorious oasis of green, even in winter, surrounded by the herbicided, eroded hillsides of conventional farming. Picking is done in several passes with a careful selection in the vineyards, as maturation varies due to the diversity of vegetation in and around the vines. Christian aims for mature grapes, but that have low sugar levels, in the style of Chauvet, with normally 10.5 to 12% alcohol as finished wines. Vinifications here are with wild yeasts, without sulfur added, with usually a pied-de-cuve taken a week or two early from all his parcels. It's hard to communicate the committment and energy at this estate, showing that viticulture can be healthy, almost totally self-sufficient, and beneficial to its environment while producing vibrant natural wines at the highest levels of artistry.

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From the French label: "Exspectatia: third form of time, that which assures the presence of liberty in the time of creation. Small domaine on pink granite. Cepage Gamay. In order to accompany the vine in its evolution, the mares Hewan and Kaina take an active part: in plowing, favoring the microbial activity and controlling the natural grasses; in the transport of the harvest and in the pulverization of tisanes and preparations of biodynamic agriculture which favor the underlying rhythms of life. Unfiltered wine, without addition of sulfites."

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Light in body and low in alcohol (ranging from 10.5 to 12.5%), Ducroux's wines are aromatically complex and alive, showing berry, plum and black fruit aromas with citrus, licorice, and herbal notes. While there is some relation to the wines of Lapierre and friends in Morgon, Ducroux' wines are consistently brighter and lighter with more changeable aromas, with more acidity and citrus character. And while they don't seem built to age, the 2015 Expectatia  will certainly drink well for  five to eight years, even though made entirely without sulfur-dioxide. Christian's ethic of farming and winemaking is reflected in his prices, as the health of his family, his animals and his soil, and of course the quality of his wines, are more important to him than financial gain.  Thus the low cost of his wines bears no relation to their quality or the amount of work required for their production. Christian is a modern "paysan" whose work may seem unrealistic, and yet he points the way towards a more sane agriculture which can be adapted to a larger scale.

 

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HAPPY TUESDAY HOUR - 2017 AT DOMAINE HUET
Aug
14
5:00 PM17:00

HAPPY TUESDAY HOUR - 2017 AT DOMAINE HUET

Every Tuesday, we will be pouring at the bar at Racines NY some special flights of wines we love or we want you to discover. In collaboration with Chambers St you will be able to enjoy the work of superb vignerons dedicated to their land. 

This Tuesday, we will pour one of the most iconic estates of France, @domainehuet . Producing outstanding #chenincheninchenin since 1929, Huet is showing how Vouvray + Chenin + Great Farming = magical combination for age-worthy, terroir-driven, exceptional whites. We were lucky to open recently the 1945 which was absolutely transcendant. 

We will pour side-by-side the 2017 Sec from Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont & Le Clos du Bourg - the 3 historic "Grands Crus" of the domaine, as well as the 2017 Demi-Sec Le Mont & Le Clos du Bourg + a special treat, Le Mont Moelleux 2002. @pascalinelepeltier will comment the wines and the vintage.

No reservation needed, just pop at the bar! See you then! 

#realwine #biodynamicwine #domainehuet #loirevalley #tuffeau #premierecote #chenincheninchenin 

 

 

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New York's Most Elegant Appetizer This Summer!
Jul
2
to Aug 11

New York's Most Elegant Appetizer This Summer!

Please join us this summer, beginning Monday, June 25, for an extraordinary special offer! Meant to be shared, this most elegant beginning to your evening features two portions of Chef Paul Liebrandt's superb new appetizer, perfectly accompanied by a half-bottle of  Beaufort Champagne:

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 Green Tomato & Pea Royale | Hokkaido Uni | Smoked Trout Roe ~
André Beaufort Ambonnay Grand Cru Brut Réserve

$50

Please Note: This special offer is available at the Bar and Dining Room, from 5 till 7pm only.

You'll be thrilled by this beautiful synergy of cuisine and wine created by Chef Liebrandt, with Sommeliers Pascaline Lepeltier and Arnaud Tronche. (The scintillating Beaufort Ambonnay Brut Grand Cru is available in the US only atRacines NY. This most natural of all Champagnes (organic since 1979) is fermented only with wild yeasts. This wine, made with zero additives, is based on the 2013 vintage and was disgorged for Racines in January, 2018.)

A très bientôt!

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Mick Craven at Racines NY Saturday 23th of June, from 7pm on!
Jun
23
7:00 PM19:00

Mick Craven at Racines NY Saturday 23th of June, from 7pm on!

This Saturday starting 7pm the team at Racines NY will welcome a last minute surprise guest, Mick Craven! Mick, an Aussie landed in South Africa for love and for vine is today crafting with his wife Janine some of the most exciting and highly drinkable wines from Stellenbosch. This region (aka "The City of Oaks", just east of Cape Town, and probably the most famous of SA), is finding a new voice thanks to attentive and careful farming of the "original" varietals that were brought to the country centuries ago (Clairette, Chenin, Cinsault) as well as more subtle interpretations of Syrah and Pinots. With some time spent with Pax Mahle and Scott Schultz, you can bet Mick got a taste for elegant, fresh and savory wines vinified with a light hand in the cellar over extracted fruit bombs, as well as a touch for some layered skin-contact and stem-inclusion variations. 

Come and join us to chat with one of the top talents of SA, and taste what the Polkadraai Hills can offer! No reservation needed, just come at the bar! #realwine #vindevigneron #vindevigneronne #clairette #pinotgris #syrah #pinotnoir #chenincheninchenin #stellenbosch

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Taste L'Anglore and Balazu des Vaussières, the Natural Giants of Tavel, at Racines This Tuesday, 6pm!
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Taste L'Anglore and Balazu des Vaussières, the Natural Giants of Tavel, at Racines This Tuesday, 6pm!

Please join us this Tuesday, June 19th at 6pm as we taste six beautiful natural wines from Tavel - from Eric Pfifferling's Domaine L'Anglore and from Nadia and Christian Charmasson's Balazu des Vaussières! We apologize for the late notice, but this will be a fascinating and delicious tasting that is not to be missed. Obviously, quantities are limited...

Coming up...On Tuesday June 26th celebrate Alsace Week as Eben Lillie is back behing the bar at Racines pouring his favorite natural wines! We'll taste superb Alsacian wines from Pierre Frick, Ginglinger, Beck Hartweg and more...

We'll taste Lirac, Tavel and Sel d'Argent from l'Anglore and Dent de Lion, Sept Syllabes and Vin Libre from Balazu des Vaussières

Since 2002, Eric Pfifferling at Domaine L'Anglore has been creating some of the most exciting wines of the southern Rhone. With organic farming methods and superb vinifications, Pfifferling creates wines that have a unique purity, silky texture and fabulous expression of both fruit and terroir. Since 1993, Christian and Nadia Charmasson at Balazu des Vaussières have been making beatiful natural wines with farming that is beyond biodynamic, without copper-sulfate in the vines, and with vinifications with zero additives and zero added sulfur. The wines age in vat for two to three years before bottling. Inexplicably, these wines have never been available in the US.
 

Please join us Tuesday at 6pm for this extraordinary tasting!

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

HAPPY WINEMAKER HOUR - HANK BECKMEYER / LA CLARINE FARM

This Wednesday 13th if June we are very excited to welcome behind the bar @racines_ny one of the most talented and down-to-earth Californian vignerons - Hank Beckmeyer from @laclarinefarm! Hank & Caroline are producing today in the Sierra Foothills some of the really compiling low-intervention wines in the US and it is always a pure joy to pop up open their bottles! Among others, Hank will pour a favorite of ours that night, the very special Petit Manseng! Come and say hi to a genuine wine lover starting 7pm (from 5 to 7pm Hank will be with our friends @chambersstwines!). No reservation needed! #realwine #vinsdevignerons #sierrafoothills #lowinterventionwine #laclarinefarm

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May
26
6:00 PM18:00

Winemakers Thierry Puzelat and Julien Libert at the Bar, Monday, March 26th, 6:00 – 8:00pm!

Winemakers  Thierry Puzelat from the Clos du Tue-Boeuf in Touraine and Julien Libert of Combel-la-Serre in Cahors join us at the bar to pour their fabulous natural wines! $30 per person, all proceeds go to Partners-in-Health. Reservations are available at www.chambersstwines.com, or by calling Chambers Street Wines 212-227-1434 or by calling Racines NY 212-227-3400.

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May
26
5:30 PM17:30

Partners-in-Health Benefit Dinner, Monday, March 26th, with Winemakers Eric and Christine Nicolas, Evelyne de Jessy, Francois Pinon and Remi Branger!

Please join us for a festive dinner created by Executive Chef Mariana Mateos which will complement the superb Loire Valley wines offered by these four great estates! We’ll taste 1987 and 1992 Muscadet with Remi Branger of Domaine de la Pepiere; 1997, 1996 and 2005 sweet and demi-sec Vouvray with Francois Pinon; beautiful dry Savennieres from Evelyne de Jessy at Domaine du Closel and a fabulous selection of young and old wines from Eric and Christine Nicolas at Domaine Belliviere in Jasnieres. This will be a fabulous evening of great food and superb wines – don’t miss it. Reservations at www.chambersstwines.com or by calling Chambers Street Wines at 212-227-1434 or Racines  at 212-227-3400.

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May
25
1:00 PM13:00

Sunday, March 25th 2:00 – 7:00pm Partners-in-Health Benefit Tasting with 22 Winemakers from France, Italy, Germany and Portugal!

Please join us on Sunday, March 25th from 2:00 until 7:00pm at Racines NY as we taste over 70 wines with 23 of the finest winemakers from France, Italy, Germany and Portugal, imported by Louis/Dressner Selections. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at www.chambersstwines.com or by calling Chambers Street Wines at 212-227-1434. Here’s the list of vignerons attending: Arianna Occhipinti, Sicilia; Eduardo Torres-Acosta, Sicilia; Chiara Vigo(Romeo del Castello) Sicilia; Francesca Padovani (Campi di Fonterenza) Montalcino; Gloria Mayr (Nusserhof) Alto Adige; Nico Sciackitano (La Stoppa) Emilia; Sara Saetti, Lambruscao; Ivano and Paola Barbaglia (Santuvario) Alto Piemonte; Myrtha Zierock(Foradori) Trentino; Eric and Christine Nicolas (Bellivière) Jasnières; Evelyne de Jessy (Closel) Savennières; Julien and François Pinon,Vouvray; Fredrik Filliatreau, Saumur-Champigny; Julien Libert(Combel la Serre) Cahors; Kewin Descombes, Beaujolais; Laura Lardy (Damien Coquelet) Beaujolais; Remi Branger (Pépière) Muscadet; Thierry Puzelat, Touraine; Louis-Benoit and Violetta Desvignes, Beaujolais; René and Joseph Mosse, Anjou; Franzi Schmitt(Koehler-Ruprecht) Pfalz; Vincent Poloczek (Immich-Batterieberg) Mosel; João Roseira (Infantado) Porto.

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