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Calendar of Upcoming Events

MONDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Real Gaillac & Beaujolais at the bar with Marine Leys / La Vignereuse & Rémi Dufaître
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

MONDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Real Gaillac & Beaujolais at the bar with Marine Leys / La Vignereuse & Rémi Dufaître

Next Monday night, please join us at the bar Racines NY to welcome 2 very talented vignerons, Marine Leys - La Vignereuse & Rémi Dufaître from Beaujolais.

In Gaillac (South West), Marine found her paradise after a career in film production. Working with the (underrated) varieties of the region, she makes a range of very original, terroir-driven yet highly drinkable wines. .

In very few years, Rémi managed to become a name in the Beaujolais. Following organic farming from the beginning, as well as the vinification methods put on the limelight by the "Gang des Quatre", his wines really reveal the incredible variations of Beaujolais soil types & micro-climates too often unappreciated.

We will pour starting 6 pm. Filght $30. No reservation needed. Special snack by Chef Diego Moya. 

2016 La Vignereuse, 6 Filles Si Fines (Mauzac / Loin de l'Oeil)

2018 La Vignereuse, Gaia Quoi (Syrah Pet Nat)

2016 La Vignereuse, A la Santé des Mécréants (Duras)

2017 Rémi Dufaître, Beaujolais-Villages Blanc

2017 Rémi Dufaître, Brouilly

2017 Rémi Dufaître, Côtes-de-Brouilly

See you Monday night! (And Tuesday, and Wednesday)

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Muscadets & Oysters with David Lillie!
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Muscadets & Oysters with David Lillie!

Tuesday night, David Lillie will be with us behind the bar for a very special Oysters and Muscadets treat!!

 Of course, this is one of the most fun wine pairings possible, and Chef Diego Moya is sourcing some great bivalves for us - "Lever du Soleil" from Nova Scotia and "Wellfleet Petite" from Welfleet Harbor - with some creative home-made condiments. We'll pair them with six half-pours of great Muscadets from 2012 - 2018:

2018 Domaine de la Pépière "La Pépie"

2017 Domaine de la Pépière "Clos des Briords"

2017 Domaine de L'Ecu "Granite"

2015 Jo Landron "Haute Tradition"

2014 Domaine de la Pépière "Clos des Briords"

2012 Domaine de la Pépière "Clisson"

A half-dozen oysters and a half-dozen Muscadets, $50. (Additional oysters $2 each) 

Please call Racines, 212-227-3400, or email info@racinesny.com for reservations.

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WINE ON WHEELS's "Rock the Casbah"  J.-L. LeDû Fundraising!
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

WINE ON WHEELS's "Rock the Casbah" J.-L. LeDû Fundraising!

Join Wheeling Forward for their 2nd annual Wine on Wheels ‘Rock the Casbah’ Dinner & Wine Bash!  They created the Jean Luc Le Dû Scholarship Fund in memory of our friend, colleague and mentor Jean-Luc Le Dû.  Jean Luc was instrumental in the development of Wheeling Forward and boldly provided support, enthusiasm and an overall zeal in pursuit for our cause.  This scholarship in his honor is used to assist Wheeling Forward members and those in need with their education; whether it be getting their GED or College Degree, continuing our mission to help those with disabilities achieve their goals today!

This 3 Course dinner is BYOB so they encourage you to bring a bottle (or bottles) of wine from your cellars to share alongside some special donated bottles for a night of conviviality, inclusiveness and fun.  

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WINE DINNER & TASTING with Thierry Germain from Saumur-Champigny!
Apr
18
7:00 PM19:00

WINE DINNER & TASTING with Thierry Germain from Saumur-Champigny!

We are thrilled to welcome one of the most interesting vignerons in the Loire, Thierry Germain from Domaine des Roches Neuves in Varrains. Coming from Bordeaux more than 20 years ago, Thierry grows today more than 20 ha in biodynamie and crafts superbly expressive Cabernet Franc and Chenin on the different terroirs of Saumur. 22 seats available, menu, line-up and price to be announced shortly.

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"Wines of Nature" - A Dinner in Celebration of Clos Roche Blanche, Wed, April 3rd at Racines NY!
Apr
3
7:00 PM19:00

"Wines of Nature" - A Dinner in Celebration of Clos Roche Blanche, Wed, April 3rd at Racines NY!

Please join us at Racines NY on Wednesday, April 3rd at 7pm as we host Didier Barroulllet of the Clos Roche Blanche in a celebration of this important Loire Valley estate.  Beginning in the 1980s, Catherine Roussel and Didier Barrouillet at the Clos Roche Blanche in Touraine began a journey of discovery beginning with organic farming, through biodynamics and beyond, to some of the most intelligent and beautiful farming and winemaking we have ever experienced. Their estate became part of a movement, principally in the Loire Valley and Beaujolais, leading to more natural methods of farming and vinification that have inspired vignerons all over the world. Through their importer, Louis-Dressner Selections, their wines became known and loved by consumers in the US and helped to create the enormous interest in "wines of nature" in this country. Didier Barrouillet will join us, there will be a few speeches, dinner, and lots of 2014 Clos Roche Blanche to drink. 

Feel free to bring bottles of CRB or comparable wines to share.

Price $140 all inclusive.

(Any proceeds will go to Partners in Health in conjunction with our March 31st PIH tasting.)

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - White JURA Blast with Amanda Bowman
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - White JURA Blast with Amanda Bowman

This Tuesday April 2nd join Amanda Bowman from Chambers Street Wines and Pascaline Lepeltier for a killer line-up of superb, hyper tasty wines with strong and grounded “jurassiennes”personalities ! We will be pouring 

2016 Tissot Arbois "Les Bruyères" Chardonnay Ouillé

2016 Buronfosse Côtes du Jura "L'Hopital" Savagnin Ouillé

2016 Les Granges Paquenesses Côtes du Jura "La Pierre" Savagnin Ouillé

2016 Buronfosse Côtes du Jura "Entre Deux" Savagnin Sous Voile

2015 Tissot Arbois Savagnin Sous Voile

2014 Montbourgeau Etoile Chardonnay Sous-Voile

$50 for the flight, that will start at 6 pm, we have 10 seats available!

Special snack by Chef Moya and his team!

To book please contact @racines_ny at info@racinesny.com. See you Tuesday!


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 Domaine de TREVALLON & Ostiane Dürrbach -Wine Dinner, Wednesday 27th of April
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Domaine de TREVALLON & Ostiane Dürrbach -Wine Dinner, Wednesday 27th of April

Racines NY is glad to welcome Ostiane Dürrbach from Domaine de Trevallon for a very special dinner featuring 8 different vintages!


Just a short distance from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on the north side of the Alpilles, is the Domaine de Trévallon, situated in the village of Saint-Etienne-du-Grès.
Here, everywhere, limestone emerges from the ground. It is ubiquitous and shapes this harsh, dry land.
Around the old farmhouse, the vineyards spread out over 17 hectares amid this vibrant and protected countryside.

Eloi Dürrbach planted his first vineyard in the Alpilles in 1973. 15 hectares of red are produced, made from equal amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, and 2 hectares made mainly from Marsanne et Roussanne.

We couldn't be more happy to have among us Ostiane, Eloi's daughter, for this evening. Chef Diego Moya put together a beautiful 4 courses dinner to pair with those Provencal wines full of character.

We will pour:

2017 Domaine de Trévallon Blanc
2009 Domaine de Trévallon Blanc
2016 Domaine de Trévallon Rouge
2012 Domaine de Trévallon Rouge
2010 Domaine de Trévallon Rouge
2009 Domaine de Trévallon Rouge
2007 Domaine de Trévallon Rouge
2001 Domaine de Trévallon Rouge

Dinner will be hosted on Wednesday, March 27 at 7PM. $195+Tax&Gratuity.
Limited Seating. For reservations, please call the restaurant at 212-227-3400 or email us atinfo@racinesny.com
We look forward having you for this awesome dinner!

The Racines NY team.

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MONDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - The greatness of Loire Valley White, Tessa LAROCHE (Savnnières Roche-aux-Moines) & Thibaut BOULAY (Sancerre)
Mar
25
5:30 PM17:30

MONDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - The greatness of Loire Valley White, Tessa LAROCHE (Savnnières Roche-aux-Moines) & Thibaut BOULAY (Sancerre)

This Monday, 25th of March we are super lucky to welcome behind the bar 2 fantastic vignerons from the Loire, Tessa Laroche from Domaine aux Moines in Savennières and Thibaut Boulay from Domaine Boulay in Sancerre (an estate dating back to 1380). Two very different expressions of the greatness of white wines in the Loire, from the schist of Roche Aux Moines to the superb Kimmeridgian marls of Chavignol - Les Monts Dammés, La Grande Côte and Clos De Beaujeu. We will do a mini-vertical of Tessa's, and an exploration of the different cuvées made by Gérard, including his work with Pinot Noir. 

Tessa and Thibaut will be there from 5.30 to 7.30, and we will continue to pour the flight all night, with a special bite by Chef @diegomoya.

$35 for 6 wines. See you on Monday - and more to come for the rest of the week!

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THURSDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - HERVE VILLEMADE IN THE HOUSE!
Mar
21
6:00 PM18:00

THURSDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - HERVE VILLEMADE IN THE HOUSE!

This Thursday 21st and Spring Day, we are thrilled to  welcome a very special guest behind the bar at Racines NY. When our friends at Louis/Dressner Selections told us Hervé Villemade would be in town, we had to invite him to pour his absolutely fantastic wines, and share his passion with you. A fighter of Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny AOCs and no BS viticulture & winemaking, Hervé magnifies what romorantin, pinot, gamay can do in this part of Touraine. Organically certified, using a tiny bit of sulfur only if needed at bottling (he is very allergic to it), his wines are some of the most transparent examples of low intervention vinification. Chef Diego as usual now will prepare a special bite to pair with the wines! Check instagram or our website - the line up will be announced shortly.

See you starting 6pm at the bar!

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 3/19 Chad STOCK presents his unique MINIMUS & OMERO wines
Mar
19
5:30 PM17:30

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 3/19 Chad STOCK presents his unique MINIMUS & OMERO wines

This Tuesday, the Racines NY team is super excited to welcome behind the bar Chad Stock from MINIMUS, one of the most iconoclast winemakers in Oregon! In constant search, Chad is experimenting to our highest pleasure, delivering unique yet utterly delicious wines. He has different lines, with different philosophies.The Omero wines are super accessible, more classic, paying tribute to the history of the Willamette Valley. The Minimus are one-off experiments, never repeating themselves, pushing all the boundaries of the region, the grape, the vessel, the winemaking, etc. etc. Tuesday night, Chad will pour 5 wines to your delight:


2016 Omero, Chardonnay 
2016 Minimus,  Mt. Eden Chardonnay 
2017 Minimus, Sauvignon Blanc Amphorae 
2016 Minimus, Illegal Rose

2016 Minimus, Grenache Soloro     

Be ready to have your palate and your brain on fire! 
Flight is at $35, we will start pouring at 5.30. First Come First Serve. See you Tuesday! 

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 3/12 A BEAUJOLAIS EXPLORATION WITH DAVID LILLIE
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 3/12 A BEAUJOLAIS EXPLORATION WITH DAVID LILLIE

This Tuesday March 12th, please join David Lillie from @chambersstwines for a celebration of Beaujolais! It will be a fantastic occasion to taste and explore the different variations of Gamay grown in the myriad of terroirs the region offers. Fleurie, Chiroubles, Régnié, Morgon, the beautiful work of these benchmark vignerons - Alain Coudert, Christian Ducroux, Georges Descombes, Jean-Louis Dutraive, Jean-Paul Thevenet, Jean-Claude Chanudet - will reveal the diversity and identity of these crus. 

2017 Domaine Chamonard, Fleurie, "La Madone"

2017 Jean-Paul Thevenet, Morgon, "Vieilles Vignes"

2015 Jean-Louis Dutraive, Fleurie, "La Part des Grives"

2014 Georges Descombes, Chiroubles

2013 Christian Ducroux, (Régnié), "Patience"

2009 Clos de la Roilette, Fleurie, "Cuvée Tardive"

You don't want to miss this tasting! Flight at $35, starting at 6pm, reservation recommended at info@racinesny.com

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THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH - JULIEN GUILLOT / CLOS DES VIGNES DU MAYNES AT THE BAR
Mar
7
6:30 PM18:30

THURSDAY, MARCH 7TH - JULIEN GUILLOT / CLOS DES VIGNES DU MAYNES AT THE BAR

This Thursday 7th we are really happy to welcome behind the bar starting 6.30pm one of our favorite vignerons - Julien Guillot from Vignes du Maynes, thanks to our friends at Chambers Street Wines and Camille Riviere Selection!

Julien is a real modern time wine hero producing some of the most compelling Burgundy in the southern part of the region around Cruzilles (Mâcon).

In his words “ The vineyard has never had any chemicals used on it and has always been farmed with the greatest respect for the earth. From the very outset, my grandfather decided to make wine organically, using no chemicals, herbicides, pesticides or sulphur. My father, Alain, later took over the domaine, keeping the same philosophy. I joined the domaine in 1998, which is when I introduced the first biodynamic preparations. I then took over the domaine officially in 2001 and decided to convert the entire vineyard of seven hectares to biodynamic farming”.

In David Lillie & Amanda Bowman’s words “The Clos du Vignes du Maynes in Cruzilles is a sort of alternate universe to modern Burgundy, possessing fabulous terroir and living soils and wines that are vinified naturally with zero or minimal sulfur. The reds here are made with a unique combination of carbonic and traditional fermentations with zero added SO2. The whites are made in a Burgundian style, with very long, slow fermentations and long aging on the lees without racking, and usually with a small addition of SO2. “.

We will pour some wines from Julien’s pristine négoce as well as the exceptional wines of le Clos des Vignes du Maynes: 

2017 Julien Guillot Bourgogne Aligote "Aligo-Rythm"

2016 Julien Guillot Macon-Chardonnay "Clos Fourneau"

2016 Clos des Vignes du Maynes Macon-Cruzille "Aragonite"

2016 Julien Guillot Beaujolais "Ultimatum Climat"

2017 Clos des Vignes du Maynes Macon-Cruzille "Cuvee 910"

2017 Clos des Vignes du Maynes Macon-Cruzille "Manganite"

Flight $45, reservation recommended! See you Thursday

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Winemaker Dinner with Carole and Dany Chastan of Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas
Mar
5
7:00 PM19:00

Winemaker Dinner with Carole and Dany Chastan of Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas

On Tuesday, March 5th, we have the great pleasure to host Dany and Carole Chastan of the Clos du Joncuas in Gigondas for a truly exceptional winemaker dinner at Racines NY!  We will pour the estate's current releases, including the superb Seguret Blanc, Gigondas Rosé, Seguret Rouge, Vacqueyras Rouge and Gigondas Rouge, as well as the 2015 Vieilles Vignes "Esprit de Grenache," and older vintages of Gigondas Rouge, including 2012, 2010 and 2006. Racine's wonderful new Chef, Diego Moya, will work with Sommelière Pascaline Lepeltier (Meilleure Sommelière de France 2018) to create a special menu based upon the traditional recipe's suggested by the Chastans. This will be a convivial evening of outstanding cuisine and wine, including lively commentary by Carole and Dany Chastan and Ms. Lepeltier (In French and English!) that should not be missed! Seating is limited - please order below - and we've included our current invotory of these distinctive wines for purchase.

Ticket available at: https://www.chambersstwines.com/Articles/12416/winemaker-dinner-with-carole-and-dany-chastan-of-clos-du-joncuas-gigondas-tuesd

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 3/5 The superb, old-fashioned wines of Clos du Joncuas
Mar
5
5:30 PM17:30

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 3/5 The superb, old-fashioned wines of Clos du Joncuas

This Tuesday, join us at the bar at Racines NY for a tasting of superb, old-fashioned Gigondas, Vacqueyras, Seguret crafted with unique care by the Chastan family.  David Lillie from and Pascaline will welcome Dany and Carole Chastan who run today the estate. 

In David's words: "Le Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. The estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail on soils of clay with dolomite and gypsum over the limestone of the Dentelles and average 40 to 90 years old. Vinifications here are entirely old-school; whole-clusters fermented with wild yeasts in cement and aged in old barrels. Especially brilliant is the  "Esprit de Grenache" from 60 year-old massale selection vines. Clos du Joncuas also has excellent parcels in neighboring Vacqueyras and Séguret. Rounding out their production is an oustanding Gigondas Rosé, certainly one of the finest in the Southern Rhône, and a superb Séguret Blanc made from 50% Clairette, with Roussanne and Marsanne.

Although unknown in the US - the wines of Clos du Joncuas are not made in a style favored by most American wine writers - these are outstanding wines of terroir that benefit from three generations of natural farming and vinifications with minimal intervention. We urge you to try them!" 

We will pour a flight of 6 wines: 

2017 Domaine de la Garancière, CdR-Séguret, Blanc

2017 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas, Rosé

2015 Domaine de la Garancière, CdR-Séguret

2016 Clos du Joncuas, Vacqueyras, La Font de Papier

2016 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas

2015 Clos du Joncuas, Gigondas, Esprit de Grenache

Flight will be at $40, we will start to pour at 5.30.

Chef Diego Moya will create for the occasion a special bar snack to go with the flight.

Reservation is recommended at info@racinesny.com.

See you Tuesday night!


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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 2/26 - A VINEYARD OF EARTHY DELIGHTS!
Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 2/26 - A VINEYARD OF EARTHY DELIGHTS!

This Tuesday 2/26 at the bar at Racines NY please join David Lillie and Pascaline for a fantastic flight of rare favorites. They will take you on a journey through Burgundy, Jura, Loire and Rhône, telling you the story of the amazing vigneron & vigneronne behind each bottle. 

We will enjoy

2016 Alice & Olivier De Moor, Chablis, Humeur du Temps

2014 Pont de Breux, Côtes du Jura, Poulsard 

2013 Clos Roche Blanche, Touraine, Pif 

2010 Château de Coulaine, Chinon, Picasses 

2016 Domaine de l'Anglore, VdF (Tavel), Traverses 

2015 Pierre & Jean Gonon, VdP de l'Ardèche, Les Îles Feray

Flight at $45, we will start at 5.30 until poured out, we recommend you to reserve at info@racinesny.com

See you Tuesday! 

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 2/19 LA GRANGE TIPHAINE / DAMIEN DELECHENEAU
Feb
19
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - 2/19 LA GRANGE TIPHAINE / DAMIEN DELECHENEAU

Back on our regular schedule (after 2 weeks touring France with David & Eben Lillie to find new gems :)), when you can come and discover new wines, vignerons, regions, every Tuesday night at the bar at Racines. And for this come back we could not be happier to welcome one of our favorite winemakers - Damien Delecheneau from La Grange Tiphaine in Montlouis-sur-Loire & Amboise! 

Damien with his wife Coralie are probably today sone one of the most gifted, forward-thinking, soil-dedicated, and nice, producers in the Loire Valley. They are producing a superb range of wines, in every style and color, and everything is stunningly delicious! 

Please stop by starting 6pm Tuesday night to taste their fantastic work, and chat with the man himself! We will pour a flight of 6 wines for $40, including his new single vineyard Les Epinays, for its first official release (and soon to be a benchmark in the universe of dry #chenincheninchenin).

No need to reserve! See you Tuesday! 

2015 Montlouis-sur-Loire, Nouveu-Nez

2016 Montlouis-sur-Loire, Nouveau-Nez

2017 Touraine-Amboise, Bel Air

2016 Montlouis-sur-Loire, Les Epinays

2016 Touraine, Clef de Sol Rouge

2016 Touraine-Amboise, Côt Vieilles Vignes

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TOUR DE FRANCE SERIES - CHAMPAGNE with John McIlwain
Nov
1
7:00 PM19:00

TOUR DE FRANCE SERIES - CHAMPAGNE with John McIlwain

After a very successful first dinner paying tribute to the Loire Valley, we are moving North-East to go visit Champagne for our second stage of Racines' "Tour de France" Dinner Series on Thursday November 1st. For this dinner Champagne lover & expert John McIlwain from Chambers Street Wines put together a fantastic line up of wines exploring the different aspects of the region and style.
Once again Chef Paul Liebrandt will re-invent traditional dishes from the region, to be paired with a wild selection of both classic and off-the-beaten-path wines from our favorite producers.

MENU

AMUSE-BOUCHE
Champagne Sans SO2 

Laurent Benard NV Extra Brut 1er cru Les Sept Arpents Vibrato 

OYSTER EN GELEE & CAVIAR 
Terroirs in a Village with Contrées 2009
(same grape, harvest date, vinification, élevage, disgorgement date)
 
Contrées 2009 Les Riceys Val du Clos par Olivier Horiot 
Contrées 2009 Les Riceys Escharère par Olivier Horiot 
Contrées 2009 Les Riceys Val Bazot par Arnaud Lamoureux 
Contrées 2009 Les Riceys Fragonoy par Arnaud Lamoureux 1st Main

GNOCCHI I MATSUTAKE I BABY LEEK 
Distinct & lesser known Terroirs :  Oiry I Mont Benoît I Congy 

Suenen 2014 Oiry Grand Cru 
Emmanuel Brochet 14 base 1er cru Le Mont Benoit 
Ulysse Collin 2014 Blanc de Noirs Les Maillons  

POULARDE I JUS DE FOIE GRAS I LENTILS 
Still Champagnes! 

Horiot 2009 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain 
Horiot 2013 Rosé des Riceys En Valingrain 
Benoit Marguet 2015 Coteaux Blanc 
Benoit Marguet 2015 Coteaux Rouge 

COMTE
Solera 

Bérêche 2012 Base Reflets d'Antan 1er cru 
R. Pouillon NV Solera 
Mystery Wine 

$250 per person (+ Tax and Gratuity) - Dinner starts at 7pm.

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - The New Spain! Ariana Rolich presents some of her favorite producers from Catalunya, Gredos and Galicia!
Oct
30
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - The New Spain! Ariana Rolich presents some of her favorite producers from Catalunya, Gredos and Galicia!

This Tuesday, 10/30 join us for an exciting evening as our dear friend Ariana Rolich will focus on Catalonia, Galicia, and Gredos, pouring 6 wines by Oriol Artigas, Ruben Diaz, Terroir al Limit, Silice Viticultores and Els Jelipins. Come share Ariana's vast knowledge and enthusiasm for these unique natural wines!

The line-up

    Oriol Artigas 2016 Alella "La Bella" Pansa Blanca 

    Ruben Diaz 2015 Sierra de Gredos "Fiorel-la" Crianza Biologica (Albillo Real) 

    Terroir al Limit Priorat 2016 "Roc d'Aubaga" Clarete (Garnacha Blanca / Gris / Tinta)

    Silice Viticultores 2016 Ribeira Sacra (non-DO) Tinto 

    Els Jelipins 2013 Penedès (non-DO) Sumoll 

    Ruben Diaz 2014 Sierra de Gredos "Cuesta del Tejar" Garnacha 

$35 for 6 half-pours, begins at 6pm at the bar!

See you then!

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HAPPY WINEMAKER HOUR this Friday 26th - Héloïse Gautherot from VOUETTE & SORBEE
Oct
26
6:00 PM18:00

HAPPY WINEMAKER HOUR this Friday 26th - Héloïse Gautherot from VOUETTE & SORBEE

This Friday starting at 6pm, we are very exciting to welcome at the bar Héloïse Gautherot, the daughter of Bertrand, now involved with her father in the production of one of our absolute favorite Champagnes - Vouette & Sorbée (it was Pascaline’s wedding champagne :)! Since 1988, Bertrand and his wife Hélène have been a powerful and inspirational advocate for biodynamic farming and necessity of biodiversity in the vineyards. With their first release of Fidèle 2001, they are showing how real care of the vines can be truly tasted in the bottle. Working mostly with Pinot Noir, a tiny bit of Chardonnay and Pinot Blanc in the southern Aube on Kimmerdgian slopes (Vouette) et a little Portlandian (Sorbée), their artisanal Champagnes are some of the most transparent and delightful ones you can enjoy! Please join us at the bar with Héloïse if you want to taste and discover more these beautiful wines. We will pour Fidèle and Bland d'Argile both 2015 base out of magnum. See you soon @racinesny. #realwine #vinvivant # vinsdevignerons #vinsdevigneronnes #vouetteetsorbée #kimmeridgian #portlandian # biodynamicwine 

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TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - De Moor's beautiful Burgundy, and a treat!
Oct
23
6:00 PM18:00

TUESDAY NIGHT FLIGHTS - De Moor's beautiful Burgundy, and a treat!

Please join us for a very special event, a tasting of the rare and scintillating Burgundies of Alice and Olivier De Moor, this Tuesday 10/23 beginning at 6pm! Arnaud, Pascaline and David will be on hand to pour five Burgundies from the De Moors including Bourgogne Blanc, Aligoté and Chablis, with a superb surprise poured blind, as well as the wonderful 2015 Vignes du Maynes "les Chassagnes" - $45 for 6 half-pours. Don't miss this opportunity to experience these beautiful wines!

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SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Gwenaëlle Croix / Pépière + Mélanie Tarlant / Champagne Tarlant + Marie Luneau / Lunea-Papin
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

SPECIAL MONDAY NIGHT FLIGHT - Gwenaëlle Croix / Pépière + Mélanie Tarlant / Champagne Tarlant + Marie Luneau / Lunea-Papin

Monday night, don’t miss three amazing vigneronnes, pouring their superb wines: Gwenaëlle Croix, Mélanie Tarlant, Marie Luneau! Join us at bar at Racines at 7 pm to enjoy some fantastic expression of Muscadets & Champagnes!

Since 1984, Domaine de la Pépière has been producing delicious Muscadet, harvesting by hand and fermenting with wild yeasts, with conversion to organic and biodynamic farming, quickly becoming a leader in quality in the region. The new cuvée, Cru Communal Gorges, is from the outstanding 2014 vintage and was produced from old vines on Gabbro. It was aged 42 months on the lees and is now showing beautifully - for current drinking or long-term aging. Gwenaëlle will also pour the 2015 Clisson, to give more perspectives on the different soils expression through the lense of the Crus Communaux.

For many generations, Domaine Luneau-Papin has been one of the very top domaines of Muscadet, producing pure, vibrant wines from their terroirs of schist, gneiss, granite and serpentine. Marie will pour two new arrivals: the great 2014 "L d'Or" from granite soils and the 2017  "Terre de Pierre" from serpentine soils on the unique rocky Butte de la Roche.

Champagne Tarlant consists of 14 hectares of vines spread far and wide over 55 parcels of Pinot Noir (50%), Chardonnay (30%) and Pinot Meunier (20%). Small amounts of Champagne's "forgotten"grapes" -Pinot Blanc, Arbanne and Petit Meslier - are also planted. In the vines, chemicals are never used and biodiversity is prioritized. The big particularity of the Tarlant Champagnes is that the vast majority of the production (80%) is bottled without dosage. In such, the house's entry level cuvées sport a Zéro labeling to them: the base Zéro is the Tarlant's calling card, and consists of a non vintage, no dosage wine made equal parts Pinot Noir, Meunier and Chardonnay. Zéro Rosé is a majority of Chardonnay with a bit of still Pinot Noir for color. Cuvée Louis is their homage to great, great grandfather Louis Tarlant and the top of the top from Tarlant's single vineyard offerings: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from a single parcel of 65 year old vines (originally planted by Louis himself!) called Les Crayons, vinified and aged in oak.

The vigneronnes will pour:

2015 Domaine de la Pépière, “Clisson”

2014 Domaine de la Pépière, “Gorges”

2017 Domaine Lunea-Papin, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, “Terre de Pierre”

2014 Domaine Luneau-Papin, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine sur Lie, L d’Or

NV Champagne Tarlant, Zéro Rosé

NV Champagne Tarlant, Cuvée Louis

See you at the bar! No reservation neeeded!

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Tuesday Night Flights - Bellivière & Roche Bleue, discover the unique expression of Chenin & Pineau d'Aunis in the Loir Valley.
Oct
9
5:59 PM17:59

Tuesday Night Flights - Bellivière & Roche Bleue, discover the unique expression of Chenin & Pineau d'Aunis in the Loir Valley.

This Tuesday 9th from 6pm on, Pascaline will be behind the bar pouring some of here favorite wines, the superb Domaines de Bellivière and de la Roche Bleue! For those we are not familiar with the intricacy of this area of the Loire Valley, you want to attend this tasting!

In the words of David Lillie: ”Curnonsky, (1872 - 1956) Prince of Gastronomy, declared that "Jasnières is, three times each century, the greatest white wine in the world!" Happily, with global warming, this tiny appellation north of Tours now produces outstanding wines more often. The tiny appellations of Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir, each with only about 75 hectares of vines, are located on south facing hills along the Loir river north of Tours, on bedrock of Turonian limestone with, varied soils of clays with silex and sands with mica. (The Bellivière Cuvée Calligramme, for instance, includes parcels on 9 different soils!) Considered to have the best terroir and exposure, Jasnières consists of one undulating slope in the communes of Lhomme and Ruillé-sur-Loir and produces only white wines from Chenin Blanc, while the geographically larger Coteaux-du-Loir also produces reds and rosés primarily from Pineau d'Aunis, with small quantities of Gamay, Cot and Cabernet Franc as well. Although somewhat protected by forests to the north, the cool climate helps create vibrant dry wines, with firm acidity that cellar beautifully, and demi-sec and sweet wines that are beautifully balanced, though rarely produced. This bucolic and forgotten region became better known in the 1980s through the efforts of growers such as Joel Gigou and has recently attracted a small number of talented vignerons who have resurrected old vineyards and replanted abandoned hillsides, bringing Curnonsky's declaration back to life on a regular basis...

Domaine de Bellivière was created by Christine and Eric Nicolas in 1995 when they purchased La Ferme de Bellivière, (previously rented by Louis Derré) along with 3.5 hectares of vines. Currently with 7 hectares in Jasnières and 9 hectares in Coteaux-du-Loir, this intelligent and soft-spoken couple, now along with their son Clément, are the leaders in the region due to their inspired organic and biodynamic farming and their dedication to quality in every aspect of vineyard management and winemaking. All vineyard treatments are organic, careful plowing is done to protect soil fauna and minimal organic composts are applied. New plantings are by massale-selection from their old vines, vinifications are in barrel with wild yeasts, and their new cuverie permits all handling of the grapes and wine by gravity without pumping. Tastings with them have always been joyous discoveries with thoughtful commentary from both these exceptional vignerons.

Domaine de la Roche Bleue was established in 2008 by Sébastien Cornille, a native of Sancerre, with 3.5 hectares in Jasnières and 1.5 hectares in the Coteaux-du-Loir. Now totaling about 6.5 hectares, the estate is certified organic and operates with respect to the lunar calendar in the vines and in the cellar. Sébastien works the soils without deep plowing, harvests by hand, vinifies with wild yeasts without additives and uses minimal SO2. We met Sébastien "after hours" at our favorite organic/biodynamic trade show in Angers and were immediately impressed with his pure, expressive wines and with the focus and commitment of the vigneron”.

We will pour

Domaine de Bellivière Jasnières Calligramme 2015

Domaine de Bellivière Coteaux-du-Loir Vieilles Vignes Eparses 2005

Domaine de Bellivière Coteaux-du-Loir Rouge Gorge 2016

Domaine de la Roche Bleue Jasnières Sec 2017

Domaine de la Roche Bleue Jasnières Le Clos des Molières 2015

Domaine de la Roche Bleue Coteaux-du-Loir Belle D'Aunis 2017

You don't want to miss these jewels! See you on Tuesday!

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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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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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Chambers on Chambers: Great Tastings on Tuesdays, and Wine Dinners at Racines NY This Fall!
Sep
1
to Sep 16

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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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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