A few weeks ago we made our inaugural trip to Vinexpo New York, to check out a vast variety of producers from all over the world. In two days, with 20 appointments, and over 300 vendors and wineries visited, we did not taste a single bad wine.
We had so much fun exploring all the different offerings under one roof! From remarking on the super creative labels, to reuniting with old friends with new vintages, it was a packed week. Below is our list of heavy hitters!
Most Surprising Wine – Châteauneuf-du-Pape really stood out to us for the consistent creativity and quality, with an element of surprise.
A New Classic – We tasted a lot of classic Rioja wines from Spain that got us excited about digging deeper into the region, while reminding us of past adventures.
Star of the Expo – Côtes du Rhône really stood out across the board – there was a strong showing from this region with consistently tasty options!
Nomade in NYC – This refined hotel just opened up a branch in LA (stay tuned for our LA staycation post coming soon!) The crisp rooms are the ideal retreat after a long day – especially with that freestanding bathtub.
The restaurant has the best classic ham and cheese sandwich Arden has ever had, served up with a refined yet buzzy bar scene. The wine list is quality indeed, and we sipped on an excellent glass of Domaine de Terrebrune (it’s organic!).
They also have a little bar called “The Library,” a beautiful room true to it’s name that only hotel guests have access to. It has excellent nooks for people watching and decompressing with a glass of wine in hand!
DB Bistro – We were referred here by a woman we buy wine from, and we got there very early and very tired from a long day of work at the expo. We were sort of done with wine (gasp!) so we ordered a round of Aperol spritz’s to cleanse the palate and refresh.
A standout was the carrot soup – simple yet a knockout. The orecchiette mushroom Bolognese with roasted eggplant and pecorino was a stellar pasta! This is an approachable, and well done French Restaurant with no real surprises but great quality.
Marea – We met up at this Michelin-starred restaurant with an old family friend. From the moment we sat down, we were a pile of laughs: no doubt brought on by the combination of the delirium of the fair, the emotion of reuniting after a while, and a lot of good wine.
We got crudos to start, then some appetizers and two pastas for the three of us, family style. The night passed easily with fabulous conversation and fresh coastal fare. We left so full and so tired!
The next time you are in NYC and need a rec, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Pocket Somm!
On to the Next Bottle! – ARGAUX