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Last week, Wine & Spirits Magazine brought more than 600 members of the wine trade, media and public together to Union Park Events to experience select 2019 Top 100 wineries at the inaugural Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Symposium, as well as some of the best restaurants and artisan purveyors in New York.
Throughout the afternoon and evening, winemakers from California, New York, Oregon and Washington, and as far away as Austria, Armenia, France, Italy, Portugal, South Africa and Spain poured their top-scoring wines. More than 65 wineries represented at the event!
A Few Favorites
Wine & Spirits editors hosted ten-minute explorations of individual wines with 12 of those winemakers, gathering with guests around the Symposium Bar to share discussions of how the wine tied back to its vineyard. Award-winning chefs and restaurateurs were strategically placed throughout the event, including Bâtard, Camperdown Elm, GAUDir, Jungsik, L’Accolade, Nice Matin, Noreetuh, The Dutch and The River Café paired their food with neighboring wines. Nacho Monclús, of Camperdown Elm, manned one popular station next to Jean-François Ott, whose Provençal rosés from Domaines Ott matched seamlessly with the restaurant’s Spanish mackerel
pâté on rice–seaweed crackers.
Guests enjoyed oysters from Grand Central Oyster Bar next to Champagnes from Bollinger, Bruno Paillard and Louis Roederer, artisan breads from Lost Bread Co., Orwasher Bakery and Tom Cat Bakery, cheese from Saxelby Cheese alongside vintage Ports, including W & J Graham’s Stone Terraces, Quinta do Noval’s Nacional and Taylor Fladgate’s Vargellas Vinhas Velhas, finishing with dessert from the International Culinary Center.
In keeping with Wine & Spirits Magazine’s mission to raise awareness of water conservation issues, proceeds from the event were donated to NY/NJ Baykeeper. Sponsors included Willamette Valley, Wine Australia, Morgan Manhattan, Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery and Topo Chico.
Subscribe to and read the latest issue of Wine & Spirits February 2020 here !