The crew at Bouley Botanical whipped up some wonders, many laughs were had and lots of great grape juice was poured. So thankful to be on the West Coast now, but still able to stay connected to my old city.
Our plane touched down at an ungodly 1:15 am on Thursday morning at Newark Airport. Within an hour, we had entered Times Square, the belly of the beast. Wake up call was 7 am, and for the next three days, we were all-aboard Wine Spectator’s New York Wine Experienceride, barely holding on to the reins.
Now in its 34th year, the Wine Experience is a 3-day, relentless onslaught of the finest wines from around the world. Composed of Grand Tastings, seminars, lunches, and a black tie gala, the event features only wines that have received 90 points or higher from Wine Spectator. The amount of grape juice with price points of $300-$400 that get tossed around like tinker toys is mind boggling. But best yet, the actual producers and estate owners are on hand. Was that Angelo Gaja, himself, pouring his wines? Yup. Wait, is Piero Antinori sloshing juice into people’s glasses, personally? You betcha.
It was one doozy of an event. After the amount of tannins and acids passed across my poor, helpless palate, I’m now nursing it back to health on an all goats milk diet.
Over the course of two months, I met with beer tasters much smarter than myself and we embarked on a sour-filled journey of more than 50 sour beers from around the world. These were the results of our findings.
Serious Eats: Drinks March 18th, 2014
“The 20 Best New Sours Beers in the World“
So stoked to get Andy’s tale out to the world. He’s a true renegade in the burgeoning US cider scene. The guy wild forages for apples in the Hudson Valley that have never seen pesticides nor modern tools. Now that’s just bad ass. Big thanks to Gabrielle Langholtz for helping get this story told.
Edible Manhattan: The Drinks Issue Jan/Feb 2014 “Aaron Burr Cidery: Tree of Knowledge” Andy Brennan moved upstate in search of an orchard he’d loved and lost. Now he’s resurrecting America’s oldest drink.