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Snooth User: Richard Foxall

Winemaker Dinner Snoothers in NY area might be interested in.

Posted by Richard Foxall, Apr 23, 2013.

This just arrived in my email--hoping the nested Snooth link doesn't cause the universe to collapse in an endless do-loop or a black hole:

Let's have dinner...
 

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I love New York. Sure, it’s been said by others, but the fact is, I really do love New York- there’s an energy there that no place on earth can duplicate. During my last visit in March I had an epic run through Central Park (in the snow!)- all the while reflecting on the many movies I’ve seen that had scenes shot there. How cool is that?! And I always have great meals in New York. Oh, who am I kidding- I have great meals wherever I go…But as I ran that day (ok, jogged!), I thought- I have to do a winemaker dinner in New York!

So on May 15, 2013, “with a little help from my friends” (actually my great friend Stephen Mancini), I’m hosting a winemaker dinner at Restaurant North in Armonk. Stephen is as passionate about wine as anyone I have ever known (and has a fantastic palate that I greatly admire). Along with his partner, Chef Eric Gabrynowicz and their wives Monique Mancini and Jenni Gabrynowicz, these four restaurant industry veterans have created one of the hottest places in New York. I could write pages about how cool this place is- but you can just check out their awesome website here- sometimes I just go to it when I need to hear some good music:

http://www.restaurantnorth.com/

I’m thrilled to be able to join these guys to host a winemaker dinner (honored is more accurate), and we are going to have a blast. So here are the details:

Date: Wednesday May 15th
Start Time: 6:30pm
First Course: 7:00pm
Wine Selection:
2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir “The True”
2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “Selection Massale”
2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “Rolling Thunder”
2007 Late Harvest Pinot Gris “Grace’s Cuvee”

Menu: TBD based off of seasonality (check out the website- these guys are all about seasonality!). 4 courses, one includes the LH Pinot Gris as the finishing course (not cheese). If there are dietary restrictions just let them know ahead of time, they are happy to accommodate.

How to Book a spot: Events@restaurantnorth.com
Subject Line: Peace Love and Pinot *This is important!!!!!
Cost: $79 per person plus Tax and Gratuity.
Space is limited- so if you want to join us, please make your reservation sooner than later.


By The Way….
Since I’m shouting out the love for all things New York, I may as well include a link to some very nice comments about the wines we are presenting from NYC wine writer Gregory Dal Piaz (“Snooth”) who had some nice things to say- so if any of his comments pique your interest (or palate), it’s another reason to join us at dinner.

http://www.snooth.com/articles/sono...

“But I’m not in New York, so I can’t make it to the dinner” you say… Okay, if you’re not in New York or the nearby environs, you can simply order these wines on-line from our super low tech, damn near obsolete website http://www.holdredge.com (select "Current Release") and drink them at home. It won’t be exactly the same as having Stephen and I there leading you through the wines, or having Eric prepare your dinner, but I’ll bet you can drink them with friends you love.

And in the end, love is all that really matters….

Best,

John Holdredge
winemaker

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 23, 2013.

This is pinot that GregT might even like! BTW, of the bottles I tasted at the tasting room a few months ago, the Mazie Rose was my #1 also.  So maybe GdP and I do have some common favorites in PN.

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Reply by JonDerry, Apr 23, 2013.

Almost thought it was Eric G. in charge of the food, that would've been a clean sweep.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 23, 2013.

Yes, I had to do a double take on that as well! 

I wonder if Eric G ever feels like the masseuse Seinfeld dated on the show:  We're all angling for a neck rub, or in his case, a gourmet meal.  If my UWS accommodations were better equipped, I'd try to set something up, but my wife's cousin still lives like a bachelor up there. Can't complain, mind you. 

I'm just lucky I get to eat and drink with this crowd once in a while. 

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Reply by outthere, Apr 23, 2013.

Out here that dinner would be $200 a head. How do they do it? ;)

John is an entertaining guy and a great winemaker. If you have the opportunity to attend I highly recommend it. I'll drink along and pop an '11 "The True".

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Reply by EMark, Apr 23, 2013.

I am agreeing with OT on that price.  $79 is darned reasonable.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 23, 2013.

OT, save a Holdredge for Duck Taco night if you come... oh, heck, you'll have something else to amaze with by then. 

A lot cheaper than the Latour dinner that Hart Davis Hart announced at $1000 a head.  The wine is worth the price of admission.

BTW, speaking of traveling Californians, my nephew in Chicago signed up for HDH's dinner with Mike Smith of Quivet/Myriad.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 23, 2013.

Mike rocks! So do his wines. Your Nephew will have a great time.

If Duck Taco night is Thanksgiving Eve then we are no shows. Dava spends he entire evening baking pies and prepping food for the upcoming feast. 

We'll have to find another excuse to get together before then.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 23, 2013.

Emark is here in about two weeks, OT.  I think that's our reason.

You can come to DTN alone if you want.  But it's always going to be the night before T-day, because my wife and I never  host Thanksgiving.  Best part is we don't even cook the birds ourselves, we just get them in Chinatown, warm up black beans, brown and season some meat for the non-duck eaters, make a little salsa and Mexican rice, than watch the house fill up.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 23, 2013.

Holy crapoly! That is 2 weeks away, in which case I need to get plans rolling.

Come on now, what I want is the locks to be the same when I get home. Yet if I were to leave her home on Thanksgiving Eve and go drinking with my wine buddies I might as well move in with them because my key wouldn't work when I returned ;)

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Reply by EMark, Apr 23, 2013.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 23, 2013.

OT, that's practically a Hank Williams tune. And my house is way too small.  You'd have to sleep in the shed. 

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Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Apr 24, 2013.

Nice of John to add the link. If anyone is one the fence about theis, GO! Great wines for free, and the dinner should be great as well.

Duck tacos, mmm, that sounds delicious. I'll be out your way next week, 4 days in Lodi, then a night in Sonoma before heading back east. Not really enough time to do much of anything. I'll be back out later this year, and heading to L.A. for an event in July. 

Maybe we can out something together then?

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Reply by EMark, Apr 24, 2013.

Ah, yes, there is the Lodi VT.  I've signed up for it, and I think I have Flash updated.  So, I should be able to watch in real-time this time.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 24, 2013.

I thought about volunteering to drive out to Lodi for an in-person tasting, but it's just too far to go after work.  NapaGirl is quite a bit closer with only one horrible freeway bottleneck to stop her. 

My schedule this year is catch as catch can, but it'd be great to host GDP in the Oak/SF area and any local Snoothers (wonder if we can find HondaJohn and StevenBabb) would be welcome.  Just let me know when the dates get closer.

Meanwhile, looking forward to a dinner with Emark and OT when E's up here in a couple weeks.  Rumor has it we're even going to have some of that other kind of wine, white. 

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Reply by JonDerry, Apr 24, 2013.

LA should be no problem in July for me. I don't envision '90 Classified Growth Bords, but we should find something fun.

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Reply by outthere, Apr 24, 2013.

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Reply by gregt, Apr 25, 2013.

Wow John - I'd love to go but Armonk is a hike for those who are in the city! Are you around beyond that dinner? I'd love to get together!

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Reply by zufrieden, Apr 26, 2013.

I sooo wish I lived in NYC.

But then, the future is an unpainted picture.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 29, 2013.

GregT asks, John Holdredge listens! This just arrived in my inbox. 

"Ok- I get it. Westchester is a bit of a stretch for a weeknight dinner for those living in NYC proper. We received a few emails from folks saying- “why don’t you do a dinner in NYC?” You spoke- I listened, and here it is- Dinner- "Part Deux".
 
When: Tuesday May 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
 
Where: Buttermilk Channel, Brooklyn NY
 
Menu:  5 course seasonal menu- depending on whatever the heck is freshest/bestest at the market.
 
Wines:  2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir “The True”
                 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “Bucher Vineyard”
                 2010 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “Rolling Thunder”
                 2011 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir “Mazie Rose”
                 2007 Late Harvest Pinot Gris “Grace’s Cuvee”
 
Cost:     $85pp plus tax/gratuity
 
How:  Call ‘em! 718.852.8490   This is a small dinner- so book sooner than later!"

How much impact did reposting to Snooth asked?  Tell John you heard about it here and let's find out.
 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 29, 2013.

BTW, that's still a very good price.


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