Best of 2011: Veritas (New York, NY)

Best of 2011: Veritas (New York, NY)

In a sleek, modern setting, Executive Chef Sam Hazen offers contemporary American cuisine with the accent on fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Destination Bottles:

Screaming Eagle 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon (Oakville)
Henri Jayer 1985 Cros Parantoux Premier Cru (Vosne-Romanée)
Henri Bonneau 1978 Réserve des Célestins (Châteauneuf-du-Pape)

Veritas’ wine list is 75,000 bottles strong, many drawn from the private cellars of founder Park B. Smith. Selections from California, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Châteauneuf-du-Pape have been carefully cultivated by Sommelier Rubén Sanz Ramiro.

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Q&A with Rubén Sanz Ramiro

Wine Enthusiast: Can you describe your greatest wine epiphany in a restaurant?

Rubén Sanz Ramiro: When I was 18 and living in Ribera del Duero, a friend of mine was a great lover of wines. One day, I was lucky enough to be present when he ordered a 1986 Vega Sicilia Único. We sat and drank in silence, completely mystified. I remember how the wine changed over the course of two hours. It was extraordinary, one of the greatest wines in the world.

WE: What is your favorite wine to pour or drink now?

RSR: Right now we have a fantastic Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes from Domaine Matassa in Roussillon. It’s a blend of Grenache Gris and Maccabeu, two grape varieties from the Catalan region that aren’t widely used. I find this to be characteristic of the region, with intense minerality and acidity. Matassa is part of a new wave of vignerons proving that Roussillon can make top wines.

WE: Where do you go for an amazing food & wine experience?

RSR: I love going to the coast in Catalonia. You can get incredibly fresh and well-priced seafood right on the beach, where you can watch the fishing boat bring in the day’s catch. It’s a great vibe, very unpretentious and authentic. Eating is so relaxed, and you jump from bar to bar, drinking local wines or Sherry by the glass. It’s an enjoyable way of life all around.

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