The Bordeaux Wine Council announced that it will be the official wine sponsor of Harlem EatUp!, a four-day festival that celebrates the area’s food, culture and spirit. Founded by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelson and event producer Herb Karlitz, the May 14–17 festival will feature walk-around tastings and multi-course dinners at local restaurants like The Cecil, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que and Vinateria. Bordeaux Wines will provide pairings for the festival’s Dine In Harlem events, prepared by chefs that will include Jonathan Waxman, Paul Qui and Ludo Lefebvre.
The Indianapolis Zoo received an anonymous donation of a bottle of 1947 Château Cheval Blanc for its annual wine fundraising event. The Elegant Vintages International Wine Auction, scheduled for March 14, will feature the prized bottle, as well as other wines and non-wine lots. All proceeds will help care for the 1,600 animals and 23,000 plants in the Zoo’s collection, as well as support global animal conservation initiatives. The fundraiser is presented by Fifth Third Private Bank.
In the Trade
Georgia’s Craft Brewer’s Guild introduced a bill to the state legislature seeking to change existing beer laws. According to Beer Street Journal, Georgia’s breweries are currently not allowed to sell pints, growlers or packaged beer directly to customers. Breweries can only charge for souvenir glasses and give out “free samples,” but must also offer samples to anyone that brings a glass. The bill would allow direct sales that don’t exceed 72 ounces per person, per day, and up to 144 ounces of beer to-go. An online petition in support of the bill currently has 18,000 signatures, and the world craft beer community has also rallied on its behalf.
Leonardo LoCascio, chairman emeritus and founder of Winebow, announced his retirement after 35 years as the head of the company, effective June 30. Founded in 1980, Winebow became a major national importer and distributor, and in 2014, merged with The Vintner Group to form The Winebow Group.
The Wine Institute, an advocacy group for California’s wine industry, reported that U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.49 billion in winery revenues in 2014. The figure, a 64 percent increase from five years ago, is the second-highest dollar value for U.S. wine exports, even though total exports were slightly down from the previous year. Volume, however, clocked in at 442.7 million liters, or 49.2 million cases, driven by major markets like the European Union, Canada, Japan, China and Hong Kong. The E.U. accounted for the largest amount of sales, at $518 million.
On the Social Scene
Managing Digital Editor Marina Vataj surveyed the pre-dinner scene at the inaugural Taste of Waldorf dinner competition, where top chefs teamed up to create new dishes for the storied hotel. A panel of judges and guests voted for their favorite, with the winner becoming Waldorf’s next signature dish. Taking honors was Celery Risotto alla Waldorf, created by the Michelin-starred Heinz Beck, executive chef at Rome Cavalieri, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts; and 2014 James Beard Rising Star Chef David Posey, formerly of Blackbird in Chicago. The dish will be available at all locations beginning in April.
Sometimes, there’s no better cure to a cold winter’s night than comfort food paired with rich reds. WE’s Associate Digital Editor Joseph Hernandez was lucky enough to have both, when he attended a cookbook-and-wine pairing dinner with author Anna Watson Carl and Lindsay Hoopes, second-generation proprietor of Napa’s Hoopes Vineyard.
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