Wine Face with Helen Johannesen They’re all different, from general, (Evan’s and Melissa’s) to insider, (Joe’s) to free-wheeling (Helen’s) to long (Sam’s), so pick your lane.
The Domaine LA events were fabulous. Jill Bernheimer’s groundbreaking shop—the first retail spot to focus on natural wines—was 10-years-old. Now that was a reason to celebrate. In addition importer Amy Atwood was celebrating her 10th as well. And while I’m more than 10, I was around to witness the launch of both. It was a joy to be there to rehash what’s gone down in the wine world over the past decade. Food for an essay? Well, maybe it is.
The three of us on Sunday at Domaine LA. Amy Atwood, me and Jill Bernheimer.
By the way, other than the suzuki at Jill’s pescatarian dinner at Tsubaki ( the sake bar next door looks like a terrific “it” spot), one of the best bites I had to eat all week was that below lusciousness in the form of tomato toast–lined with laban and limey with za’atar. I went to Petra twice to indulge my obsession.
But, back to the sold-out dinner at Tsubaki. The stars for me were the ten-year-old Lopez de Heredia rosé, and the nine-year-old La Clarine Farm mourvèdre and Mendall. Big wows all around,.
In San Francisco the crowds were out (thank you for the welcome!) at Omnivore (thank you Govino for the glasses for Bichi wines, courtesy of José Pastor) and the new and impressive restaurant bar, Verjus.
Photo by Dora Tsui.
Verju hass got quite a list by the way, vintages and bottles rarely seen. Surprise guests were James Murphy and Rebecca Hopkins (A Balanced Glass) as well as Elaine Brown herself. In New York, Jesus, have you been to Archestaratus in Greenpoint? Sign up for their mailing list. The place is amazing and the arancini are not overhyped.
After Melissa Clark interviewed me, it was off to Achilles Heel, which is still a great spot but the wine list is greatly shrunk. But we managed a still-too-young, exuberant yet fabulous, 2018 Hervé Souhaut La Souteronne (give the gamay a year to calm down, but stock up).
September 25th: Hoboken, New Jersey! It’s my first ever New Jersey event. Will you be there? It’s a dinner sponsored by Wine Dad’s at Hudson Table. Price is $135 per person and includes a signed copy of my book. Space is limited, so call 201-683-7700 or email email@example.com.
September 26th: Deepest Brooklyn? I finally get to peek into Henry’s on my way to dinner and a fine time at Petra. Starts at 7pm. Books will be there and I have a pen! Come to drink and eat. I’ll be doing both.
This week in the newsletter.. I’m focused on some New World wines and great spots to eat in Santiago, Chile.
I'm hunting the Leon Trotskys, the Philip Roths, the Chaucers and the Edith Whartons of the wine world. I want them natural and most of all, I want them to speak the truth even if we argue. With this messiah thing going on, I'm trying to swell the ranks of those who crave the differences in each vintage, celebrate nuance and desire wines that make them think, laugh, and feel. Welcome.