On Monday night, I was at a Rhône tasting at New York’s Tribeca Grill.
It started at 5:30. I got there at 5:35, and I was not the first person in the room. Not by a long shot. By 6:00, the place was packed. And this was not a casual drinking crowd either, there for people-watching and the buffet of cheese cubes. No, they were there for the wine.
The Châteauneuf-du-Pape table had ’03 Clos des Papes, Janasse, Mont-Olivet and Les Cailloux. There were also ’99 St.-Joseph and ’97 Hermitage from Chave, as well as a selection from Vacqueyras producer Domaine Montvac, among others.
As an added kicker, anyone who stayed for dinner got 20 percent off any Rhône wines on the list. The wine list at Tribeca Grill is a Grand Award winner, thanks in part to its terrific selection of CdPs, and wine director David Gordon’s hard work. I sprung for the ’90 Coulon Boisrenard, since it was my dad’s birthday (he took me to the Rhône for my first time, back in 1978, so I always honor him with Rhône wines).
The buzz was palpable – and this was a Monday night. At least half the crowd from the tasting stayed for dinner, and there was a lot of Rhône wine on the tables.
On a normal Monday night in August, a New York restaurant is more like a library than a bustling wine and food spot. I guess the Rhône is the cure...
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