A little over a week ago, winter was put on pause as New York experienced its first hint that spring will come (eventually!), as temperatures rose into the 60s. The first day of springlike weather in the city brings the masses out, and the masses in New York usually head to their favorite watering hole (well, perhaps after a run in Central Park).
I followed suit and went to one of my regular wine bars, Bin 71, a block from the park on Columbus Avenue. It offers a small but diverse wine list and accompanying small plates. It took only a quick glance at the selection of wines by the glass for me to decide on the 2008 Cantina del Taburno Falanghina, from the Taburno DOC, an area southeast of Naples in Italy's Campania region.
I’m a fan of the fleshy whites from Campania, the best of which offer a fruit-forward character, without being exuberant, and tangy acidity. This bottling was no exception, with flavors of apricot and mandarin orange on the typical fleshy texture, and snappy, mouthwatering acidity. I rated the wine 87 points, non-blind, and Bin 71’s generous pours made this $11 glass of wine an excellent way to toast warmer days to come.