In the wake of one of the coldest winters in recent memory (at least here in New York City at Bordeaux HQ), we’re drooling at the bits for some much needed sunshine. Warmer temps mean picnics, parks and fresh, vibrant produce. It also heralds the unofficial start of white wine season. For some, that particular season never ends. But given red and white wines’ inherent characteristics and pairing profiles, its understandable that some have a seasonal preference when it comes to wine.
Last month, we introduced you to the type of work and maintenance happening in the vineyard during the winter months. While winter lays the groundwork for the upcoming vintage, the story really begins to unfurl when spring arrives. As the snow melts, vintners begin to prepare for arguably the most important season of the vine-growing life cycle.
We’re thrilled to announce that Bordeaux Wines’ will be the official wine sponsor of the inaugural Harlem Eatup! Festival. The four day event, founded by Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson and veteran event producer, Herb Karlitz and supported by Harlem ambassadors like President Bill Clinton, will celebrate the food, culture and spirit of the historic neighborhood of Harlem. While Harlem and Bordeaux are thousands of miles apart, they both represent a rich and dynamic history that is reflected in the food, wine, culture and arts you see today.
As part of our involvement in the event, we will provided distinct wine pairings for the festival’s Dine In Harlem events – a one-night only dining experience at select local Harlem Restaurants including The Cecil, Ginny’s Supper Club, Dinosaur BBQ and Jin Ramen. Celebrated Chefs from across the country including Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), Sean Brock (Husk), Paul Qui (Qui) and Ludo Lefebvre (Trois Mec) will collaborate with participating Harlem area restaurants on a menu for a one night residency. Each course will be expertly paired with a delicious and affordable red, white and / or sweet Bordeaux wine that will reflect the versatility and accessibility of our wines with the wide range of cuisines represented at Dine In Harlem.
Additionally, you’ll find us at the weekend’s Grand Tasting in beautiful Morningside Park where food vendors from across the neighborhood will offer their unique fare alongside music and dance performances and art exhibitions from local artists. Attendees will have the opportunity to pair the diverse cuisine of the area with unexpected wine pairings from our region.
When it comes to Chinese cuisine, wine isn’t necessarily top of mind as a drink to pair with. But, the reality is there are flavor profiles in both food and beverage that make the two an unlikely yet perfect fit. Specifically, the white grape varieties and styles found in Bordeaux make for a nice complement to some signature Chinese cuisine.