Enjoy the Harlem EatUp! Festival with Bordeaux Wines
May 15, 2018

Enjoy the Harlem EatUp! Festival with Bordeaux Wines

From May 14-20, join Bordeaux wines at Harlem EatUp!, the exciting week-long festival and brainchild of local resident, celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson, where you can sample some of the best of Harlem”s sights, sounds, and—most importantly—flavors.

The Harlem Eat Up wine selection has something for every palate, with red, white, rosé, sweet, and sparkling Bordeaux wines available for you to taste:

For sweet wines, you’ll be able to sample Château Laribotte and Château Les Justices: two excellent examples of the beloved Bordeaux sweet wine, Sauternes. The Laribotte is approachable and light, with flavors of poached peaches, ginger, and lemon marmalade; whereas the Les Justices is very forward, with unctuous flavors of pineapple chutney, creamy apple and plum.

For reds, how about a Petite Sirene or Château Beynat, Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux? The Petite Sirene’s complex berry aromas and notes of red fruit combine with gentle tannins and a juicy acidity to create a wine that’s a perfect partner for food. The Beynat is organically certified and vinified with indigenous yeasts, and exhibits clear saline notes from the limestone that its grapes are grown on, along with flavors of raspberry and cinnamon.

If dry whites are more your thing, we’ll be pouring Clos des Lunes Grand Vin Blanc Sec and Château La Dame Blanche. Clos des Lunes, grown on very old vines and only picked during the morning to preserve freshness and aromas, is a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits intense notes of citrus and exotic white fruit. Château le Dame Blanche is a waxy, pithy white with grapefruit and fennel flavors and a juicy, long finish.

For those in the “Rosé all day” camp, don’t worry: we’ve got you covered with Château Haut Rian and Château Tassin. Haut Rian is a charming, bright rosé with aromas of currants, strawberries, licorice and spices that lingers on the mouth with a fruit-filled finish. Tassin exhibits a good balance between its full red fruit flavors and tangy aftertaste full of brisk acidity.  

It wouldn’t feel like a party without Crémant, or sparkling wines, so we’ll be popping bottles of Cuvee de L’Abbaye Jaillance and Calvet Crémant Bordeaux Brut. The Jaillance is creamy, fruity and dry, with an attractive soft side which blunts its acidity. The Calvet is crisp, round and fruity, with a nose of raspberry and currant, and fine, persistent effervescence.    

To drink with chocolate, we’ll be pouring en Mémoire du Malbec from Vignobles Raymond and Château Coutet Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. An unusual Malbec from Bordeaux, ‘en Mémoire’ exhibits intense aromas of black fruit, vanilla, oak, and spices. The Château Coutet is a dark red wine that tastes of cherries, cocoa, and a faint hint of rum.

Finally, we’ll be serving a Château du Mayne Graves Blanc to drink with a selection of cheeses. This wine has remarkable aromatic purity, with citrus and grapefruit notes that can”t be missed and a minerality typical of the estate’s gravel soil and the limestone below.

Want to know exactly where and when you can drink Bordeaux wines during Harlem EatUp!? Head to Flatiron Wines & Spirits from 5-8pm on May 17th, The Winery from 5-8pm on May 17th, East River Wines & Spirits from 5-8pm May 18th, Pompette Wines & Spirits from 5-8pm on May 18th, Vintage Harlem from 5:30-8:30 on May 18th, BTL Harlem from 5:30-8:30 on May 19th, Harlem Wine Gallery from 6-9pm on May 19th, or Whole Foods Market from 5-8pm on May 20th.

Don’t miss the “Dine in Harlem” dinner series, where Harlem”s hottest restaurants partner with acclaimed guest chefs from NYC and across the country from May 15 – 17, presenting collaborative multi-course dinners that celebrate Harlem’s rich and continuously evolving culinary landscape. All menus will be paired with a delicious selection of Bordeaux wines – red, white, rosé, sweet and sparkling – with something for every palate; and each dinner will feature performances from dynamic Harlem artists and musicians, making “Dine in Harlem” a can’t miss dinner party!

Finally, you can taste Bordeaux wines, meet Bordeaux wine representatives, and learn more about the celebrated wine region with classes offered during the weekend of May 19-20th at the Harlem Stroll. For two beautiful days, Morningside Park becomes a foodie’s (and wine drinker’s) paradise as tents from some of your favorite Harlem restaurants fill the park. Join us in Morningside Park at West 112th Street!


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