This fall, the Bordeaux Wine Council played host to an exceptional evening celebrating “Today’s Bordeaux” 2012, 100 wines under $35, which are available for purchase in the United States. This year for the first time in “Today’s Bordeaux” history, media were given an opportunity to taste within a session the wines chosen from a previously held two-day blind judging event.
In addition to the significance of the evening (and carefully constructed guest list), the location, the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn provided a modern, stylish backdrop for the evening. The Wythe Hotel is considered to be the latest “place to be seen” by locals and tourists alike.
Nine tables lined the outskirts of the room, each featuring a Bordeaux Wine Buff (or aficionado) with bottles ranging from red, white, rose and sweet wines. Printouts listing all 100 Bordeaux wines were available to guests, helpful and necessary for those up for the challenge of sampling a bit of everything. I had to stop myself from skipping right to the end, as I have a weakness for sauternes and they were calling me.
Tasty edibles that had been laid out in the middle of the room contained a mix of meats, cheese and bite sized sweets from Reynards (inside the hotel). Even the soundtrack for the event: a mix of Tune-Yards, St. Vincent and Lykke Li (among other indie rockers) fit the bill (and kept my Shazam app busy). The artwork lining the brick walls outside the event space was charming, and made for a fresh, young ambiance for the evening.
Although I was not able to sample all 100 wines at this event, I came away highly educated, enjoyed the company of friends (new and old) and those who proudly poured — until the music stopped.
See our previous recommendations on Bordeaux wines.
This was a guest post by Leslie Richin of New York City, NY.