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Terroir Wine Bar – NYC

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Above: Paul Grieco of Terroir Wine Bar: Mad or Cunning?
413 E 12th St
Tel. 646-602-1300
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 5 pm-2 am (food til 1am) Sun 5 pm-midnight
New York, NY 10009
Neighborhood:  East Village
Cross Street:  1st Ave
Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: Street
Dress Code: Casual
Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Happy Hour: Yes
Alcohol: Beer & Wine
Smoking: No
Prices: Inexpensive-Moderate

Reisling fanatic Paul Grieco opened Terroir Wine Bar in the East Village about one year ago. He has been quoted in an interview by the website Dr. Vino ( as saying,  “I say the only wine by the glass in the summer will be Riesling. That’s it! It’s a small enough venue at 500 sq ft., the costs sort of minimal, I think I feel I can afford to take chances like that. I want to upset people, I want to educate people, I want people to open their minds. In taking such an aggressive stance, my goal is not to piss people off; my goal is to get people to open their minds. If they come in and they say they want a Chardonnay and I say all we have is Riesling, and they say “how can you not have a Chardonnay! It’s the worlds most popular grape!” I’ll say, “you’re absolutely right and here’s why Riesling should be just as popular…please have a taste.”
Following are a couple of Paul’s well-known accompaniments to the wines:
Sage leaves stuffed with lamb sausage $7
Beet risotto balls with Gorgonzola cheese $7

Corkbar California Wine Bar – Downtown Los Angeles

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

403 W 12th Street
In the EVO Bldg. 12th & Grand
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 746-0050
Area: Downtown Los Angeles
Attire: Casual
Delivery/Take Out: No
Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Music: DJ
Happy Hour: Yes
Alcohol: Beer & Wine License Only
Parking: Street
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate-Expensive

This is California, but should we be so chauvinistic? A totally California Wine List could only be made better by the introduction of wines from other wine-producing regions, with selections from both Old and New World Wineries. It also might add some variation in pricing on a downward scale. Hint, hint!
This is a pleasant place to stop by, near the lofts in South Park and on the way to  LA Live Sports, Dining & Entertainment Complex. The prices for wines are a bit steep with glass prices in the $10-$20 range. Food offerings are also not inexpensive.

Opus, Vineria Italiana (Wine Bar) – Bangkok

Monday, April 6th, 2009

64 Pan Road
Silom, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel. 02 637 9896-7
Fax. 02 637 9898
Opening Hours: Dinner only 7 days, 6pm – midnight
Credit Cards: All Major
Prices: Moderate

On the corner of Silom Road and Thanon Pan is the famous, Hindu Temple Wat Khaek, using that as a marker turn down the road and you will eventually find the sign for Opus on the right side traveling along from Silom. The Wine Bar or Vineria Italiana, occupies the lower floor of a large house, which has been renovated but not severely so, as they had the good-sense to leave most of the colonial treatments intact. A bar fills the wall on the left side as you enter with an area with high wine-tasting tables directly in front and a glassed-in wine cellar in the rear with a table in the center. Directly in the front of the house is another dining area with lower and more traditional dining furniture, although personally I would rather consume the dishes chosen for this menu: small plates and other tapas-style dishes at bar level tables—it just seems more natural. On the upper floor they have a private dining room and space to build-out others, when necessary.
The managing Director, Alex Morabito is a suave and genial host, very familiar with Italian wines from all regions of Italy; he will help you pair them with the dishes from the concise, but well chosen menu. I sampled a couple of small-plates on one visit and the cooking that is produced here is far superior to the minimum one requires to accompany a bottle chosen from their vast selection of Italian wines. They have a brief choice of wines-by-the-glass, although I would expect that to expand as demand requires it.

Bar Boulud – New York

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

photo credit: MG & Co./ General Contractors

1900 Broadway ( Between 63rd Street and 64th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Phone: (212) 595-0303
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: Lunch:  12pm – 3:30pm, Dinner: 5pm -11pm, Sat-Sun: Lunch: 11am – 3:30pm, Dinner: 5pm – 11pm
Wine Bar
Credit Cards: all Major
Price: Expensive

Daniel Boulud is from Lyon and he was brought up on good charcuterie. He has a formidable reputation for creating fine-dining restaurants in Manhattan, although now he has gone in a totally different direction by opening a wine bar with an outstanding wine list. If you look carefully, you can find some very reasonably priced selections that pair well with the excellent charcuterie. Order and stick to the charcuterie made on the premises, selections such as: pâté grand-mère, compotée de lapin, or andouille de Vire fashioned by charcuterie master Sylvain Gasdon, from the acclaimed Gilles Verot in Paris. He replicates the earthy flavors and textures of lyonnaise-style artisanal sausages and pâtés, not an easy feat considering the difference in the products between France and New York, I am assured that as many as possible of the main ingredients are imported to attain this quality.
If you do not have a reservation, it is no problem, sit at the counter or the tasting table and order charcuterie and cheese, after all, this is a wine bar, please do not take things too seriously—this is not supposed to be grand cuisine—it is a wine bar with the best charcuterie and cheese in town! Do not expect something it isn’t.

Bar 494, Wine Bar, A Little Oasis – Bangkok

Sunday, April 6th, 2008

Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
494 Rajdamri Road,
Bangkok, Thailand 10330
Tel: +66 2 254 1234 Fax: +66 2 254 6308

Bar@494 is located on the lower level of the hotel and is such a pleasant retreat with the hull of an outrigger canoe as the centerpiece that divides the seating into two parts in the main bar room, additional seating surrounds this in the semi-courtyard outside. This is one of the few bars in Bangkok that offers a large selection of wines by the glass in addition to all the expected drinks and cocktails. (I will cover the rest of the establishments that also do this soon on my return from Japan).

Here is the way it goes, the wines-by-the-glass are listed
by price starting at:
Price 169 Baht – A selection of Chilean wines,

Price 199 Baht – Includes a better grade of Chilean wines and one Italian Cabernet or Chardonnay and a Shiraz-Cabernet from Australia Price 239 Baht – One unwooded Chardonnay from South Australia, a Chardonnay-Pinot Grigio, two Sangiovese and one Chianti plus one South African and Argentinean wine

Price 494 Baht – better quality Australian, Chilean and Argentinean wines

Price 390 Baht – Sparkling Italian Prosecco

Price 949 – Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne
The wine selection changes from time to time.

Before the non-smoking law was amended just recently, to include bars and nightclubs and any air-conditioned room, the inside area around the canoe was the non-smoking area and the area in the courtyard was for smokers, and located conveniently just a few steps away was a shop stocking all the famous brands of Cuban cigars, which were available to the customers of the bar.

This new law has changed all this at least as far as the hotels are concerned, although the hotels are obliged to obey the law to the letter other establishments pay no attention to it at all. It just depends on where you go however, this may change when the police start levying fines in June to both customers and establishments. To what degree the law is finally enforced will eventually depend on how much teeth are involved in enforcement of these new smoking laws and for how long.

Not more than 25 meters away on the same floor is the Italian Restaurant Spazzo. Later in the evening when the music starts and you cannot here yourself think, Bar 494 offers a place where people can actually talk to each other of course, it is not a pick-up bar as Spazzo becomes late at night, and as a matter of fact, almost all through the evening.