WINE AND DINE: UPPER EAST SIDE / by Brackett Bilodeau

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If there’s one thing that’s timeless, it’s a great wine list. From Eli Zabar's expertly curated cave to bubbly at the Baccarat, we’ve zeroed in on our favorite glasses on Manhattan’s east side for the ultimate cold weather sipping guide.


VAUCLUSE | Puligny-Montrachet 'Noyers Brets' Fernand & Laurent Pillot 2013, Bourgogne | $34/glass

This Chardonnay hails from a sub-region of Burgundy situated 750 feet above sea level, producing a beautiful oak-fermented floral, honeyed wine with a touch of citrus. Stands up nicely to any fish or shellfish...or on its own, really.


THE DAISY | Famiglia Bianchi Malbec 2012, Mendoza | $12/glass
At first sip, it’s nearly impossible to believe that this wine comes at such a handsome pricepoint. Behold the greatest $12 wine that has ever passed our lips: an exquisite, medium-bodied Malbec with a round mouthfeel and dancing notes of violet, vanilla, and hints of ripe berry with smoky licorice on the finish. There’s a reason this bad boy boasts international awards. Prefer cocktails? Ask for Ian, who incorporates as a float into a whiskey sour. Yes, a real one with an egg white.


ELI’S TABLE | 2007 Roc D’Anglade Remy Pedreno, Vin de Pays du Gard, Langlade | $40/glass ($20/half)
Home to some of the rarest wines this side of town, Eli’s lives up to the legacy with this glass alone. The exquisitely balanced blend of Carrignan, Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre is produced organically by vigneron Remy Pedreno in a small village in the south of France and extracted tableside via Coravin, a decanting system in which a needle is injected into the cork, slowly extracting the wine while replacing it with argon gas, which protects the remaining wine inside the bottle and extends natural preservation.


DANIEL | Bründlmayer Grüner Veltliner “Terrassen,” Kamptal 2013 | $15/glass
With a wine cellar spanning 15 countries and over 2,000 varietals, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one glass of wine. But we did. This one’s not French, surprisingly, but it’s delightfully lush and crisp at the same time, flaunting a bit of smoke amid a citrusy allspice finish.


CHEVALIER AT THE BACCARAT | Ruinart Blanc de Blancs | $45/glass
Chevalier’s wine director Jeff Taylor tells us, “The storied history of both Baccarat and Ruinart, as luxury brands, go back to the 1700's. The relationship between Baccarat and Ruinart is a long standing one of mutual appreciation. We offer the Ruinart Blanc de Blancs in all our outlets, from the gorgeous Grand Salon to the wonderful Chevalier Restaurant, and even a half bottle in each hotel room's minibar. This 100% Chardonnay bottling uses fruit from mostly Premiers Cru vineyards located in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. The wine is a beautiful pale golden yellow color with gentle green reflections. The nose is primarily redolent of ripe citrus fruits followed by a refined white floral and white peach note. The palate is supple with a harmonious mixture of citrus fruits, nectarines and a pleasant minerality.

For me there's nothing more luxurious and relaxing than sitting in our Grand Salon enjoying  a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs champagne served in a beautiful Baccarat crystal champagne flute and letting the worries of the day pass you by.”

Contact your Attaché for reservations and more #attachéapproved by-the-glass picks.