As many of you know, having signed our petition and written heartfelt (and much appreciated) letters as we prepared our legal case to relocate Appellation to London Terrace, we’d hoped to have different news to share. However as we all know, events do not always play out quite as they’re planned.
As you no doubt know, we’ve taken great pleasure over the past ten years in championing unusual grape varieties and growing regions, as well as obscure producers. It’s here you tend to find the axis point of deliciousness and excellent value. The majority of the bottles that I take home definitely fall under this purview. In a retail environment, however, these wines are almost always a ‘hand sell’: what we in the industry call a bottle that usually requires some explanation, or gentle goading, to persuade a customer into trying something so different. Without these conversations, the unusual gems would languish on the rack, collecting dust.
Whiplashed by weather and the frenetic pace of the beginning of the holiday season, Thursday's upcoming pause is much needed. As we prepare to welcome family and friends into our homes for a shared meal, we'll need equally festive wine and spirits to pair. Team Appellation has come up with a list of what fills our imbibing thoughts as the holiday arrives:
My first days of enjoying wine are filled with wonderful memories of California Cabernet Sauvignon. Shortly after graduating from university, I returned home and lived with my parents in Dallas. The current release was 1994, and we would share bottles over dinner and discuss our day’s experiences. The stories would always become more colorful as the bottle’s punt rose further out of the wine.
Thanksgiving falls so late this year, yet it seems to have caught many of us by surprise. How is it only a few days until we gather around the table with loved ones? When it comes to wine and spirits, remain calm. You can order online, over the phone or visit us in the shop; plus, we deliver throughout the city and Long Island. Shipping outside of the city is also available. We have countless options to pair with your meal, a few of which are listed below:
Much fun (Too much? Nah.) was had at Appellation last night. Jay McInerney read from his most recent wine book, The Juice: Vinous Veritas. Lora Zarubin, the former food editor at House & Garden, baked us up some of her homemade bread. Lucy’s Whey in the Chelsea Market graciously supplied cheese, and 192 Books supplied books to be autographed.
Many of us have dreams which we’ll never realize in our waking hours. With countless responsibilities and reasons, we just can’t. But a few will hold their breath and plunge in. Dreams are powerful conduits for life changes when an individual harnesses those thoughts and emotions and steers them in the right direction. Thankfully, Luc and Marie Michel did just that.