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Natty wine / unusual varietal tasting group NYC?

#1 Post by phil.lukeman » February 15th, 2019, 5:56 pm

Does anyone know of any NYC tasting groups that focus on "natural" or unusual varietal wine?*

If not, are there any Beserkers who want to either

1) Have a meetup where we bring a bottle of unusual/natty wine and have a tasting session

or

2) Gather a group of 8 or so together and go to a good natural wine bar,
buy a Bottle each, and share notes and stories.

My previously-visited favorites include

10 Bells
Ruffian
Haver and Meyer

but really interested in most any establishments on these lists

https://ny.eater.com/maps/natural-wine-bar-nyc
https://wine.sprudge.com/2018/09/19/5-new-natural-wine-hotspots-in-new-york-city/

*yes, yes, I know natty wine is a Thing. I'm primarily interested in the wider range of flavors wines display when they are made this way (also: unusual varietals) , and don't want to get into "Natural? What does it mean? Good or Bad?" discussion.

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#2 Post by PeterH » February 15th, 2019, 6:03 pm

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#3 Post by B Thorne » February 15th, 2019, 7:32 pm

I can sell you a case of natty beers if you're interested. They're light too.

natural light

$1200 / case

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#4 Post by Ramon C » February 16th, 2019, 10:22 am

I don't think I have "natty" wine, but am interested should "unusual" becomes the direction.
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#5 Post by Michael Mahle » February 17th, 2019, 10:53 am

I'd be interested in a Natural Wine/Unusual Grape Varietal dinner/tasting event.
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#6 Post by JohnJansma » February 25th, 2019, 12:23 pm

Michael, I'm down lmk what comes of it all

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#7 Post by Sh@n A » February 25th, 2019, 2:15 pm

Ramon C wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 10:22 am
I don't think I have "natty" wine, but am interested should "unusual" becomes the direction.
Would be interested in non-natural, but off-the-beaten path.... Croatian, Cayman, etc... predominantly reds (as I'm allergic to whites).
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#8 Post by phil.lukeman » February 25th, 2019, 8:42 pm

Alright! We have a few people.

Let's shoot for some dates: Thu 14, Sun 17 or Mon 18 March work for any of you?

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#9 Post by Michael Mahle » February 27th, 2019, 7:02 am

Weekends and Thursdays are no good for me. But that Monday is doable.
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#10 Post by Ramon C » February 28th, 2019, 7:06 am

Monday works.
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#11 Post by JordanL » February 28th, 2019, 12:38 pm

Super interested in either, not sure what my schedule will be around that time but will be interested. I think one of the biggest obstacles for a tasting is just finding a venue.
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#12 Post by phil.lukeman » March 1st, 2019, 7:26 am

So, we have choices for Mon 18 March.

We could Either

1) bring a bottle of something we picked up to a BYOB dinner out.
I'm coming from queens, I assume we have people from brooklyn and manhattan. Given it;s going to be a mixed bag of wine, I'm saying no to ultra-spicy food, and no to places with steep corkage or ultra-high prices.

How about this solid turkish place in midtown?

https://www.yelp.com/biz/aba-turkish-re ... t-new-york?

As of December last year it was BYOB.....and pretty reasonably priced.

OR

2)we could go to ten bells on the LES

http://www.tenbellsnyc.com/

and buy a bottle each and then sit around chatting and eating. The staff there are genuinely happy to see people with real interests in wine, they'll likely give us tastes of things (if it's also by the glass) and we could decide what bottles to buy.

I will go with the majority opinion.....

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#13 Post by Mike C. » March 1st, 2019, 10:53 am

Interested but won't know my schedule until closer to the date.

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#14 Post by CliftonD » March 2nd, 2019, 8:23 am

Monday @ ABA sounds great. [cheers.gif]
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#15 Post by JordanL » March 8th, 2019, 1:54 pm

Monday is cool with me as well!
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#16 Post by phil.lukeman » March 8th, 2019, 5:07 pm

I think we're good to go!

I will leave this open till EOD Mar 11, then make reservation for 730pm Mon 18 Mar,
.....for however many reply! I will double-confirm their BYOB status when making the res....

Sofar: myself, jordanl, cliftond, ramonc, michael mahle.

Anyone else?

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#17 Post by Mike C. » March 10th, 2019, 7:54 am

Count me in.

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#18 Post by Mike C. » March 10th, 2019, 10:01 pm

Also, what are people thinking of bringing?

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#19 Post by phil.lukeman » March 12th, 2019, 1:32 pm

OK. We are on for monday night, 18 March, 730pm

ABA restaurant
325 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019
b/t 9th Ave & 8th Ave

Reservation is under my name for 6 ppl. They are BYOB, and can accommodate 1-2 more if we get some last minute-rs.

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I'm the 40-something, skinny-ish, 6"2' bespectacled white dude with a short beard, wearing a cadet cap.

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I'll bring a couple of bottles: at least one of these two, and maybe a wild card.

https://www.rawwine.com/wine/kamara-pur ... tinitis-2/
https://www.bowlerwine.com/wine-or-spirit/pais-matorral

Please bring at least one either "natural" or "unusual varietal/expression" wine! Looking forward to meeting you all.

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#20 Post by Ramon C » March 13th, 2019, 3:26 pm

Will be hard for me to match-up with some of the hardest -pronouncing unusual wines that Phil declared. Made me think twice about bringing a Japanese saké just to come up with a difficult-sounding name. [cheers.gif]

Anyway, I'll bring a red (caveat: I'm playing it such that "unusual varietal" is subjective) - 2014 Ka Mancine Rossese di Dolceacqua "Beragna"

I'll also bring a white (either a Savoie or a Jasnieres).
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#21 Post by Ramon C » March 15th, 2019, 2:09 pm

I'm sorry but I'll have to pull out of this due to a last minute conflict.

I hope you all enjoy and I look forward to any meet up in the future.

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#22 Post by JordanL » March 15th, 2019, 5:49 pm

Good thing I looked at this thread again! I'm starting my first day at a new job that Monday, barring anything I should be able to make it. Look forward to meeting everyone!
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#23 Post by Brent C l a y t o n » March 15th, 2019, 6:09 pm

Did you inquire about stems?

By the looks of the menu I doubt they have anything good. You might want to bring your own.

I might be a last minute possible add, but I will have to check in on Monday.
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#24 Post by phil.lukeman » March 17th, 2019, 5:52 pm

I did not enquire about stems alas.

We may have to put up with some rough glassware. If this matters to you, BYOG.

Looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

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#25 Post by Mike C. » March 17th, 2019, 9:50 pm

Still expect to be there and will bring a friend too. Tentatively, we will bring:

2015 Ganevat De Toute Beaute
2014 Zidarich Carso Vitovska

Yes: me (2), phil lukeman, JordanL
Maybe: Brent Clayton, cliftond, michael mahle

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#26 Post by JordanL » March 18th, 2019, 12:20 pm

hate to do this but also have to pull out, first day is giving me a little more than i expected.
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#27 Post by Mike C. » March 18th, 2019, 1:01 pm

Sounds like tonight isn’t going to end up working out, so maybe we should try to reschedule this.

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#28 Post by phil.lukeman » March 18th, 2019, 2:21 pm

I will be there. If no-one turns up, we can reschedule....

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#29 Post by phil.lukeman » March 18th, 2019, 4:48 pm

Alright, we shall reschedule!

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