At Wild Ginger & The Triple Door, we’re sure that there’s a place for nearly every kind of wine with our food, but if we were forced to pick just one, we’d pick Riesling. The vibrant citrus and stonefruit flavors, the bracing acidity, and the occasional hint of sweetness make our food, and our hearts, sing.
But why, you ask, do we need a “Summer of Riesling?” The story began in 2008 at Paul Grieco’s East Village winebar Terroir. He decided to pour no white wine by the glass all summer except for Riesling . . . and rather than bankrupt his bar, as saner people suspected would happen, it turned into a really fun summer during which he turned a lot of people on to a wine he was passionate about – Riesling. He did it again in 2009, expanded his offerings, and received a visit from the German Wine Queen (really!). In 2010, Paul invited like-minded New York restaurateurs to join him, and in 2011 he got beyond his east coast bias and invited us (we knew he’d come to his senses).
Throughout the summer (June 21st – September 22nd) we will be offering a giant selection of earth-shatteringly good Riesling by the glass – something old (at least 12 years), something new, something unusual (like a ultra-brut sparkling Riesling), something blue (Dr. Loosen’s Graacher Himmelreich Stablay Kabinett made especially for Wild Ginger comes from only blue slate soil) and a whole lot of other great wines.
To celebrate Summer of Riesling 2011,The Triple Door, will have rotating Riesling pairings that will showcase the distinct flavors of our selected menu items. Why stop there? We will pair Riesling, food and live music for an event not to be missed.
Date (tbd) – Mosel Wine Merchants Dinner & Concert – Join Dan Melia, the visionary co-founder of Mosel Wine Merchants for an intimate Mosel Riesling tasting followed by a killer wine dinner and concert viewed from the private suites in The Triple Door. Dan will be pouring and talking about wines from Clemens Busch, Peter Lauer, Stein, Spater-Veit and Steinmetz. The Concert (subject to change based on final dinner date) will be Colin Hay, the lead singer/songwriter for Men at Work.
• Cost $85 per person + tax & gratuity (includes tickets to show)
• Reservations required. Limited to 18 guests.
• Reserve by calling (206) 838 4306 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (reservations will be finalized when you receive a confirmation email).
There will be special informative (and interactive) Riesling lists, as well as special Riesling menus consisting of Wild Ginger delicacies paired perfectly with amazing Rieslings. As if all that weren’t enough, Wild Ginger will be hosting an ever-expanding selection of events centering around Riesling, so keep checking our Summer of Riesling 2011 calendar!
We’ve lined up a ton of Riesling related fun for you this summer, and hope that you will join in and let us convince you that Riesling is the perfect wine for summertime!