“I’m a little guy who really likes to hang around with big Cabs” barks Monty, “And I’m okay with that!” We are too, Monty, and – since Fall is right around the corner – we’re pouring 3 delicious California Cabs (1 is organic) and a classic Zin. Please feel free to join us – 4:00-6:00 today – at Prospect Wine Shop!
“This gin from Maine looks very interesting,” sniffs Beemo, “And I hear there’s an aged rum from El Salvador around here somewhere. I think I’ll go and find someone to mix some suitable cocktails for a Friday, late-summer evening....” We’ll be right there, Beemo, pouring these delicious spirits and mixing cocktails. Please feel free to join us – 5:30-8:30 this evening – at Prospect Wine Shop!
We came up with another idea for what to do with some of the fabulous bounty of tomatoes at the greenmarket – add them (and some basil from the garden) to shrimp and Cannellini beans – with lemon zest and juice, plus Italian hot pepper flakes contributing brightness. The Schloss Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Langenlois 2016 paired wonderfully, with rich notes of white pepper, fennel, green melon (near the rind), sage, an overtone of mild eucalyptus, and a lively lemon zest topnote. It was assertive enough to meet the savory flavor of the shrimp that perfumed the stew, yet subtle and complex in its way of mingling with all of the flavors. A lovely summery ensemble for a still very summery evening!
“Well I do like to maintain my ladylike demeanor,” remarks Mutley, “Especially when there’s an interesting rosé in the vicinity....And this Nebbiolo rendition certainly appeals to my theatrical bohemian side....” It’s a rosé with real character, Lady Mutley – we think you’ll like it enough to linger...and we’ll also be pouring whites and a red that are all well suited to accompany holiday weekend picnics and barbecues. Please feel free to join us to taste them all – 4:00-6:00 today – at Prospect Wine Shop!
We saw soft-shell crabs at the greenmarket again and couldn’t resist. We had so enjoyed them with Loire rosé earlier this summer that we wanted to try a different version, and we chose the beautifully delineated Thomas Labaille Sancerre “l’Authentique” rosé 2017 – its delicate melon deepened with the lightest shades of red fruit, plus a citrus highlight and an underpinning of sleek chalky stoniness made for a nicely bright contrast to the subtly rich crabs. It also went very well with our tomato tart with a Parmesan crust and aromatic herbs from Ardeche (see next photo), and green beans with a light mustard vinaigrette. We’re still savoring summer!
“I really want some of those delicious treats they have here,” sniffs Mutt-Mutt, “but what I think I truly need to make this summer afternoon perfect is some serious mineral input...say, in the form of this classic Muscadet....” We’re happy to provide some, Mutt-Mutt, and we’ll be pouring three other minerally, summery wines, too – a rosé from the Canary Islands, a Portuguese Alvarinho and a Piemontese Nebbiolo. Please feel free to join to join us – 4:00-6:00 today – at Prospect Wine Shop!
Ah, summer....and more goodies from the greenmarket. Scallops on a bed of fennel, with a light sauce involving Hiedler’s absolutely lovely Grüner Veltliner Steinhaus 2016, and a soupçon of ouzo. Alongside, a gratin of assorted eggplants and heirloom tomatoes, with goat cheese and plenty of garden herbs – rosemary, thyme, basil (see next photos). The wine harmonized delightfully with all of the elements – rich and elegantly structured – lively citrus (lemon and mandarine zest), firm stoniness, with various subtle but bright herb notes – Thai basil blossoms, lemon balm, and fennel, of course. We so appreciate the work of the winemaker, farmers and fisherfolk!
“Yeah, I’m chillin’ here on Prospect Wine Shop’s deck with some chilled organic Frappato....” muses Talulah. “And it would be really cool if someone would come on over and unscrew this bottle-top....” We’ll be right there, Talulah, and we’ll be opening 3 other chilled reds, still and sparkling, from Italy and Portugal. Please feel free to join us 4:00-6:00 today – at Prospect Wine Shop!
“Ooh, Max, cheri, this Rhum Agricole looks so delicious, it makes me want to dance!” yips Pookie the Yorkie. “Ooh, moi aussi,” yaps Max, “But it gets me even more in the mood for a Daquiri!...Hey, where’s the bartender?” Right here, Yorkies – and ready to sample three different island rums, and mix some refreshing Daquiris. By all means come and join us – 5:30-8:30 this evening – at Prospect Wine Shop!
“They call me a Portuguese Water Dog,” sniffs Lulu, “But, personally, my favorite Portuguese drink is wine....Oh, and here’s a delightful-looking sparkling Bairrada rosé! Let’s pop that cork!” We’ll be happy to oblige, Lulu, and we’ll be pouring three other Portuguese wines, too, that are perfect for summer sipping – from Bairrada, Setúbal and Vinho Verde. Please feel free to join us – 4:00-6:00 today – at Prospect Wine Shop!
A very summery dinner on a very muggy August evening – starring a quintessential New York fish – the richly flavorful Bluefish. We sautéed the filets with lots of herbs from the garden, including Thai basil, fennel fronds and lemon balm. Brovia’s distinctive and rather intense Roero Arneis 2017 was a spirited partner for the fish, with notes of slightly bitter fresh almonds, a hint of lime zest and green apple peel and green melon near the rind, all rounded out with mineral density. For dessert we poached yellow nectarines and white peaches in the Borell-Diehl Rieslaner Auslese 2016, and served them with pistachio-flecked mascarpone – and the Rieslaner Auslese, which recalled Acacia honey, almost ripe Anjou pears and, appropriately enough, white peaches. Wonderful greenmarket fare like these fruits, vegetables and fish makes us love summer, despite the humid heat.
“I feel so affectionate when I get close to a Cava,” sighs Shadow, “Especially if that Cava’s nicely chilled and it’s a muggy summer afternoon....” We feel the same way, Shadow, and we’ll be pouring this refreshing Cava and three other summery Spanish wines – 4:00-6:00 today – at Prospect Wine Shop!