Eric Arnold, editor of The Daily Sip, a free, wine-centric e-newsletter from the folks at Bottlenotes.com, is guest-blogging about the Bottlenotes.com 80 Sips Challenge.
Restaurant Week is always a welcome time in New York dining: It’s a stretch during which just about anyone can get a taste of the sometimes-otherwise unaffordable. But what’s usually missing from the three-course lunches and dinners is an appreciation for wine pairing.
That changes starting Monday with the 80 Sips Challenge by Bottlenotes.com. For the next two weeks, several great NYC restaurants are offering pre-fixe lunches ($25ish) and dinners ($35ish) paired with wines from Brancott Estate in New Zealand, Conway Family Wines in California, and several red and white selections from France’s Roussillon region. The wine pairings cost extra, but these are all very wallet-friendly, high-quality wines that you’ll be able to find in your local wine shop, later on. And beyond enjoying the good food and wine, there’s some added incentive for dining out over the next couple weeks: