A Rosé Wine to Remember: Five Favorites to Sip This Season from CorkBuzz’s Laura Maniec

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All hail the arrival of rosé wine season. Every year, sommeliers at top restaurants sample countless wines (A taxing job, really, but someone’s got to do it!) to bring diners the finest and funkiest rosés available in celebration of the summer. We asked Master Sommelier and owner of Manhattan’s CorkBuzz Wine Studio Laura Maniec for her must-try’s for the coming months. She shares her suggestions for a rosé to remember, highlighting those suited for everything from great grilling at your favorite restaurant to chilling to by the pool.

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Christophe Lepage Pinot Gris Rosé ’12, Côtes Saint Jacques, Burgundy, France
“This is wine super light. It’s got more of a dry, French style. It’s pale pink in color and is an easy-drinking rosé. What’s interesting about this wine is that it’s made from a white grape, which is a really rare style of rosé.”

Altura ‘Chiaretto’ Sangiovese Rosé ’10, Isola del Giglio, Tuscany, Italy
“This is one of my favorite rosés of the moment. It actually looks like a light red. This wine is from an island just off the coast of Tuscany. It has a little more tannin than most rosé. It’s perfect for meat dishes like a grilled hanger steak salad or something with pork. It’s got a ripe, refreshing acidity that lends itself to pasta dishes also.”Continue Reading

Dining Poll: How Often Do You Speak to the Sommelier?

In honor of the 2013 Diners’ Choice Awards for Top 100 Wine Lists, we’re wondering about sommeliers and wine service. If a restaurant has a sommelier and I’m ordering a bottle of wine (which is pretty much a given!), I always confer with her/him. Sure, I know what I like. However, putting oneself in the hands of a skilled sommelier always adds the elements of education and surprise. I’ve often tried wines I wouldn’t have necessarily zeroed in on, and, time and again, they have all been within my budget. Are you like me when it comes to consulting with a wine professional on your order — or do you prefer to go it alone? Weigh in on our dining poll.


OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Wine Lists

corks-blogAs the grape harvest continues at the nation’s vineyards, we are pleased to announce the 2013 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Restaurants with the Most Notable Wine Lists. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Featuring talented sommeliers and lists to impress any oenophile, the winners span 27 states and include Canlis in Seattle, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, and Veritas in New York City. Home to the nation’s most renowned vineyards, California accounts for 21 honorees, followed by Maryland with eight winners and Florida, New York, Ohio, Virginia, and Washington with five apiece. Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas restaurants each boast four winning restaurants. Michigan and Nevada both claim three winners. Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, and Tennessee each have two winning restaurants. Arizona, Delaware, Iowa, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin restaurants are also represented. American fare restaurants had the greatest number of winners, followed by those serving Italian and tapas/small plate cuisines.

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OpenTable Diner Reviews Reveal Top 100 Wine Lists in U.S.

Cheers to the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Wine Lists in the U.S.!

As the time to toast the holidays draws near, we are pleased to announce the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for the Top 100 Restaurants with the Most Notable Wine Lists in the United States. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The list of winners, which includes Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, RN74 in Seattle, and Veritas in New York, spans 25 states and Washington, D.C.  California, renowned for its wine country, has the greatest number of winners with 17, followed by Maryland with nine winners and Washington with eight. Florida and New York boast six winning restaurants apiece, trailed by Texas and Virginia with five honorees, Colorado and South Carolina with four, and Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania with three each. The states of Connecticut, DelawareMassachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, and Tennessee all have two award winners. Washington, D.C. earned a single spot as did Arizona, Kansas, and Wisconsin. Restaurants serving American fare dominated the list; however, a variety of cuisines are represented, including French, Italian, Spanish, and tapasContinue Reading