At Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster nightclub Ginny’s for Herb’s 25th anniversary, there was so much food and wine to enjoy, and while I admired the 1990 Mommessin Clos de Tart Grand Cru Burgundy, I was just as impressed by a little white wine station.
I mostly drink white wine at events, it is safer (I’m clumsy), but the lack of choice and indifference of selection mostly makes it a yeoman's job to hoist back the vino (though somehow I seem to manage). And really this is a mistake I see all too often at events of every kind where they offer you a commercial brand of pinot grigio or chardonnay that you see all the time.
But the impressive little selection of whites at Herb’s affair—I tried them all—could only be surpassed by Herb’s dizzyingly precise explanation of how they were chosen, presented unedited and unproofread:
“Two of the wines were ‘projects’ of somms, who are friends of mine: Raj Parr from San Francisco (worldwide wine director for Michael Mina) has Sandhi Chardonnay, which is wonderful. Josh Nadel, worldwide wine director for Andrew Carmellini has Ophelia Chardonnay. Quite different. One sees more oak (Sandhi), the other steel. Since the Bordeaux Wine Council is a sponsor of our upcoming Harlem EatUp! Festival, I thought it would be a nice touch to include a white Bordeaux, which was the Michel Lynch selection.”