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nm424 Aug 27, 2007 11:58 AM

Just curious if anyone out there had any opinions on this...

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    sharonm Aug 27, 2007 12:13 PM

    There are so many great ones. In no particular order:
    Paul Grieco- Hearth and Insieme
    James Hamilton- L'Impero
    Richard Luftig-Cookshop
    Carmine- Celeste
    Juliette Pope- Gramercy Tavern
    That's just my top five, and I havent even mentioned my favorite wine stores!

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      Lmo1823 Sep 1, 2007 02:25 PM

      Sharonm,
      What are your favorite wine stores? I need some very special (and somewhat specific) wines for a wedding present next weekend. We are in Hell's Kitchen, but will travel if better for knowledge, selection or price.

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        sharonm Sep 4, 2007 04:46 PM

        Sorry it's taken me so long to reply, I was away for labor day weekend. Hmmm a wedding gift. If you want to give Champagne, it's worth the trek to head up to Martin Brothers on Broadway and 108th. On the west side, I like Pour, Beacon Wines & Spirits, and Nancy Wine Co for wines off the beaten path. Every single wine at Vestry Wine shop in Tribeca is awesome. Definitely go there for anything from Champagne to an awesome selection of small California producers. While you're down in Tribeca, Chambers Street Wines has one of the best French selections in the city. I love to shop at Union Square Wines. They have fabulous tastings also. Italian wine? Italian Wine Merchants cant be beat. The list could get long. Astor Wines, De Vino, Tinto Fino for great Spanish wine, and let's not forget Crush Wine on 57th. And for far off the beaten track LeDu's wines on Washington Ave, great tastings! My weekend hobby is to discover wine stores. Actually it's a great thread to start! These are some great places in my opinion to shop for wines with staff that are wine geeks through and through! Good Luck! Let me know what you get!

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          foodwhisperer Sep 4, 2007 07:30 PM

          Sherry-Lehman has amazing selection, so does Morell's both on upper east side

      2. livetotravel Aug 27, 2007 05:52 PM

        John Regan - Eleven Madison Park
        Olivier Flosse - A Voce
        Colum Sheehan - Babbo
        Tim Kopec - Veritas
        Robert Bohr, Alex Miranda, and John Slover - Cru

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          Yaqo Homo Sep 4, 2007 02:45 AM

          Regan (or is it Ragan?) is excellent.

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          David W Aug 28, 2007 08:16 AM

          All fine examples above. I'd like to add Aaron von Rock at Telepan.

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            sam1 Aug 28, 2007 08:18 AM

            people seem to talk quite highly of the sommelier at wallse.

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            psp Aug 28, 2007 09:49 AM

            aldo sohm at le bernerdin (he used to be at wallse) and tim kopec at veritas hands down, or should i say glasses up.

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              MMRuth Aug 28, 2007 09:51 AM

              He left Wallse? I didn't realize that, though I've not been for a while. Makes me understand more about a poster's recent negative comment about the sommelier at Wallse, b/c I can't imagine Aldo being a problem.

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                psp Aug 28, 2007 12:32 PM

                not only did aldo leave, but so did paul (who basically hung the kitchen together and now leading the bar stuzzichini charge), chris (who ran the room) and one of their best waiters (neil who's at blue hill). i'm sure others have followed. maybe a melt down.

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                  ellenost Aug 28, 2007 02:16 PM

                  I think Aldo is wonderful (my sister and I took a Riesling class with him last year at Macy's DeGustibus). I guess I'll have to try Le Bernardin again.

            2. ChefJune Aug 28, 2007 01:24 PM

              Karen King at The Modern

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                Caillerets Aug 28, 2007 05:36 PM

                The sommelier at The Modern is Stephane Colling.

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                  Treece Aug 30, 2007 10:21 AM

                  I thought the sommelier at the Modern (Stephane, I believe) was incredible. Really helpful and knowledgeable.

              2. ellenost Aug 28, 2007 02:19 PM

                Scott Brenner (who used to be at Aureole) is wonderful. I really like Aureole's new sommelier, Heather; she's made some great selections for me.

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                  DutchOenophile Aug 28, 2007 05:19 PM

                  John Ragan--Eleven Madison Park
                  Tim Kopec--Veritas
                  Robt Bohr--Cru

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                  sjjn Aug 29, 2007 09:14 AM

                  Fred Dexheimer - BLT
                  Friendly, always gives great advice.

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                    Caillerets Aug 30, 2007 09:10 AM

                    Fred Dexheimer now sells wine for T. Edwards

                  2. jamielynn Aug 29, 2007 10:36 AM

                    Chanterelle has the master

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                      wryorwhite Aug 30, 2007 09:03 AM

                      Yes, Roger is fantastic. Sadly, the food is not what it once was.

                    2. chowcito Aug 30, 2007 09:39 AM

                      Have to recognize what David Lombardo has done for wine in the city at Landmarc.

                      1. Chow Baby Sep 4, 2007 06:57 PM

                        Dan Zwicke of Bar Stuzzicchini. Formerly of Del Posto, Barbetta and Da Silvano.
                        His family owns and operates Macari Vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island.
                        He was the chef at Bar Cicchetti before moving almost exclusively onto wine.
                        He's a casual, knowledgeable guy and he knows how to make people feel welcome instead of trying to intimidate them.

                        In my opinion, it doesn't get much better than that.

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                          s.piller Sep 4, 2007 06:58 PM

                          Roger Dagorn at Chanterrelle is the best

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                            foodwhisperer Sep 4, 2007 07:31 PM

                            Best sommelier I think is 4 seasons,

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                              bfgross Sep 6, 2007 10:13 PM

                              Tim Kopek at Veritas
                              Without peer, IMHO

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                                sushiman Sep 10, 2007 05:46 PM

                                David Lynch of Babbo regards Italian wine.

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