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Jan 9, 2009 12:21 PM

new wine glass


I'm looking for creative bars and restaurants around the country that serve wine in nontraditional manners, like using a bourbon glass, teacup, jar, etc. Can you think of any?

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  1. I just read about some place here in NYC, La Cave des Fondus, that serves wine in baby bottles. Apparently it's modeled on a place with the same name in Paris. In the French place, the bottles are a form of avoiding a wine tax that only applies to wine served in glassware. In NYC, it's just a silly (but sort of fun) gimmick.

    I can't imagine this tastes very good. I would try it myself to see, but I'd be afraid of child services knocking down my door ;)

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    1. re: oolah

      I'd also note that the French place is a horrible tourist trap with aweful wine.

      1. re: tmso

        That sounds too kitschy for me...I can only image my DH's reaction!

        1. re: FoodChic

          Yes. Next we'll see wine being introduced IV, just to be "ahead of the curve."

          Kind of like the O2 [sorry, none of my formatting would do subscript] bars. To me, it is more of a gimmick, than anything else. Just call me old-school.


    2. I forget the name of it, I think it's Brooklyn Wine Company,--it's somewhere in Williamsburgh, I think they serve wine in small glass jars.

      1. If you don't mind travelling back in time to the 17th century, wassail bowls ("almost invariably made of lignum vitae") do certainly merit some consideration:

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        1. re: RicRios


          By the 17th century, had the wine-consuming populace stopped "cutting" their wine with water? Not sure when that went out of fashion, but think it was much earlier.

          Just curious,


          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Wow, Bill, shame on you!
            The custom of cutting swill with water is alive and well on planet Earth as we speak.

            1. re: RicRios


              I had hoped that it had passed into the obscurity of history at least 600 years ago. You are not bearing good news there!

              Now, when Aunt Naiomi wants to mix the Latour, that I just served with 7-Up...


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                With all due respect I couldn't care less about Aunt Naiomi, my problem is Ms. Rios.
                She is the best wine nose I know this side of Antarctica.
                But she tolerates poorly any alcohol, therefore the mixing.
                Anything you put in a 1-to-5 dilution, she'll tell you what it is, judge and rate to perfection.

          1. re: zin1953

            Supposed to be "irreverent," therefore hip?

            Just a guess.

            1. re: comestible

              Hey, like I said earlier, coconut shells. I've got a couple from a lu`au a few years ago - only poke then. Maybe I can offer them as suitable vessels... Or, maybe not.

              Why not drink wine from a slipper, with total darkness and a clothespin on one's nose? Now, that would be irreverent!


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                A slipper is nice but, really, the only cup from which to drink wine is that of the soutien-gorge of one's date. Irreverent? Of course! Your wines will either not always match the glass, or not always match the food (red burgundy with sole? ahhhhhh, I see!)

                1. re: tmso

                  I had a similar thought, but left it on the "table."


          2. if i remember correctly, Buca di Beppo (italian chain restaurant) serves their wine in regular drinking glasses (like you would use for a glass of milk)