Dazzling Evening of Food, Wine and Friends at Vintage
Written by Janine Trusello
Source: 2002 The Cyber Scene, http://www.TheCyberScene.com
most recent Dining to Make Difference event took place
this past Wednesday, February 27th, at Vintage New
York. This was a wonderful and fun opportunity to
enjoy an exciting and delicious sampling of New York
State wines paired with a tasty selection of artisanal
cheeses and other complimentary foods. This unique
wine store and tasting room located at 482 Broome
Street in SoHo is NOT your average neighborhood wine
and liquor store. Opened in July of 2000, this is
the only wine shop of its kind in the state according
to owner Robert Ransom. Robert founded the Rivendell
Winerey in New Paltz, New York in 1987 and decided
that in addition to being able to visit the winery,
tour its cellar and visit its shop (as is the standard
mode of operation for a winery), he would bring "Wine
Country to New York." Licensed as a winery, Vintage
New York sells only New York State wines from among
140 boutique wineries, wonderful cheeses, chocolates
and other delights from their artisanal food pantry.
This little gem is complete with a cellar and tasting
counter where you can taste EVERY ONE of the wines
in the store EVERY DAY. That's right, they are OPEN
ON SUNDAY! Nice, huh? With their motto "Think
Global, Drink Local" Vintage has been a huge
booster of downtown New York and upstate farmers,
winemakers and growers.
was one of those nice, quiet, intimate gatherings
of people who came together to enjoy their love of
wine and mingle with fellow wine and food afficinados
in order to help support New York. In addition, $2.00
from each person's ticket was a donation to Windows
of Hope. For those who have somehow managed to
miss any of the 15 Dining to Make a Difference events
that have been held since October, this was the most
recent of these food and drink focused events that
have been held to help revitalize the economy, build
community and aid relief efforts. Dining to Make a
Difference was created by Vergant founder and president,
Wendy Dubit, whose bio on her website starts with,
"For all of my adult life, I have been eating
and drinking to make a difference--cognizant of the
power that each act, every purchase and all of us
have to change the world in simple but profound ways."
Thus is the philosophy behind these events, which
are designed to get people to realize that they, too,
can make a difference by dining out soon and often,
bringing colleagues and friends, booking parties,
attending benefits, volunteering, and contributing
to their community on a daily basis.
and his assistant Ian poured samples of wines from
the Finger Lakes region (half the wines in the store
are from that area of the state), the Hudson Valley,
and the fastest growing wine region of the state--Long
Island. Classic whites such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay,
Riesling and reds like Merlot and Cabernet Franc were
contrasted with two interesting Finger Lake wines,
a Meritage and the finishing touch--a very sweet Ice
Wine made from Vidal Blanc grapes.
who enjoyed the evening included corporate development
and strategy consultant Arthur Muldoon, Tiffany's
former director Paul McCann, American Express banker
Tom Wiles, American Express marketing researcher Cheryl
Morris, City of New York Parks & Recreation employee
Sara Levine, Knowledge For Professionals, Inc. president
Paula Garzon, Pantone VP Vicky Herbert, and New York
City Fire Department software developer Kevin Jones.
I chatted with the very mannerly and thoughtful comedian
Gary Welz (who I had remembered meeting over a year
ago at the Avenue C Tribes Gallery multi-media exhibit
reception). Lerner New York fabric research manager
Laura Enos came along with airplane pilot Greg McAlpin,
and both were attired in matching artisanal suede
coats! Also in attendance was The Riverdale Press
co-publisher & general manager Richard Stein,
who was along with Public Market Partners' Hilary
Baum. Hilary is currently creating The Baum Forum,
a huge conference set for this October, which will
cover the issues involved in protecting sustainable
course, I also enjoyed the evening, including the
post-tasting gathering of where Wendy and a few others
continued to enjoy more food and (yikes!) more wine
at another SoHo establishment. After that an even
smaller group continued on to the lovely SoHo Grand
lounge for, you guessed it, more cocktails! Hurray!
more information on Wendy Dubit and Vergant, a brand
building and business development consultancy for
companies and causes, visit www.vergant.com.
For information on Vintage New York visit www.vintagenewyork.com.
Did I mention that they are OPEN ON SUNDAY!? Just
a little reminder!
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