I was so excited about attending the Wine & Spirits Magazine 5th Annual Top of the List event, a tasting and benefit for the NY/NJ Baykeeper (for more information, please visit nynjbaykeeper.org). It was an incredible line up of over 100 wineries, as well as “New and Notable Restaurants” and artisan purveyors. Held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on West 18th Street in Manhattan, a stunning and spacious venue, the wine stations were organized by style, from lightest to richest. We were provided with a booklet that contained a color-coded list of the wines within each style and a map of the entire room. So organized! For two hours, I went from station to station, sampling delicious wines and tasty bites. I felt like a kid in a candy store! My favorite wines were the Crisp Whites and Pinot Noirs — and it was especially exciting for me to find my very favorite Pinot Noir from Flowers Winery in Sonoma! There was a great selection of small bites and desserts that complemented the wines nicely. I couldn’t get enough of the polenta & pork meatball (L’Apicio), asparagus custard with crawfish & onions (Maysville), Heritage pork belly with herb salad & ramp mayonnaise (Corner Street Grocers), and the pizza patate (Sullivan Street Bakery). I also had one of the best desserts of my life: warm sticky toffee trifle by Butter & Scotch — it was light, airy, sweet, sticky, butterscotchy, and just amazing. I had a fantastic time at Top of the List and can’t wait to return next year!
Such a gorgeous venue
Maysville: Asparagus custard with crawfish and onions
My favorite Pinot Noir ever: Flowers!
Jason from Flowers Winery
Loved these projections on the floor and walls
Cakebread Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
Corner Street Grocers: Chilled pea soup with creme fraiche and chives
Corner Street Grocers: Heritage pork belly with ramp mayonnaise and herb salad
The event space was enormous! This is only a fraction of what was there
L’apicio: Polenta with pork meatballs and Amatriciana sauce
Runner & Stone: Duck pastrami with pickled cucumber and beer mustard
Sullivan Street Bakery: Pizze Patate (Roman-style potato pizza with onion, rosemary, and black pepper)
Grich Hills Fume Blanc
Butter & Scotch: Warm sticky toffee trifle
Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon
Kris Pinot Grigio action shot
Exchange Alley: Gumbo Z’herbs
Hi, Frank Family!