Thursday, February 12th, 7.30PM
@Uncle Ted’s Modern Chinese (163 Bleeker Street)
$100 (all in, including wine, food, tax and tip)
(Yes, already. We're a little shocked. Clearly you would all like us to have more wine dinners!)
It’s time! After seven years, we’re finally planning our a wine dinner! And it’s going to be a fun one, done Frankly-style. We’ll be pouring a bevy of bottles from Champagne Corbon, one of our favorite growers new to the New York bubbles scene.
Current vintages, not-yet-available cuvees, and special straight-from-the-cellar library vintages brought over using the oft-employed suitcase method. All paired BYOB-style with loads of food, family-style from Uncle Ted’s Modern Chinese restaurant. This is how we do it when we go out for our own industry dinners – so we want to invite everyone to join in the fun.
Champagne Corbon is a small estate in the Grand Cru village of Avize, located in the Cote de Blancs. As the name implies, this sub-region is known for turning out excellent bubblies made from the chardonnay grape, and the Blanc de Blancs of Corbon prove this point.
The estate is overseen by Agnes Corbon who returned to the family vines in 2004 after a stint working in the European food business as an engineer and buyer. Her family began growing grapes in Avize in 1912, selling their fruit for others to vinify, but in the 1970s, her father, Claude, worked up the courage (with a little push from the economic downturn) to keep the grapes and make champagne under the family label. Agnes has continued the work he started, experimenting with organics in the vineyard, and turning out wines that we love and are eager to introduce to a wider audience.
Some of you have already tasted the 2002 and more recently, the 2004 Blanc de Blancs. Made from 100% chardonnay, young BdBs can be all tightly-coiled meanness when young, but we love the Corbon wines come to us with a bit of age already on them, softening them up a bit. But there’s a firm spine of minerality that underlies the creaminess - elegance with backbone. And in the world of Champagne, they’re incredible bargains at around $60/bottle for vintage goodness.
The official wine list for the dinner: Blanc de Blanc 2005, 2004 (two bottlings, with and without batonnage), 2002, 1995 (in magnum!), 1990, and 1984. We’ll also have the Absolument Brut zero dosage to sip on.
Needless to say, we’re very excited. Great wine, good food, and fun company – and at $100 this could be one of the best dinner deals out there.
Seating is limited due to the number of older bottles we have, so sign up soon.
February 12th, 7.30PM
@ Uncle Ted’s Modern Chinese
$100 (all in, tax, tip, etc*)
Note: Agnes won’t be here (but we’re heading over to meet her in April) but Jeff Hellman, of importer Transatlantic Bubbles, will be on hand to tell us stories and talk more about the family and their bubbles. *A note on how this will appear in your shopping cart: You’ll see a subtotal of $91.85 for the “item” and $8.15 for “sales tax” so the total charged to your card will be $100. If you’re purchasing with an out of state card, you won’t see the sales tax in your cart, but we’ll make sure the total gets up to $100. The night of the dinner, you just show up, eat, drink, and we take care of the rest.