Best Wines in NYC According to Wine Spectator | My Go-To

JOHN SLOVER: Fantastic. That’s delicious. God, that one’s good. It’s really good. My name is Gillian
Sciaretta, and I’m director of Wine Spectator’s
Restaurant Awards Program. This year, we awarded
over 3,800 restaurants with three different
award levels– the Award of Excellence, the
Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award. And today, we’re going to go
to a restaurant in each award level category and speak
with the people who manage these award-winning programs. Our first stop is The Usual,
so let’s go check it out. Tell us a little bit about
the wine program here. Usually, the wines that we
work with pair really well with classic comfort foods. Generally, we run with some
pretty high-toned wines that work really well with
fried chicken and burgers. So the first one
is Methode Sauvage. This is a chenin
blanc from California. I work with this as
often as I possibly can. Oh, that’s delicious. How much is it on the list? On the list, it’s about 60
bucks, 60, 70 bucks, yeah. That’s great. So if you have, like, four
of you going out, that’s– Or two of you. Or even two. Exactly. So this is the Valentina
Passalacqua Rosa Terra. This is from Puglia
in Southern Italy. Not a classic rosé by any means. The color in itself
kind of says everything. What would you pair this
with on the food menu? This with our pork chop is
actually pretty incredible. This is from Marcel Lapierre,
one of the kind of figureheads of natural wine in Beaujolais. This is 100% Gamay specifically
from the appellation of Morgon. Cheers.
Thank you. Can’t wait to have you back. Thank you. God, that one’s good. That’s really good. Manhatta, located in New
York’s Financial District, features sky high views,
soulful American cuisine, and a deep wine
program, which earned them the Best of Award of
Excellence from Wine Spectator. We’re so lucky to look out
the window every day and see so much history,
so much diversity, and– and such a great city
that we really want to draw a lot of inspiration from that. The first one, again,
kind of a classic region, classic producer, Franck
Balthazar Crozes-Hermitage. So 100% Syrah. A lot of dark fruits,
black pepper, spicy. One of my favorites. Next one, we’re
taking a big left turn here and head into
the region of Wartenberg in Germany. Roterfaden is the producer. Being able to find
off-the-beaten-path regions or up-and-coming producers
is something that– that we’re– we really geek out on. We thought Madeira would
be a really great fit for the program and offer
a wide range of Madeiras by the glass as old as 1875. And this is 1977 Terrantez. Cheers.
Thank you. Thank you. Lastly, we’re going
to go to The Pool, Wine Spectator’s Grand
Award winner for 2019 from New York City. So we have a large
wine program, 30,000 bottles, 3,000 selections. One of my favorites,
Vina Tondonia. The wines are terrific
with– with seafood. Even though it’s– it’s a
landlocked inland region, great with seafood. Wine number two, pinot
noir from Oregon. Rose and Arrow is
relatively an Oregon winery. They have seven different sites. They make seven different wines. Definitely get
that smokiness– Yes. –on the nose here. It’s a wine that works very,
very well with– with a lot of the dishes on the menu here. Fantastic. That’s delicious. Chateau d’Yquem, the Sauternes
from Bordeaux, France. Longest aging wine
made anywhere. We have this back to 1811. GILLIAN SCIARETTA: Wow. This is the 2015, which
we pour by the glass here. We also have 1997 Chateau
d’Yquem by the glass. Much darker color. A lot of complexity
in this wine. Lot of complexity, yeah. Thank you so much for
sharing these bottles with us, and we’re excited to have you as
one of our Grand Award winners. Terrific. Thank you. BOTH: Cheers.

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