I stupidly forgot to say earlier that I shall be co-hosting a tasting of really interesting wines this Wednesday evening 19 October in New York in aid of Room to Read. (You know that feeling that you only really get to grips with a week once it's in prospect...?)
The idea of the evening is to increase awareness in New York of this wonderful organisation that is so effectively spreading literacy throughout the developing world, to raise a bit of money for it, and of course to have a thoroughly good time. It would be lovely to meet a few Purple pagers and other visitors to JancisRobinson.com there.
New York Vintners in Tribeca are very kindly hosting the event and have chosen some seriously good and interesting wines from around the world to share with us. This tasting should educate the mind and palate while drawing the world together, just like Room to Read.
Gruet Blanc du Noir NV New Mexico-USA
Piuze, Vaillons Premier Cru 2009 Chablis, Burgundy, France
Miner, Simpson Vineyard Viognier 2010 Central Coast, California
Ulli Stein, Palmberg-Terrassen Riesling trocken 2009 Mosel, Germany
Movia Ribolla Gialla 2008 Brda, Slovenia
Kiryanni, Ramnista Xinomavro 2007 Náoussa, Greece
Château Redortier, Reserve 2004 Gigondas, Southern Rhône, France
La Rioja Alta, Viña Ardanza Reserva Especial 2001 Rioja, Spain (a recent wine of the week here)
Manzoni, Santo Stefano 1998 Barolo, Piemonte, Italy
New York Vintners are famous for their wine events. Their chef will be in attendance and antipasti will also be served. My co-host is John Wood, the charismatic founder of Room to Read and author of How I Left Microsoft to Save the World (pictured here with yak delivering books in Nepal). I will be talking twice about the wines, first whites, then reds, but this is a social, walkabout tasting rather than a seated, formal one.
WHAT Fine wine tasting co-hosted by Jancis Robinson and John Wood
WHERE New York Vintners, 21 Warren Street, New York, NY 10007 (212) 812-3999; Nearest subway Chambers Street
WHEN 6.30–9 pm, Wednesday 19 October 2011
HOW Via www.roomtoread.org/aroundtheworldthroughwine
HOW MUCH $250 a head, to benefit Room to Read