This past Tuesday evening, some of our staff members were treated to a private party at City Winery, Manhattan's only urban winemaking center. Winemaker David Lecomte was kind enough to invite us to celebrate the end of his fall harvest season with City Winery staff, family, and friends, along with Red Hook Winery's winemaker Christopher Nicolson. We started off with a champagne toast in the production room and then David gave us an in-depth tour of the whole space. After the tour it was back to the production room, where we snacked on salami and cheese from Murray's Cheese Shop while sipping delicious City Winery house Pinot Noir and Merlot.
David then brought out the big guns: vegetables and several different sausages steamed with red wine and grape pomace rather than water. Grape pomace is the solid remains of the grapes after they've been pressed; steaming with wine and pomace imparts an extra layer of flavor to the food that you just don't get by steaming with water. Really unique, and very tasty!
We had a fabulous time meeting and chatting with fellow winemaking enthusiasts. A giant thank you goes out to David and his staff for their hospitality and showing us a great time. We look forward to many more meeting of the minds!