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1000 Stories Wines: An Evening With Bob Blue And Red Wines

On a typical rainy Spring evening in New York, I was ushered to the back of Fine & Rare restaurant at 9 East 37th Street, to a grand table and intimately introduced to a wonderful collaboration of wine and spirit for the palette in the form of 1000 Stories Wines. On any night, a lot can be found nestled in the little nooks and crannies of the city streets. Delightful little eateries with locally-sourced specials, goodnight kisses had under the awnings of Old-World high-rises and the little peeks of west and eastside sky-line pushing their way through the dusky fog.

It was on such an evening in classic New York fashion that I found myself tucked behind a beautifully arranged table for sixteen at the wonderfully hidden restaurant.  The restaurant can usually be found offering up cool live jazz-infused acoustics to go with your pappardelle Bolognese and burrata heirloom tomato salad.

1000 Stories is a line of exquisite and well-executed wines that distinguish themselves from the lot as they are aged in whiskey barrels.  The fineness of the grape meets the distilled beauty of the whiskey in 1000 Stories Wines and creates broad flavor profiles that pull from the diversity of the loveliness of Zinfandel and Bordeaux grapes and merges them with the lingering and definitive essences of oaky, sweet and herbal whiskey.

On that evening, winemaker and co-founder of 1000 Stories Wines, Bob Blue gave a verbal soft-sell of how the brand came to be and then walked us through an exclusive tasting of the brand’s renowned line-up together with one of its latest, The Prospector’s Proof.

We started the pre-dinner tasting with a 2016 Zinfandel Batch 42, a peppery full rounded fruity wine then moved onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 52, a wine sourced from grapes all over the Californian Redwood and Sanel Valleys that carried a welcomed depth that grapes from this Mendocino Region are recognized for. Then onto 2016 Zinfandel Batch 54 which was smoother yet carried a delightfully weighted depth while being soft and satisfying on the palette.  The 2017 Gold Rush Red was strong and full-bodied with its mélange of intense and bold grapes from the California Hills.

Finishing off the bunch was 2017 The Prospectors Proof Cabernet Sauvignon, another bold wine with the spiced pop of vanilla and fragrant herbs from the whiskey barrels. With each wine, it was important to note the presence of the grape characteristics and the presence of the whiskey attributes working together. With the lesser-bodied wines, the sharp higher tannin zinfandels in their various aged stages allowed hints of the whiskey notes to carry through more while the Gold Rush and Prospector’s Proof carried weights that created a harmonious intermingling of full flavor. Altogether, it was an evening of wine lessons that, when combined with better wine understandings, left us all with our favorites and a greater appreciation for brands like 1000 Stories Wines; brands that have found a way to make a wonderful staple even better. It was a delectable evening filled with continuous delights. We’ll end with some of the decadent desserts we enjoyed.

Drink to Sustainability | Danny Seo’s Philosophy Wines

It’s a sad fact that many people think going green or organic means you have to give up your favorite foods and drinks, but they would be very wrong. While it is true you may have to give up your preferred brands, there are hundreds of companies that offer phenomenal organic options in every category (you most likely will end up liking the organic choices more). For example, we love wine and like to enjoy a glass or two often, and we couldn’t see ourselves giving it up just because we’re going organic. We recently discovered a lovely collection of organic wines called Philosophy Wines, by the recently dubbed “green Martha Stewart” (NY Post), Danny Seo. The first two wines in Danny’s Philosophy Collection include a 2011 Zinfandel and 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

Proving that you don’t have to give up on taste and quality even though you are drinking sustainably, Philosophy Wines offers exceptional wines from organic grapes grown in prized, organic vineyards in the cool climate of Mendocino, CA.

  • “The 2011 Philosophy Zinfandel is complex and full with plenty of fruit-forward notes. Raspberries, plums, and blackberries burst onto the palate with notes of cedar, vanilla, and bramble in support. This wine has nice structure and the heavy texture of the wine helps it to finish smooth and long. 
  • The 2012 Philosophy Sauvignon Blanc explodes with bright citrus flavors, tropical fruits, lemongrass, and pears. The acidity of the grapes is well maintained in the wine which is refreshing, clean, and vibrant. The wine is distinct and complex while delivering easy drinkability.”**

Both Philosophy wines are right at home indoors and outdoors, with the Zinfandel pairing perfectly with anything off the grill, especially steak, pork chops, etc, and the Sauvignon Blanc great with savory dishes like lemon chicken, and fish in citrus, along with various cheeses, especially goat cheeses.

We found that we couldn’t get enough of the fresh, crisp taste of the Sauvignon Blanc. We certainly didn’t have any trouble devouring several chilled  glasses and even experimented a bit by adding with chunks of fresh mango to a glass on one occasion and slices of fresh ginger to another. It was no surprise to find out the resulting flavors were amazing. The Zinfandel played up the flavors (we are die-hard fans of bold seasonings) of our hickory BBQ Chicken, Turkey Chili, and Szechuan Beef dishes we paired it with. Both wines are available nationally for a retail price of $19.99 and can be purchased on PhilosophyWine.com.

**Tasting notes by Philosophy Wines