Alphabet City Wine Co. Photon Torpedos and Rebula

"Alphabet City Tasting"
After 3 weeks of Friday nights at Alphabet City Wine Co finishing with my #2 East Coast tasting, I need a break. These guys don’t just sell wine, they use it. They drink it, they share it, they drink it, they sell it, drink some more, share some more, then close the shop to head over to Edi and the Wolf for more of the same. Its fun, but brutal. Party aside, manager and co-owner Keith Beavers talks about wine with the same hurried enthusiasm as a 12 year old geeking out on Star Wars (Keith’s second passion).

Ben Kaufman drinking from the bottle
Late night while gulping Črnko – Jareninčan with Keith, I compared the wine to Princess Lea and that was that, we were doing a tasting, next week in fact. Keith was not present due to an emergency research trip to study pina coladas in Mexico. Luckily his debaucherous Muay Thai trained, photographer/romeo/assistant-manager Ben Kaufman, pictured drinking from the bottle, was on hand to hold down the fort. We poured a really challenging line up that included the Crnko, the 09 Kabaj Rebula and the Dingač Vinarija – Pelješac.

Initially I saw no apparent way to line up these 3 aromatically and texturally disparate wines. Ultimately the right order started with the savory low alcohol Pelješac lightly chilled, followed by the dense, exotic Rebula a touch warmer and finishing with the light, juicy Crnko quite cold. Overtime I have learned to ignore conventional methods of lining the wines we work with because in a word, they are un-conventional. Just like the boys at ABC Wine Co., delightfully un-conventional. These dope free tastings are 6-9 every friday. Check-em out.