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@CityGrit @VidalcoNY Invited me to an Underground Super Club – and I Liked It!

November 15th, 2011 · 6 Brilliant Opinions · Random Things That Make Me Smile, Wine

I had the pleasure of attending a Provence dinner and wine tasting featuring Château Sainte Roseline wines.  The festivities were held at City Grit, an “underground’ supper club created by Sarah Simmons and her  business partner Jeremie Kittredge.  Sarah was the 2010 FOOD & WINE Home Cook Superstar.  Sarah original started doing supper clubs in her NYC apartment. She is a modern women with an old fashioned pioneering spirit.

Chef Sarah Simmons meets and greets supper club guests

 City Grit is located in an old school house in Soho and shares space with WRK Design.   Its dining room features furniture from Brooklyn based WRK Design.  In addition to enjoying a fabulous meal (we dined on duck liver pâté with crostini, warm lentil salad, cornbread stuffed lemon sole with beurre blanc and shaved celery salad, fennel roast pork with sauteed spinach) the table, chairs and even the cool centerpieces were all available for purchase.  I thought it was brilliant to see cooperative economics in effect.

Chef Sarah is a southern girl by birth but a New Yorker by heart.  She envisions City Grit as a “concert hall for indie rocker chefs.”  This culinary salon introduces budding chefs to new audiences and gives food lovers the opportunity to explore a delightful supper club experience – often paired with fine wine selections.  (Big P is aching to get into Chef Sarah’s kitchen – but alas that is another post.)

Ah.. the wine.  The wines served during our 5 course meal came from Château Sainte Roseline.  Aurélie Bertin Teillaud, is the tour de force behind Château Sainte Roseline in Provence, France.  Aurélie is raising a family, running a vineyard/wine shop/ event space and just ran in the ING – NYC Marathon.  She apologized to us for being tired (this is when I started feeling like an under-achiever)and then showed us glorious photos of her vineyard and explained the harvesting and processing of the wine.

Aurelie discusses the wines of Chateau Sainte Roseline

One of my favorites of the evening was the Perle de Roseline Rosé – a light wine with a subtle essence of fruit –  – excellent for pairing with pate, salads, appetizers and soups during the fall harvest season.  I had fallen for the Cuvée Lampe De Méduse Rosé at a wine tasting in Water Mill, NY last summer and was happy to note it was just as delightful to serve with summer salads as with hearty meat dishes.

Perle De Roseline Rose

With the holidays approaching I’m going to my local wine merchant to order Cuvée Prieure (Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon) to serve with that organic turkey I’m cooking.

Special thanks to Matthew of @VidalcoNY who invited me to this event.  There are great things happening in the twitterverse!  Happy Birthday  Matthew – remember 40 is the new 30!

Ann@waterwinetravel with @VidalcoNY

This post has a Compensation of Level 1.  All opinons expressed are mine and mine alone *sips wine slowly*


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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Mo Travels

    This sounds like a very cool event. I’ll have to try Perle de Roseline Rosé. I do love a good rosé.

  • Ann

    It was a great event. The economy may be terrible here but folks are still willing to pay for good food and wine. I’m also putting Provence, France on my bucket list – photos were divine.

  • Betty Ming Liu

    i’ve never heard of city grit before! and i love that phrase you used: “cooperative economics.” will definitely have to check out these wines. thanks for posting, ann. and happy t-day. 🙂

  • Ann

    Betty – City Grit is a must do – especially if you love great food and drink. Since coming back from Italy, I get angry if I have a bad meal! Sarah’s enthusiasm is infectious.

  • nini

    hi ann,
    it was great to be dinner companions with you and Patrick. we absolutely loved it!

    hope you got the wine for the turkey!

    happy thanksgiving!

    cheers, nini

  • Ann

    Nini – Thanks for stopping by my blog. So thankful to live in a city where there is such great food and wine. You gals are dynamos. It was great to meet some Brooklynites @citygrit. It really is a small world after all. You just reminded me to call Gnarly Vines.

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