NOTE: I just found this finished post that I never got around to publishing. I wrote it back in March (in case you’re confused about the snow references).
I heart metal
I heart wine
More so when they’re combined
I was in NYC recently for a (day job) conference and found myself with a free evening in Manhattan. It was snowing so I wanted to walk around a bit (living in Austin, I don’t see a lot of snow) and eventually find somewhere to have dinner. The conference hotel was in Times Square and I quickly realized there were not many inspiring choices nearby. It was then, standing in the falling snow, that it dawned on me: Terroir. A quick Google Maps search told me the closest of their locations (Murray Hill) was a 25-30 minute walk. Perfect.
Thirty minutes and two soggy oxfords later, I walked into heaven: Mondays at Terroir Murray Hill are Metal Mondays.
After settling in and making friends with the fellas behind the bar, I ordered some olives and chicken liver bruschetta and studied the wine list. I wanted to try as many things as possible while remembering that I had to be at the conference at 8:30 am the next day. So I was very happy to see that their wines by the glass list was extensive and had full glasses and tasting pours. I stuck with the tasting pours and below are the wines I tasted along a very brief note/reaction (unhelpful, I know, but I wasn’t in the mood to write proper tasting notes) and metal track that was playing when I was tasting it. (They deviated from the theme — Chicago Dance Metal Scene — early and often, including an extended Metallica interlude, which was fine by me.) It was an excellent evening.
Gutturnio Colli Placentini Rosso, La Stoppa, 2009 Emilia-Romangna
Seriously savory. Seriously good with the olives.
Musar Jeune, Château Musar, 2010 Bekka Valley
Campi Raudii, Vallana, 2010 Piedmont
Nicolas Joly 2010 Le Vieux Clos Savennières Loire Valley
Peter Jakob Kühn 2008 Quarzit Riesling Trocken Rheingau
Flinty, f*ckyou fantastic.
Mas Coutelou 2011 Classe Languedoc
The title of this track says it all.