Spirits

Taught by the glass

Looking to beat the heat but still enjoy the flavors of summer? The Greene Grape team has been cooking up something new with our team of experts! Join Michele Thomas and Sam Kling at Annex this summer for a series of exclusive classes and tastings that are sure to quench your thirst for knowledge! 

Michele Thomas, Assistant General Manager of Greene Grape Wine & Spirits, will be leading our our wine classes beginning with Mythbusting Rosé! Michele is a writer, & Certified Sommelier with deep roots in the world of food, wine, & education. As Executive Editor of the International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute), she edited recipes & developed curriculum materials for the school’s cooking and wine courses in New York and California, as well as L’Ecole, the school’s Michelin Bib Gourmand-rated restaurant. Michele is the co-author of Culinary Careers for Dummies (Wiley), with Chef Annette Tomei & Tracey Vasil Biscontini, & the author of Sodium Oxygen (Rosen) two middle grade science books for children. Her writing about food, wine, & culture has appeared in The New Yorker, Edible Brooklyn, Activist Philanthropist, BestofNJ.com, and Garnish, the mobile bartending academy for wine & spirits professionals in Africa. When not selling or writing about hooch, she can be found in Bed Stuy with Pickles & Mimzy, her tiny feline overlords, & documenting adventures in food & wine on Instagram & Twitter as @bedstuysomm.

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Taught By The Glass—Summer Wine Classes

Have you ever wondered where rosé gets its hue? Do you ponder the origins of the Tiki craze? Maybe you’d just like to learn how to taste wine and cheese without all the pretentious airs. Whether you’re a seasoned wine enthusiast or just feeling thirsty, our Summer Wine Classes have got you covered! 

Join us at the Annex this summer for comprehensive 90 minute classes led by our experts from Wine & Spirits, Sam Kling and Michele Thomas. Take the Mythbusting Rosé class on August 16th to find out how rosé gets its rosy tint, as well as about local producers and what makes them worth supporting. Taste through five beverages, from delicate wines to fan-favorite ciders, learning how to savor them and pair them. Next, try our Tiki, Do You Love Me? class to learn the surprising history of Tiki cocktails, then sip on three different rums and three classic Tiki drinks as you learn how to taste them. You won’t leave empty-handed, either, because we’ll be sending you home with cocktail recipes to elevate your next get-together.

In September, you’ll want to come back for more with our New York State of Wine & Cheese class. We’ll teach you about New York wines and cheeses and the producers behind them, how to taste wine and cheese, how to pair them, and more. We’ll also provide plenty of snacks with every class so you can munch your way through your education. 

Sign up today at www.greenegrape.com/events and get learning! 

Carla Bueno-SandersTaught By The Glass—Summer Wine Classes
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Parent Teachers Conference

Notebooks? ✅ Backpack? ✅ Shaker & strainer? Wait, you thought we this was a back-to-school list for the kids? Whether you’re in grad students, teachers, or parents prepping children for a new school year, the start of back-to-school season often brings with it a return to the classic disciplines of reading, writing, arithmetic, and–of course–sipping.

The good news is that cocktails and cocktail ideas are practically dripping from the pages of so many of the world’s great books. But don’t take our word for it. Pull up a chair and put on your glasses– here are a few of our favorite learned libations.

Reading | Rob Roy

This cocktail takes its name from the main character in Sir Walter Scott’s 1817 novel inspired by the life of Robert Roy MacGregor, a Scottish folk hero who lived figure who lived during the 17th century. Sir Walter, himself a Scot, is widely hailed as the world’s first popular novelist, making this cocktail the perfect accompaniment for any literary page turner.

Combine the Scotch, vermouth, and bitters in a shaker or mixing glass. Stir to combine and strain the mixture into a chilled coupe or highball glass, then garnish with the cherry.

Writing | Hemingway Daiquiri

If there was ever a writer with a connection to hooch, it’s Ernest Hemingway. In fact, Hemingway’s love of drinking inspired fellow writer Philip Greene to pen To Have and Have Another, a book about Hemingway’s tippling habits and the drinks that found their way into his writing. According to legend, this cocktail came about when “Papa,” as Hemingway was known in Havana, tried the classic Daiquiri at a local bar. “Not bad,” he quipped, and stated his preference for the drink with no sugar and twice as much rum. The rest, as they say, was history.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, then strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

‘Rithmetic | Einstein

Don’t let the numbers scare you. Math is all about ideas. Renown scientist – and mathematician – Albert Einstein knew that better than most. “Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas,” he wrote in a 1935 letter to The New York Times. “One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest possible circle of formal relationships.” Our take on this brilliant, flavorful cocktail, which was developed by bartender Jason Winters and first appeared in Food & Wine, does just that by exploring the unique way vodka, aged tequila, and citrus relate to one another, enticing the palate.

 

Add the tequila to a chilled coupe or martini glass. Rinse the glass with the tequila and discard. Next, add the vodka to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake very well, then strain the mixture into the glass. Garnish with the orange and lemon twists. Eureka! (That’s math for “Cheers.”)

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Meet The Maker, The Taster, and The Shaker!

Come by for a taste of whiskey at Greene Grape Wine & Spirits followed by cocktails at Annex!

After 14 years of business on Fulton Street, Greene Grape Wine & Spirits is seeing one of its greatest aspirations come to fruition. We have long worked with our small batch producers as they develop new and interesting products, however this is the first time we’ve been able to offer an exclusive collaboration with our name on the bottle! After tasting several barrels of whiskey with our longtime collaborators and friends at New York Distilling Co., we were given the opportunity to buy and help bottle a barrel of Ragtime Straight Rye Whiskey that was aged for four years and one day. Our Spirits Buyer Sam Kling, hand selected barrel # 284 from rack 16C for its sweet and mellow opening notes of honey and candied red fruits that finish with a kick of cinnamon spice and black pepper.

Join us Friday September 7th, from  5-7pm, at 765 Fulton St. as we celebrate the delicious accomplishments of our friends NY Distilling Co. After the tasting head over to Annex, 653 Fulton St. from 7-9pm, and have a drink with Master Distiller Bill Potter on the house! Suhana Ng (aka Yung Cheddar), our Head Cheesemonger will offer up some delicious pairings to nosh on, and cocktails will be flowing until we close. Mark your calendar, to save the date!

Angela GelsoMeet The Maker, The Taster, and The Shaker!
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Chart Topping Local Craft Beer

In New York City, temptation to stay close to home often rivals the temptation to party. So we have just the party for you: Fort Greene’s first ever EAT GREENE street festival will be just around the corner and full of delicious food, drinks, and community fun! And we’re excited to welcome our party co-host, local craft beer experts Interboro Spirits & Ales!

Interboro is Brooklyn’s only combination craft brewery and distillery. They produce both flavorful beers as well as canned cocktails. Known for their juicy, lightly bitter and hoppy canned IPAs, Interboro also makes canned gin & tonic, ciders, and more. The relatively new Interboro has been topping beer lists across the boroughs. Given founder Jesse Ferguson’s background in both the record industry and work for famed brewers Carton Brewing and Other Half Brewing, it’s no surprise his own brewery is a broadly resonating hit machine.

A variety of their beers have graced our taps at Annex. We pride ourselves on serving a rotating selection of craft beers on draft, and have been longtime fans of Interboro’s output. If craft beers are your jam too, then you’ll need to stop by our block party! Interboro is doing a special limited can release brew available only at Eat Greene. Come party local with us and get an exclusive sip of local craft beer!

Save the Date

Come by on Saturday, September 16th to hang out with Interboro and a host of other local faves on S. Portland Ave between Lafayette and Fulton St.!

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Which Came First, The Duck or The Egg?

Springtime is finally starting to poke its head, and with it brings some of the tastiest eggs we’ve ever seen.  Arcadian Pastures, the farm that raises our delicious pork also brings us loads of eggs twice a week, and now we’re excited to offer their Duck Eggs! With richer yolks with a higher yolk to white ratio, these slightly larger elliptical beauties are perfect for making lighter meals like quiches, but they’re also better than chicken eggs for pastries, too.

Speaking of lighter meals, we’re excited to be stocking Ramen Noodles from famed Sun Noodle, who’s been getting a load of press lately. If you’ve become smitten with the craze as much as we have, you’ve tasted their noodles – Sun supplies most of the restaurants in this city! Now you can design your own soups or mazemen (soup-less style), whether you make your own stock or use our house made chicken, or take home our butcher’s house made Pork Tonkotsu broth. Stir in some South River 3-Year Barley or White Miso, a gurgle of Wan Ja Shan Tamari, and a handful of fresh Baby Greens – and maybe a poached Duck Egg?

Greene GrapeWhich Came First, The Duck or The Egg?
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The Insider’s Best Bet

As connoisseurs walk by the French section of our store, each and every one gives a reverential nod to one bottle – the Clos de la Roilette Beaujolais. Sometimes they touch the label, sometimes they just let loose a passing comment like ‘that wine is awesome.’ So when we found out that we had a shot at the last 10 cases of the 2011 vintage available to retailers and not reserved for restaurants, we took it.  If only to preserve our street cred with our wine reps.

From a producer and vintage that that made famed wine critic Jancis Robinson crow: “I’m in love . . . go, go and invest heavily in 2011 Beaujolais”, this is truly a beloved bottle.  Juicy, yet elegant with brambly red and black fruits and an unbelievably silky mouthfeel with notes of smoke and spice.  And, in a nice bit of kismet, the label happens to feature a picture of a racehorse that has been on the bottle since the ’60s, perfect if you’re celebrating Derby Day and want an alternative to juleps.

To order Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2011 ($22.00, $18.70 a bottle with 15{0886acb4f5be58b49bf4e022446f4168c3918f2aad77c1481cecb92c8f2156f3} case discount), call us at (718) 797-9463.pm! Tasting tonight from 6-8

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Caledonia Love

Jumpin’ junipers! Deep in the forests of Vermont, the fine folks at Caledonia Spirits suffuse their Barr Hill gin with a dash of honey for maximum smoothness – easy for sipping, gentle for mixing.

Barr Hill gin will be tasting it at the wine store (plus honey samples!) tonight from 6pm to 8pmWe’re not trying to catch flies but hopefully we’ll see you there.

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Old Tom Gin Tasting Tonight

Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom distillery in Oregon is barely 13 years old. The name refers to the amount of money founder Tad Seestedt needed to become self-employed. Ransom’s Old Tom Gin was developed in collaboration with spirits historian and Brooklyn resident David Wondrich as an attempt to recreate a slightly sweeter, richer style of gin that was popular before prohibition. Produced in small batches by combining a malted barley spirit with corn spirits infused with botanicals, its distinctive color comes from a period of barrel aging. Intense juniper meets candied citrus, earthy cardamom, spicy coriander, and a bourbonish caramel – truly a one of a kind spirit!

Tonight from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store, we’ll be sampling Old Tom Gin in cocktails featuring Bitter Truth bitters.

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Weather The Storm (and V-Day) With Willy Wonka Whiskey

Every February, Kings County Distilling releases a limited edition Chocolate Whiskey. However: after this week’s NY Times article spotlighting this Brooklyn distillery, they’ve run out. Thankfully, we got a case in last week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, but don’t expect it to last that long! Made using their signature moonshine corn whiskey and chocolate husks from Mast Brothers, it has a chocolatey flavor but no sweetness.

We don’t expect our stock to last long.  To reserve your bottle, call the wine store at (718) 797-9463.

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