Category Archives: New York City

Bordeaux Grand Cru “Blizzard” Hits New York

By Christopher Matthews Monday, January 26, 2015 was the Blizzard That Wasn’t in New York City. While it certainly snowed, and slowed the City down, it was, mercifully, far from the Snowpocalypse breathlessly predicted by media outlets. January 26 was … Continue reading

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New Zealand Value: Mud House Wines

By Christopher Matthews When considering “value wines” for holiday imbibing — highly drinkable wines with attractive price/quality ratios — New Zealand (NZ), especially its copious, often palate-rocking Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs (SB), deserves to be in the discussion. About the size of California, … Continue reading

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The Official Wine of the NY Yankees…

By Christopher Matthews Love them or hate them, the New York Yankees are one of the world’s most successful and iconic sports franchises. And now they have an official wine, too, one that reflects world-class taste AND aptly represents a home state, signature … Continue reading

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Heritage Zin and Shiner’s Holiday Cheer: A Few of my Favorite Things

By Christopher Matthews “Heritage” is a word that’s tossed around a lot these days, especially during the holidays — heritage recipes, heritage x-mas cards, heritage turkeys…etc. But one piece of heritage I’m comfortable with, whether during the holidays or not, is … Continue reading

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Mosel Pinot Noir? Aber Ja (from Stein)!

By Christopher Matthews Germany is rightfully known for its Riesling. Not only is Germany by far the world’s biggest producer of the noble grape; it’s also the international benchmark for Riesling styles and excellence — from delicate, shimmering off-dry Kabinetts and complex, dazzling dry … Continue reading

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Accolades Pour in for The Dead Rabbit

By Christopher Matthews Sometimes we call it right here at Upstate-Downtown. Occasionally, we hit a home run. Last February, we predicted big things — and highly recommended — The Dead Rabbit, a recently opened tri-level, 19th century-style Irish/New York drinking establishment on Water Street in the Financial District. … Continue reading

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The Dead Rabbit…Going Live

By Christopher Matthews As a history buff — not only of 19th century America and the Civil War, but also of libations — I was immediately intrigued by a preview invitation for The Dead Rabbit, a highly anticipated new drinking establishment … Continue reading

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