“Jazz was born in a whisky barrel,” according to musician Artie Shaw. And what better way to celebrate that theory than with a live jazz and Scotch tasting, complete with dark chocolate? On Thursday, February 9, USQ will have more than a dozen single malt Scotchs on hand to sip alongside the sounds of the Ralph Williams Jazz Trio. Look forward to selections from Glenfiddich, including an unveiling of their limited edition Cask of Dreams bottling (only a few are even available in New York!), as well as Lagavulin, Oban, The Balvenie, Highland Park, Talisker and Bruichladdich. But we’re not done yet. Pure Dark Chocolate will help guests explore and discover their own favorite Scotch and chocolate pairings…just in time for Valentine’s Day!
Reservations are required to attend this events. Tickets are $30 each, and include a $10 voucher toward purchase the evening of the event. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.
Join USQ and Finger Lakes Distilling every Friday in January for a spirited look at this local producer’s stunning portfolio! Owner Brian McKenzie and Master Distiller Thomas Earl McKenzie are quietly crafting amazing spirits from local grapes and grains that have a lot of people talking! Everything from their barrel-aged Bourbon and Rye, grape spirit-based gin and grappa, to vodka and liqueurs are making their way into bars, restaurants, and retail shops throughout New York State. Stop by the barrel as Finger Lakes Distilling takes attendees on a tasty tour of Seneca Drums Gin, McKenzie Rye, McKenzie Bourbon, and Glen Thunder Corn Whiskey. Mixologist Alexis Kahn has promised to kick things off with a killer Negroni featuring Seneca Drums Gin. This and other cocktails will be accompanied by bone-warming drams of their whiskies each Friday in January!
USQ welcomes winemaker Fabio Alessandria to the Salon for an evening of vini Piedmontese from his famed G.B. Burlotto estate. The great-great grandson of Giovan Battista Burlotto, a distinguished producer who supplied wines to the Savoy royal household, Fabio has brought renewed acclaim to his family’s holdings in and around the village of Verduno. Verduno’s limestone-rich Monvigliero vineyard is among the great Barolo crus, and no wines with the designation are finer than Burlotto’s. In addition to the Monvigliero, Burlotto produces elegant Cannubi, the Acclivi (a Barolo crafted with a blend of Verduno-based fruit), and a bargain-priced Barolo normale, along with a fresh, lively Dolcetto, Barbera, and Pelaverga. Check our events for more information.
This natural Frappato from the Vittoria commune of Sicily possesses gorgeous inner sweetness, superb textural elegance and fabulous overall balance. Wild strawberries, sweet red cherries, flowers and mint linger on the high-toned finish. This is a pretty serious Frappato that stands apart from the vast majority of other versions for its density and richness. The Frappato was aged in equal parts cement and amphorae. -S.W.
I love Arneis for its overarching texture of pears, apple, and accents of honeysuckle, tempered by a steely minerality on the long finish. And Giacosa makes one of the best in Piedmont! Pair it with white fish, lobster, roast chicken, or a hearty carbonara for a tasty experience. -T.S.
Don’t just dream about a winter getaway to Europe; jet to the Salon tomorrow from 2pm until 5pm, for our Jour de Burgundy, featuring stops at Chablis, Puligny-Montrachet, and Nuits St.-Georges. Sip more than 20 bottlings from the heralded region, with guided tours of the wines of well-known producers including Joseph Faiveley, Meo Camuzet, Simon Bize, Henri Gouges, and Domaine Ramonet. Want to take home a souvenir? With our Winter Clearance Sale, wines in the tasting are available at up to 30% off, when you mix and match 12 bottles of still wine. Admission to the tasting is free, and reservations are not required.