The Wine Foundation Series



Videos and more: 

11/9: New cocktail, new Studio Bitter, and new fancy whiskey today! What do they all have in common? These guys.

11/8: I am really excited for the region we're studying this week, and I hope you'll share my enthusiasm by the end of the week. As I've said several times before, the second-best way to learn about these wines is by studying maps. The best way is by tasting the wines, so let me start with a few great places to do that:

-Untitled! Here is a link to the wine list, keep in mind that USHG employees get a 20% discount after working here for 6 months, so the discount plus a couple friends splitting it can get you some affordable, badass wine. There is also a phenomenal Beaujolais by the glass if you're still sweet on Burgundy.

-Corkbuzz usually has one Northern Rhone BTG pour. And you can say hi to Aaron!

-Chambers Street Wines and Astor Wines and Spirits are both excellent retail shops, Astor Wines especially has a gigantic selection; also, Xavier wines around the corner from us, as well as Wineshop in the East Village will have some good options

-As for further study, as usual, Wine Folly has a pretty great entry on our week's topic

11/1: Hey everyone! We're studying the three southernmost sub-regions of Burgundy this week. Below are some more articles if you'd like to dig a little deeper and learn more:

-Here is an article on Beaujolais

-Wine guru Jancis Robinson on the Côte Chalonnaise

-New York Times again on the Mâconnais

Click this link for a great overview of the region of Burgundy!

Some of you newer folk have asked me about where to start learning about wine. It's an excellent question, and I'm very happy to hear it for two reasons. 1: It means you are interested in learning about this bizarre little subsection of restaurant life that I find endlessly fascinating, and 2: it shows that you are humble enough to acknowledge what you don't know. I find that the more I am able to admit how little I know and how much I have to learn, the quicker I learn new things. So in light of that, I have a few links to some great resources you all can use to expand your knowledge and deepen your understanding:

-This site is the best I've seen at simplifying wines and wine regions and doing it in an engaging way. There's also a book that has even more information than the site. 

-GuildSomm has a lot of great information. There are feature articles, videos, and podcasts available to anyone, and there is a trove of useful information if you decide to purchase a membership. I've found that purchase to be absolutely invaluable.

-This is a pretty good list of books to get your feet wet as well. Some of these are prohibitively expensive, others are pretty reasonable. If I were to recommend just one, it would be the Wine Bible (make sure you get the latest edition!). I also have most of these, and I'm happy to loan them to you if you'd like!

Happy studies! -FS

This video has some gems that relate to what we've been talking about in lineup this week and last week, and here you can hear it right from the horse's mouth. I suggest watching the whole thing, but some highlights:

3:15 - A discussion of the distinction between grape variety and the French concept of "terroir"

4:40 - Just what does a Burgundian include in the term "terroir?"

6:15 - Tasting notes and some hints to navigating a glass of Burgundy


More info on Chablis!

-Wine Folly's excellent introduction

-Eric Asimov's overview (this article also suggests some affordable bottles you can try if you have a mind to)

Ashley sent us some pictures from the hop harvest! If you haven't smelled the hops she brought back, you're missing out.

This is the music that plays everywhere in Burgundy

How to make cold brew coffee, told by a man with a handlebar mustache. Probably.