NEW YORK — For many years, my wife and I held an annual fall wine party we called “The Tin Palate,” thus giving notice of the casual nature of the event. Each year, I came up with a new theme. One of the more interesting was “wines from lands touching the Mediterranean.”
Since each attendee was required to bring one bottle of wine in keeping with the theme, that one sent the dozens of invitees scrambling — to their atlases as well as their wine shops.
The France/Spain/Italy axis of Mediterranean wine producers was easy to come up with. But what most of the searchers tended to forget were wines from such other qualifying countries as Israel, Lebanon, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Syria, Morocco, Eqypt and Cyprus.
Such wines usually are difficult to come by. For New Yorkers, a new wine bar scheduled to open this Friday in the Murray Hill neighborhood will be the place to find them.
Lallisse, which bills itself as a Mediterranean wine bar, will open at 161 Lexington Avenue. Its wine list has been created by Evan Spingarn (above right), consulting sommelier. He was responsible for the lineup at Tangled Vine, located at 434 Amsterdam Avenue.
“The concept is a relaxed, neighborhood Mediterranean wine bar with an 85-90% sustainable/organic/biodynamic list of 100 wines, with an impressive 40 selections available by the glass,” Spingarn told the Village Voice.
The decor is rustic, with tables made from reclaimed wood. The wine list will be dominated by small-production, hand-made wines, and Spingarn plans a fall focus on the historic 2009 vintage in Beaujolais. His lineup includes selections from Lebanon, Greece, Turkey and Israel. He calls that grouping “the Fertile Crescent.”
Lallise’s phone number is (212) 686-1352.
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