WHO I AM

I love wine.

I love it so much I have made it my life.

I love New York City.

I love it so much I have made it my city.

I am a wine geek.

I am not formally trained and have no certificates for anything in wine. I am just obsessed with the juice; the history, the science, the culture; all aspects of wine are my passion.

I am an owner of an Italian Wine Bar and restaurant in the East Village of Manhattan called In Vino as well as an owner of a wine shop around the corner from the restaurant called Alphabet City Wine Co.

I believe that wine knowledge should be shared without pretense. The snobbery of wine needs to cease. Wine is more popular than ever in this country and we are being held back by those who choose to critique wine based on a point system that limits us to relying on them.

We can make our own decisions on wine with a little bit of knowledge.

I am not an expert I am a geek. I learn something new everyday about wine and love to share what I have learned. I like the way Socrates said it:

“All I know is I know nothing at all.”

This is how I observe wine everyday. At In Vino. At Alphabet City Wine Co. This is how we roll.

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13 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Loretta Fulton on April 9, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Enjoyed your video on Valpolicella. It was great.
    We can’t wait to hear all about your trip to Paris.
    XOXOXO to you and Gina. Aunt Loretta

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  2. Hey mate,
    just came across your site last week and I have to say, I’m a fan. I’ve taken the liberty of creating a web link to my Wine Training page on facebook purely for all the staff at a restaurant in Melbourne – no.35. My role there is Sommelier and we have a good time discussing all things food and wine. Anyway, keep up all the geek action, it’s good to see people like yourself with the same view and outlook on wine as I do. It should be fun and not so point-scoringly serious..
    Cheers,
    Kyri (a born Londoner and Wine Obsessive)

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    • Posted by evwgnyc on April 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

      Thanks! It’s so nice to know that my ramblings are being heard! WINE TO THE PEOPLE! Let’s keep wine fun!

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  3. Posted by Mara Accles on April 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    : ) Fabulous!. I love wine myself. Have so much to learn…but am just starting the process. I find your approach inspiring. You are not alone in taking the snobbery out of wine, it seems to be a wonderful new trend that I am so relieved to see happening, makes me so much less intimidated. Recently repping a fabulous small family run vineyard from South Africa, Lievland Wines. This has given me the excuse to really spend time tasting wines and going to classes to learn more of the language in describing what I like and don’t like. As well as exposing myself to many different varietals along the way. I stopped in to your beautiful shop a few weeks back and dropped a sales sheet. I wanted to touch base in a follow up email, but can’t find an email for you. I hope you don’t mind my connecting with you here. Edward one of the owners is local to Brooklyn part of the year. I would love to introduce you to him, if you have some time to taste our 3 lovely reds.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    : )
    -Mara

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  4. I just came across your site, I believe one of your co-workers was in our Italian Wine Masters Seminar this week. I was curious to see what your shop was about. I know of In Vino and it is a truly charming spot. I used to work at Black Mountain Wine House in Brooklyn, before IWC and if any one ever asked “what would you consider to be just as cozy and as unpretentious of a wine bar as this place?” I said right away, “In Vino.” I enjoy your videos as well, especially the ‘Ideal wine retail experience’. Awesome.

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    • Posted by evwgnyc on April 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

      Hello! Yes that is my biz partner David. Thank so much for the kind words about our lil cave. The shop has the same vibe. Cozy and unpretentious. We host free public wine tastings every fri an sat from 6-9. Stop on by. And thanks for watch the videos. It’s great knowing the wine love is being spread!

      Keith

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  5. Posted by Louise Hurren on July 3, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Hello EVWG, greetings from Montpellier, in the Sud de France region of Languedoc-Roussillon! Just wanted to say thank you for sharing the Sud de France love, we appreciate your support and like your “wine to the people” approach. High on enthusiasm, low on waffle. Keep it up, and let me know if you are coming over to our region, would love to introduce you to some excellent producers of Languedoc-Roussillon wine. Best wishes, Louise Hurren (find me on facebook)

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  6. […] he describes himself, “I am not formally trained and have no certificates for anything in wine. I am just obsessed […]

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  7. Posted by JOANNE on August 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    I WORK WITH YOUR BROTHER…IN GEORGIA, BUT GREW UP HANGING OUT IN THE VILLAGE ….MUCH OLDER THAN BOTH OF YOU, BUT HE SINGS YOUR PRAISES MANY DAYS…HAVE FRIENDS IN NY AND HAVE TOLD THEM TO VISIT YOU, WHICH I WILL DO NEXT TRIP!

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  8. What about you ?
    What about your lovely travel in Languedoc-Roussillon ?
    How does it feel ?

    Wish you the best and somme news
    Laurent Panayoty

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