Alex Wagner / Mandarin Oriental, New York
Enjoying a choice bottle of wine is a treat. Enjoying a choice bottle of wine with the winemaker who produced it takes the experience to new heights, and Asiate restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental New York is doing just that with its exclusive series of monthly wine dinners (through June), which showcase the vinous handiwork of highly regarded wineries from around the world.
“We host many of the dinners in the restaurant’s private dining room, which creates an intimate, almost one-on-one experience,” says Annie Turso, Mandarin Oriental New York’s wine director and sommelier at Asiate. “Each of the wineries selected represents the heart and soul of the region it is from.”
Rare, intriguing vintages delight guests (there are just 15 seats for each dinner) at the 35th-floor restaurant overlooking Central Park. The winemakers essentially host the affairs, working closely with Asiate chef de cuisine Angie Berry to conceptualize multicourse menus that team perfectly with their wines.
In December guests dined with His Royal Highness Prince Robert of Luxembourg, enjoying particularly rare whites and reds from Château Haut-Brion. Château Palmer from the Margaux region of Bordeaux takes the stage this month (January 27), followed by Pio Cesare from Piedmont, Italy (February 17), and Champagne Louis Roederer (March 17).
Throughout the run, whether getting to know the “Vins de Garde” (wines meant for aging) produced by Domaine Alain Burguet of Gevrey-Chambertin, France (April 14); learning about the Staglin Family Vineyard from Rutherford, California, in the Napa Valley (May 12); or chatting with the heirs of Domaines Schlumberger founder Nicolas Schlumberger, who own grand cru vineyards in Alsace that date back to the ancient Roman era (June 16), the access is unparalleled. Dinners begin at 6:30 P.M., prices vary; 80 Columbus Cir.; 212-805-8809; mandarinoriental.com.