Air’s Champagne Parlor Popping Bottles on MacDougal

I am making my recommendations off the Verve Wine Store because it’s a way cool shop [and] Dustin is a Master Somm who’s making wine fun and approachable. [It’s] one of my favorite wine shops in N.Y. — Ariel Acre, wwner of Air’s Champagne Parlor

FUN NIGHT OUT
Dhondt-Grellet Brut Champagne Dans un Premier Temps NV, $39
Fire alert: Total babe wine. This young guy is making Burgundian-style Champagne from the grand cru village in Avize from his mother and father’s vineyards that boast up to 40-year-old vines. This entry brut is anything but, with fresh, crisp currents and some powerful structure and minerality. These wines are a steal and will knock the socks off any Yellow Label (Veuve Clicquot) wine drinker, for less bucks. That’s très fresh!

FIRST DATE
Bereche et Fils Brut Reserve, $48
Raphael is a beast of a winemaker with a badass attitude making complex wines at a value price. This isn’t your typical non-vintage, there is so much depth and complexity with deeper toasted and honeyed notes. Fab with food or just a special surprise for the novice or sophisticated drinker.

BIRTHDAY TOAST
Chartogne Taillet Rosé Champagne, $65
One of my favorite rosés around, this is a real underdog winemaker. Young guy making terroir-focused wines that really pack a punch. Juicy notes of raspberries and tangerines. If I had this on draft I could sit poolside all day!

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