We all love latte art, and anyone who says they don’t has absolutely no aesthetic sensibility. Of course, the drinks should taste great, but it’s undeniable that a great drink is made even better when it looks as good as it tastes. That being said, there is a lot of $h!t That Annoys Me About Latte…
“After I took it, it opened my eyes. We only use one-tenth of our brain. Just think what all we could accomplish if we could only tap that hidden part. It would mean a whole new world. If politicians would use LSD, there would be no more war, poverty or famine” - Paul McCartney
under the curiosity and leadership of beverage team’s beth lieberman and theresa paopao, this collaboration with red hook winery was borne in the late summer of 2011. their goal was to showcase the quality, ingenuity, and potential of new york state growers—a region that is often overlooked or dismissed in the wine world. the wine launched in october 2011 and has been a prominent feature on noodle bar and má pêche by the glass programs. the wine’s composition consists of 70% chardonnay from both sargon vineyards on and grystina vineyards on the east end of long island. the remaining grapes are riesling from the finger lakes region (planted by the famed reisling figure hermann weimer) + late harvest riesling from jamesport vineyard.
with all the components set, momofuku’s bev team and red hook holed up at the winery for a day, trying several different wines, with several different blends, and several different levels of weirdness. once they slightly revised the cepage to include more steely grystina chardonnay, the blend balanced out perfectly.
check out the whole red hook winery portfolio at the new york city momofuku restaurants this month in support of their rebuilding efforts.