UnWined Wine Bar: unwind at this hip wine bar and kitchen in Somers

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We are often asked about new places in our area to dine. Recently we enjoyed a visit to UnWined Wine Bar & Kitchen located in Somers.

Longtime Westchester resident, Stephanie Small of Waccabuc and Brian Moss of Somers are also the owners of Uncorked Wine & Spirits, located next door. The wine bar, which opened in 2018, is bringing new energy to the area’s dining scene. This wine bar features a full menu, along  with an extensive wine list — it’s a real hidden gem! The owners have brought a hip urban vibe to customers in the area seeking such a venue.

UnWined Wine Bar & Kitchen  features more than 30 wines by the glass, wine by the bottle, creative cocktails and a variety of small plates. The small plates are an eclectic mix of cuisines, and compliment the extensive wine list.  Wines cover most of the major wine regions including Europe, California and South America. Prices start at just $9 per glass.

The interior of the wine bar includes a beautiful multi seat curved marble bar, seating options that include pub tables, high backed banquettes, wooden tables reclaimed from centuries old wood, and Edison bulb lighting.  The overall effect creates a fun and hip atmosphere.

Menu items cover a wide array of dishes — such as creative salads, seafood, flat breads, small plates, steak and plenty in between. Some of the items we sampled are as follows:

Tiny Tuna Tacos, not really a taco but rather sushi grade tuna with avocado served on a wonton crisp.

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Tiny Tuna tacos ( actual serving is 3 on a plate)

Caramelized Peaches and Chorizo is an interesting dish served in a small square iron skillet and brushed with a honey glaze.  Its blend of flavors was quite unique and satisfying.

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Peaches and Chorizo

Grilled Flatbread: with three on the menu we sampled two, including one with stracciatella, prosciutto, arugula and pesto with a light balsamic glaze.  Great for one or to share with friends. The other flatbread was the Charred broccoli with mozzarella, ricotta and red pepper flakes. The crust was thin and toasty and was the perfect complement to the toppings.

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Flatbread

Un Lobster Roll was one of the larger items we sampled and has  a twist on the classic lobster roll! It featured fresh chunks of lobster served on a thick slice of buttered brioche toast and topped with watercress. The brioche toast really set this roll apart from other lobster rolls we have dined on elsewhere.

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Un Lobster Roll

IPA Battered Fish and Chips will satisfy your appetite with fresh pieces of cod that are battered and fried and served with hand cut chips, along with a side of chipotle remoulade.

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IPA Battered Fish and Chips

There are plenty of options on the menu with three salads, numerous sides and some interesting dishes — we will be sure to try the next time!  UnWined Wine Bar offers a unique experience and is great for date night, or girls night out.  Out for a drive or apple picking near by, then UnWined is the perfect spot to cap off your day.  The small plates encourage you to sample a variety of different dishes, and the fantastic wine selection will allow you to create the perfect pairing.

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UnWined Wine Bar & Kitchen

Somers Commons Shopping Center

80 Route 6 ( right next door to UnCorked Wines & Spirits)

Baldwin Place, NY 10505

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Go Grape Stomping at Robibero Family Vinyards September 22-23rd

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Looking for a really fun and unique event?  Then go grape stomping at Robibero Family Vineyards at their annual Grape Stomping Festival.  This years festival will take place on Saturday September 22nd and Sunday September 23rd 2018 .  The winery is open from 11 am to 6 pm.

At the event you will be able to take off your shoes and climb into a barrel filled with grapes and stomp away.  It is a great photo opportunity and something you will always remember.  No worries as there will be a station to wash off your feet after your stomping.

Your ticket price in addition to the stomping, a wine tasting of their fabulous wines in the tasting room or you may choose instead of the tasting to have a glass of wine and take home one logo glass.

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Robibero produces premium artisan wines that are handcrafted in small batches.  Some of the wines available are Chardonnay, Reisling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and some delightful hybrid blends.  All the wine is made on site.  Bottles or cases are available for sale at the tasting room.

There will be live music from 2pm to 5 pm both days.   Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the winery, but space is limited.  Kids under 13  can stomp for free!  Non Drinkers can purchase a stomp only ticket for just $10.

There is also live music both days from 1 to 5 pm, food truck, and a bon fire.

Enjoy a beautiful day in the heart of the Hudson Valley and after the winery check out the shops and great restaurants in nearby downtown New Paltz.

See you there!

Robibero Family Winery

714 Albany Post Road  New Paltz New York           tel:  845-255-9463

http://www.robiberofamilyvineyards.com/Home_Page.html

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A look back at the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival 2016

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The Greenwich Wine and Food Festival presented by Serendipity Magazine  that took place on September 24th was a big success with 200 hundred vendors serving food, wine, hard cider, spiked seltzer, spirits and lots of great food from restaurants in Fairfield and Westchester Counties.  It was a fantastic event filled with cooking demonstrations, cooking and drink competitions and music.

If you missed this event, here are some of the highlights from the 2016 festival.  If you are a foodie, this should be on your “to do” list for next year.

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Delicious food to sample

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Burger Battle Winners:

Cask Republic (Stamford, Norwalk)  won the Judges Choice.

Bareburger won the People’s Choice vote.

 Top Bartender Showdown:

Eastend (Greenwich ) won the Judges Choice.

 The Ultimate Sandwich Takedown:

Judy’s Bar + Kitchen (Stamford)  won the Judges Choice.

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The festival was a great time and Roger Sherman Baldwin Park which overlooks Greenwich Harbor is a wonderful venue for this event. We hope to see you there next year !

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Ziggy Marley with his cookbook

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Go Grape Stomping At Robibero Family Vineyards! Sept. 24 -25th

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Looking for a really fun and unique event?  Then go grape stomping at Robibero Family Vineyards in New Paltz at their annual Grape Stomping Festival.  This years festival will take place on Saturday September 24th and Sunday September 25th 2016 .  The winery is open from 11 am to 6 pm.

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At the event you will be able to take off your shoes and climb into a barrel filled with grapes and stomp away.  It is a great photo opportunity and something you will always remember.  No worries as there will be a station to wash off your feet after your stomping.

Your ticket price in addition to the stomping, a wine tasting of their fabulous wines in the tasting room or you may choose instead of the tasting to have a glass of wine and take home one logo glass.

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Tasting Room

Robibero produces premium artisan wines that are handcrafted in small batches.  Some of the wines available are Chardonnay, Reisling, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and some delightful hybrid blends.  All the wine is made on site.  Bottles or cases are available for sale at the tasting room.

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Enjoy your wine on the deck overlooking the vineyard

There will be live music from 2pm to 5 pm both days.   Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the winery, but space is limited.

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Enjoy a beautiful day in the Hudson Valley and after the winery check out the cool shops and great restaurants in downtown New Paltz.

See you there!

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Robibero Family Winery

714 Albany Post Road  New Paltz New York           tel:  845-255-9463

http://www.robiberofamilyvineyards.com

 

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Looking back at a fabulous week at Westchester Food and Wine Week

 

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June 8th-12 was a great time for foodies in our area.  Westchester Magazine’s  Wine and Food Week was a smashing success.    Events held at Bloomingdales in White Plains, Kensico Dam Park in Valhalla and at the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains were all well attended and featured fabulous food wine and beer.

Thursday June 9th was the Burger and Beer Blast with burger offerings from 30 different local restaurants competing for the title of best burger in Westchester.  Also served was beer, wine and spirits.  Food trucks with pizza, hot dogs and soft serve ice cream were also on hand.

Friday June 10th was a special night at the Ritz Carlton in White Plains as 20 of the best chefs from the county served up food for guests at this special event.  There was plenty of  wine available for tasting as well.

Saturday rounded out the week at the Grand Tasting Village at Kensico Dam in Valhalla.  Here there were chef cooking demonstrations and two large tents filled with  tastings from 43 restauants.  More than 100 wines were available for tasting as well as samples of gin, whisky, tequila and vodka.

Here  are some scenes from the parties.  The next big event for Westchester Magazine will be its annual Best Of Westchester Party to be held on July 27th at the Glen Island Harbor Club in New Rochelle. Don’t miss it !

Scenes from Burger and Beer Blast:

 

Evening with the Tastemakers:

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Celebrity Chefs from top restaurants

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Grand Tasting Village:

 

See you next June at the Westchester Wine and Food Week 2017 events.   For more information and tickets to the Best of Westchester Party coming in July please see:

http://www.westchestermagazine.com

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Calling all Foodies ! Westchester Wine and Food Week is back June 8-12

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Food and wine lovers in Westchester County have reason to celebrate as the annual Westchester Magazine Food and Wine Festival returns  June 8th-12th  for its 6th annual celebration.   This celebration is considered to be one of the premier food and wine events in the Northeast.  The event is spread over several days with unique events in several locations Some of the highlights are:

Thursday June 9th Burger and Beer Blastat the Kensico Dam Plaza park in Valhalla.  Attendees will sample burgers from 30 different local restaurants, with beer, wine and spirits served.  You can vote for your favorite burger in the competition. Live music will make the evening a festival for all.  New this year will be the Empire Casino Tent with five gaming tables, and cocktails and food from some of the Casinos restaurants

Time 6pm to 10pm .  Cost : $75

 

Friday June 10th –An evening with Westchester’s Tastemakers now in its 2nd year, it takes place at the Ritz-Carleton in White Plains.  Twenty of  the County’s top Chef’s will prepare two of their own dishes each  for an exclusive gathering.  Each dish will be paired with top wines from around the globe.  Some of the chefs who will be there will be Peter Kelly (Xaviers), Bobby Will (Saltaire),  Jay Lippin (Crabtree), Michael White (Bedford Post),  Leo Pablo (Inn at Pound Ridge) and many more !

Time: 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm  Cost: $125

Saturday June 11th- Grand Tasting Villageat Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla NY.  This incredible event which  grows in popularity each year and will return for a 2nd year  to Kensico Dam Park. The event is  located outdoors under white tents concentrating on Farm to Table cuisine.  Considered to be the “Worlds Fair” of the Wine and Food Festival.  There will be 43 local restaurants serving tastings of their specialty dishes.   For wine lovers you can sample 100 different wines from the many wine growing regions of the world.  There will be celebrity chefs demos  local craft beers and wine. An event not to be missed!.

Time 12 pm to 5 pm   Cost: $75         Connoisseurs Ticket: $125 (access to Connoisseurs Tent for exclusive Tastings.)

The event helps support two not for profit organizations, The Food Bank For Westchester and The Friends of Westchester County Parks  There will be other events as well so check the website below for more information and updates as the event draws closer.

For more information, the full list of restaurants and tickets westchestermagazine.com/winefood

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Great evening of food and wine tasting at the Bedford Post Inn

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On April 8th , The Bedford Post Inn and Vine and Co. of Bedford Hills hosted a wine and food event to benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Mt. Kisco and their  many programs.

The night was a success with attendees tasting from 40 different wines, as well there was a table of single malt scotches and craft beer was available to taste courtesy of Two Roads Brewing Company.

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A delicious variety of food in small plates  was provided by Campagna, the restaurant at the Bedford Post Inn including homemade pastas, beef and lobster.  The event was held in the beautiful Barn at the Bedford Post Inn.  We are looking forward to future events at the inn in the coming year as it is a very special place.

For more information:

http://www.bedfordpostinn.com

http://www.vineandcompany.com

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Wine,Scotch and food event to benefit Charity at the Bedford Post Inn on April 8th

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Vine and Co. of Bedford Hills has announced a tasting event with part of the proceeds going to a local charity.  Vine and Co. will be hosting its  Taste of Spring on Friday April 8th 2016 from 7pm to 9:30 pm and it will be held at Campagna at the Bedford Post Inn. 

The event will feature a wine tasting featuring 40 different wines from around the world, beer tasting from local breweries, and a Scotch tasting featuring a selection of  different premium single malt Scotch. Food and dessert will be provided by the restaurant, Campagna at the Bedford Post Inn.

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Part of the proceeds of the event will go directly to The Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester.  So make plans to be part of a special evening of tasting at the beautiful Bedford Post Inn.  Tickets are $100 per person for this event.   See you there!

For More information:

Vine and Co.      http://www.vineandcompany.com

Tickets:  914-234-7800  ext 109

or buy tickets online at: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07eccmjdwvf3fecb85&oseq=&c=&ch=

Bedford Post Inn    

954 Old Post Road Bedford NY        http://www.bedfordpostinn.com

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An evening for Chocolate, dessert and Wine lovers!

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A nice way to celebrate Valentine’s day is to celebrate it early by attending the 8th Annual Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lover’s Evening. The event takes place on Thursday February 4th from 6 pm to 9pm at the Stamford Marriot Hotel in Stamford Ct. This annual event is the largest chocolate tasting event in Fairfield County.
This event allows guest to sample chocolate and desserts and sample wines from 70 different vendors. There will be entertainment provided, music, door prizes and shopping. .Representatives from restaurants, bakeries, chocolatiers, and food markets will be there. So ticket holders can sample and then purchase their favorites from the many vendors. With Valentine’s Day less than 2 weeks away, it is a great way to pick up a unique or special gift, and have fun as you do!
The emcee of the event will be Chef Plum, from Plum Luv Foods and a Food Network regular.
Tickets to this event are $45 or $80 a pair. and can be ordered online at http://www.dessert.brownpapertickets.com
All proceeds for this event will benefit Pacific House a men’s shelter. The shelter provides meals, shelter, and social services , and housing placement to both men and women in Connecticut.
Some come out and celebrate early and know that you are helping a great local cause. Age 21 and over for this event

Chocolate, Dessert and Wine Lover’s Evening
Stamford Marriot Hotel
243 Tresser Blvd Stamford Ct.
ticktets: http://www.dessert.brownpapertickets.com
shelter info: http://www.shelterforhomeless.org

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New York City Winter Wine Festival: wine , jazz and more.

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For you wine lovers a great wine tasting event is coming in February to New York City. New York Wine Events will be hosting its 7th Annual New York City Wine Festival on February 6th 2016. The event will be held in Times Square at the Playstation Theater (formerly known as the Best Buy Theater). There will be two tasting sessions that day, the first at 3pm to 6 pm and the evening session from 8 pm to 11 pm. The event looks fantastic and I am excited to take part in the festivities.
Wine of course is the center of the event but there is so much more. There will be over 250 wines to sample at the tasting and each guest will keep their etched tasting glass. The wines will include wines from France, Australia, Spain, Italy, South Africa , New Zealand and the United States. The festival will feature the wines of New York State with many wineries in attendance. New York State wine has been growing in popularity as wine lovers are beginning to understand the wide variety of quality wine produced here in New York. Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, North Country and Niagara region are all producing fine and enjoyable wines.

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There is also light fare available including cheese and crackers. hors d’oeurves. There will be tables with samples of chocolates, artisan cheeses, olive oil and more. To add to the fun music will be provided by Soul Train Music award winner and jazz keyboardist Alex Bugnon will take the stage to entertain guests. It sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.

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Tickets can be ordered online at the New York Wine Events website (see link below). Tickets are $79. each and VIP tickets and group tickets (10 or more) are also available. The Thrillist named this event as one of the “17 things you have to do in Winter in New York City”. Playstation Theater is only a few block walk from Grand Central Terminal. See you there !
Event location:
Playstation Theater
1515 Broadway at 44th Street New York, New York
For Tickets:
http://www.newyorkwineevents.com