by Caroline Granger for The Grange of Prince Edward, a ‘Certified Good Food Fighter’

Getting on the plane to New York was such an exciting feeling. Seriously Cool Chardonnay NYC had been on the schedule for months and as it approach the hype around it continued to grow. New York is arguably the coolest resto city in the world. They are absolutely doing the best local food: urban farming, Brooklyn flea, preserving, curing, brewing, cooking and ultimately eating. Our wines in this context would shine!

My flight lands mid-morning on a beautiful spring day in New York City. It’s sunny and warm and the streets are full. Though, I suppose the streets are always full in that city. Arriving at 1220 6th Ave was impressive. Across the street from Radio City Music Hall, Magnolia Bakery, and around the corner from Le Bernadin; this is just what I could figure in the cab over. Getting up to the 50thfloor and looking out of the windows at the view of the city (including the statue of liberty in the distance), the excitement was building….

So highlights of the event itself. There we wine buyers from big restaurants, wine merchants, and writers and bloggers; it was really cool to meet all the different characters that make New York so dynamic like Mr. Goldberg from The New York Times and Decanter and bloggers Andrea and Jeff from High/Low Food/Drink. And the best part of the day was? That everyone was blown away by the wine! It was cool to let people taste wines from a region they hadn’t even discovered yet and really impress them. Already we are hearing about more opportunities to visit and pour our wine! Thanks New York!