Socarrat Paella Bar Sings

As I mentioned in my previous post, last night a few of us from the store went to Socarrat Paella Bar in Chelsea. I have been wanting to try this new spot out for a few weeks, and glad I pulled the trigger. It was absolutely fantastic. There is one long table which runs down the center of the small, cozy restaurant which seats around 35 people…so expect a wait whenever you go. We arrived around 9:30 and didn’t get seated until 10pm . No worries though, because your patience will be rewarded with friendly, attentive service and delicious, flavorful tapas and paella. The menu offers around 10 small plates and four to five different types of paella to choose from. For me, pork is as natural and necessary as breathing; so if you feel the same then this place will certainly be up your alley. We sampled a wide variety of tapas; there wasn’t a dog in the bunch. The three of us shared one paella, which was fully satisfying and plenty enough after the small plates. Socarrat is just around the corner from where I live; a return visit is certainly in the works. At this time, they have a BYOB policy until they secure a liquor license…..so take advantage of it while you can. Now on to the wines…….

First up was a bottle of the 2006 Alice et Olivier DeSauvignon de St. Bris
This wine is no friggin’ joke. It changed dramatically throughout the meal……..though I am not surprised as their hyper natural wines are polite and shy upon opening; then they gently bring you into their world of nuance,complexity and grace. Savory, mineral laden, and long. It manages to balance the heat of 2006 quite well. Yes, the palate is more ample and the fruit riper than in past vintages–but this wine is harmonious and full of class. Alice et Olivier have been on fire the past several vintages and I am never–never left disappointed after pulling their corks. They are non interventionist vignerons with a sincere faith in Mother Earth and unyielding devotion for vins de terroirs. I see the beauty of life, humanity and nature with every compelling tip of the glass. Please I beg of you, drink their wines in the proper context–with food. They deserve more than a perfunctory, cold evaluation in a sterile environment away from the dinner table and good conversation.Help preserve traditional, artisan, living vins by buying the De Moor wines. NO FARMS NO WINE !!!

Batting next was a bottle of the 2006 Annie et PhilppeBornard“Le Ginglet ArboisPupillon(Biodynamic) Made with 100% Trusseauand hailing from the largest AOC in Jura. All of the grapes are sourced from the Cru of Pupillon. We poured the wine and a beautiful pale ruby color soared from the glass making the mouth water and the eye smile . More and more I am struck by the power color can have on the whole wine experience. It is certainly an essential aspect of the pleasure derived from wine, and particularly beautiful and moving when that color is natural and not forced by the hand of man’s ego. Have you seen those inky, Shiraz looking Pinot Noirs out there? Ya me too, and I am tired of that blatant dishonesty. Excuse the outburst….back to the wine.It took half an hour or so, but the aroma poked its head out with an inviting flowery, and savory Mother Earth quality. Its connection to its neighbor, Burgundy, is undeniable. In fact, the nose reminded me of a few of my favorite 2004 Burgs( I love that vintage, by the way; what perfume and head spinning femininity!!). My recommendation, serve the 2006 Annie et Phillipe Bornard “Le Ginglet ArboisPupillon cool, with a butter and ham baguette sandwich. Eating well isn’t only for the rich. This is what wine probably tasted like when Rabelais was partying his way through the caves of Chinon. Trinch !!!

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