Customer Kristy Niro talks wine with Tasting Room owner Anthony Faustini and manager Brendan O’Neill. (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
The Green is ripe with wine knowledge. With our celebrity chefs, acclaimed restaurants and a Napa Valley outpost in downtown Red Bank, it would be a shame to keep all that viticultural wisdom bottled up. So to help expand your warm-weather boozing options beyond a cold six of Bud Light or a bottle of Skinny Girl, redbankgreen sat down with three local wine experts, working our way into the red heart of Red Bank from Restaurant Nicholas to Basil Ts to the Tasting Room.
We’ve also got a list of great wine-tasting events down below.
Nicholas Harary, chef and owner of Restaurant Nicholas, Middletown
What are you serving at home when youre entertaining now that its getting warmer?
If my dads coming over, thered better be Heineken [laughs], but we serve wine. Right now in my fridge at home, Ive got bottle of Arneis, a bottle of rosé and a Sauvignon blanc. Theyre all crisp, clean, light fruit [tasting]. I dont think of oak for a summer time wine.
You mentioned that you could taste 100 wines before finding one good bottle to offer to Nicholas Wines customers. Any advice for the less-experienced buyer to help them find that one bottle of good summertime wine on their own?
First, you want a reputable store. If you walk into a store and theyve got the big jugs of wine right up front, you probably walked into the wrong place. But if you walk into a wine shop, just say I want to spend $12 on a crisp, white wine that Im going to be grilling blah blah blah with.