New York: The Mecca of American Riesling

with Paul Grieco

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Many wine experts have described the Finger Lakes as one of the world’s premier regions for producing the world’s most versatile grape and wine: Riesling. From dry to lusciously sweet, Finger Lakes Rieslings offer a rainbow of colorful tastes. Learn just how that happens from some of the region’s top producers.

Featured Wines:

â–¸ Boundary Breaks 2019 #356 Bubbly Dry Riesling
â–¸ Lakewood Vineyards 2016 3Generations Riesling
â–¸ Ryan William Vineyard 2018 Dry Riesling
â–¸ Hermann J. Wiemer 2019 Semi-Dry Riesling
â–¸ Silver Thread Vineyard 2018 Semi-Dry Riesling
â–¸ Atwater Estate Vineyards 2015 Riesling

This session was recorded live on:
September 22, 2020
11:00 AM EST


  • Bruce Murray, Boundary Breaks
  • Ben Stamp, Lakewood Vineyards
  • Ryan Bossert, Ryan William Vineyard
  • Dillon Buckley, Hermann J. Wiemer
  • Shannon Brock, Silver Thread Vineyard
  • Vinny Aliperti, Atwater Estate Vineyards

About the Moderator:

Paul Grieco was practically born in a restaurant. His family owned and operated Toronto’s landmark restaurant La Scala, where he was thrust into the world of service and hospitality at a very young age. Before beginning a career in the restaurant business, Grieco took a two-month trip to Italy to study wine. From there, the budding sommelier spent the next six years working with his father and grandfather at La Scala, overseeing the beverage program and managing the front-of-the-house staff.

In 1991, Paul traveled to NYC for a three-month sojourn, and he never left. Honing his service skills at Manhattan’s Remi Restaurant, and other top-notch places, like Bouley, Gotham Bar and Grill, Gabriel’s, and Judson Grill, which he opened with his mentor Chris Cannon in 1994. He eventually landed at Gramercy Tavern, to learn the aspects of “enlightened hospitality” from creators Danny Meyer and Tom Colicchio. During his tenure at Gramercy Tavern, Grieco won both the James Beard Awards for Outstanding Service in 2001 and for Outstanding Wine Service in 2002.

In 2003, Grieco and chef-partner Marco Canora opened Hearth in the East Village, and the duo’s first and second wine bars, Terroir, in 2008 and 2010. After a successful 11 year run together, Greico and Canora parted ways; Grieco taking ownership of Terroir, Canora remaining at Hearth. Today you’ll find Paul presiding over the beverage program at Terrior’s Harrison St location, where he and the team continue to innovate the utmost of hospitable wine service to the masses of “Acid Hounds,” who flood the downtown Tribeca neighborhood year round.

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About the NY Drinks NY:

NY Drinks NY celebrates the exciting world of New York wines in the New York City restaurant and retail markets. We are currently finding new ways to continue connecting with wine professionals in place of our 2020 marketing events.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation (the organization behind the NY Drinks NY program) provides opportunities for trade and media partners to learn more and taste a wide range of New York wines during an immersive experience and ‘behind the scenes’ look at winemaking in our Harvest Visits in the fall.

The New York Wine & Grape Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation promoting all wineries and grape-growers in New York State. The Foundation’s mission statement is “To have the New York grape and wine industry recognized as a world leader in quality, productivity, and social responsibility.”

For general inquires about the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, please contact: Jennifer Cooper, Membership & Events Manager at [email protected].