Today we have a special guest on Small Bites. Joe Printz, the owner of The Grape D’Vine in Tappan, has agreed to answer your wine questions. Here’s a little bit about Joe, and I’ll start the first question. Feel free to post questions in the comments field.
I have lived in Rockland since age 4. I have been cooking since I was 14 years old. Graduated cooking School in 1981. I worked In NYC until 1985. I open my first restaurant in 1985 and 3 others after that in Washington DC. I moved back to NYC in in 1991 and catered to movie stars and celebrities and Walls Street “Masters of the Universe” types until I opened The Grape D’Vine in July of 2002.
I have been back in Rockland County since 1991. My basic philosophy about wine is that people, for whatever reason, pay too much for wine. There is so much juice flowing in the world they have to turn lots of it to fuel. Really great wine can be found for around 10 dollars. Let your tongue be your guide. Don’t let the wine wigs tell you what to like. Expose yourself to as much as possible. Trust in your wine merchant to get to know your palate. The hunt is half the fun.
Thanks Joe. So, I’m wondering:
Lately I’ve been really into pinot gris and pinot blancs from Alsace. What’s another region I might explore with similar wines?
The region I like for these types of wine is Alto Adige in Northern Italy. The colder the climate the more acidity the wine has. I also am a big fan of the mineral strength in the Mountain region of Italy. The wine tastes like Alpine air. Crisp, sometimes slightly biting but certainly bracing. What it lacks slightly in spice it makes up for in mineral complexity. Pinot Bianco from Coppo is rock solid. Pinot Grigio from Alto Adige is really the best place on earth for this type of wine in my humble opinion.
So, readers, what do you want to know from Joe?