Right off of Madison Square Park, in the heart of New York City, A Voce is a hidden gem: a place where the food is reviewed to be classically Italian (without any Pan-Asian, New American influences) and where you'd be out of place without a glass of wine in your hand.
Soon to open a second A Voce in the ultra-exclusive Time Warner building in NYC's Columbus Circle, there's no doubt that this is where the Celebrations crew would come for the best advice in the city.
We had the rare opportunity to have a chat with A Voce's wine director, Olivier Flosse (who is also wine director of Marc US's group of restaurants). Having been a sommelier for 20 years, ten of which were spent in the South of France, there's no doubt that Olivier would have some wine secrets to share.
Olivier says that his favorite part of his job is when he is able to make people happy when helping them choose a wine. Not surprisingly, he's made us only too happy by answering all our questions with a smile.
We now share with you the tips he's given us to make the best of your wine experience.
You'll be sure to impress your guests at your next wine party with Olivier's helpful advice. Now you can choose the best wines for your party with confidence, knowing that you have Celebrations and Olivier on your side.
#1 Open bottle? Finish It!
So you opened too many bottles of wine and don't know what to do with them all?
#2 Expensive Does Not Always Mean "Better"
Who said that you have to pay $120 for a "good" bottle of wine?At least half of Olivier's wines at A Voce are under $90, therefore, affordable. With such prominent wine distinction, it would be unfair, even wrong, to say that these were "lesser" wines.
#3 Great California Wine Choices
If a domestic product is what you seek, Olivier has given us a head's up on some good Californian wines to look out for:
#4 Size Can Matter
Certainly, your bottle of wine is a good size, but different occasions call for different wines. Sometimes, Olivier suggests, wine size does matter.
#5 Enjoy Your Wine Sooner Rather Than Later
Are you looking for a 2001 vintage and you don't know why? Here are some drinking tips that have nothing to do with vintage.