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June 2013

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PHOTO COURTESY OF CONSULATE OF ARGENTINA NEW yORK CITy SIpS World Malbec Day brought tango to the Met. dancing into Summer by lana Bortolot W can order a whole suckling pig or goat for your clan. Open for only a couple of weeks, the restaurant has already made Eater's Queens Heatmap. THE TASTING PANEL has never shied away from crossing rivers in search of a good cocktail—we mean, story . . . so when spirits doyenne Wendy Crispell hosted a Wendy Crispell, wine, spirProhibition its and cheese doyenne, cocktail getting local with her cruise on Prohibition cocktails. the Hudson aboard a Classic Harbor Line yacht, we channeled our inner Daisy Buchanan and climbed aboard. Crispell, a certified specialist in both wine and cheese, gave a lesson in cocktailing from locally sourced ingredients, including Hudson Valley's Tuthilltown Whiskey, Core Vodka and bitters from Brooklyn's Bittermens and Brotherhood Blanc de Blanc. PHOTO: LANA BORTOLOT PHOTO: LANA BORTOLOT Michael Psilakis, owner of MP Taverna. hile various events flanked the official World Malbec Day on April 17, it was the event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that was an indication of how beloved Malbec is—and what a great party the Argentines can throw. Argentine officials rubbed elbows with chefs from Novecento, Le Cirque, Momofuku and 21 top wine producers while tango dancers quickstepped amongst the statues. Other events included a trade dinner hosted by Graffigna that introduced the specially designed Riedel Malbec glass (yes, it seems to make a difference!), cooking classes with Malbec and a walk-around tasting at City Winery. (For our complete story on the Riedel Malbec glass, see page 98. —Ed.) Joining the flight across the East River to Astoria, Michael Psilakis opened his newest MP Taverna. The space has been under wraps for more than a year as the celebrity chef (co-star of No Kitchen Required) revamped the two-story restaurant, creating a modern Greek brasserie in a neighborhood known more for Papou's family diner. Here, tasting plates include lamb dumplings, pan-fried scallops, grilled octopus and paella—Greek-style. If you want down-to-earth cooking, he's got that, too: With advance notice, you 28  /  the tasting panel  /  june 2013 TP0613_001-41.indd 28 5/23/13 4:25 PM

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