A Celebration of Natural Wine: Book Signing and Dinner with Isabelle Legeron MW!

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I am French, I taste for a living, and I recently rediscovered wine. After years learning about wine and tasting bucket loads of the stuff - from the cheap and cheerful to bottles worth a building in some parts of the world - I seem to have come full circle. All I want is real, delicious, natural wine. -Isabelle Legeron MW

MW stands for "Master of Wine" and it’s a really big deal - the highest honor in the wine world, like being a Cardinal of the Church or winning a no-hitter (coincidentally there are just a few more MWs than there have been no-hitters). An MW candidate must be invited and mentored to even be considered for the honor of taking the three-part exam, which includes blind tasting and successfully identifying 36 wines from throughout the world. This might sound easy, but it requires an encyclopedic knowledge of wine and a savant-like tasting ability to pinpoint three dozen wines from among the constantly expanding possibilities. Isabelle Legeron is the first French female MW in history, and a dynamic advocate of the kind of natural wines that we love!

Isabelle has won a following through That Crazy French Woman on the Travel Channel UK, organizing RAW (the hugely successful annual natural wine festival in London) and now through the recent publication of Natural Wine: An Introduction to Organic and Biodynamic Wines Made Naturally, which includes tasting notes on over 140 of the world's most exciting natural wines.

We are delighted to welcome Isabelle on Thursday, November 13th, from 5:00 to 6:30pm for an in-store tasting and book signing of Natural Wine, which already graces our shelves. As always, these preliminary celebrations are open to all and free of charge. The festivities will continue at acclaimed downtown restaurant Contra, where a custom six-course tasting menu will be paired with some of the most influential producers of natural wines featured in Isabelle's book. We’ve had a couple of other dinners at Contra and they were a huge hit - expect delicious, satisfying food from Chefs Jeramiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske and the warm, expert hospitality of Wine Director Jorge Riera.

Gossamer-winged dinner tickets are $180, which includes meal, wine, taxes, and gratuity. Dinner begins at 7:00pm. Contra is located at 138 Orchard Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets); New York, NY 10002. We hope to see you there!

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Dinner with Isabelle Legeron 1 Natural Wine Party at Contra

Please join us at Contra (138 Orchard Street; New York, NY 10002) on Thursday, November 13th, at 7:00pm to celebrate the release of Natural Wine with author Isabelle Legeron MW. A six-course tasting menu by Chefs Jeramiah Stone & Fabian Von Hauske will be paired with vibrant natural wines from Natural Wine. $180 includes meal, wine, tax, and gratuity. We hope to see you there!

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