A Dinner With Chris Brockway (Broc Cellars) at King Bee Restaurant on Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00pm

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Chris Brockway is coming to town and we are thrilled that he will be joining us for an evening of excellent food, wine, and conversation at King Bee on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7pm! His Berkeley-based winery, Broc Cellars, has long been our favorite domestic source for fresh, pretty, natural wines that span the vast spectrum of varieties found in California and offer insight into some of the state's most interesting terroirs: Sonoma County Zinfandel to Mendocino Counoise, Santa Barbara Grenache Blanc to Paso Robles Picpoul.

Brockway, a Nebraska native, studied oenology at Fresno State in the early 2000s and learned the ropes at more conventional wineries over several years before launching Broc Cellars. He credits San Francisco's preeminent natural wine bar, Terroir, with solidifying his interest in making wines with low intervention—native yeast fermentations, minimal additions of SO2, and sustainable, organic, and biodynamic vineyard sources. While his aim is to let the sites and grapes speak for themselves, the reliably superb quality of Brockway's wines reveal his palate and instinct for clarity, complexity, and accessible beauty. Tasting his wines always leaves us intrigued and thirsty for another glass!

King Bee is a delightful new restaurant in the East Village (424 E. 9th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A) that has impressed us over several visits with delicious and original seasonal dishes, a thoughtful (and fairly priced) wine list, cozy atmosphere, and the expert hospitality of proprietors Eben Klemm and Ken Jackson and their staff. Chef Jeremie Tomczak's menu is a contemporary interpretation of the Acadian culinary tradition, which connects the lineage of Louisiana country cooking to its predecessors in the Canadian Maritimes and France. We look forward to enjoying some of our favorite Broc Cellars wines (including a surprise or two!) paired with King Bee's unique cuisine.

We know that many of our customers eagerly await Broc's releases every year and have done so since the beginning. We hope to see you all there!

Dinner Thursday January 22nd 7pm - Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars at King Bee

Chris Brockway is coming to town and we are thrilled that he will be joining us for dinner at King Bee on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7pm! King Bee Restaurant is located at 424 E. 9th Street between 1st Ave. and Ave. A.; New York, NY 10009. $125 price includes multiple course dinner, Broc Cellars wines, tax, and gratuity. We hope to see you there!

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Broc Cellars 2013 Sonoma County Zinfandel Vine Starr

100% Zinfandel from two organically farmed vineyards in Sonoma, 2013 might be the freshest, most finessed vintage of Vine Starr from Broc Cellars' Chris Brockway yet. Aromas of lilac flowers, star anise, and seedy, brambly black raspberry and mulberry lull the drinker as the palate invigorates with tart cranberry, blood orange, and juicy red raspberry fruit, matched by deep, savory earthen and mineral components. Ariana Rolich

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Broc Cellars 2013 Mendocino Eagle Point Ranch Counoise

Counoise is best known as one of the red grape varieties permitted in Chateauneuf-du-Pape that is used most sparingly (if at all). Broc Cellars' bottling from Paso Robles some years ago was the first domestic and varietal Counoise I had encountered and it made quite an impression with its wild, floral raspberry fruit and piquant pine needles and herbal tone. Brockway now sources his Counoise from Mendocino's Eagle Point Ranch, with equally lovely results: elegant and juicy, with layers of black and red raspberries, demure blue fruit, cool dry earth, freshly-ground black pepper, fragrant florals, and flecks of spearmint. We continue to look forward to every release of this wine! Ariana Rolich

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Broc Cellars 2013 Paso Robles Luna Matta Picpoul

Certified organic Luna Matta vineyard in Paso Robles is Broc's source for Picpoul, another delicious variety that is allowed in Chateuneuf-du-Pape, but most widely enjoyed in refreshing white wines from Picpoul de Pinet in the Languedoc. The Californian version displays ripe, juicy Meyer lemon, lime rind, apricot skins, and spicy white pepper. An outrageously versatile and gulpable wine. Ariana Rolich

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Broc Cellars 2013 Central Coast Vine Starr White (Grenache Blanc)

The 2013 Vine Starr White is Chris Brockway's third and last vintage of lustrous, herbal, and mineral-forward Grenache Blanc from Santa Barbara's biodynamically farmed Martian Ranch, so let's enjoy it while we can! Dewy florals and citrus pith aromas combine with flavors of fresh green herbs, lemon oil, bitter melon, tangy apricot, and a long, taut mineral finish. Proof that Grenache Blanc can be a refreshing apéritif at the end of a long day or a delicious dry white for fish, salads, and easy poultry dishes. Ariana Rolich

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