Manage episode 261500333 series 1946597
Meet Jean Black, AKA the "Black Wine Guy". Jean has had a very long, interesting and unconventional career in the wine business, which began at the oldest wine shop in New York City, Acker wines. "What started as a package store in 1820, has today become the oldest and most respected wine shop in America. Acker Merrall Condit, located on the beautiful and historic Upper West side of Manhattan, has provided expert wine services for nearly two centuries." While at Acker, Jean sold, stocked, learned and tasted wines from all over the world. Jean quickly rose through the ranks at Acker and quickly became one of the top wine experts at Acker. It wasn't long before Jean found himself traveling to California wine country to buy wine directly from the vineyards. It was this time Jean fell in love with the "wine country" lifestyle. Hard-working farm life surrounded by great people, great wine, great food, even greater stories, occasional campfires and late nights. Many of Jean's selections come from this award winning vineyards and although we're not in California sipping on these fine wines it does give the consumer subtle whispers of Jean's amazing experience's at these vineyards. A FEW of Jean's top vineyards include, Ledge, Turtle Rock, Hill of Tara, and Argot.
This episode Jean paired two wines to serve with our Chef Jose Andreas "tinned" sea urchin ( Matt loved the urchin, Rich did NOT). A California blend from Willamette Valley and Spanish Txakolina. Both wines are phenomenal with seafood and affordable.