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Discover a Gem from the Côte de Nuits
February 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Discover the hidden gems of the Marsannay area in the Côte de Nuits in Burgundy with Raj Vaidya, Wine Consultant and Director of Operations for La Paulée de New York, the world’s foremost Burgundy Wine festival.
We will delve into the region with the iconic producer Sylvain Pataille, a master of Marsannay and one of the most devoted organic farmers in the region, tasting two of his wines that illustrate the complexity and tremendous value to be found in this gem of an appellation.
About the Presenter
Raj Vaidya joined Daniel Johnnes and the Gracie Events family in the spring of 2020 with an impressive history of experience in fine dining restaurants that boasts some of this country’s most celebrated wine lists and wine service. His stellar resume includes positions at restaurants such as New York’s Cru and Per Se, as well as Gary Danko in San Francisco and Seeger’s in Atlanta. From 2009 to 2020 Raj ran the lauded wine program at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant and from 2016 till the end of his tenure served additionally as Chef Daniel’s Wine Director. In addition, Raj has earned some of the wine world’s most respected diplomas, including the Certificate Course of The Sommelier Society of America (2004), the Wine and Spirits Education Trusts Advanced Certificate (2004) and Diploma (2009).
A graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy, he was born in New Jersey but grew up in his family’s native Bombay and in Singapore and attributes his early passion for fine cuisine to his family and their obsession with food and drink. While he began learning about wine well before he was legally permitted to drink in this country, he truly started to refine his knowledge at what he calls his first serious restaurant job, working at New Jersey’s Ryland Inn with a chef who had a natural affinity for pairing food and wine. That early experience has evolved into a particular love of Burgundy, Champagne and the Rhône Valley, making him right at home working with Daniel overseeing operations of Gracie’s events celebrating these very regions.
About the Wines
Our sommelier has chosen two wines from this prestigious Domaine to accompany this event via our partner Tribeca Wine Merchants. Once registered, you will receive purchase information in your confirmation email. Please consider ordering your wine soon to ensure delivery.
Domaine Sylvain Pataille Aligoté 2017
Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay 2018