Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Wining Out

Exploring area eateries by the wines they select



Bernard Bouissou in the cellar of his eponymous restaurant. Burgundy is truly his love, but his wines from America are impressive too.

Photo Xenia Gross

Ridgefield offers a variety of exquisite dining options—French, Italian, farm-to-table, and more. Of course, these classifications reflect the food. Each restaurant below has its own carefully curated selection of wine that complements the cuisine.

Bernard’s 
If you can’t find a rosé to your liking on this list, its time to switch to beer. In addition to standard-sized bottles, Bernard’s offers half bottles, magnums, three-liter, and six-liter bottles, in case you want to bathe in rosé like a Hollywood starlet. All 20 on the list are French, and all are listed with their particular appellation, a legitimizing detail that many other restaurateurs skip. 

But that’s just rosé. You wanna talk obsession, let’s look at the complete list. Starting with a wine specials-of-the-month category, I sense an angel on one shoulder (“Give them what they want”—pinot noir, montepulciano) and a devil on the other (“Put on what you want”—Arizona red, Finger Lakes meritage, German kabinett). Little gems are found here, like the classic Vina Tondonia Rioja in a half-bottle or a sparkling wine from New Mexico.

The bulk is heavy on Burgundy, Bordeaux, and Rhone offerings, both red and white (hey, he’s French), with American wines coming in a distant, but impressive second. It is easy to surmise from the listings that Burgundy is his love, and French wines are his pride. But his adopted home is here, and the labels listed from the U.S. are truly amazing. Aside from that, it is hard to find a wine-producing country that does not have space on this list. I would encourage any wine lover that has a reservation at Bernard’s to go to their website and scroll through. I would say, regarding Bernard’s list, that if you can’t find it, you don’t need it.

Luc’s Café and Restaurant
What I like most of all about Herve Aussavis is that he is French—unabashedly French. Shamelessly French. From his antique French cars to the trappings of his bistro. To that end, his wine list is completely devoid of California cabernet sauvignon, Austrian Gruner Veltliner (thank God for small blessings!), Oregon pinot noir, Argentine malbec, and New Zealand sauvignon blanc. If you don’t like it, too bad. 

At Luc’s you will, by default, get a new experience. Oh, your favorite grape varieties are there, all right, but in the form of Bordeaux (cabernet sauvignon), Sancerre (sauvignon blanc), Bourgogne blanc and rouge (chardonnay and pinot noir). Cabernet Franc is wrapped in a label with the Chinon appellation, Syrah and Grenache with Rhone designations. All your favorite flavors, varietals, and taste sensations are there. They just need to be pointed out. 

And Herve is just the man to do it. A little hint here: If you want to make Herve smile, zero in on Burgundy. That’s his passion. The all-French list fits in perfectly with the foods offered. Rosés from the south of France and the Loire valley are perfect foils for his baguette with pate. A multi-grape-blended Cotes-du-Rhone with a pork chop has almost no hedonistic equal, unless it’s the combination of Champagne and oysters. Don’t lament the unfamiliarity of labels. Ask the source of the list’s creation and you won’t be disappointed with whatever choice you make.

Gallo Ristorante
Gallo is an Italian restaurant (actually owned by Italians), where passion is worn on the owner’s sleeve. Full disclosure, I am responsible for Gallo’s wine list. 

Ninety percent of the offerings are Italian, with the emphasis on the most popular regions of Tuscany and Piedmont. It is a list that is in a constant state of flux, because it mirrors my excitement for new and exciting Italian wines reaching the market. 

Many regions are featured, such as Campania, Sicily, Abruzzi, Lombardy, Veneto, Friuli, Sardinia, and others. Piedmont, with its aristocratic, Nebbiolo-fueled Barolos and Barbarescos, is not for everybody, but it has a following of avid and sometimes rabid fans. These tannic, bold, and monumental bottlings represent the most recognizable wine names from the region, but they share regional list space with delicious and less expensive bottlings of Barberas, Dolcettos, and other Piemontese. 

If you are paying a sitter, a Barbera will satisfy nicely. If the sitter is your mother-in-law, go for the Barolo. As for Tuscany, I have assembled classics, such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Morellino di Scansano, and Rosso di Montalcino. The so-called Super Tuscan category is the biggest, representing new-age bottlings that appeal to a world palate and priced at all levels. 

Bailey’s Backyard
Wine-wise, Bailey’s Backyard is quietly doing it right under the leadership of wine manager Kyle Martinez. A savvy, eclectic mixed-bag of interesting wines seems to directly reflect not only Martinez’s excitement for wine, but also the chef Zach Campion’s choices of food preparations. 

For summer whites, there is a godello from Spain, a sparkling blanc de blanc from New Mexico, and a white Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Wines like these take some dedication, because it is one thing to list them, yet quite another to sell them to customers, making Bailey’s list a testament to Martinez’s enthusiasm. 

Some well-known labels are featured, but many wines are popular for a reason, which is fine as long as the quality level is consistent. One-on-one wine education is easy here, because of the restaurant’s intimate square footage. Customers should be aware that, however well chosen the wines are, the list will change often, as Martinez stumbles onto yet another bold selection. 

As an overall characteristic, the wines listed are extremely food-compatible, keeping in balance their fruit to acid to body ratios nicely. These wines will integrate with food, heightening the flavors and making a memorable pairing experience. 

Add your comment:

Connect With Us

            

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Catch the Vibe Newsletter

See this weekend's events in the area!
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Content

Worth the Weight

John Frey’s life-changing experience

Showtime

Performing artists glam up locally to take on the town

Play House

A Putnam County Couple finds home

How We Met: It’s a Small Web

Finding love with online dating

Double H Time

A book recounts Hunter Harrison’s remarkable life

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading Local Professionals

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

Edit ModuleShow Tags

September 2018

The Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut Giant Pumpkin Growers Club will host the 6th Annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh Off on Sunday, September 23, 2018 from 10 am to 3 pm in Ballard Park,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ballard Park
Ridgefield, CT  06877


Sponsor: Ridgefield Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 203-438-5992
Contact Name: Jen Mulhern
Website »

More information

Immerse yourself in Spinning a Yarn, a dynamic movement experience created in collaboration between exhibiting artist Analia Segal and artist and performer David Thomson. Performing in a sculpted...

Cost: $25; $20 members

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Website »

More information

Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 8pm Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity MEMBER PRE-SALE BEGINS TUESDAY, JUNE 5 @ 10AM Members please call the box office for tickets 203.438.5795 PUBLIC...

Cost: $65

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
Website »

More information

Somers Women's Club, a not-for-profit community service organization, will hold its major fundraiser on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Reis Park on Route 139 in Somers. There will be a huge sale...

Cost: 0

Where:
Reis Park
182 Primrose St
Katonah, NY  10536
View map »


Sponsor: Somers Women's Club
Contact Name: Jodi Hu
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

Gunn Memorial Library in Washington, CT is pleased to welcome back literary scholar Mark Scarbrough as he leads a five week course The Soul Ajar: An Emily Dickinson Literature Course.  The classes...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Gunn Memorial Library
5 Wykeham Road
Washington, CT  06793
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Don’t miss this chance to see one of the last living Blues legends when he returns to The Playhouse stage! 2015 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Buddy Guy’s incredible career...

Cost: $125

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity
Telephone: 203-438-5795
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

This presentation, led by Martin House member Bryan Stern, will help small business owners understand key tax law changes that may affect their 2018 business tax returns so that they can plan ahead...

Cost: Free

Where:
Martin House Workspace
69 Westchester Ave.
Pound Ridge, NY  10576
View map »


Sponsor: Martin House Workspace
Telephone: 914-764-3128
Contact Name: Erin Trostle
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Wednesdays, September 26 – November 7, 2018  (no class on Halloween) 6:30-8:30pm Adam Broderick Whole New You Series Partially underwritten by Reliance Merchant Services This...

Cost: 425

Where:
Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Website »

More information

Cohen and Wolf,  P.C. Movie Series In one of moviedom’s most influential roles, James Dean is Jim, the new kid in town whose loneliness, frustration and anger mirrored those of...

Cost: $12.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
Website »

More information

In her new book, HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech Not Censorship, Nadine Strossen argues that expanding free speech, not limiting it, is the solution for changing the hearts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ridgefield Library
472 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Tavern Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-438-2282
Contact Name: Lesley Lambton
Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

Facilitated by Nina Bertolino This program will meet every other Wednesday from 10:30 - 12:30 on the following dates: September 12th & 26th, October 10th & 24th, November 7th & 21st, December 5th...

Cost: Free

Where:
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library
276 Titicus Road
North Salem, NY  10560
View map »


Sponsor: Keeler Library
Telephone: 914-669-5161
Contact Name: Carolyn Reznick
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

with Antonio Sanchez, Linda May Han Oh & Gwilym Simcock Moffly Media Evening of Art, Wine & Jazz Series Join us in the lobby at 7:15pm for an Italian wine tasting by Pera Wines and an...

Cost: $87.50

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

EVERY THURSDAY | 7:30 PM - 10:00 pm Music | Spoken Word | Comedy | More Hosted by Don Lowe Hunt Hill Farm is excited to announce OpenMic night every Thursday night.  Please stop by to...

Cost: donation

Where:
Hunt Hill Farm
44 Upland Road
New Milford, CT  06776
View map »


Sponsor: Hunt Hill Farm
Telephone: 860.355.0300
Contact Name: John C. Maxwell III
Website »

More information

On Thursday, September 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich will host its first-ever Oktoberfest celebration. Featuring German beer from Paulaner USA, Oktoberfest at the Bruce...

Cost: $30 for Bruce Museum members, $40 non-members

Where:
Bruce Museum
One Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: 203-869-0376
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Opening Act: Rock Academy Band Friday, September 28, 2018 – Gala & Show Only tickets available Gala at 5:30pm (includes open bar, dinner, silent auction) Live Auction &...

Cost: Gala Tickets: $250 Orchestra Seating & Gala Show Only Tickets: $125 Mezzanine &

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Nature is on display in “A Reverence For Nature” with pieces that reflect the artists’ admiration of nature or the environment in a multitude of ways. Exhibiting artists include...

Cost: Free

Where:
Maritime Garage Gallery
11 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Parking Authority
Telephone: 203-831-9063
Contact Name: Nadia Martinez
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Aldrich Undercover, a “secret” art exhibition and sale, returns for one night only to the Museum’s Leir Gallery after a six-year hiatus. Hundreds of original artworks will be on...

Cost: $150 - $500

Where:
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Website »

More information

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 8pm Pepsi Rock Series powered by Xfinity Partially underwritten by Lisa & Michael Shinall This September, Beth Hart returns to the United States for...

Cost: $65

Where:
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 E Ridge Rd
Ridgefield, CT  06877
View map »


Telephone: 203-438-5795
Contact Name: Ridgefield Playhouse
Website »

More information

Laura from Olive My Skin will be joining us to talk about her lovely natural soaps, wood wick soy candles and skin care line, all proudly made in Connecticut. All Fair Trade, paraben free,...

Cost: free

Where:
The Smithy
10 Main Street
New Preston, CT  06777
View map »


Sponsor: The Smithy
Telephone: (860)868-9003
Contact Name: susan
Website »

More information

On June 23, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich opens Expressionism in Print: The Early Works of Richard Haas, 1957 - 64 in the Arcade Gallery. The exhibition will be on display through October 21, 2018....

Cost: Free for members; $10 for non-members; $8 for seniors and students with ID

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
View map »


Telephone: 203-413-6735
Contact Name: Scott Smith
Website »

More information

Evocation of light is ever present in the romantic and experiential landscapes of Ira Barkoff. His recent works convey the spontaneity and the maturity of the artist’s hand and dedication to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Canfin Gallery
39 Main Street
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: 1953
Telephone: 914-332-4554
Contact Name: Jean-Claude Canfin
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags