Montclair came together Saturday night to share a love for books, wine, books about wine and of course, the Montclair Library.
The Dickens-themed Grape Expectations wine event with New York Times food and wine critic Eric Asimov was a sold-out affair to benefit the Montclair Library Foundation. Asimov started the evening off with a user-friendly master class where he stressed the importance of simply enjoying wine, getting away from what can seem pretentious and making the experience of tasting and learning about wine more accessible. He also shared how he first became obsessed with wine and other anecdotes from “How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto.”
Asimov’s talk was paired with a quartet of tastings selected by Sharon Sevrens of Amanti Vino and matched to small bites constructed artfully by Ariane Duarte of Culinariane. (Two favorites in the master class flight — a 2011 Chateau Simone Palette Rose, Provence, at $61.99 and a more economically priced 2012 Sigalas Santorini Assytiko/Athiri Blend at $17.99)
Following the master class, Asimov gave a talk and signed books and the party continued with more wine — three tables for France, Italy and the New World, each serving four different wines, as well as imaginative food and dessert stations from area restaurants.
Baristanet and Barista Kids were proud to be sponsors; a big thanks to all the organizers and everyone who contributed food, wine, time and talent to create a memorable evening. Check out the evening captured by photographer Chanda Hall.
Photos: Chanda Hall