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The Long Wine Down

June 14, 2019

We’re running out of time. Our house just went on the market. Things are getting real.

People have asked whether there will be some kind of big goodbye party. I’ve even heard from someone who wanted to host it at their business. But big parties aren’t really my scene. I prefer a bunch of smaller outings scattered around the region, so everyone has more options to attend.

That said, I would like to do one final tour. The challenge will be finding a date when I can spare a day before the move sometime in July. We’ll have to see.

In the meantime, my friend Jem B. is organizing a wine outing on Monday. Maybe we can call that part of The Unofficial Goodbye Fussy Road Show. Officially, it’s an Unofficial Yelp Event, but those are open to everybody. And it’s scheduled to coincide with happy hour at the new Natural Wine Bar on Lark Street.

There are a few reasons why I’m excited about this.

Back in May, a reporter for Capital Tonight on Spectrum News, asked a question on Twitter. He wanted to know people’s favorite thing about upstate New York. Cleverly, he also explicitly asked people to leave their sarcasm at the door, and to take their negativity elsewhere.

I love questions like this, and had an answer almost immediately. “The enterprising spirit of those who are trying to make it a better place.”

Like August Rosa.

A few years ago I met August for the first time when he opened up a little craft beer and coffee shop on Lark Street called Brew. Coffee took a back burner to beer, and the store became Pint Sized. A second location opened in Saratoga Springs. Then the Lark Street location moved across the street to accommodate its expansion.

Most recently he’s opened a wine bar and restaurant called PŌST which specializes in natural wines.

Natural wine? This is also the stock and trade of Lucas Confectionery and its associated wine shop at 22 2nd St. across the Hudson in Troy. Almost two years ago, Heather Lavine led an intro class on natural wine to a group of lucky Yelpers, and there I learned a lot more about this increasingly popular approach to producing wine with as little human intervention as possible.

To get a sense of what this means in terms of producers and bottles, here’s a recent picture of the PŌST wine list. But more than anything, natural wine is a lot of fun and it has a lot of life.

Speaking of life, August has brought life back to one of the venerable establishments on Lark Street. Once the Lark Street Wine Bar, then Lark & Lily, and most recently Mio Posto, this is a great location with a charming dining room and a lovely back patio. I can’t wait to see what he’s done with the place.

Hopefully you’ll join me on Monday starting at 5:30pm. It’s happy hour which means you’ll get $2 off wine, cocktails, and draft beers. And that special lasts all night long. However the kitchen is closed on Mondays, so food remains an open question.

I’m planning to stick around until everyone leaves or they run out of wine. Whatever comes first. So if you can’t make it at 5:30 on the dot, don’t sweat it. Hope to see you there.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Lorres permalink
    June 14, 2019 7:32 pm

    I’ll be there – so glad to get an opportunity to say a fond farewell.

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