10/20/2016 - New York, NY – The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) announced more than 50 New York area restaurant locations will participate in the nonprofit trade association’s second Somms & Sliders Napa Valley wine program, October 21 through November 4, 2016.
Somms & Sliders brings together Napa Valley wines and burger pairings at top fine dining and high-end casual restaurants, steakhouses, wine bars and craft burger chains around New York. At each restaurant, the sommelier will select a Napa Valley wine paired with a gourmet burger recipe that highlights the wine’s unique character.
The NVV is teaming up with sommeliers and chefs from some of New York’s finest eateries, including lead partners Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group and fast casual burger chain Shake Shack, to create the ultimate burger pairing experience for food and wine lovers. The complete list of participating restaurants includes:
“We are thrilled to partner with Napa Valley Vintners on this year’s Somms & Sliders program,” explains John Ragan, Master Sommelier and senior director of operations of Union Square Hospitality Group. “This is a fantastic opportunity for New York’s wine lovers to get reacquainted with the tremendous wines of Napa Valley.”
While the region’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon is a logical wine partner for many of the burger pairings, several unexpected Napa Valley varieties, like Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Refosco and Grignolino have also been selected by the participating sommeliers.
“Shake Shack is proud to feature custom-made house wines from Napa Valley, and this is a great way to educate our guests about how well they pair with our burgers,” said Mark Rosati, culinary director of Shake Shack.
“Somms & Sliders allows us to highlight the consistent quality, variety and versatility of Napa Valley wines in America’s culinary capital,” said Linda Reiff, NVV president and CEO. “We’re thrilled by the reception we’ve been given by our New York restaurant partners, from burger stands to wine bars, casual restaurants, fine dining establishments and elegant steakhouses. There’s a burger and Napa Valley wine pairing for everyone during the Somms & Sliders program.”
About the Napa Valley Vintners
The Napa Valley Vintners nonprofit trade association has been cultivating excellence since 1944 by inspiring its 525 member wineries to consistently produce wines of the highest quality, to provide environmental leadership and to care for the extraordinary place they call home. Napa Valley Vintners advocates for and helps to market the Napa Valley around the world. Learn more at www.napavintners.com
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