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Cocktails and Wine at Casa Lever
Certified sommelier Grant Wood joins Robert Tas in this episode of CorkRules where they review the wine list of Casa Lever, a classic Italian restaurant located within the Park Avenue glass skyscraper the Lever House, so you know it’s going to be classy. Damien Hirst artwork adorns the walls. In 2010, a New York Times critic described it as “a new Italian restaurant of the Manhattan old school, built for socialites and those who finance them, staffed by handsome, rakish men with huge wristwatches. . . .” It may be a little more inclusive and accessible today, but this Manhattan landmark it’s still immensely elegant.
For something light and giggly, consider the Rossini Royale, a delicious combination of Grey Goose Vodka, Italicus, strawberry, and "Sant Ambroeus" Prosecco. If a refreshing pick-me-up is what you need, the Summer in the ends is a light blend of Bombay Dry Gin, cucumber water, and spring herbs cordial and it will not disappoint. However, if you’re looking for something with a little more weight, try the Carta Bianca with Glenmorangie X, Amaro Lucano, pineapple, and almond orgeat may offer what you want.
They also offer all the classic cocktail favorites: Bellinis, Pimm’s Cups, Martini’s etc. Whatever cocktail kicks off the evening for you, the bar will provide, but show some restraint, there’s a lovely wine list to explore before the evening is over.
The wine list includes dozens of wines by the glass, ranging from $17 to $80. So if you have an occasion to celebrate or just want a delicious glass of wine that won't break the bank, this list will meet your needs.
Moving on from cocktails to bubbles, Casa Lever’s wine list offers a lovely selection of Prosecco, Champagne, and Lambrusco. Splurge on a glass of the Champagne Brut "Rare", Piper Heidsieck, (2007) a wonderful blend of chardonnay and pinot noir or consider ordering a bottle of the less-costly Prosecco di Valdobbiadene “Cartizze” by Villa Sandi This wine offers exceptional value and quality.
For whites, there is a lovely if small selection from Italy with one or two from the U.S. and France. The Vouvray Sec "Clos Naudin", Philippe Foreau, (2015) Chenin Blanc, from the Loire Valley is well worth trying, but if you want a medium-bodied dry white, order the Sauvignon Blanc "Asimenia" (2021), from Toscana. This white will pair nicely with a rich dish like the Carbonara.
On the red side of life, on the wines-by-the-glass list French and Italian wines dominate, and you can’t go wrong with a Châteauneuf du Pape "Télégramme", Vieux Télégraphe, (2019) a wonderful blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, and Cinsault, from the Rhône Valley.
To learn more about the wine list at Casa Lever and the difference between Cava, Champagne and Prosecco, listen to the CorkRules podcast with certified sommelier Grant Wood.
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