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2012 October 18

Veuve Clicquot's Crowning Glories at Crown

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John DeLucie, Vanessa Kay, Cyril Brun John DeLucie, Vanessa Kay, Cyril Brun
Elizabeth Shrier
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(NEW YORK) It's hard to top a Veuve Clicquot-accompanied din at John DeLucie's hautespot of UES deliciousness that is Crown. Except when there are four spectacular bubbly varieties in the mix, including three rare vintages, paired with a quartet of scrumptious courses. Such was the situation at last night's inaugural #VCTasting dinner (hashtag intended, cheris), hosted by Veuve's U.S. president, Vanessa Kay, and the label's senior winemaker, Cyril Brun. A chic set including Moda Operandi's Aslaug Magnusdottir, Oscar de la Renta's Erika Bearman, and Glamourai's Kelly Framel gathered in Crown's skylight and glass-walled back atrium, along with a cadre of eds. Unlike most multicourse meals, it was all about the social media factor, so iPhones on the table and being tapped away on was encouraged (crazy, we know!). 

On the menu? A watercress salad studded with apples, almonds, sunchoke shavings, followed by crisply-skinned fish mingling avec artichokes, a touch of chevril, and olives, before the main attraction—28-day aged N.Y. strip steak plated with a dollop of shallot marmalade and a pool of creamy horseradish—and the finale, a pear tart sporting a buttery, toffee-esque caramel base and paired with sorbet of the same fruit. Oh, and the pours, of course! It was Veuve or the highway, as one might expect. And there was nary a complaint, considering those champagnes paired with each course and dated back to 2004, 1990, 1989, and Yellow Label, respectively. The eve's souvenir was the Ponsardine, aka a bottle of Veuve Yellow Label housed in a sardine can-esque tin. Apres-dinner drinks, anyone? 
ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV 




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