Tannat Wine & Cheese is a blend of two well-known concepts: the wine bar and the farm-to-table restaurant. We are situated in Inwood, Manhattan (A.K.A New York’s best kept secret…shhhhhhhh!).
Our wines can be defined as S.N.O.B.S. wine.
We care about our environment and we expect our winemakers to do the same. We believe that these practices create some of the best wine in the world!
At Tannat Wine & Cheese, ingredients are celebrated rather than obscured. The seasons are marked with garlic scapes, gooseberries, and acorn squash. We will make everything from scratch, from house-made vinegars, mustards, and smoked salt, to yogurt, fresh cheeses, and butter. Our menu will change practically every night.
Tannat Wine & Cheese is a place of learning. We run a variety of educational programs, from an exclusive wine club to guided tastings, food and wine pairings, and library pours. Check our newsletter for information on upcoming events!
FOR THE COMMON GOOD
We are funded solely by loans. This has allowed us to introduce a profit sharing program for our employees. We believe profit sharing will not only provide a better standard of living for our employees, but also decrease turnover and result in exceptional service.
Based on the ethical sourcing of our food and wine, efforts to reduce food waste, energy-saving lighting and appliances, profit sharing, and a commitment to local arts, we will be applying for “B” Corporation status to make it official that we are here for good.
William Emery is a chef, author, and community-minded restaurateur. His other foodie projects, the book Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley (Heyday Books, 2008), Wood Fashion Cafe, a farm-to-table restaurant in farm country, Ad Astra Books and Coffee House (successfully funded through Kickstarter!) celebrate local food systems and ethical business practices.
Sarah Goler is a physicist, artist, and ultramarathoner. When she’s not shooting lasers at ancient papyri, getting her hands dirty in a pottery studio, or training for her latest 60k run, she can be found in the kitchen or at her sister’s CSA, Full Circus Farm.
WHAT IS TANNAT?
Tannat is a palindrome (so badass!) and a grape. Tannat is originally from the Basque region of France but has since become the national grape of Uruguay where it expresses a fruitier character. Tannat is related to the word tannin. Tannins were discovered in the 1700’s by leather tanners. It turns out that the molecules that dry out your mouth are used to make beautiful leather. And lastly, when we were at dinner with Stacie, William’s sister, she came up with a great line: