Making Some Noise (the Wine’s Unfiltered)!


Newton Vineyard's Unfiltered Chardonnay and Michael Wisner's "The Element"

Tonight, winemaker Chris Millard of Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyard will be in New York to host an interactive workshop on sustainable winemaking. Also on hand will be Michael Wisner, the Snowmass, Colorado-based eco-friendly ceramicist who has joined with Newton for the winery’s third-annual Eco-Chic collaboration. Wisner will preview “The Element,” a set of clay coasters and a wine chiller created from clay he harvested in Newton’s Carneros vineyards, made exclusively for the vineyard’s Unfiltered Chardonnay, which will be available in late April. Millard will explain what distinguishes unfiltered winemaking from other methods, while Wisner will discuss his own take on sustainable artisanship.

Last Thursday evening, William and Susan Brinson invited a lucky gaggle of tweeps to their chic NYC apartment for a delectable repast. We had the pleasure of drinking the Chardonnay and I’d say it’s going to be a feather in the vineyard’s eco-chic cap. We sipped the wine as we nibbled on William’s spread of appetizers that included a sauterne and black truffle pate, speck ham, crusty French bread, pungent aged cheeses, and spiced cashews. For dinner, he and Susan served Jamie Oliver’s Pasta alla Norma. It was divine and the perfect end to our rousing tweetup at the Duravit showroom, which brought the always entertaining Philippe Starck to town to debut his shower toilet SensoWash. How do we know he’s ever the life of the party? Check out this interview, one I will personally never forget!

It was so great to see all the tweeps who rocked the #Starck4Duravit event with us. A shout out to @irwinfelddesign @nestnestnest @abcddesigns @StudioBrinson @sar_fraz @WilliamBrinson @novitapr @RobertaKLEEDAP @RachelWells @jenniferrector @apttherapy. And a hearty thanks to @NewtonVineyard for creating such a fantastic wine!

  • quintessence

    Now I’m extra sorry I missed the evening – looks like a wonderful time. And we have SO much to talk about including wine – also have a wine dinner tomorrow evening – we’ll have to exchange notes!!

  • Saxon Henry

    I know: V said we had to meet and I always trust her instincts. We are going to have so much to share! Thanks for stopping in and hope to meet you soon!

  • tamara matthews-stephenson

    great post — I can attest that the food was as delicious as it looks! The Brinsons are amazing hosts and I feel very grateful to have met all you lovely people on the internet — who knew!? xo tamara

  • Saxon Henry

    It’s true, Tamara: I’ve met some of my best friends on the internet and I love the community I’m building with all of you smart, sassy, design-savvy pals! Can’t wait to see where we all land!

  • Rachel Wells

    What a terrific evening you had post Stack4Duravit. Cheers.

  • Saxon Henry

    I’m sorry I didn’t get to spend more time with you, Rachel! Sarah was so excited to see you. Let’s make it a point to meet sometime soon!

  • Rich Holschuh

    It’s all true. I was there, and no fly on the wall either. After leaving the #Starck4Duravit event on Madison Avenue, with all the hubbub and hobnobbing such a fete engenders, the enjoyment continued! The Brinsons (Susan and William) have got a way with design that goes far beyond my appetite for a delectable spread. Their apartment is a feast for the eyes as well: check this post on Design Sponge last year:http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/sneak-peek-susan-and-william-brinso…Thanks to our hosts and to Newton Vineyards for adding cheer to the evening (it certainly was “in the house”).