They say you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been. It’s true for the most part, every now and then you gotta look back, even if just for a fleeting moment, to see what you’ve left in your wake and how things look from behind. So it goes with wine appreciation.
Hoboken’s newest restaurant and wine destination, Grand Vin, is opening Wednesday March 2nd. The food menu is a well-rounded European/American offering accented by a unique variety of beverage offerings. It’s here that the wine enthusiast can travel back in time, relish in the present, or explore the future of beverage all in one seating.
To visit the past of wine history, Grand Vin offers a rotating selection of wines, regions, or producers favored by Thomas Jefferson, America’s first great wine fan. When serving as the ambassador to France from 1785 to 1789, Jefferson traveled far and wine throughout France’s major wine zones. Upon returning to the US, he helped instigate American wine production on the east coast, focusing on Monticello, Virginia. He also stockpiled a hefty sum of rare wines at the White House during his presidency, confirmed by meticulous notes and bookkeeping by the former president.
The present form of wine appreciation is alive and well in the 50 or so offerings of international wines including, but not limited to, US, France, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Argentina, Chile, and Greece. Glass wine highlights include the bracing and flinty Assyrtiko from Santo Wines in Santorini, Godello from Valdeoras in Galicia, Spain, and Malbec from Payana in Mendoza. There are some really fresh and affordable wines by the bottle as well such as classics like Planeta’s Segreta Rosso from Sicily, and Casa Marin’s Pinot Noir from high elevation vineyards in Chile.
To really Marty McFly it, head to the future of wine production in two ways. Peruse the BRINE selection (Beer + Wine), a list of craft beers produced with the essence of wine – be it wine must, wine yeasts, and/or aged in old wine barrels. For starters try the DogFish Head Midas Touch, a beer from the Delaware brewery made with barley, muscat grapes, honey, and saffron. The other futuristic feature of wine is the tap wine selection. A selection of 4 wines on tap, showcasing young, fresh, and food-friendly wines. According to General Manager, Danny Grey, “We’ll focus on local producers with our tap selection whenever possible, championing our local producers while emphasizing the eco-friendly packaging and network of the burgeoning keg wine industry”.
Grand Vin is located at 500 Grand Street in Hoboken (5th and Grand), Open 7 days a week 5PM to late. Brunch menu to come in the spring. Outdoor seating to come in the summer. Wine classes and events upon request. Visit the facebook page for the most up to date information. Grand Vin Facebook Page.