Brooke Sabel

Sommelier for Ninety Acres restaurant on the Natirar estate in Peapack-Gladstone, Brooke Sabel has a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, holds titles of certified Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Sommelier Society of America, and is a certified specialist of wine in the Society of Wine Educators. She is currently an advanced Sommelier candidate from the Court of Master Sommeliers and is enrolled in the diploma program from the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust.

Tell us about the diversity of the Ninety Acres wine cellar. 

The cellar now has more than 1,200 bottle selections with 11,000 bottles in stock. At Ninety Acres, we believe in using biodynamic, organic and sustainable ingredients whenever possible and our wine list is proof.

We believe it’s important to support local agriculture, and food and wine produced in this way can lend tastes and textures that make the dining experience incredibly unique.

Ninety Acres offers an international list with careful attention in each category to have a wine for every budget and every taste with over 50 selections by the glass and more than 1,100 wines from all across the globe available by the bottle.

 

Is there a go-to wine in your collection that is widely recommended with different dishes? If so, what makes it so versatile?  

I have a handful of go-to wines. Rather than focus on vintages, I like to focus on unknown regions and varietals that are food-friendly.   Some of my favorites are Tokaji Furmint Sec 2007 Kiràlyudvar (Tokaj, Hungary) and Rossese 2009, Cascina Feipu Dei Massaretti (Liguria, Italy)—my chardonnay and pinot noir alternatives.

 

What rare selections does your cellar include?   

We have several friends of the restaurant who are winemakers who have opened their cellars to add to our collection.  D’Oliveiras 1910 Sercial, Aldo Conterno Granbussia 1999 Barolo 1.5 Liter, Corison Kronos Vineyard 1996 cabernet sauvignon, Granges des Peres Vin de Pays de l’Hérault 1998 and Contino Reserva 1978 are just a few of the gems in the collection.

 

Tell us about the Ninety Acres Culinary Center wine school.

Aside from trying to communicate knowledge about mankind’s most interesting beverages, we try to put students at ease about the subject. We know that wine can be an intimidating topic to many and that there is much misunderstood.

From food and wine pairings to intimate dinners with worldly winemakers and walk-around wine tastings, the Wine School offers students solid information in a manner that neither intimidates nor confuses.

 

Where can we find the event schedule for the wine school?  

You can see what wine and spirit events we have going on at the school by visiting vikingcookingschool.com or by going to the Natirar website (natirar.com).


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