For private event inquiries, please contact: Marla Priest, Director of Mana Wine
Mana Wine joined the 25th Anniversary of Chefs & Champagne hosted by James Beard Foundation during their annual summer tasting party at Wolffer Estate Vineyards. Mana Wine auctioned off free storage for one year and a private dinner and wine tasting set in a stunning private gallery. JBF's guest of honor was celebrated TV personality, chef and cookbook author Carla Hall. Champagne Taittinger and the wines of Wolffer Estate Vineyards were flowing while a select group of over 40 celebrated chefs, many from JBF Award-winning restaurants, offered their culinary creations.
Mana Wine at Manhattan Motorcars
June 25, 2015
Luxury brands such as United Capital, Spyder, Jacob & Co, Speratus Winery, Mana Contemporary, Mana Wine, Eton of Sweden, Balvenie and Nespresso were invited to showcase their services and products to an elite group at the Manhattan Motorcars showroom. The “Men In Style,” event gathered over 300 guests who experienced private wine tastings and a whiskey masterclass while exploring fashion, art and watches that make-up the Manhattan Motorcars lifestyle. Mana is proud to develop a partnership with Manhattan Motorcars – please stay updated for future events.
Mana Wine & Art Dinner
June 11, 2015
A distinguished group of wine collectors and prominent figures in art, finance, and fine dining gathered for a private dinner on Thursday, June 11 to celebrate the launch of Mana Wine. The elegant evening was hosted by renowned wine journalist Anthony Giglio, and esteemed guests included Doug Duda, host of A&E’s “The Well-Seasoned Traveler”; Dana Nigro, senior editor of Wine Spectator; Robin Kelley O’Connor, leading wine educator; Irene Justiniani, beverage director for Bar Americain; artist Jeremy Penn; Melissa McAvoy of Luxury Wine & Co.; John Foy, wine columnist for New Jersey Star Ledger; Dawn Land of Sherry-Lehmann; and Baroness Sheri de Borchgrave wine columnist at New York Cottages & Gardens magazine.
Guests enjoyed wines from Spain and Latin America such as a 2000 Viña Tondonia Reserva Blanco Rioja and a 2008 CVNE Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja served with dishes such as poached codfish salad and rabbit loin wrapped with duck prosciutto. Exhibitions on view included THEOREM. You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself featuring works by 30 international artists in the 50,000-square-foot Glass Gallery and Revolution at Giverny: A Return to Women in Nature featuring works by photorealist painter Yigal Ozeri.
“Fine art and fine wine are naturally at home with each other,” said Mana Contemporary founder and director, Eugene Lemay. “The addition of wine brings an enhanced cultural experience to our arts community.”
Soho House Artist Talk and Wine Tasting
May 31, 2015
SoHo House members were invited to Mana Contemporary to experience a one-of-a-kind panel discussion followed by a guided wine tasting that featured the top natural winemakers of Italy.
The afternoon started with a walk-through in Mana’s 50,000-square-foot Glass Gallery of the exhibition Theorem: You Simply Destroy the Image I Always Had of Myself. Guests mingled while sipping prosecco, viewing the Octavio Zaya-curated exhibition of over 30 international artists. Monika Bravo and Aleksandar Duravcevic, both artists with works exhibited in the show, joined the group for informal discussions about their artwork. Bravo and Duravcevic had recently returned from representing their countries of Colombia and Montenegro, respectively, at the Venice Biennale.
After a lively panel discussion, Mana Wine presented a curated wine tasting that highlighted the minimal human interventionist wineries of Bressan, Bea and C.O.S. Immediately conversation was ignited by the dark color of Bressan’s 2006-blended white of Tocai Friulano, Malvasia and Ribolla Gialla from Fruili. Next in line was Paulo Bea’s Santa Chiara 2007 from the small medieval town of Montefalco. It’s clear that Bea is not running a business as much as pursuing an art form. Santa Chiara is an equal blend of Grechetto, Malvasia, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Garganega. Continuing with Bea, we explored the Rosso de Veo 2006 comprised of 100% Sagrantino. The Sagrantino grape almost fell into extinction but with the help of great producers like Bea, it’s now considered a major player in the wine world. With only 250 acres of Sagrantino in production, it’s a prized DOCG. We concluded with C.O.S. Cerasuolo di Vittoria 2012 a blend of 60% Frappato and 40% Nero d’Avola from Sicily. In 2005, the region was elevated to DOCG status mainly because of C.O.S’s efforts. They were the first to bring biodynamic and natural winemaking to southern Italy.
After the wine tasting, visitors enjoyed assorted cheese and charcuterie while they explored the artwork of Mana Contemporary founder and director, Eugene Lemay and Sculpturist Carole Feuerman.
At Mana, we like to keep the atmosphere intimate and discussion lively. The goal is provocative, guided conversation, followed by a wine tasting that has been thoughtfully curated to the event.