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Last week my girlfriend and I had the distinct opportunity of attending BEING, a wine tasting and art exhibition by Wines of Corsica at Openhouse Gallery in Nolita hosted by AbleSocial.

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The artwork was from photographer Aaron Zebrook and painter Gabriela Bravo Clavello, two NYC-based artists who traveled to Corsica’s breathtaking wine country during harvest season to capture its soul.  Their unique compilation of photography and mixed media installations all use physical organic elements from Corsica.

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Combined with a cheese tasting from Artisanal, music from DJ Alex Ortega, and a delicious oyster bar from Brooklyn Oyster Party, it was a great event!

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My favorite wine of the evening definitely was the Muscadellu White NV from UVAL’s Les Vignerons Corsicans, who happens to be looking for a US based importer. I like my vino sweet, and this one was quite refreshing, along with its partner, the Muscadellu Rosé. I can picture myself, hopefully soon, sitting outside on a hot summer day sipping a cold glass of one.

My girlfriend likes her wine a bit dryer, and preferred Domaine Orenga de Gaffory’s 2014 Cuvée Blanc. All the wines we tried were delectable, and the sommeliers extremely friendly and willing to discuss the distinct differences between their offerings.

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We’ve been to the Mediterranean region several times, most recently Morocco, but haven’t had a chance yet to visit Corsica. After this event, we’re definitely gonna put it on our plate to visit next time we’re overseas.

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Featuring winemakers included: CLOS ALIVU, CLOS CULOMBU, CLOS TEDDI, DOMAINE D’ALZIPRATU,DOMAINE DE TORRACCIA, DOMAINE MAESTRACCI, DOMAINE DU MONT SAINT JEAN,DOMAINE ORENGA DE GAFFORY, DOMAINE VICO, LES VIGNERONS DE L’ÎLE DE BEAUTÉ and LES VIGNERONS CORSICANS.

– Michael Riegelman