Laura Maniec has been called the "It Girl" of the NY wine scene by the Wall Street Journal, and has additionally won numerous awards including Food & Wine's Sommelier of the Year and Wine Enthusiast's 40 Tastemakers Under 40.  She received her Master Sommelier certification in 2009 and is the proprietor of 4 CorkBuzz Wine Studios in NYC and Charlotte, NC.  Corkbuzz has been nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Program.

What are you drinking now? 

Orange Wine, Georgian wines, and Gruner Veltliner from Austria  

Champagne from the Aube Region, Marie Courtin and Drappier

Favorite wine and food pairing?

Moroccan red wine and lamb with harissa

Champagne and fried foods like chicken and french fries

Favorite wine restaurant or bar?

Rouge Tomate, NYC

Gramercy Tavern, NYC

Favorite all time wine?

1999 Raveneau Le Clos Chablis

Best wine under $15? 

Red: Sangiovese from Tuscany like Chianti Classico

White: Gruner Veltliner from Wimmer Czerney

Champagne: Savart, Bereche, and Calsac (all more than $15, but value Champagnes)

Weekly Wine Sip: 

2009 Schramsberg Brut Rose sparkling wine, $30-40

2015 Ioppa Rusin Colline Novaresi Nebbiolo, $18

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Sam Benrubi