Bread and Yoga Meetups
Come hang out with your yoga friends and teachers at awesome Inwood businesses! This a great way to connect beyond the studio walls, talk all things yoga & life (or not!) and support local businesses!
Tannat Wine & Cheese
Saturday, June 9th | 5-7 PM
Tannat Wine & Cheese opened last December. It’s a cozy, brightly colored wine bar that specializes in natural wines and seasonal cuisine located just across from the Anne Loftus Playground in Fort Tryon Park.
The owners, William and Sarah, have lived in Inwood for four years. They met at Inwood Local under the pretext of becoming roommates, but after a whirlwind romance, became engaged only eight days later. Sarah runs the wine program and William is the chef, but they wear other hats. Sarah holds a PhD in physics and recently won an international award for developing a dating method for the ink on ancient papyri. She is also a ceramics artist; the plates and bowls at Tannat are her work. William the author of the travelogue Edges of Bounty: Adventures in the Edible Valley, a children’s book about a Japanese sailor, Kodoku, and is currently shopping around his first novel. Tannat is his third brick-and-mortar business. His second venture, Ad Astra Books and Coffee House, located in Salina, Kansas, turns seven this year!
Sarah and William weave social and environmental justice into every aspect of their business. The “natural wines” they pour are from winemakers that, at minimum, practice organic viticulture, but often use no treatments at all in the vineyard or in the cellar, including sulfur. The prefer to feature wines from small wineries– sometimes as small as a yard or a garage– and from regions, countries, and grapes that are a bit off the beaten path. They exclusively use meat, cheese, and produce from farms, dairies and ranches in the Hudson Valley, including Full Circus Farm, an organic farm powered by miniature draft horses operated by Sarah’s sister, Miriam. They pay their employees well above minimum wage and also plan to distribute a portion of the business profits to their workers at the end of every year. They are home to the Pallet Bookshop, a micro-bookstore, the Razor Blade Readings literary series, and plan to begin a series of scientific and cultural lectures, as well as hosting the occasional musical event. Supporting the arts and building relationships in the community have always been a part of Tannat’s mission.
The menu changes every day according to availability and William’s whims. He describes the cuisine as “rustic,” and is inspired by the great peasant traditions all around the world. They make pates, cheeses, butter, jam, infused oils, pickles and more from scratch and prefer to let the ingredients shine rather than use a lot of fancy techniques. The menu is predominately small plates, but they also offer a $25 dollar, three course Chef’s Menu (with options for omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans) that will sate nearly any diner. New wines come in every week (they have around 20 wines by the glass and a growing bottle list) and Sarah has a knack for finding rare and unusual wines available nowhere else.
Tannat Wine & Cheese is an absolutely unique creation and a true labor of love that is currently under the radar, but probably not for much longer.