A celebration of the wines of the Rhône Valley
At the tip of Rhône, where the department meets its southern neighbors, Loire and Isere, lies the village of Ampuis, within the Côte-Rôtie appellation. Winemaking here feels like a family affair, and so it was a special invitation that drew 180 invited guests to the Château d’Ampuis on the eve of the village’s wine market in January 2016. It’s in that spirit of conviviality that Daniel Johnnes now brings La Tablée to New York City in February 2019.
Based on the inagural Ampuis event, La Tablée adds to Johnnes’ team’s impressive roster of achievements. As a ‘celebration of the wines of the Rhône Valley’, winemakers and enthusiasts will come together to showcase the nuances and diversity of the region’s 2000 years of winemaking history.
Guests will have the opportunity to meet over 20 producers and representatives, participating in a salon-style Grand Tasting of more than 100 wines. The event will culminate in a Gala Dinner with an en famille spirit; guests are encouraged to organize a theme for their table or just bring favorite bottles from the region.
La Tablée hopes to emulate the success of Johnnes’ La Paulée de New York, which honors the Bergundian harvest with similar flair. Its roots in the roaring twenties, the 18-year-old self-proclaimed “world’s classiest BYOB party” has entered into legend; dubbed “the greatest bacchanalia on the face of the earth” by the Financial Times.
Daniel Johnnes has spent almost 15 years as Wine Director of Chef Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group empire. Among his achievements are the James Beard Foundation’s ‘2006 Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional of the Year’ title; and being named a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole for outstanding services to agriculture – one of France’s tiers of national merit. Johnnes most recent endeavor is the celebrated Fête du Champagne, co-created with wine writer Peter Liem.
On his journey from Côte-Rôtie to New York Johnnes brings the expertise of sommeliers and Wine Directors Patrick Cappiello, David Gordon and Rajat Parr. La Tablée’s co-curators are titans of the New York dining and fine wine scene. Patrick Capiello is not only Chief Sommelier of La Paulée and Fête du Champagne, but also a four-time Wine Spectator Grand Award winner. Alongside David Gordon’s 27 years as Wine Director at Tribeca Grill, he is only the 3rd American to be made an honorary citizen of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Meanwhile, as a sommelier, winemaker and two-time author, Rajat Parr is considered one of the foremost authorities on the wines of northern Rhône.
La Tablée is an invitation to Rhône Valley lovers and enthusiasts to explore what delights their own palates, trade stories, and learn about the wines, cuisine and culture of this celebrated region.