South Street Seaport Museum
Sip ‘n’ Sails:
Wine, Sailing, and Sunsets
Spend a Thursday Evening Sipping Wine with Top Sommeliers aboard Pioneer
South Street Seaport Museum announces Sip ‘n’ Sails aboard the nineteenth century schooner Pioneer. Beginning Thursday, August 13, 2015 and continuing for select Thursday evenings, join Pasanella & Son Vintners aboard Pioneer to experience the stunning sunset over New York harbor while tasting a variety of fine coastal wines. Also available will be a selection of delectable finger foods from Grandaisy Bakery, including assorted pizzette and focaccia. Tickets are $85 ($75 for members of the South Street Seaport Museum) and must be ordered in advance at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/34598?sitePreference=normal.
ABOUT PASANELLA AND SON VINTNERS
Store and Enoteca
Built in 1839 for shipchandlers Slate, Gardiner, and Howell, in 1882, what became the Pasanella Store and Enoteca was converted to a bar with rooming house above (read: brothel). After that, girls were replaced with fish, with 70,000 pounds of it – a jet’s worth – in three freezers at any one time. Today, the fish has been replaced with a stock of over 400 wines, ranging from small, family-run vineyards to the most well-respected and sought after winemakers and also including a wide selection of bottles under $15. Every bottle in the store has been hand-selected. They also offer an equally well-considered array of wine-related accessories, from super-sturdy titanium crystal glasses to antique French corkscrews – all selected by Rebecca Robertson Pasanella, former Home & Decorating Editor at Martha Stewart Living. Their tasting room, with 13-foot ceilings, exposed beams and bluestone floor, opens up to a private garden, creating a warm and comfortable ambience–like being in the wine cellar of a Piedmontese grandfather. They regularly bring together wine lovers and wine makers for tastings and discussions, seminars and special events The enoteca is available for corporate tastings for 10 to 75 guests. Custom tastings are led by their wine experts and/or winemakers with a selected theme and wines from our store. The enoteca can also be rented for other private tasting events. Staff will help customize the event and coordinate the details of the wine, accompaniments and decor. For further information and pricing, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to owning the wine shop, Marco is also a designer, writer and teacher. His designs have spanned hotels (like New York’s Maritime) to housewares, some of which are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian National Design Museum and the White House. A graduate of Yale, Pasanella taught for 13 years at the Parsons School of Design. He was a columnist for The New York Times and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Food & Wine as well as on numerous television and radio programs. In 2000, Marco wrote a book, Living In Style Without Losing Your Mind (Simon & Schuster). The following year, he bought an old fish market building on South Street which he renovated with his wife, Rebecca Robertson, former Design & Decorating Editor at Martha Stewart Living. In 2005, they welcomed a son, Luca and a wine shop, Pasanella & Son, Vintners. The shop, which occupies the bottom floor of the renovated building, has also been featured in numerous publications and was named ‘Best Neighborhood Wine Shop’ by New York magazine in 2007. In 2012, he wrote another book, Uncorked (Clarkson Potter), which describes his experience buying a building and opening up a wine shop in New York’s historic Seaport. Marco is also the founder and former Chair of the Old Seaport Alliance, a neighborhood improvement association organization and current Chair of the Seaport Committee of Community Board #1.
Rebecca Robertson (Pasanella)
Former Home & Decorating Editor at Martha Stewart Living, Rebecca Robertson is a stylist, interior designer and co-author of Collected: Living With The Things You Love (Harry Abrams). Rebecca is regularly featured in magazines, on blogs and numerous television segments. She partnered with One Kings Lane to create a series of style videos as a “Stylemaker.” A Parsons School of Design graduate, Rebecca runs her own residential interiors firm and curates vintage glassware & accessories at Pasanella & Son, Vintners, the wine store that she and her husband own in New York City.
Dhrubo Mazumdar (Wine Director/Manager)
A veteran of Brooklyn’s Slope Cellars as well as Fort Defiance, Dhrubo (“drew-bo”) brings ridiculous wine knowledge and industry contacts to score those coveted allocations. In particular, Dhrubo renews our dedication to ferreting out the best small, under-the-radar–& not-yet-on-the-radar–producers. Despite his impressive credentials, Dhrubo is easy going and quick to smile.
ABOUT THE PIONEER
Pioneer was built as a sloop in Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania in 1885 to carry sand mined near the mouth of the Delaware Bay to an iron foundry in Chester, Pennsylvania. Ten years later she was re-rigged as a schooner. In the days before paved roads, small coastal schooners such as Pioneer were the delivery trucks of their era, carrying various cargoes between coastal communities: lumber and stone from the islands of Maine, brick on the Hudson River, and oyster shell on the Chesapeake Bay. Almost all American cargo sloops and schooners were wood, but because she was built in what was then this country’s center of iron shipbuilding, Pioneer had wrought-iron hull. She was the first of only two cargo sloops built of iron in this country, and is the only iron-hulled American merchant sailing vessel still in existence. By 1930, when new owners moved her from the Delaware River to Massachusetts, she had been fitted with an engine, and was no longer using sails. In 1966 she was substantially rebuilt and turned into a sailing vessel once again. Today she plies the waters of NY Harbor carrying adults and children instead of cargo in her current role as a piece of “living history.”
ABOUT SOUTH STREET SEAPORT MUSEUM
South Street Seaport Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located in the heart of the historic South Street Seaport district in New York City. Founded in 1967, the South Street Seaport Museum preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Designated by Congress as America’s National Maritime Museum, the Museum houses galleries and performance spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, a maritime library, a maritime craft center, and a fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”