Ted Berkowitz + Cornelia Cuvée

February 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

The fiery hand of Ted Berkowitz has steadily chronicled our Café since he first wandered downstairs in the early oughts. An exhibition of his work, variegated figures caught in between glances and strikes of the keys, opens at 5:30 this Tuesday eve in our back room.

That same night at 7, we celebrate the birth of Cornelia Cuvée. After decades of tasting, and many awards for our wine list, we have finally succeeded in putting our name behind, and our labels on, two wines grown and vinified for us in California by the Millbrook Winery which makes some excellent New York State wines less than 90 miles up the Hudson from us.

They own vineyards in California, where they make a small amount of exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

Our designer John Morrison in tandem with Wine Czar/Minister of Culture/Dean of Faculty Robin Hirsch has designed these beautiful labels

Appellation: Central Coast, California

Clones: Pommard, David Bruce, #667 and Calera Burgundian Dijon clones

Blending Information: 100% Pinot Noir

Harvest Date: Sept. 17, 2009

Harvest Brix: 24.5 degrees

Time in Oak: 8 months

Bottling Date: June 24, 2010

Sensory Evaluation: The cooler temperatures California’s Central Coast vineyards make this the ideal site for cool climate varietals like Pinot Noir. Ripe flavors of cherry, plum and strawberry and soft tannins encompass this well-balanced wine.

Appellation: Central Coast, California

Clones: #76, #95, #96 Burgundian
Dijon clones

Blending Information: 100% Chardonnay

Harvest Date: Oct. 1, 2010

Harvest Brix: 24.2 degrees

Time in Oak: Oak was not used

Bottling Date: April 30, 2011

Total Production: 667 cases

Sensory Evaluation: Bright and floral on the nose with a touch of ripe peaches and pear. On the palate, the wine is fresh with good richness and flavors of exotic fruit.


October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment


from the archives of Robin Hirsch, Minister of Culture, we present an ongoing historical pre-blog

One early evening in July, our lovely host (I can’t quite remember which one, but all our hosts are lovely) called down to the office and said, “There’s a woman at O1 (O stands for outside, and O1 is the first table on the left if you’re facing out from the bar room) who says she was here seventeen years ago and she would like to speak to you.  I am a sucker for these kinds of moments, so of course I came up.  At O1 were three people—a mother, a father, and what I assumed was a daughter.  I introduced myself and the mother asked me how long I had been here.  I said that this month we were celebrating our 24th birthday and that I had been here since the day we were born—indeed from the moment of conception.  I detected an accent.

“Where are you from?”

“From Germany.”

“I taught in Germany a hundred years ago.”

“Oh, really, where?”

“In the Ruhr, at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, in the first year it opened, 1965.  I understand it’s quite big now.”

“Oh, my sympathies.  Yes, it is huge now.  But it is no more beautiful.  May I present my husband?’

“How do you do?”

“And my daughter.”

“How do you do?”

“She is about to go to university.  But in Heidelberg, I am glad to say, not in Bochum.”

“And what brings you here?”

“Well, to America, we come on holiday.  But to your café we come for a quite specific reason.”


“I was here at this table seventeen years ago.  I was alone.  My husband stayed home with our son, who was a baby.  It was a beautiful day.  I remember it very clearly.  I was pregnant and I sat here at this table and it was such a perfect day and the light was just right—this time of early evening—and I was very content.  And I said to myself, I will always remember this moment, on this street, at this café, at this table.  And I said to myself also, if this is a girl I will call her Cornelia.”

And she extended her hand and said, “May I present you my daughter, Cornelia?”

So, of course, we opened a bottle of champagne and we took photos of the family, and of the four of us, and of the café from the outside, and of the famous table at which, seventeen years before, this beautiful young woman had acquired her name.

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Rosh Hashanah / 21st Schizoid Music Presents Cheah + Chan

December 28, 2009 § Leave a comment

Monday December 28th at 6:00pm In anticipation of the New Year, Robin Hirsch, our Minister of Culture performs ROSH HASHANAH from his much lauded seven-part performance cycle, MOSAIC: FRAGMENTS OF A JEWISH LIFE. Noted in the Village Voice as no less than “Completely glorious”; lauded by the Bennington Banner as “A reminder that the most radical departure of all is the risk taken by a single performer, wrapped in the language of his solitary soul.” No better moment to see our own spoken word maestro in action.


Might you have noticed this eye-catching (and rather large) photo from last week’s Time Out New York?


TONY knows a good show when they see it. Still reeling from their 2009 Bastille Day French recital on this stage, we’ve invited Baritone/male soprano Phillip Cheah and pianist Trudy Chan back to the Schizoid Series at the Cornelia Street Cafe on Monday, December 28, 2009 at 8:30 PM for a schizoid exploration of yet another country with great musical traditions… merry old England, since, afterall, ’tis the season of Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, etc. But don’t expect much British caroling. Instead keep your ears open for a program spanning art songs, piano solos and 4-hand pieces by the likes of Benjamin Britten, Roger Quilter, Howard Skempton, Noel Coward, Gilbert & Sullivan, and much much more…. Cover’s $10

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