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In one of the most revered wine growing regions of the world the big name, ultra luxe first growths may dominate the high end market, but we thought we'd visit the other 97% of Bordeaux, the small family farmer growers during the historic near perfect 2015 harvest in September of that year. Of course we'll hit a bunch of restaurants, a cooperage to see oak barrels assembled, a bakery and a few markets while we're there in both these episodes.

What exactly is it? how is it made, what are the different styles? We'll fly to the ancient city of Reims in the center of the region and visit the vineyards to explore the grape varietals and house styles and of course hit a few great restaurants along the way.

Wilson Tang Nom Wah Tea Parlor is the oldest continuously operated Dim Sum restaurant in the country. Located on historic Doyer street the Tang Family has owned it since the 60's and now grandson Wilson has taken into the 21st century. We'll spend a day with him at Nom Wah and take a walk around the hood to see it from his eyes.

Two local East Village spots just a few blocks apart that speak to the quality vs., price debate going on these days. At both restaurants the food is lovely, the portions generous and the prices are really reasonable.

A decade ago this was the middle of nowhere, today it's the center of the universe for a generation of young foodies. So we'll spend a day and visit a whole grain bread baking lab, an artisan chocolate maker, a new ramen shop and few great new restaurants while we're out there.

We feature 2 new Lower East Side restaurants. At Fung Tu, chef Jonathan Wu is doing a sort of modern Chinese fusion putting out brilliant dishes paired with a well-curated wine courtesy of Jason Wagner. A few blocks north, opened in 2014 Contra was a trailblazer with set $55 dollar five course tasting menu from chefs Jeremiah Stone and Fabian von Hauske and in 2015 they opened their new wine bar Wildair next door offering small plates and all natural wines by the glass.

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