At this point, we’ve seen wine lists organized in myriad ways – by region, grape variety, price, even by the soil type of the vineyards where the grapes were grown. Over at Xixa in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, however, Heather Heuser has categorized her wines by the iconic women the wines share personality traits with. This list is playful and excellent.
“Wine is sensual – it’s about a story and a place,” Heuser told me. “I like to think of rich, round Chardonnays being like Marilyn Monroe. Cleopatra makes sense for big, beautiful reds. What are you in the mood for? Something sultry like Josephine Baker? Or something light and fun, like Lucille Ball.”
The list of women runs the lady and wine spectrum from Mia Farrow (off-dry, ripe, fleshy, reflective) to Scarlett O’Hara (sensual, earthy, seductive, dynamic red wines).