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The Rickey is out to prove Chardonnay is the wine for spring

Refreshing on a hot day and warming on chilly nights, it's the wine of the season.
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Dream Midtown’s The Rickey is known for its cocktails, but managing partner Matt Strauss is launching a passion project for spring: Chardonnay flights.

“I find that it is super pleasing,” he explains about why it's his favorite varietal. “It can be light on a summer’s day, can be warming on a winter’s day, and it goes great with food.”

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Strauss has had a personal interest in wine since a friend’s BYO parties in college, and has a connection to each of the bottles he’s chosen to highlight in the first tasting menu of six, from a bottle gifted by a departing coworker to a new favorite that salvaged a sub-par date. Currently in rotation are the “only white wine an Italian friend would allow me to bring to a cookout” (Planeta from Sicily) and Ruinart’s blanc de blanc, which smells as earthy as any bleu cheese you pair with it.

The tastings, which come in 2-ounce pours, are either three ($20) or six ($60) courses that will change with the seasons.

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