Handpicked Wines at Pasanella and Son
by allison polster
When architect Marco Pasanella stumbled upon a former ship chandlery that housed a section of the Fulton Fish Market, he was taken by the building’s exquisite views of the East River and the Brooklyn Bridge and purchased the structure in 2002. Since then the fish market has closed, and Pasanella has traded blueprints for corkscrews at Pasanella and Son, a wine shop named for Marco and his son, Luca.
Pasanella and Son hosts weekly and themed wine tastings and pairings in its enoteca. A much-adored Fiat 500 station wagon, once used to deliver wines around the city and now proudly displayed in the middle of the shop, sparks constant conversation.
Beyond its eclectic design, the vintner boasts an impressive collection of entirely handpicked wines and its own best-selling line of house varietals. From its collection of more than 400, Pasanella suggests for this winter the Barolo Cannubi from G.B. Burlotto, a rare wine with notes of acacia flowers, limestone, and violets from a former supplier to Italy’s royal family. “It is sort of a discovery to find our store, and then even a discovery to go in our secret little back room and find that there is a garden and a tasting room,” says Pasanella, whose book Uncorked: One Man’s Journey Through the Crazy World of Wine comes out in May. “We wanted the wine experience to mirror that sense of finding something that may be a little under the radar or a very small production—finding something before you’ve heard of it somewhere else.” 115 South St., 212-233-8383
photography by rebecca mcalpin