Welcome to José Moura’s Wine List 2023, a portfolio of exquisite selections from choice chateaux, domaines, and bodegas throughout France, Spain, Italy, and California.
Every year we dedicate our wine list to the working people because that is where we come from, who we work with, and who we do business with: from local growers in Europe, to local bars in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Our business is to create, nurture, and grow that process, and those relationships, with farmers, creators, innovators, and educators.
We thought 2019 was a unique year of social unrest throughout the world. And certainly, it was. But it was barely a trailer for the trilogy to come.
For many small businesses, especially the trend-setting and fine restaurants, lounges, and upscale bars you normally find our wines in, 2021 and 2022 were essentially parts II and III of a dramatic, paradigm-shifting disaster series.
Before the world had fully recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation started to trickle in, as supply chains, storefronts, remote work, and overall consumer fears began to swirl into a new reality few economists could figure out. And then Russia invades Ukraine and oil and gas disruptions ensue, triggering the afterburners on inflation, especially for families, small businesses, and local farms — the bulk of our eco system.
But we are a resilient people. And through wind and tall waves, we continue onward.
Our Wine List for 2023 is dedicated to our brothers and sisters around the world who have suffered from the ravages of the pandemic, war, inflation, and the human toll that followed. It is especially dedicated to the first responders, the folks who continue to work to keep the rest of us safe so we may continue to dream, and march forward to a better world, and the worlds beyond.
Our need to transcend conventions continues to drive us forward, as we constantly look to make course corrections when needed.