What’s for Sipper, Jonny Cigar?

Jonny Cigar. The man, the myth…the wino. The founder of The Noble Rot and recently chosen as one of New York’s New Wine Prophets by Time Out NY, Jonny is spreading his vino gospel to the foodie masses in NYC with his “traveling wine salon.” Let’s see what this bow tied gent gets down with in the Big Apple!


Name: Jonny Cigar.
Hometown: Cambridge, New York or Oxford, UK depending upon who is asking. Current location: New York City

Favorite fall beverage: Jacques Torres Hot Chocolate (it’s literally melted chocolate). If he could work some rum in there, I’d be wake up and go to sleep with that.

Favorite cocktail or spirit: Scotchy scotch scotch.

Favorite place to grab a drink: The Yale Club, just like Nick Caraway.

Favorite toast: We feel sorry for people who don’t drink because when you get up in the morning that’s as good as you’re gonna feel for the rest of the day.

Favorite post-dinner quaff: Sauternes or Eau-de-Vie

Favorite food & beverage pairing: Bread, Cheese and a bright Chardonnay.

If you could travel to one region of the world right now for its food and/or drink where would you go? The Ile. Saint-Louis in Paris for Berthillon ice cream.

What’s for sipper? a “tisane” (pronounced “tea-zon”) – an infusion of boiling water and  herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage, lemon verbena) – nice on a cool fall evening.

LL Cool Jonny.

Photos of Jonny by Katie Sokoler.

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