Top Ten—Liz Vilardi, Wine Goddess
What does Liz dig? Legos, wine, and more wine.
July 8, 2015 ● 1 min read
The former investment banker turned owner and wine director of Cambridge, Mass.'s The Blue Room,Central Bottle, and Belly Wine Bar shares her top picks in awesomeness.
1. LEGOS WITH LUCIAN
"In a matter of hours I have built a star ship or an aircraft hangar for a jedi interceptor and my son thinks I’m the coolest thing going."
2. MAST BROS. MILK CHOCOLATE
"It’s the most un-fucking-believably good milk chocolate ever. It’s outside-of-the-box thinking, yet makes perfect sense."
3. LOUIS-ANTOINE LUYT
"I don’t sell Chilean wine, I don’t like Chilean wine, but I’ll be damned if this French kid isn’t making some damn fine Chilean wine.
4. LEG WARMERS
"Yup, I have a pair and it’s not ‘cause I’m cool. I’m cold. Gray + black only. Nothing crazy."
5. QUICKBLADE UTILITY KNIFE WITH AUTO-RETRACTION
"I’d be dead already if it weren’t for the auto retraction (I’m Italian and I talk with my hands… it’s a problem)."
6. NEW YORK CITY
"My father grew up there. My mom moved there. They're no longer with me, but I can go there and we coexist."
7. MONTE BERNARDI CHIANTI FIASCO
"Talk about old school! 1 liter of organic, well made, delicious chianti in a fantastically traditional bottle from one of my favorite producers."
8. THE NEW YORK TIMES HOME + GARDEN SECTION
"I want to go to there. My weekly escape—I can read for 5 minutes, or go to the bathroom and read for 10?"
"If the wine trade has a new shiny tool, this is it. Rocking my neurotic, list-making, PDF-producing world."
10. STEVE MATTHIASSON AND MATTHEW RORICK
"They may or may not know each other, but they're changing California wine for the better."