There are plenty of folks who are going gaga about the person fronting the wine bar and restaurant The Four Horsemen in Williamsburg: LCD Soundsystem singer-songwriter James Murphy.
But to us the real celebrity at the joint is the 200-bottle-strong natural wine list, making the Four Horsemen, which opened earlier this year, a mecca for anyone concerned about what is going into their wine besides grapes.
“Natural wines, real wines, or whatever the term of the moment is, is wine made with native yeast and little or no technological intervention during the winemaking process,” Randy Moon, another partner in The Four Horsemen, told Clean Plates. “That means no added chemicals, enzymes and minimal sulfur at bottling.”
Even if you know nothing about wine, you will be in good hands here. The little space shines from the street with its white-and-natural-wood interiors and the globe-spanning wines—many of which are organic or biodynamic—go beautifully with a menu of inventive, seasonal small plates like roasted sunchokes with salsa verde and capers ($14) and beets with shishito peppers and smoked pecans ($14).
Moon shared three choices for cold-weather friendly Italian bottles. Stop in to the Four Horseman to raise a glass (the every-rotating by-the-glass selection tops out at $15 a glass), or pick up a bottle at your neighborhood wine seller.
Toscana ‘Chiesino’ Trebbiano, Vermentino Podere Di Rosa 2013 ($48): This organic Tuscan wine is actually categorized as “orange,” a white wine made like a red.
Terre Siciliane ‘Grillo’ Nino Barraco 2012 ($79): Hailing from the western side of Sicily, this fresh golden yellow wine is made with native yeast.
Gabrio Bini Zibbibo Secco Serragghia 2011 ($90): Totally unfiltered, this wine is made from handpicked grapes that are left to ferment slowly in clay amphorae without the use of sulfur.
The Four Horsemen
295 Grand Street, Brooklyn, 11211