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Our Wine Mailbox Program brings you a bottle of wine every month in your very own PUBLIC bronze mailbox. Each artisanal wine from Australia, New Zealand, and around the globe, is hand-selected by Chef Brad Farmerie for your enjoyment. Brad will include personal tasting notes, food pairing suggestions, recipes, and sometimes, imported foodstuffs or PUBLIC kitchen creations. And, of course, you’ll receive invitations to PUBLIC special events and private tastings. We also do our best to accommodate last minute and special reservations for our mailbox members.


+ $50 per month

+ Available as a 3-month gift membership ($150), a yearly membership ($600), or an ongoing membership ($50/month)

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For more information on the program, please contact David Leisk at or 212-343-7011.


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Cypress – Terraces Syrah 2012
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

The Tale: Happy New Year from all of us here at PUBLIC!

Now that winter is upon us, it’s time to reflect on the past year and warm up with a cozy bottle of red. It’s a fact that Syrah is a winter wine, after all it tends to smell and taste of the warm baking spices bursting out of our pantries during this season, and for this reason alone it is a no-brainer to enjoy alongside rich winter food like stews and braised meats.

New Zealand is much, much more than just the zesty, fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough. On the south island, Pinot Noir reigns supreme in the arid cool climate of Central Otago. In the North Island, Bordeaux grapes (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah) in Hawke’s Bay enjoy a range of soil types from clay to limestone to gravel, which allow plenty of drainage and keep the plants in check. The sun sticks around in Hawke’s Bay a bit longer as well, giving the grapes all of the right warm conditions to struggle and produce quality wine.

The subregion of Gimblett Gravels in Hawke’s Bay is a particularly coveted growing region, due to its key soil composed of large gravel and alluvial deposits left behind after the Ngaruroro River rerouted following a flood in the 19th century. Gimblett Gravels has a remarkable moderating maritime climate as well, which keeps the risk of heat and frost damage to a bare minimum. Cypress Terraces Syrah is planted on steep terraces on Roy’s Hill overlooking Gimblett Gravels, comprised mostly of the clay and limestone soils reminiscent of the right bank of Bordeaux. This combination of factors influences the style of the wine in two distinct ways: All pruning, spraying and harvesting is by hand instead of the modern machine method, and the resulting wine is remarkably more elegant and lean thanks to the soil and climate.

The Facts:
Subregion: Roy’s Hill (Gimblett Gravels)
Varieties: 100% Syrah
Soils: Clay and limestone
Barrel Aging: 20 months in French Barriques

The Flavo(u)r:
The moment you pop open this wine, classic Hawke’s Bay syrah aromas of violets, black currants, freshly ground black pepper, plum and cedar will greet you. All of these will transition seamlessly onto the palate with a lean texture and impressively long finish. Enjoy it with a dense meal and you’ll realize why it’s the perfect wine to drink after a long cold day.


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