I’ll Drink to That: Robert Bohr of Charlie Bird

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It’s the BIG THREE HUNDRED for the I’ll Drink to That! podcast, which has been going for over 3 years now. Lots of different notable producers, sommeliers, writers, and others have been on the show over the span it has been going, but Robert Bohr seems appropriate for this milestone because he ties so many of the other interviews together. Robert has worked at a lot of the key restaurant venues in New York City, notably Gramercy Tavern, Daniel, Babbo, WD-50, Cru, and Charlie Bird, and along the way he has encountered a lot of the figures who have shaped today’s New York restaurant scene. Danny Meyer, Daniel Boulud, Mario Batali, and Wylie Dufresne all make appearances in this conversation. As do Jordan Salcito, Ned Benedict, Raj Vaidya, Thomas Pastuszak, Grant Reynolds, Raj Parr, and others who have been interviewed previously on IDTT. In many ways this interview weaves together a history of the New York fine dining restaurant scene of the mid 90s through to today, placing in context many of the accents that shaped the setting. It also chronicles a changing wine market with the entrance of private collectors and what that entailed, as well as the shift to Burgundy from Bordeaux. And it should be said that this is an intensely personal interview. The changes of work, situation, and attitude are keenly felt. This is a good reminder of how personal the wine business has been and still is. It is also a good reminder of the type of oral history that IDTT provides.

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I’ll Drink to That is the world’s leading wine podcast, hosted by Levi Dalton. Levi has had a long career working as a sommelier in some of the most distinguished and acclaimed dining rooms in America. He has served wine to guests of Restaurant Daniel, Masa, and Alto, all in Manhattan. Levi has also contributed articles on wine themes to publications such as The Art of Eating, Wine & Spirits magazine, Bon Appetit online, and Eater NY. Check out his pictures on Instagram and follow him on Twitter: @levi_opens_wine