The upgrade of Jericho’s Milleridge Inn is under way, and the property’s old Carriage House, formerly a venue for small events, is to be transformed into a wine bar with a small plates menu. It is to be called The Pairing House by The Wine Special-List and is slated to be open by May.
Michael Friedwald, the owner of The Wine Special-List wine store in Syosset, said he was approached by one of the Milleridge Inn's new operators, Anthony Capetola, about the joint venture. “Some of my customers are also friends of his,” Friedwald said, “and so he knew about my store, and that I had been a sommelier at The 21 Club in Manhattan. He and his partner wanted to open a wine-tapas bar and so we joined forces.”
Friedwald’s tiny, idiosyncratic Syosset store carries only 100 wines, all from small producers and all of which can be tasted before purchase. The Pairing House will be similarly focused on no more than 60 lesser-known bottles from all over the winemaking world.
To Friedwald, the new project is the logical next step in raising Nassau County wine consciousness. At the Pairing House, there will be a wine library, with hundreds of books, and “huge, wall-sized lesson boards plus wine region maps that let you see where every wine is from.” There will be also be classes and screenings of food-and-wine-themed movies.
Friedwald envisions a simple, small-plates menu. No chef has been named, but Rodrigo Bernal, executive chef at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park (which is also owned by Capetola), will be involved.