:: HISTORY ::
Formerly based in New York City, The Noble Rot set out to redefine wine culture and reinvigorate the spirit of experience and learning through informal salon-style gatherings.
The first event was held on Terry Girard’s rooftop in Brooklyn in 2009. Damian Gutierrez, of Cabrini Wines, supplied the wine and Brian Quinn provided baguettes and a live bluegrass band. Jonathan Cristaldi hosted as alias “Jonny Cigar,” who declared himself that very day, “A self-appointed Master Sommelier,” and who became the Noble Rot’s celebrated antagonizer, shouting Cigar wine-isms from his bully pulpit.
It was a joyous beginning to a series of highly successful avant-garde wine events, which remained largely under the radar during the Noble Rot’s tenure hosting such lauded clandestine experiences.
In the above photo, Jonathan Cristaldi (with a copy of a French version of The Great Gatsby in his pocket) pours celebratory glasses of wine for the Stag Dining Group, during post-event revelry in San Francisco on Bastille Day in 2011.
The Noble Rot was dubbed a “traveling wine saloon,” by Tasting Table and was the host of pop-up experiential wine spectacles, and often partnered with innovative collaborators where musical and theatrical performances were intertwined with experts and revelatory wine excess.
Sometimes they came and went without having met
Gatbsy Jonny at all, came for the party with a simplicity of heart that was its own ticket of admission.
:: A NOBLE WINE EVANGELIST ::
Jonathan Cristaldi (a.k.a. Jonny Cigar) launched The Noble Rot during the summer of 2009, eventually partnering with former musical booking agent, Brian Quinn, to blend wine tastings with musical acts and storytelling. Quinn and Cristaldi parted ways in 2011, while Cristaldi continued hosting Noble Rot events. As of the Ides of March in the year 2014, let it be declared that the Noble Rot is no longer hosting events.
Cristaldi lives in Los Angeles with his wife and is a full time writer, critic and storyteller of all things wine. He is the Deputy Editor of Tasting Panel Magazine, and in his spare time writes for Timeout LA, FirstWeFeast.com and Thrillist.com. Jonny was dubbed a new “Wine Prophet” by Time Out New York and holds the WSET Advanced Level 3 Certification. He encourages everyone to always ask questions and to be unafraid to go against the grain, and most importantly, to always think about whatever it is you are drinking.
:: MANIFESTO ::
The Noble Rot was imagined to break the snobbish mold of wine culture and to foster an atmosphere around the tasting and education of wine that mirrored my hopes of how people engage with this wonderful fermented juice. Wine is subjective – do you like what’s in your glass or not? However, wine as a story, a piece of history and the language that defines wine culture is all incredibly fascinating. The best scenario for learning combines an experience that encompasses those elements and presents them to you, simply put, in a fun and unpretentious way. The Noble Rot for me, is the answer to unpretentious wine snobbery. — JC
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