Laura Maniec, one of only eighteen female master sommeliers in the world and, at 31, currently the youngest, is about to open her own studio and wine bar. Maniec, who served as wine director at BR Guest for ten years and has just launched the wine program at Niko,
has signed is negotiating a lease on a space at 13 East 13th Street in Union Square and plans to unveil Corkbuzz in May. "It will be an extension of your living room and a place for all things wine,'' she tells us. In addition to serving vintages from all over the world, Corkbuzz will offer small plates from oysters and sea urchin to pastas and cheese. The 2,500-square-foot space will also host classes, tastings, and events.