A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 04, 2013
“Do you know the way to Chardonnay?”

"Do You Know the Way to San Jose” is a 1968 song written for singer Dionne Warwick by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics). “Do you know the way to Chardonnay?” has been printed on a decorative sign by Chick Lingo.  Chardonnay is the name of a grape and also the name of a town in France.

“Do you know the way to Chardonnay” has been cited in print since 1987. Other beer/wine sayings inspired by song lyrics include “Don’t worry, beer happy” and “Love the wine you’re with.”


Wikipedia: Chardonnay
Chardonnay (pronounced: [ʃaʁ.dɔ.nɛ]) is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a “rite of passage” and an easy entry into the international wine market.

The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors.

Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne.

Wikipedia: Do You Know the Way to San Jose
“Do You Know the Way to San Jose” is a 1968 popular song written for singer Dionne Warwick by Burt Bacharach (music) and Hal David (lyrics). The song was Warwick’s biggest international hit, selling over a million copies and winning Warwick her first Grammy Award. It tells the story of a native of San Jose, California who, having failed to break into the entertainment field in Los Angeles, is set to return to her hometown.

The song was released on the 1968 RIAA Certified Gold album Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls. “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” was issued as the follow-up single to the double-sided hit “(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls"/ “I Say a Little Prayer” in April 1968. It became Warwick’s third consecutive Top Ten song, punctuating the most successful period of Warwick’s recording career.

Google Books
Metropolitan Home
Volume 19, Issues 11-12
1987
Pg. 150:
Do You Know the Way to Chardonnay?
CHARDONNAY IS SOMETIMES called the “queen of wine grapes

Google Books
The Girl’s Guide to New York Nightlife
By Daniella Brodsky and Claudio Braz
New York, NY: Hangover Media
2003
Pg. ?:
Do you know the way to Chardonnay?

The Wine Spies
2005 Merryvale Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay
Mission Codename: Do you know the way to Chardonnay?

This entry was posted on August 28, 2008 at 6:16 am

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