Pen and Pencil was a big hot spot. Here's a picture of Yogi Berra there at the restaurant.
John was one of the feisty restaurateurs who were involved in the famous New York City "steakhouse wars" of the 1970s.
The Pen and Pencil was recently mentioned in Mad Men. According to Eater.com, "While waiting for Don to show up to a meeting in the Season 2 episode ‘For those Who Think Young,’ Freddy Rumson complains about "not being at the Pen and … Pencil by 12:30.""
In the meantime, John moved up-state and began the beautiful vineyard Oak Summitt. He is obsessed with his grapes.
Accordingly, his Pinot Noir is dark, rich, and incredible. Many wines critics rate his wine as some of the best Pinot Noir New York state has to offer. Their Chardonnay is also quite excellent. And their new Rose is also quite lovely.
Another one of the reasons John is so important in the Hudson Valley is because since I have known him, low these seven years since we first met, he has spoken of only one thing- quality. He has preached it, demanded it, cajoled it, and been out spoken about it. He has been the uncompromising conscience of he valley in pushing the wine making community towards this goal. And he does it with massive doses of self-deprecating humor, colorful language, and good will.
So now you know. What you need to do, is call Oak Summit, and get yourself some. It's great stuff!