AWC Blog

Month: September 2017

Joe’s Pick: Domaine de L’Amandier, Martin Texier, Cotes du Rhone 2016

Texier is a household name to most natural wine enthusiasts. Over the years, Eric Texier has created a cult following for his minimal-intervention, mineral-rich style Rhône wines. Eric's son Martin, relatively new to the game, is doing the same with his offerings; making aromatic wines that communicate their varietal character and origin honestly while finding…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 9/14, 6-8pm: Allan from Royal Wines will pour some of our Kosher wines for the holidays! Friday 9/15, 6-8pm: Patrick from MS Walker will pour a racy Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay blend, the Contour Pinot Noir from California, and a lemon infused gin. Saturday 9/16, 4-6pm: Dimitriy from Vision will be pour some Aussie love with Some Young Punks "Passion…

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Grapes to Know: Grenache

Grenache used to be the most widely planted grape in the world, but recently it's seen a decline due to mass productions. That's a shame since Grenache is responsible for some of the best wines in the world; Chateau Rayas, Beaucastel Chateneauf-du-pape, and Sine Qua Non to name but a few. The baseline of Grenache is red…

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Thanks to you: Wine Spectator picked us as #1 on the Upper West Side!

The October edition of The Wine Spectator is on newsstands now and we're in it. This edition goes neighborhood by neighborhood in NYC and highlights the best restaurants, specialty food purveyors and wine shops.  And for the UWS, we are singled out as the best! Senior wine writer (and UWS resident) James Molesworth says, "My pick for…

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Seth’s Pick: Cristom Pinot Gris ‘Estate’ 2015

As a generalization, the west coast of the US has more sunshine compared to most of the old world wine regions. More sun = riper grapes - meaning more intense fruit flavors and higher alcohol levels. Cristom's Pinot Gris vineyard is planted not only as a welcome to visitors as they drive up, but sit…

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Amanda’s Pick: Holger Koch Grauburgunder 2015

German wines can be really confusing - mostly because rarely does a familiar word appear on the label. Here, we have a Grauburgunder: *grau* means green and *Burgunder* means a varietal deriving from the Pinot branch ( a nod to Burgundy!). So Grauburgunder means a "green pinot" or Pinot Gris (for most of the world)…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

SATURDAY TASTINGS ARE BACK!!! Thursday 9/7, 6-8pm: Sal with Vias will be pouring a nice fall white in Pacherhof Muller Thurgau 2015, a fantastic value malbec the Picada P15, and a juicy Italian Zinfandel in the Cantele Primitivo. Friday 9/8, 6-8pm: It's a Bordeaux night with Kreso with Zev Rovine as he pours some great values in Chateau…

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Grapes to Know: Pinot Grigio

Pinot Grigio covers more than 78 sq miles of our planet; or in other words there is more Pinot Gris planted in this world than would fit inside the borders of Toledo, Ohio. But wait there's more. Pinot Grigio is Pinot Gris is Grauburgunder is Fromentau is Ruländer. They are all the same grape and…

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