AWC Blog

Month: October 2017

Spotlight: Cider

Wine is an interesting beverage in the sense that it is held to an almost divine standard, sometimes selling for thousands of dollars per bottle. Once dissected, it's amazing to think that wine is simply crushed and fermented grapes. As New York State residents, we share a common affection for another fantastic ferment-able fruit: the…

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Spotlight: Fall Cocktails

With cider season in New York a Sherry-Cider is an easy cocktail that isn't whiskey based. Lustau's Papirusa Manzanilla is a young wine for a sherry, making it lighter in terms of yeasty and briny notes and perfect as a cocktail component. The wine itself drinks fresh, dry and crisp with apple flavors overall and…

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Wines to know: Sherry

Since it's Sherry week, we wanted to highlight an often overlooked delight. The eating rhythm in Spain where you meet your friends at 10pm for a pre-dinner snack of marcona almonds, papas fritas, and garlic shrimp fits the world of Sherry perfectly. Unfortunately most of us here don't play that way and therefore we have…

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Seth’s Pick: Toro Albala, Don PX Gran Reserva 1987 (375ml)

Toro Albala was created in 1922 and it's original founder had the novel idea of making his sherry's with the idea of aging them for the future. Thus the foundation for their PX vintage program was installed in the very beginning, and they release older vintages at various times. The 1987 vintage is every thing…

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Joe’s Pick: Guiterrez Colosia Oloroso ‘Sangre y Trabajadero’ NV

  A lighter, versatile expression of an oloroso sherry the Sangre y Trabajadero is fortified to less than 19% alcohol and comes across as fresher on the palate. You'd be pleased to pair it alongside a typical umami dish like steak and mushrooms or something more casual like almonds and olives. It's deep amber to…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 10/26, 6-8pm: Matt from Wildman is pouring some selections from Heitz, a fantastic cider, and the Estate Cabernet from Heller. Friday 10/27, 6-8pm: John from Coeur will pour a fun prosecco, an oloroso to celebrate Sherry week, and a Corsican red. Saturday 10/28, 6-8pm: Caroline from Field Blend will pour a new Cote du…

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Weekly Tasting Schedule

Thursday 10/19, 6-8pm: come taste some spirits with Pam from PM Spirits Friday 10/20, 6-8pm: Heather from Winemonger will pour a rare German white and 90 point Austrian red! Saturday 10/21, 4-6pm: Bradley from Bradley Alan Imports inaugural In Store will pour some Spanish reds and a sensational dessert wine great with chocolate.

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Joe’s Pick: Ioppa Ghemme 2011

Consisting of *80%* Nebbiolo along with some Vespolina, this wine is made from organically grown fruit fermented in stainless steel and aged in Slovenian oak for 24 months before spending another 2 years in the bottle. This extended aging produces complexities and generous red fruit. On the nose, it boasts balsamic, floral and spiced notes.…

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Jen’s Pick: Produttori del Barbaresco, Barbaresco 2014

In the hills of Piedmonte Italy is the region of Barbaresco. It is here that Nebbiolo reigns king. Founded in 1958 by a priest of the village of Barbaresco, the cooperative of Produttori was founded on the basis that by working together small growers could survive and thrive. The first three vintages were made in…

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Regions to Know: Piedmont

Piedmont is the Burgundy of Italy, where Nebbiolo is King. Though Barolo (and Barbaresco) elevated Piedmont on the wine world map, they only account for 3% of the wine made in the region. Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Gavi (Cortese), and Arneis are some of the other major, and more widely planted, players. Piedmont enjoys a colder…

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