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Category: Staff Picks

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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Scott’s Pick: Domaine Huët Vouvray Sec ‘Le Haut-Lieu’

Vouvray, in the Loire Valley, is home to some of the greatest examples of Chenin Blanc. And, arguably, Domaine Huët is one of the greatest producers in Vouvray. Escaping Paris to heal his war-damaged body post WWI, Victor Huët moved to the Loire and founded his storied estate with the purchase of Le Haut-Lieu in 1928. Of the estate's…

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Scott’s Pick: Aperitivo Cappelletti ‘Americano Rosso, il Specialino’

I am not too good when it comes to keeping a secret. However, if Ancient Erboristeria dr. Cappelletti invited me into their inner sanctum, and said "shhh, we're about to tell you our family recipe", I would immediately pledge allegiance. The secret to creating this liquid gold would be buried deep in my vault. I do know…

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Seth’s Pick: Cardinal Spirits ‘Terra’ Botanical Gin

I am not usually a Gin fan, but Cardinal Spirits new 'Terra' gin stopped me in my bias and made me pay attention. This gin is made in Indiana, but gets its spice blend from Lior Liev Sercarz owner of La Boite (who also happens to live above our store). Lior was tasked to create a gin that…

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Seth’s Pick: Marcel Deiss, Alsace Blanc 2015

When Connor asked me to pick my favorite Alsatian wine to write about that we carry, I found myself incredibly torn. Our Alsace section has three of my favorite producers from that region: Domaine Weinbach, Albert Boxler, and Marcel Deiss. How to choose? Falling back to the core of what drives me in my wine…

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Connor’s Pick: Vignoble du Rêveur ‘Vibrations’ Riesling 2013

First of all, let me clarify that this is a dry Riesling. For those of you who know the wines of Alsace, that statement may sound a bit redundant because Alsatian Riesling is traditionally vinified dry, with exceptions few and far between. This bright, high acid Riesling is an absolute steal at $22. The winery…

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Scott’s Pick: COS Terre Siciliane IGP Frappato 2015

When the heat spikes, we all embrace whites and rosés. That includes me. But, I tell you--I cannot give up red wine this time of year, which is kept in the house year-round. (Truth be told, I also drink rosé and white throughout the year). For my summer reds though, I want something chillable and a…

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Connor’s Pick: Ayunta Etna Bianco “Piante/Sparse” 2015

The wines of Mount Etna, the only continuously active volcano on the island, have been the first wave of bottles to put Sicily on the map for sommeliers and casual wine drinkers alike. Tenuta delle Terre Nere's entry level Etna Rosso along with their single vineyard bottlings are now both ubiquitous in New York City,…

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Connor’s Pick: Abbazia di Novacella Lagrein 2015

The name of above gives little away about this red wine. Lagrein? Is that the region or the grape? It is in fact the grape. Founded by an Augustinian order of monks in the quiet village of Novacella in 1142, the estate sits slightly north of its Lagrein vineyards outside the town of Bolzano in…

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