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Spotlight: Behind The Glass

We here at Amsterdam spend a majority of our time looking for some really great wines to share with you, and we are really glad to do that. Based on your feedback we have been successful (mostly) in our selections. We wanted to take a few emails to showcase some of the wines we hold…

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Spotlight: The Super-est Super Tuscan

When you think Super Tuscan, a few big names come to mind - Sassicaia, Ornellaia, Tignanello​. And all are truly world class wines.  But there's another Super Tuscan that consistently outscores those household names - Castello dei Rampolla d'Alceo. It doesn't quite roll off the tongue like the others and perhaps that's why it isn't as…

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Rockstar Winemaker: Helen Keplinger

Winemaker of the Year in 2012 by Food and Wine, multiple Wine Spectator Covers, many awards, articles, and tons of praise, Helen Keplinger is a 'rockstar' winemaker that we think you should know about. She just recently took on head wine making duties for Grace Family; she's made a vintage for Bryant Family, Kenzo Estate,…

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Wines to Know: Beaujolais

Beaujolais, or "BoJo" (Bo as in Bo Jackson, not *boo*) as the cool kids call it, is located in the Southern part of Burgundy, and is made from the Gamay grape. The region really got mainstream recognition with the advent of Beaujolais Nouveau, a marketing scheme celebrating the first wine of the new harvest which…

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Spotlight: 91 Pts Wine Spectator “Smart Buy”

  We've had this wine for a few months but the Wine Spectator just gave it 91 points so it won't last long.  Come grab it while you can.   San Felice Chianti Classico 2015 $17 Rich and dense, with bright black cherry, earth, tobacco and tar flavors fanning out through the long finish. There’s…

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ABC (Anthing but Chardonnay)

ABC - (Anything But Chardonnay) was such a constant refrain at a restaurant where I used to work that one year we made up t-shirts. I understand not liking the big, rich buttery, oaky Californian examples, but that's a narrow type to paint all Chardonnay with. Even in California there are many examples that go…

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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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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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