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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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Spotlight: Help in California

  As most of you have heard by now, Northern California is in the middle of a major disaster. So far, only 3 days in, there is almost zero containment, over 115,000 acres have been burned (that's larger than the size of New Orleans), and many of our friends and producers that we love are…

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Spotlight: Chateau Fieuzal 2011

We have all had that 'Oh, man, if only I had bought that bottle back then' moment. The guy who brags that he bought a case of Bordeaux, Barolo, Napa Cab or whatever 10 years ago for practically nothing and now it's drinking like silk and if you wanted to buy it today you'd have…

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Grapes to Know: Pinot Noir

The benchmark and birthplace of Pinot Noir is Burgundy. Pinots here usually present themselves with paler red fruits, high acid and finesse. In contrast, California, with its warmer and drier growing conditions, gives us riper and fuller bodied wines. Oregon tends to have cooler temperatures than California and therefore their Pinots generally fall somewhere between…

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Who Doesn’t Love Bubbles?

Bubbles! Who doesn't love bubbles? I, like, many used to believe that bubbles were a way to either start a meal or just to toast with in celebration. All that changed when I got a chance to Sommelier a Krug dinner with some celebrity chefs and paired each course with a different Krug Champagne. My…

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Grapes to Know: Malbec

The world of wine is so vast, there is so much to know, so much to taste, and it's really easy to get tripped up or overwhelmed by all the information out there. It is made even more difficult because of the so many falsehoods (some intentional and some accidental) that are passed along to…

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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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