NYC Saturday Tasting: Bubbles and Nebbiolo with MFW Selections

Saturday, June 25, 2016, 2:00 – 5:00pm Join us for a tasting of our long-time Italian favorite, Colombera & Garella of Alto Piemonte. 300 million years ago, a volcano created the area that would eventually be home to pure, mineral-focused Nebbiolo, Vespolina, and Croatina. Cristiano Garella’s wines are sanguine, muscularly fruity, and rich with minerality. We will be tasting three of his cuvées and then cleansing our palates with Piollot's Champagne Extra Brut "Champs Rayes," of course. Disgorged in 2010, this Champagne is an easy beverage choice for those long and sunny summer days! We will be tasting: Colombera & Garella, Coste della Sesia Nebbiolo Rosato, 2014 $19.99 Colombera ... Read More »

NYC Friday Meet the Brewmaster Tasting: The Sakes of Kiku-Masamune with Brewer Fukui-San

Friday, June 24, 2016 5:00pm – 8:00pm “As your eyes fall upon good food, you begin to crave Kiku-Masa. As the dryness of Kiku-Masa hits your tongue, you begin to crave good food”—so says the popular 1983 Japanese commercial. We couldn’t agree more! Join us on Friday, June 24 to taste three sensational sakes from Kiki-Masamune, one of Japan’s most famous breweries with almost 400 years in operation. Brewer Fukui-san will be joining us and explaining the nuances of his ricey delights. We will taste: Kiku-Masamune Taru Sake (720mL) $15.99 Kiku-Masamune Junmai Ginjo Sake (720mL) $19.99 Kiku-Masamune “Kahogura” Junmai Daiginjo (720mL) $23.99 Read More »

NYC Thursday Spirits Tasting: Singani 63

Thursday, June 23, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00 pm Join us on Thursday for  a tasting of Bolivia’s unique national spirit, distilled exclusively from Muscat of Alexandria grapes grown at 5200+ feet in the Andes. This 500-year-old spirit had remained mostly unknown until none other than Steven Soderbergh (yes, "Ocean's Eleven" and "Schizopolis" Steven Soderbergh) decided that the world would be a better place if we all had a little Singani. Richly textured with floral and spicy aromas. A great addition to your home bar! We will taste: Singani 63, Singani $28.99 Read More »

NYC Saturday Tasting: Sud de France

Sud de France is back in New York to celebrate everything that France's sun-drenched south has to offer.Saturday, we will highlight some our favorites from the region to remind us that, while we may not be able to catch a plane to the Mediterranean, we can at least live vicariously through these wines. We will be tasting: Domaine de Fontsainte, Corbieres Rouge, 2014 $12.99 $11.04 Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie, Corbieres Blanc "Pas des Louves", 2013 $10.99 $9.34 Pont de Gassac (Mas de Daumas Gassac), Rouge, 2014 $15.99 $13.59 Mas de Daumas Gassac, Rosé, 2015 $10.99 $9.34 Read More »

NYC Friday Tasting: Italian Wines with Wilson Daniels

Friday, June 17, 2016 5:00 – 8:00pm Hailing from the Alto Adige, superstar winemaker Elena Walch has been crafting her organic and sustainable wines since 1985 when she left her job as an architect and took over the winery. Known as the “Queen of Gewürztraminer,” she sends us a dry version that is beaming with sunshine and classic exotic flavors of rose petal, lychee, and white flowers, all balanced by a charming acidity. A great, full-bodied aperitif. Her equally charming Schiava, known for its soft acidity and tannin, bursts with bright cherry and minerals. It's chuggable with a slight chill and great with dinner. Next we visit the wines from Castello di Volpaia in Tuscany. Sitting ... Read More »

NYC Thursday Spirits Tasting: Square One Botanical Vodka and Contratto

Thursday, June 16, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00 pm Our Thursday spirits tasting this week will feature Square One Organic Botanical Vodka. Made exclusively from rye, this spirit is infused with a bouquet of botanical essences including pear, rose, chamomile, lemon verbena, lavender, rosemary, coriander, and citrus peel. It is a great alternative to gin, and as such, we will be pairing it with Contratto Bitter, and Contratto Vermouth Rosso for a fun twist on a Negroni! We will be tasting: Square One, Botanical Vodka $29.99 Contratto, Bitter (1L) $24.99 Contratto, Vermouth Rosso  (375mL) $14.99 Read More »

NYC Thursday Special Local Tasting: Shinn Estate!

New York, Thursday, May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00 pm There's delicious wine being made right in our own backyard as Jamie, from the North Fork's Shinn Estate, will be in the shop to remind us. With a background in cooking and the arts, winemakers Barbara Shinn and David Page began planting their vines in 1998 with the goal of building an estate winery with a cozy bed and breakfast attached. Today, they have established biodynamic vineyards and a thriving B&B, and they make over 10 different wines as well as brandy! Drink local! We will be tasting: Shinn Estate Vineyards, Red Wine, NV $13.99 Shinn Estate Vineyards, Sauvignon Blanc "First Fruit", 2014 $17.99 Shinn Estate Vineyards, "Coalescence", ... Read More »

NYC Friday Tasting: Rosé Favorites from the Classic to the Obscure!

New York, Friday, May 20, 2016 5:00 – 8:00pm From light and fruity to textured and savory, we’ve got you covered this season, and this Friday is your chance to try a few of our favorites! First we’ll pour a mineral-driven, high-acid Sancerre rosé by Loire superstar, Jean-Paul Labaille of Domaine Thomas-Labaille. His 100% Pinot Noir rose is a direct press that is sure to pair well with your next picnic. Next, moving west into the Loire Valley in Chinon, we have a 100% Cabernet Franc rosé from Domaine Bernard Baudry. The wine is both savory and wild, while still pure and lipsmacking. Moving to the south of France, we have a perennial favorite, Domaine de la Tour du Bon Bandol Rosé. ... Read More »

NYC Saturday Tasting: True Shochu, The Spirit of Japan

New York City: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:00 – 5:00pm  Shochu (different from Korea's Soju) is one of Japan's most interesting additions to the world of spirits. Some may think they've had it before in vodka-esque cocktails at their neighborhood sushi joint, but that is far from the "real thing." Stop by the shop Saturday to taste three great examples representing the most popular categories of true "Honkaku" Shochu: Rice (Kome), Sweet Potato (Imo), and Barley (Mugi). For sake fans, Kome shochu is an easy transition to make. We'll be tasting Kawabe Shochu from Kumamoto, famous for its oysters! The melon and mineral components on the palate are even more refreshing when served over ice ... Read More »

NYC: Sunday Spirits: Lejay Casis Kir Royal Cocktail for Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8, 2016 3:00 – 5:00pm, New York City Lejay is the original Creme de Cassis made in Dijon since 1841. Made with 2 different varieties of cassis - the aromatic and rustic Noir de Bourgogne and black round, sweet, smooth Black Down. Also, Fun Fact: As the charismatic Mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968, Canon Felix Kir popularized vin blanc cassis by drinking Lejay Cassis with white wines. As a result of his vibrant reputation the drink, Canon Kir was named after him. His loyalty inspired Kir to sign the trademark of his drink's name to Lejay in 1951. We'll be sipping: Lejay Casis Kir Royal Cocktail 1 oz Lejay Cassis 4 oz sparkling wine Lejay, Creme de Cassis de Dijon $29.99 Read More »