2015 Rieslingfeier!

It's Rieslingfeier! Once a year Germany's top growers come to New York for a weekend of dinners, seminars & tastings showcasing the beauty of Riesling! And we'll celebrate all week with special pricing on some of our favorite rieslings, as well as a free tasting at the shop to be led by the winemakers from Karthauserhof and Selbach Oster on Saturday, January 31! Details below. A FINE WEEK FOR RIESLING Riesling isn’t just a delicious grape variety. There’s no denying the inherent characteristics are appealing – aromatic, low alcohol, high acid, and food friendly. But it’s Riesling’s capacity to clearly give voice to a vineyard site that makes it contender for the world’s ... Read More »

Free BYOB at Danny Meyer’s Restaurants through Wednesday

The storm may have over-promised and under-delivered, but here's one great thing it brought to town: the chance to BYOB free of charge at any of Danny Meyer's restaurants -- but for a very limited time only (check out the EaterNY article here).  Just stop by, give us a call at (212) 477-1315, or take a look at our online store to find the perfect (retail-priced) bottle to go with your meal, whether you need a ready to drink barbaresco to take to Martha, a classic Cali Cab to take to Grammercy Tavern, or all of the above for Union Square.     Read More »

Tasting Louis Michel with Guillaume Michel: John Truax’s tour of Chablis continues

Louis Michel et Fils: Purest, unoaked Chablis On our first day in Chablis, after visiting with the Raveneaus, we went down the road to a completely different kind of operation, the much larger Louis Michel et Fils.  Louis Michel is in a beautiful old house with a tower.  Not a castle, but it is castle-like. There is an office/reception and there are very large cellars, all underneath the family home. Guillaume Michel, his wife and their kids live in the tower. He is the eleventh generation of vignerons at Louis Michel.  Eleven generations!  The house was founded in 1640.  Guillaume Michel said that they know that wine has been produced in Chablis since 200 A.D., during ... Read More »

New York Times Wine School Vouvray Sec with Eric Asimov

Eric’s newest New York Times Wine School is out (read it here), and this time we’re tasting Vouvray Sec, from our favorite unheralded white grape, Chenin Blanc. Eric recommends two wines, and again, You Can Get that Wine Here!  We have (and love) both: Champalou’s 2012 and Huet’s 2013 “Le Haut-Lieu” Sec. // These producers are both favorites of ours.  Domaine Huet is, of course, generally considered one of the appellations benchmark producers.  They produce the entire range of Vouvrays, from petillant through Sec and up to the decadent dessert wines, including the legendary Cuvee Constane.  They work in three very special single-vineyards, including Le Haut-Lieu. We’ve ... Read More »