New York City Tasting with Will Bucklin, Thurday May 31

We're super-excited to be hosting a free tasting at the Manhattan shop (929 Broadway) with California winemaker extraordinaire, Will Bucklin, from 5-7pm on Thursday, May 31. Bucklin is a relatively young winery, but they’re making wine from one of the oldest vineyards in California, the Old Hill Ranch Vineyard. Founded in 1851 and resurrected in 1981, the vineyard is mostly Zinfandel, with the remainder a mix of about 15 other varieties. All the wines ferment using only native yeast and just a touch of new oak. With fruit coming from such an old site, the goal at Bucklin is to let the terroir speak for itself through the use of minimal intervention. And it works! It’s not an event to ... Read More »

Fresh Release from Cult Star: Thibaud Boudignon Rose de Loire 2017

Thibaud Boudignon has gone through the three stages of small-producer cultdom. First, there were the tweets and instagram posts. Maybe a foreign blog or small magazine article. The allusions to his wine were rapturous, but enigmatic and mostly from overseas. Then came phase two: devoted wine folk "suit-cased" bottles home to America to share with friends. Word spread. The hunt was on. Finally, phase three: an importer (Sacred Thirst) started bringing small amounts straight to California. Thanks guys! Boudignon really exploded as a Chenin producer. But he has 40ish-year-old Cabernet Franc vines that he treats much like the Chenin (except that he blocks malos to preserve freshness). ... Read More »

Top 5 Reasons to drink Cru Bourgeois

Why to drink Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois In my first post on Bordeaux Cru Bourgeois I explained: what they are: great Chateaux that didn't sell for enough to be classified as Bordeaux Cru Classé in 1855 how they came to exist: a bunch of the best non-Classé Chateaux banded together for marketing purposes, and why it all stopped working: it was too complicated and bureaucratic! In this, my second post on Bordeaux' Cru Bourgeois, I want to give you five reasons to look beyond Bordeaux' Grand Cru Classé–more specifically, five reasons to look at the Cru Bourgeois wines for delicious values that do everything we want our wines to do. 1. The Virtual Circle of Good Money Making Great ... Read More »

James Bond and the terroir of Cognac

Is there terroir in Cognac? In "Goldfinger" there is a great scene where James Bond and M are having dinner with Colonel Smithers of the Bank of England and learning about the gold business. After a presumably sumptuous dinner the banker brandishes a beautiful cut crystal decanter and says, "Have a little more of this rather disappointing brandy." M looks at and sniffs at his glass and asks, "Why, what is the matter with it?" Know-it-all James Bond states categorically, "I'd say it was a 30 year old Fine and indifferently blended with an overdose of Bon Bois." The banker replies, "Quite right." M, obviously perturbed says, "Colonel Smithers is giving the lecture 007." James ... Read More »

Clusel-Roch Cote-Rotie winemaker tasting!

[caption id="attachment_11602" align="alignleft" width="600"] Gilbert and Ghuilhaume Clusel at work[/caption] Meet-the-winemaker tasting with Clusel Roch Cote Rotie's Cote Rotie is one of France's great regions... and bottles of Cote Rotie are generally priced accordingly. So these aren't wines we get to open very often. But today is special! Not only are we opening spectacular Cote Rotie from a top vintage, we also have the winemaker in the Manhattan store to pour the wines and talk about them. We hope you'll join us for this rare, free Cote Rotie tasting, Friday, November 17 from 5:00-7:00 pm at our Manhattan shop on Broadway between 21st and 22nd! (If you happen to be hanging out ... Read More »

Free Bourbon, Gin and Reisetbauer Tasting

Beautiful stills, beautiful spiritsMichael Skurnik is famous for importing many of the world's greatest wines. But they also carry spirits--and their selection is every bit as great as you'd expect. Join us Thursday, November 16 from 5-7pm, when Ginger pours 3 gems from Skurnik's portfolio: Medley Bros., Bourbon, $24.99 Classic Bourbon at a great price. Have a taste neat. Neversink Spirits Gin, $44.99 From a base of New York State apples, corn, wheat and barley, this local gin is distilled through a blend of 11 botanicals to create a well balanced, floral and aromatic spirit.  The botanicals are chosen to pair with apples, including three types of fresh citrus, star anise, cardamom, ... Read More »

Free Billecart-Salmon Seminar

We're thrilled to be hosting a free guided tasting of the wines of Billecart-Salmon Monday, November 13, from 7:8:30 pm at the New York store. Billecart-Salmon is perhaps best known for their pale, salmon-colored rosé Champagne, a true benchmark of elegance and class. But their whole line up is amazing and each of their bottlings is worth knowing. At this free seminar you'll get the chance to see much of their range in multiple vintages: Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Brut Reserve Champagne, NV -- $49.99 Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Brut Rosé, NV -- $74.99 Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Extra Brut, 2007 -- $87.99 Billecart-Salmon, Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs, 2006 -- $184.99 Billecart-Salmon, ... Read More »

Winemaker tasting with Olivier Merlin–Today in New York Shop

[caption id="attachment_11482" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Man and Horse Making Great Wine[/caption] Olivier Merlin is one of the great winemakers of Burgundy. His family vineyards aren't centered on any of the illustrious appellations of the Cote d'Or, but on the Maconais. He's one of the hard-working talents showing just how great the wines from this undervalued region can be: complex, mineral, ageworthy... delicious! His whites are some of the best value white wines in the whole world. We're thrilled to have him in the shop today to share his wines and talk about what it takes to make top flight wines, vintage in and vintage out. Wines will be available at a discount for all ... Read More »

Chateauneuf du Pape Dinner with Vieux Telegraphe Winemaker, Daniel Brunier

[caption id="attachment_11478" align="alignleft" width="960"] Daniel with old vines and Galets Roulés[/caption]           We are super-thrilled to be able to invite you to an intimate dinner with Daniel Brunier, proprietor and head winemaker of Vieux Télégraphe. Vieux Télégraphe is one of the best wines in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, from one of its supreme sites and made by some of its greatest talents, and this promises to be a wonderful and exceptionally rare opportunity. When: Tuesday, October 24th, 8pm Where: Blue Ribbon Federal Grille, 84 William Street, New York Price: $190 (including food, wine, tax and tip) Sold Out For Now... We are exploring ... Read More »

Free Tri-State Wine Delivery to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

Nobody likes to pay shipping charges, so we are thrilled to be able to announce that the New York store now offers free shipping on all online orders above $129 to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut! Yup, whether you need a case of rosé for a party, a special bottle of Cabernet for a dinner, or a special gift for a client, we will get it there for you, no extra charge. We’re going to try to keep tweaking and expanding this program, so please let us know how you like it and what we could do to improve it here or in the note of your order. And if you do like it, please share it with your friends! Here are some details: · Your online order must be over $129, before tax and after ... Read More »