Staff Picks

Brian Robinson

 2012 Dr Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli - Finger Lakes, NY

2012 Dr Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli - Finger Lakes, NY

One of the oldest vinifera grape varieties known to man, Rkatsiteli is an elegant dry wine which presents a bouquet of fresh flowers and herbs balanced with wonderful fruit and a steely, bracing freshness on the finish. Lime and lemon flavors make this a good pair well with feta and asparagus stuffed chicken.

2011 Atwater Big Blend- Finger Lakes, NY

2011 Atwater Big Blend- Finger Lakes, NY

If you're searching for that full-bodied, full-flavor red wine, you've found your answer in the Finger Lakes! Don't scoff at the region; Atwater Estates has created a seriously good assemblage of 33% Lemberger, 29% Cab Sauv, 17% Cab Franc, 13% Merlot, 8% Syrah. Your palate will pop with each recognition of the different grapes and their distinct flavors. Yet, all of the flavors are well balanced between sweet spice, pepper and silky tannins. A great match with steak, or lasagna, or (use this for) wine-braised short ribs.

 2011 Shinn Estate Wild Boar Doe - North Fork of Long Island, NY

2011 Shinn Estate Wild Boar Doe - North Fork of Long Island, NY

We'd like to say the people at Shinn are getting a little reckless with the wordplay here, but we can't really throw stones...This is a Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon that's spicy and aromatic, with black pepper and blackberry flavors. Try it with stews, roasted meats, and full-flavored cheeses.

 Van Brunt Stillhouse American Small Batch Whiskey - Red Hook, Brooklyn (375ml)

Van Brunt Stillhouse American Small Batch Whiskey - Red Hook, Brooklyn (375ml)

Van Brunt Stillhouse American Whiskey doesn't fit neatly into typical whiskey categories though it bears some resemblance to traditional, pre-prohibition, NY State whiskies that featured a four grain mash bill made primarily from malted barley and wheat, with a little bit of corn and a touch of rye and then aged for about 6 months mostly in tiny 10 gallon charred American Oak casks. This unique whiskey has complex grain flavors with floral notes and a touch of the new barrel sweetness of a bourbon but with flavors that are evocative of a hefeweizen.

Chaney Pollard

 NV Moissenet-Bonnard Cremant de Bourgogne - Burgundy, France

NV Moissenet-Bonnard Cremant de Bourgogne - Burgundy, France

Made predominantly of Pinot Noir, with a small portion of Chardonnay, this golden sparkler is a perfect option for any celebration. Light-to-medium in body, with great structure that invites you to drink glass after glass, these wines are very aromatic with flavors of toasted brioche, pears, quince, and yellow apple.

 2013 Domaine Mardon Quincy - Loire Valley, France

2013 Domaine Mardon Quincy - Loire Valley, France

Quincy is a village in the east of the Loire wine region of France, with its own appellation for dry white wines made from Sauvignon Blanc. With notes of honey and citrus, this low key, elegant wine is underpinned by the minerality typically found in the finest Loire Valley wines. Try with braised chicken breast or a summer salad.

2013 La Cana Albarino - Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain

2013 La Cana Albarino - Rias Baixas, Galicia, Spain

This medium-bodied Albariño has fragrant aromas of green apple and white peach, and a subtle touch of oak polishes up its fresh citrus flavors. Albariño grows best in Rias Baixas, a small area in Galicia, the fishing capital of Spain. No wonder this refreshing white pairs so naturally with seafood – especially scallops.

2012 Domaine Martin Sancerre Rouge - Loire Valley, France

2012 Domaine Martin Sancerre Rouge - Loire Valley, France

The grapes for this wine are grown using sustainable agriculture and no herbicides. The vines are grown on the two famous terroirs of the region - caillottes, stony, chalky pebbles and terres blanches, a mixture of clay and limestone. The result is a beautiful, minerally Pinot Noir bursting with bright red fruit and earth. Ideal with Coq au Vin.