Staff Picks

Brian Robinson

Toques et Clocher Cremant de Limoux

Toques et Clocher Cremant de Limoux

Off-the beaten path but essentially it’s a classic Champagne method sparkling with a twist due to the fact that it’s from the opposite corner of France than Champagne (SW vs NE) and the inclusion of the unique, slightly briney Mauzac grape which adds a note of salinity and sharpens the minerality. It’s cool, crisp, refreshing, with bracing acidity and piercing, yet enticing stone fruit flavors.

2016 Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla - Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy

2016 Ronchi di Cialla Ribolla Gialla - Colli Orientali del Friuli, Italy

Ribolla Gialla enjoys cult status as one of the most revered, yet obscure, white wine varietals on the planet. A classic Ribolla Gialla that’s vinified and aged in stainless steel to preserve the purity and freshness of the fruit. Clean and crisp with distinctive minerality, as well as subtle floral, perfumey notes. Pairs wonderfully with fresh water fish or antipasti.

2015 Nicolas Reau Anjou Rouge Pompois - Loire Valley, France

2015 Nicolas Reau Anjou Rouge Pompois - Loire Valley, France

A perfect, versatile, autumn red - drinking it makes me think of sweater weather and the leaves changing. It’s ripe with mouthwatering, juicy cherry flavors, yet still lean with a hint of green and white pepper. It’s supple, smooth and easy sipping yet incredibly complex with a long, firm tannic finish.

2013 Berthaut-Gerbet Vosne-Romanee - Burgundy, France

2013 Berthaut-Gerbet Vosne-Romanee - Burgundy, France

This wine is from the village of Vosne-Romanee, a stone’s throw from some of the most legendary vineyards in the world - Echezeaux, La Tache, Richebourg and Romanee-Conti! Pinot Noir is a fickle, thin-skinned, difficult and vulnerable varietal that inspires more poetry and soliloquies than any other varietal, and for good reason. When done right, it’s a stunning, enticing wine that lures you into the glass rather than pronouncing itself by jumping out of the glass. In short, it’s seductive, not preening for attention.

Karina Polemeni

2014 JSC Tbilvino Saperavi - Kakheti, Georgia

2014 JSC Tbilvino Saperavi - Kakheti, Georgia

Produced from hand harvested Saperavi grapes in Kakheti, Georgia, this is a classically-structured, medium-bodied wine with lively red and black berry flavors, firm tannins and subtle vanilla notes from about 15% oak aging. Truly a classic, perfect wine for a romantic dinner!

2015 Jean Rijckaert Cotes du Jura Savagnin Les Sarres - Jura, France

2015 Jean Rijckaert Cotes du Jura Savagnin Les Sarres - Jura, France

Savagnin is a white grape cousin of Gewurztraminer. It is originally from the Austrian Alps. Some light spicy notes come after aromas of quince marmalade, citrus zest, and white flowers. The great freshness of the finish gives the wine spectacular length. A very unique wine that keeps intriguing you every time you have a glass!

Forthave Spirits Blue Gin - Brooklyn, NY

Forthave Spirits Blue Gin - Brooklyn, NY

Distilled in the Pfizer building in Bed-Stuy, this is a craft gin for everyday use. An unfiltered American Dry Gin infused with 18 botanicals including juniper, grapefruit, and mint. Enjoy mixed with tonic or over a big ice-cube!