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.