SPECTACULAR SELECTIONS FROM NEW YORK STATE!
We love to taste amazing wines from all over the world, but let's not overlook the outstanding wines right under our noses: the unique, delicious offerings from New York State! From classics bottled by Hudson Valley wine scene pioneers to rare, one-of-a-kind releases you won't find anywhere else, this is a true "taste of New York" not to be missed!
Bloomer Creek Vineyard Gewürztraminer Pétillant Naturel
FInger Lakes 2016 - ORGANICALLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: FINGER LAKES / Varietal(s): GEWURZTRAMINER --- A true trailblazer in natural winemaking in New York State, specifically the Finger Lakes region, Bloomer Creek proves that producing delectable wines while working organically is not an impossible feat, even in New York's challenging climate. (The first natural winemakers of Burgundy and the Loire Valley in France also heard similar protestations.) Kim Engle and Debra Bermingham have been crafting beautiful examples of natural wine without the use of insecticides or herbicides, farming organically for over 30 years. Fungal disease is controlled by the use of sulfur for powdery mildew and copper for downy mildew. Seaweed/fish and compost formulations are sprayed to aid in disease resistance and vine health. Harvest is done by hand and fermentation is done with ambient or wild yeast. The "Tanzen Dame" label (which roughly translates as "Dance, Lady?" in German), was created as an homage to the great wines of Germany, Austria, and Alsace. And this pét nat might just make you want to dance! Short for pétillant naturel, the wine is bottled before the fermentation is finished, allowing the bubbles to appear due to the trapped carbon dioxide. 100% gewürztraminer, this eye catching cloudy orange gem is complex and structured, courtesy of extended skin contact during fermentation. Dry and expressive, its fragrant tangerine and lychee fruit mingle with notes of grapefruit peel, and exotic flowers and spices. Guaranteed to wake your palate up from winter hibernation, try this with lamb tagine with saffron, almonds, and candied orange peel. Also exceptional with a cheese plate - or just by itself for a truly singular wine drinking experience you'll find nowhere else in the world! Released for the first time ever, insanely limited production (around 10 cases total!) make this an opportunity not to be missed!
Eminence Road Farm Winery Pinot Gris Cayuga Lake 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION + SKIN FERMENTED
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: CAYUGA LAKE / Varietal(s): PINOT GRIS --- Eminence Road Farm Winery was born out of the combined dreams of the husband and wife team Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark. One of our very favorite New York producers, Eminence Road marches to the beat of its own drummer. Based in a converted cow barn in the mountain valley of Long Eddy, NY, on the western edge of the Catskills (a hundred miles southeast of Ithaca), Eminence Road is still in a way a Finger Lakes winery, as they have been working with the same Finger Lakes grape growers for years, and all of their wines are made from sustainably-managed Finger Lakes vinifera grapes. With a deep love of the Loire Valley and the growers and makers of organic, biodynamic, and minimal-input wines, all Eminence Road wine is produced from single vineyard lots, fermented by naturally occurring yeasts, and bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered with the only addition being a minimal amount of sulfur for stability. This pinot gris is sourced from grapes grown on the west side of Cayuga Lake, where loam over limestone soils pervade. The pink-skinned pinot gris grape gives a rosy-orange color to this wine after the juice macerates on the skins for 3 days in stainless steel vats. A seductive sunset-tinged hue in the glass, this bursts with tropical aromas of papaya, orange zest, and slate, and a richly textured, saline finish. Medium-full in body and slightly tannic, this is an exciting choice for food pairings. Think rosemary quince glazed chicken or black rice salad with roasted butternut squash.
Wild Arc Cabernet Franc Hudson River Region Bruynswick Vineyard 2017 - SUSTAINABLY GROWN + LOW INTERVENTION
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: HUDSON RIVER REGION / Varietal(s): CABERNET FRANC --- Todd Cavallo and Crystal Cornish left Brooklyn in the summer of 2016 to try their hand at building sustainable food systems in the Hudson Valley. The couple had limited experience in agriculture, mostly confined to growing tomatoes, peppers, herbs, and hops on city fire escapes, fending off the depredations of spiteful neighborhood squirrels. The fertile Hudson Valley has been a center of New York State's food production for hundreds of years, with a wine making history to match. Having grown up in NYS, Todd and Crystal wanted to show that the granitic soils and Atlantic/Catskills-influenced microclimates of the Hudson Valley can produce world class wines. Beginning with ten acres, this small, biodynamic, permaculture-focused farm is making outstanding wines from locally sourced grapes while waiting for their own vineyards to come of age (likely around 2020.) 100% cabernet franc from Bruynswick Vineyard in Gardiner, NY, a touch of whole cluster fermentation (30%) yields a nice touch of spice to a core of bright black cherry and raspberry fruit, accented with hints of tarragon and dusty granite. A lovely example of New York cab franc, open this with portobella mushroom burgers.
Whitecliff Vineyard Merlot Malbec New York 2015
Country: USA / Region: NEW YORK STATE / Appellation: NEW YORK STATE / Varietal(s): MERLOT+MALBEC --- Michael and Yancey Migliore have been working in the Hudson Valley for decades, founding Whitecliff Vineyard in 1979. They have experimented with numerous grapes, blends, locations and techniques to craft the best possible wines. Blending merlot and malbec is popular in the Southern Hemisphere (particularly in South America and Australia), and it turns out to be pretty darn delicious in New York too! 60% merlot lends black cherry and berry notes, while the 40% malbec contributes brambly, spicy depth and intrigue. Add to that some gentle oak tones of cedar, baking spice, and chocolate, and the result is clean and bright, while still maintaining complexity and a cozy versatility. A great companion for sesame-dressed roasted vegetables with nutty quinoa or an herb-basted pork loin.