Long Island At Last

Recently my husband and I took a ride out to the North Fork for the day. We spent the day hopping from winery to winery then ended the day with dinner in Greenport. Having both lived here in the city for 3 years now and both being in the wine business its pretty sad that it took us this long …

Krista - CWV Team MemberLong Island At Last

Why Your Cheap Wine Doesn’t Need an Oak Bottle

The Original Oak Bottle is a new $80 gimmick that Thrillist claims makes your cheap wine taste like it cost up to $20. Thrillist, who also sell this bottle, did a step-by-step post on how to use the oak bottle, and included a taste test of the results. They say that it works, and well, yes, of course it does. It will impart …

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Lifting Spirits

Assistant Spirits Buyer, Ryan Sacks, is pretty excited about two new products that just came in. Astoria Distilling Queens Courage Old Tom Gin – $44.99: Queens Courage is a New York Old Tom style gin that is lighter than Dutch genever, more full-bodied than London Dry, and has a natural subtle sweetness. Queens Courage is made with premium New York …

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Interesting Things Are Happening in Washington

I moved to Seattle only four weeks ago and I wondered how long it would take before I stumbled upon some interesting local wine. The answer, apparently, is four weeks. Washington is known for making good wine; fantastic wine, as a matter of fact. But what gets me excited is unusual wine. Wine-geek wine. Wine for the jaded; for those …

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A Cool Intellectual

Dante, was an Italian poet of the Middle Ages. His Divine Comedy is considered a masterpiece. During the Dark Ages, Italy was a mosaic of small states that didn’t share a common language or culture. Dante, having written in Latin and other known languages, also wrote in a new language based on the dialect of Tuscany with elements of Latin and other …

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This refreshing take on a classic margarita features muddled cucumber, making it perfect for summer. The cucumber brings out green notes in the tequila, and balances the tartness of the lime. When the temperature is above 80, cool off with one of these.

Chelsea Wine VaultCuke-a-rita

Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

No sub-titles needed… The estate of Zaccagnini is located within Abruzzo, about two and a half hours east of Rome. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and southwest, Molise to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. While Abruzzo is not Broadway or Hollywood with sun-glassed theatre and movie star types, …

Felix - CWV Team MemberCantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo

Be Well Red

Modus Operandi Petite Sirah Originating in late 19th-century France and a cross between Syrah and Peloursin the grape “Durif” somehow made its way to California. It started being bottled as a single varietal in 1961, and many believe that the 2010 vintage is the absolute best so far. I think awesome Petite Sirah offers a cool change-up to big, expensive …

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