May 3, 2019 – Derby Weekend Tasting!

Tastings and News / Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Get ready for Derby Day!
This Friday we will have open 4 interesting Italian wines from 4 different regions and a French Provence rose!
On Saturday we will have gin and rye from New York distilling company from Williamsburg, they will offer Happy hours cocktails!
Tasting time: 6:00 to 9:00pm
See below for full information:


Domaine de l’Abbaye, Cuvée’ Benjamin Le Thoronet Rosé (2018)

Grapes: Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah
Geography: Provence, France
Appellation: Côtes de Provence
This wine ,Cuvée Benjamin is produced from estate grown grapes and is a blend of grapes that include Grenache, Cinsault and small amounts of Syrah. This is just a lovely product. Beautiful bouquet of rose and violets on the nose, pale onion leaf pink in color with a golden hue and golden edge.The wine has very nice floral perfume hinting of peach and citrus. It is crisp and very pure with lovely fruit showing nuances of citrus and peach has a nice clean crisp finish. It does come very Highly Recommended. Today this property is owned by Franc Petit who acquired it some 50 years ago. Prior to that time it was owned by a Provencal family. The property originally belonged to the Cistercian monastery which was founded in 1098 at Citeaux in Burgundy. They expanded to Le Thoronet in Provence in the mid 12th century and built a monastery. They made wine and olive oil and produced their own food. This was intact until the late 18th century when the property was declared bankrupt and the property sold. The physical property was one of the first to be declared a historical monument and today is owned by the French government. The surrounding properties are privately owned.This Domaine is very much famed for their rose’ CRU Clos Beylesse.

Cuvee benjamin

Vallevò, Pecorino (2018)

Grape: Pecorino
Geography: Abruzzo, Italy
Appellation: Terre di Chieti

This wine is a combination between the generosity of the soil and the human experience that, together with the right cultivation systems and punctual harvesting time, allow to obtain this fine and elegant wine. The careful processing of the grapes, and the later step in small capacity barrels, for the fermentation and ageing, allow to preserve and highlight all the scents and the qualities of this wine.The wine has an intense yellow color with golden sparkles. At the nose it shows vanilla scents, and pleasant notes of fruit and ripe yellow pulp. At the taste, it brings out softness, well balanced with good structure, and the right amount of acidity that refresh the palate. The balance between taste and smell closes with long and persistent final. It can be paired with the best fish dishes, but also with white meat and medium-aged cheese. To be served at 12-14°C.
Vallevo' pecorino

Apicella, Colli di Salerno Piedirosso (2017)

Grape: Piedirosso
Geography: Campania, Italy
Appellation: Colli di Salerno

This coastal wine is made with Piedirosso , a deep colored grape that reminded Italians the shape and the color of the foot of the pigeons, so they named it. This is harvested from an atypical radial and/or pergola cultivation system. The wine is a lovely and feminine, almost always vinified in stainless steel, showcasing bright notes of faint fresh unripe berries and hints of spices. This wine is suitable for many dishes, matching the typical Amalfi Coast cuisine, appetizers, eggplant parmigiane white meat or fish soup, and pizza. This is the ideal wine for the palate that prefers light wines not too concentrated ideal daily consumption in line with the Mediterranean diet. It is often harvested in the last decade of October and left to macerate for 10-12 days after the stalk have been removed. This varietal is very well acclimated to volcanic soils and coastal slopes. Certainly some of it’s fame come from the classical blend with Aglianico in the Lacrima Christi del Vesuvio where the tannin are barely accented , thin and elegant. Piedirosso is a hard and complicated varietal in the vineyard and in the cellar where there is always a very strong barn and vinegar nose bordering the geranium and red ripe fruit, so it requires a lot of attentions and skills. Now it’s gaining quite a bit of respect also from professionals because of its affordability , easiness and delicate vein, and for the predominant pure style. It’s easy to pair with seafood and all sea cuisine and often can be slightly chilled like a structured white wine. It rarely shows sweet notes , it always tends to showcase a very dry and salty nature.

Giorgio Iannoni Sebastianini, Coccorone (2016)

Producer: Giorgio Iannoni Sebastianini
Category: Wine – Still – Red
Grapes: Sangiovese and Sagrantino
Geography: Umbria, Italy
Appellation: Montefalco

GIORGIO IANNONI SEBASTIANINI-Young Giorgio after meeting Tiziano Vistalli in Montefalco decided to brake the habit of his parents to sell his healthy grapes of Sangiovese and Sagrantino di Montefalco to other winemakers and started his own wine in 2013. The Coccorone is their first wine made by blending round and supple Sangiovese with a good portion of Sagrantino di Montefalco, the wine is full and fruit forward with an easy roundness yet a distinctive leather and menthol character.The grapes are vinified separably and aged accordingly in a combination of new and used barrels to find the right harmony.

Join us tonight, we will have a special Local Spirit tasting!
New York Distilling Company will show up, the earliest distilleries in Brooklyn date back to the 1700’s. During Prohibition there were over 50,000 illicit stills in New York City. Since Prohibition however, the ethereal perfumes of distillation have been largely absent…until now.
The New York Distilling Company builds on this dream by establishing one of the nation’s premiere craft distilleries.

Dorothy Parker


In an age of restless brilliance, Dorothy Parker was a singular sensation.  A new Yorker at heart, her national celebrity sprang from her sharp, biting humor and widely quoted quips.  Regularly seated at the famed Algonquin Round Table, she occupied the city’s cultural and intellectual center stage.  An iconic enthusiast of gin and an unconventional woman, no one could have been a more interesting drinking companion.  Dorothy Parker American Gin  – a blend of traditional and contemporary botanicals including juniper and elderberries, citrus, cinnamon, and hibiscus – is as delicious in a Gin & Tonic as it is in a Gin Daisy.

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Mister Katz’s


Mister Katz grew up on the B&O railroad, spitting distance from the old Hannisville Distillery. In the days, before Prohibition there was all manner of entertainment to keep a young man’s fancy: the ponies, chewing tobacco, malts at the drugstore, and an evening’s treat of Rock & Rye.
An American classic, authentic Rock & Rye could once be found on the back bar of most noteworthy establishments. Over a century later we proudly present Mister Katz’s Rock & Rye. In service to the past and present, it marries our youthful rye whiskey and  rock candy sugar with sour cherries, cinnamon, and a wisp of citrus. Enjoy it on its on or in a cocktail.

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Ragtime Rye 

Ragtime Rye Straight Whiskey (in the flask) – 3-5 year old small batch (they do 14 barrels per batch), distilled with a mashbill of 75% rye, 13% corn, and 12% malted barley.   One farmer, Rick Petersen, in Geneva, NY grows ALL of the rye we use in our whiskey.   It is matured exclusively in new, 53 gallon, char #3, white oak barrels.   Bottled at 90.4 proof, Ragtime Rye was the New York Times Highest Rated Craft Rye in a recent rye tasting article that focused on American ryes under 10 years of age, and got a Gold at the San Francisco Spirits Competition in 2017

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