Uncork New York Week

Astor Wines & Spirits is celebrating Uncork New York week with a series of tastings March 7th-10th. We’ll be pouring 20 exceptional wines from the Empire State, so stop by for a free taste!

Wednesday, March 7th 6-8pm:
Paumanok, Chenin Blanc – 2011
Reminiscent of some Loire Valley Chenin, this popular North Fork white is crisp and dry with grapefruit, pineapple and melon aromas. It’s delightfully refreshing and ends with a zippy, lemony finish. What an excellent companion to shellfish dishes.

Paumanok Cabernet Sauvignon – 2007
Mastering Cabernet Sauvignon on Long Island is no easy feat due to the climate. This entry level version from Paumanok is just right – a little cassis, a bit of eucalyptus and juicy acidity make this a perfect pair with any rich cuisine.

Shaw Vineyards Pinot Noir – 2007
Precision and pride of place are apparent in everything Steve Shaw and his son do at their Seneca Lake winery. Inspired by classic Burgundy, they decided to cultivate vines in NY with a similar spirit, and their Pinot Noir is a fine example of their efforts. Glacier-cut Marcellus shale imparts streaks of mineral that balances dark berry and blackcurrant flavors, as dark chocolate notes and bittersweet tannins add to the complexity of this red. Great with roast duck.

McCall Merlot Reserve – 2008
A beautifully hand crafted Merlot has rich complex aromas of dark chocolate, raspberries and blackberries. It’s elegant, balanced and well structured with ripe tannins on the finish.

McCall Pinot Noir – 2009
McCall boasts the largest planting of Pinot Noir in Long Island, and while some believe the grape is too finicky to succeed there, the McCall family has proved the skeptics wrong. Minimal barrel aging keeps this wine light and appealing. With hints of black cherry and earth and a silky texture, it is a charming wine. We think of this as New York’s answer to the small-estate Bourgogne Rouge.

Thursday, March 8th 6-8pm:
Atwater Estate Vineyards Meritage – 2009
Don’t let the fact that this local meritage blend is poured by the glass at DBGB be the only reason you to buy this wine, its quality speaks for itself. Ripened on the eastern slope of Seneca Lake, this marriage of the “noble” Bordeaux grape varieties is Atwater’s standard-bearer. Savor this hearty, complex yet totally accessible red as a stand-alone wine or pair with filet mignon & gorgonzola or other meaty fare.

Red Newt Cellars Pinot Noir – 2010
A lovely example of cooler weather Pinot that has lightly smoky aromas with overtones of dark cherry and plum. It’s smooth and silky with supple fruit, soft tannins and a long, lingering finish. And ideal pairing with roast pork loin stuffed with goat cheese and dried cherries.

Sheldrake Point Vineyard Cabernet Franc – 2010
These grapes were grown right on the water’s edge of the western shore of Cayuga Lake, where the steep hills, Finger Lakes microclimate, and dedicated vineyard care each played a part in the delicious results of this Loire-styled Cabernet Franc blend. Herbs, fresh cherries, and savory fruits mingle with layers of sweet spice and mineral-laden tannins. A refreshing, bright quality makes this a treat with roast salmon. This blend of primarily Cabernet Franc with touches of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon rested for nine months in both aged French and American oak, but the wood is integrated so well, you might never have guessed.

Silver Thread Semi-Dry Riesling, Finger Lakes – 2010
This will impress any Riesling fan. It closely resembles a wine from the Mosel Valley, with its lip-smacking mineral appeal that balances the delicate stone fruit aromas. This is off-dry, meaning it has just the slightest hint of sweetness. Drink chilled and enjoy it as an apéritif wine, or with any spicy food.

Friday, March 9th 6-8pm:
Wolffer “Big Apple” Apple Wine – NV
Made on Long Island from aromatic apples such as Fuji, Braeburn, and Winesap, this apple wine is crisp, dry, and incredibly refreshing. The winemaker at Wolffer suggests putting it on ice with a couple of mint leaves thrown in. Yum!

Wölffer “Diosa” Late Harvest Chardonnay – 2010
Nectar of the God’s is one way to describe this golden blend of chardonnay, vignoles and

Wolffer, Cabernet Franc – 2008
Cabernet Franc, known to flourish in the Loire Valley, also thrives on Long Island. Enjoy this bottle’s spicy black fruit and its relative ease (in contrast to its Loire Valley counterparts, which tend to be more structured).

Wölffer Estate Selection Chardonnay – 2009
Roman Roth is one of our favorite NY winemakers because he understands the importance of offering wine that exemplifies the land from which it comes. This classic Long Island chardonnay is clean and crisp with green apple aromas and the tell-tale minerality we’ve all come to love from this region. This bottle is perfect when all you need is a glass or two with your next meal.

Saturday, March 10th 3-5pm:
Shinn Estate “Wild Boar Doe” – 2009
A playful “wild” Bordeaux blend of Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. A spicy and aromatic blend showing flavors of black pepper and blackberry. Try it with highly seasoned stews, roasted meats, and full flavored cheeses.

Shinn Estate Rosé – 2011
This dry rose evokes floral aromas with flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and watermelon. Squeaky clean and vibrant it is expressive and tantalizing. Take a bottle of this wine in one hand, a lobster roll in the other, and head straight to the beach!

Shinn Estate Coalescence – 2010
This is an all-stainless-steel-fermented winemaker’s blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Merlot Blanc with a splash of fruit followed by a refreshing zing of acidity. Clean, vibrant citrus notes add complexity to the fresh and juicy finish. The bright, crisp flavor of this wine pairs beautifully with soft cheeses, light salads, and oysters on the half shell.

Heron Hill Winery “Eclipse” White – 2010
A easy drinking introduction to Finger Lakes whites. This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc offer a clean crisp fruity palate with a mouth watering finish. This is a white you don’t have to ponder over, just enjoy with a nice chill.

Palmer Vineyards Merlot – 2007
After three years resting in neutral barrel and eight months in bottle, this unfiltered Merlot is balanced with a medium body and rustic cedar and dark-fruit notes. This is a bottled testament to the care and effort that’s taken to create Palmer Vineyards wine.

Palmer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc – 2010
Considered the most cared for vines at Palmer Vineyards, these Sauvignon Blanc grapes only see the morning sun, allowing them to maintain the perfect acidity to create a crisp, fresh wine. Lemongrass and melon followed by sea-shell minerality makes this one of the most unique wines coming from the North Fork.