Tuesday, 25 November 2008

In praise of Astor Wines of New York


It has taken many years but finally Slotovino has discovered the wine Mecca of new York. Astor Wines and Spirits is at 399 Lafayette St at East 4th and has as big a range and as knowledgeable a staff as we have found anywhere. Honcho 'David' is an amateur of rare grape varieties and steered us to a Pelaverga from Piemonte; a grape we had never heard of. We also bought the Pineau d'Aunis 'Les Mortiers' which we had admired at Grammercy Tavern (whose wine list is unparalleled) a Piedirosso from the Campi Flegrei (Campania) and a Menu Pineau (Arbois)/Sauvignon Blanc blend from the Loire. There are many other fascinating wines. Check out their excellent website.

Now that Vintage New York have closed their shop in the Village and only have Broadway and 93rd St in NYC (they have otherwise an outlet at the Rivendell Winery in New Paltz in the Hudson valley), Astor is one of the only places downtown we know of where you can buy New York wines.

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