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Last Friday, Imbibe NY Wine Club took a field-trip to visit Keith Beavers at Alphabet City Wine Co. on Ave C.  Keith, who is also the East Village Wine Geek, opened this boutique with a partner nearly 18 months ago, and every Friday and Saturday, he hosts a party at the shop.  Well, not really a party, but a tasting that packs the house because it’s a fun place to hang out.   (more…)

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Last night I traveled to Brooklyn Heights to meet up with a few IWC classmates–Cathy, Georgia, and Shawn– so that we could study for our impending exam and sample some wines.  Before hitting the books, we visited a couple of neighborhood wine stores–Heights Chateau and Zap Wine and Spirits–both of which were hosting tastings that night.  Just a short walk separates these two shops, but the ways in which they choose to showcase their wines are as different as day and night. (more…)

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Experiencing my own personal recession, which has nothing to do with greedy investors and everything to do with a very indulgent birthday weekend a few weeks back, I decided to visit a few free tastings this week, beginning with one at Vino Wine and Spirits, 121 East 27th Street.  Specializing in Italian wines since 2000, Vino claims to represent labels from “every wine producing region in Italy,” and I believe them.  A small, accessible boutique, with a sizable offering of wines for under $20, Vino showcased the three red wines of Casa Emma, on Friday night. (more…)

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After scoring a sweet pair of boots at Century 21, I headed up West Broadway to Franklin, where I found the  Vinovino Wine Bar Wine Shop.  At a few minutes past five, I practically had the place to myself.  By the time I left at around seven, the bar was a little livelier, but far from packed.  Perhaps the downtown crowd had lost its heel, in the face of this week’s financial crash.  Or maybe Vinovino is somehow off the beaten track… (more…)

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Last night I attended the Strictly Bordeaux wine tasting at Bacchus, a wine store on the Upper West Side.  Perhaps akin to speed dating, this event armed us with a Riedel Crystal Stem and one hour to revel in the cellar tasting room where we roamed from table to table, sampling their selection of twelve Bordeaux wines. (more…)

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Located at 33 East 20th Street, but never advertised, this Moore Brothers Wine Company is the third of its kind.  The work of Gregory Moore, who spent twenty years as the sommelier and GM of Le Bec-Fin in Philadelphia, Moore Brothers Wine Company began in Pennsauken, New Jersey, before Moore opened another in Wilmington, Delaware, and finally a third in Manhattan in 2006. (more…)

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On Saturday, Rob and I circled the Upper East Side until we finally found the Rosenthal Wine Merchant, tucked away on 84th Street, between 1st and 2nd.  Unlike most wine shops, this one actually imports its own wine from small European producers, most of which are family owned. However, you won’t find any of its French (75% of the store’s holdings) or Italian (25%) wines on window display, so be careful when walking, as this one might get away.  Peering through the glass will offer glimpses of cases ready to ship.  The ‘store’ is located downstairs (though none of the bottles are actually priced), which is where Saturday’s tasting was held, and where one is free to shop (even if just for a single bottle of wine). (more…)

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