Village Wine Merchant

World Class Wine at Neighborhood Prices

The Village Wine Merchant offers a carefully curated collection of wine and spirits at all price points that can be hand-selected to fit your taste and budget. Located in Sea Cliff, Long Island, we offer help with food pairings, events, wine education classes and custom gift baskets. 

Introducing The VWM College of Wine Knowledge

You've asked and we're answering. Announcing our new series of wine classes!

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Get real experience tasting and learn all things related to wine. How to taste, what makes wines different, understanding wine terms, how to navigate a restaurant wine list, food and wine pairings, what to serve to your guests at a dinner party. We'll cover all that and more and, of course, we'll taste.

These workshops are fun, unpretentious, informative and suitable for wine enthusiasts of all levels. The series begins with Demystifying Italy and California Cabernet and Boutique Red Blends

Hosted by Michael Amendola, Co-Owner and Wine Director of The Village Wine Merchant. Michael has led hundreds of wine tastings, contributed educational articles and blogs for several wine publications, and has been happily sharing his knowledge and passion for wine with people for more than 15 years. 

 

*Class size is limited. Payment reserves your spot and is non-refundable. If you must cancel your reservation you can receive credit to attend a future class. 

This Wine - Two Whites for the End of Summer

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1. Buglioni "Il Disperato" Bianco Delle Venezie 2015 - $17.99

It's a "non-Soave Soave." Same grape, Garganega, and from the same general area near Verona in northern Italy as Soave but something else is going on here. The wine's not that clean, in a great way, and it's not typical for the grape or the region. There's rich pear, there's mint, a little funk, very aromatic. 

2. Manoir De La Firetière Chardonnay, Val De Loire 2016 - $13.99 

This is from just east of Nantes in the far west Loire Valley of France. It's Chardonnay from Muscadet Country, and the region shines through. There's no oak here. I find stone fruits, firm white peach, nectarine, and mineral in the finish. It's light and slightly exotic as it opens up (but only if it thinks you're paying attention.) You think that you know Chardonnay? Try this.

Both wines offer great interest and expression. At the table think sushi, lighter seafood, pasta with clams, chicken Caesar salad, scallops in a light cream sauce with fresh tarragon.

It's Time To Change Your Thinking About Champagne

I love Champagne. In truth, this wasn't always the case. Early in my experience Champagne felt like a yeasty, fizzy beverage, lean and slightly sour. Of course I knew that I was supposed to love it, after all Champagne was billed as the height of luxury. As I got to taste more wines my palate grew and I grew to respect and like Champagne, but the love wasn't there yet.

That all changed about 15 years ago when

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Muscadet: A Tale of Two French Wines

Muscadet (móose-ka-day), the dry white from the Loire, is not highly regarded in France. It's known as a dry, crisp white without much seriousness or character and acceptable as basic mouth rinse for a plate of shellfish at a bistro in Paris or from a local seafood restaurant on the Atlantic coast. A lot of this is true as there is no shortage of mediocre, industrially produced Muscadet out there.

There's a secret however, and it's

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