Chardonnay has become THE most misunderstood grape varietal by the average consumer. It's a noble grape and makes more different styles of dry wine than any other, including the most famous White Burgundies and Blanc de Blancs Champagne. The unfamiliarity of different styles is what causes the confusion. Join us on this night as we shed a light on the various expressions of beautiful Chardonnay. $45
Investigate the hot subject of "natural wines" which are increasingly getting more attention. We'll examine the philosophies of natural winemaking including sustainable, organic, and biodynamic techniques and of course we'll taste. These are interesting wines and this is a fun night of tasting! $45
Ordering in restaurants can be overwhelming and confusing. We'll take the frustration out of it as we sample styles of wine typically found on restaurant lists.We'll look at and discuss the wine lists of several current restaurants and give you strategies of how to choose wines that pair well with your meal while getting most value for your dollar. $45
Reservation now being accepted. $65 per person. Menu includes:
Bordeaux is one of the largest wine regions in the world, producing more wine than some countries. On this night we'll focus on the reds which means Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc among others. Join us to get an on hand understanding of the appellations within Bordeaux and what they mean as we taste different expressions and styles of wine. $45
There's a lot to know about how the production of Cabernet Sauvignon works in Napa and Sonoma. Do wineries grow their own fruit? (Not always.) Are the wines 100% Cabernet Sauvignon? (Usually not.) Join us to taste and learn the details.
Join us at The Village Wine Merchant on National Rosé Day with our friends at Grassroots and Steiner's Coffee Cake of New York. Featuring tastings of Join us at The Village Wine Merchant on National Rosé Day with our friends at Grassroots and Steiner's Coffee Cake of New York. Featuring tastings of Rosé Mimosas and "Spiked Rob Elixir" paired with delicious breakfast treats and loads of fun!
Join us tonight with John Grammer from Vision Wine Brands and we'll taste two excellent wines that offer serious value for their price. Graves is just a little south of the city of Bordeaux and is known for producing the best white wines in the region. Chateau Des Perligues is a great everyday style of white at $13.99. This blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc offers crisp refreshment with round citrus flavors and a little pith and peel.
Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz is a good example of the "new" Australia style that we are seeing with biodynamic winemaking and a committment to balance rather than excess. The round, gregarious nature and easy ripe fruit exemplifies McLaren Vale and the finish gives way to typical Syrah/Shiraz savory elements like cola nut. At $19.99 it's a great price for a generous, full bodied wine.
The Red Hook Winery makes wine from New York State vineyards on the east end of Long Island as well the Finger Lakes, shipping freshly harvested grapes in refrigerated trucks to the winery in Brooklyn.
These wines are from forward thinking winemakers known for crafting unique expressions from individual vineyard sites. Techniques like spontaneous fermentations on native yeasts, lees aging, and a lack of technical manipulation is common. The wines have been called "avant-garde" and you might think the wine is exotic, interesting, and completely compelling or perhaps outside the box and weird.
In either case one shouldn't miss out.
The Ste. Agnès White 2015 is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and Sémillon that's aged in tank on the lees, stirred a lot, and then lives for a few months in neutral wood. This is pretty straightforward for a Red Hook wine, I get creamy, delicious pear fruit, a very dry, persistent and clean finish.
It's certainly worth trying so get on the cutting edge and enjoy!
Janine Perry from Banville Wine Merchants pours, we'll sample 3 wines.
Descriptors include "juicy cherry, mineral and lavender", "clean, bright, and grassy", and "raspberry, plum, and cola nut".
Can you match the wines? The lineup includes Koha Sauvignon Blanc, Ca' Viola Dolcetto, and Ercavio Tempranillo.
Join us for sampling of two great wines that happen to begin with "F". Formation is great value Cabernet from Monterey, California and Las Sibilla Falanghina is an overachieving white from southern Italy. Even our host has an "F" connection, Omni Wine's Federica Mortella.
Join us with our friends from Gemelli Gourmet Market North in Glen Head.
Gemelli North in Glen Head is our new neighbor, offering fresh and authentic Italian food and more. We are happy to welcome them to the North Shore. Join us on Thursday, March 2nd for food sampling along with wines paired to match and a valuable discount special offer for attendees!
Gemelli Gourmet Market North will give you 10% off of a purchase of $25.00 or more when you present a receipt from The Village Wine Merchant. Likewise present a receipt from Gemelli Gourmet Market North and receive 10% off of any wine purchase at VWM.*
(*limited time offer- cannot be combined with any other discount program, coupon, or special offer)
It's mid February and we are seeing the first signs of spring, the daylight lasts a little longer, baseball players report for spring training, and the new vintage of rosé arrives! Join us for a tasting of our first dry rosés from 2016, Campos De Luz and Aix.
We love to support local businesses and since Steiner's makes delicious coffee cake we thought it would be fun to sample and pair with some great dessert wine.
Enjoy a complimentary mini coffee cake (it's actually pretty big!) with any wine purchase! Also all VWM customers will receive a 25% discount on your coffee cake orders! You can place orders on Friday and pick up on Monday, Feb 13. Just in time for Valentine's Day!
Join us and find out why truly sweet and complex wines work so well with dessert!
"Champagne is a really delicious glass of wine."
We're all supposed to love Champagne. At least that's what we think, it's a famous luxury item after all. But do you honestly not like Champagne or never really enjoyed a glass? It's tart, it's yeasty, so what's the big deal? I get it because I felt that way too for a long time and there's a reason folks feel that way. I'm here to change your mind and it starts with tasting Champagne that will make you think first and foremost,
"This is a really delicious glass of wine."
Join us on February 3rd for an exclusive tasting of authentic Champagne.
Sparkling wines come from many places with many different names but only wines from the Champagne region in France produced under strict methods are
legally allowed to be called Champagne.
Here at VWM we support Grower Champagne, which is produced by grape growing families who make the wine themselves rather than by large companies that purchase fruit from other sources. We believe that these wines are more definitive, distinctive, offer better quality, and more interest. If you'd like to read more, see "What is Grower Champagne and Why Do Wine Geeks Love It"
As such we'll try a few of our Champagne selections, including Premier Cru and Grand Cru along with the well known Veuve Clicquot (which we don't sell). You won't "get it" until you taste so come and taste them side by side and see for yourself.
Enjoy a night out with us at the
First Wine Dinner of the Year!
A Warming Winter Wine Dinner
at The Metropolitan Bistro
Wednesday, January 18, 7pm
Hearty Winter Fare Menu
$65 per person, wines included*
ONION and ROSEMARY PIZZA
First Course - choice of
CAULIFLOWER SOUP, organic shore cauliflower
BEET SALAD, gorgonzola, walnut dressing
Second Course - choice of
BEEF BOURGUIGNON, short ribs braised in Burgundy, pearl onions, mushrooms
RED SNAPPER, pan seared in butter, white wine, white bean ragout
HOMEMADE BOURBON BREAD PUDDING
Sassetti Prosecco Brut Valdobbiadene DOCG
La Fenetre, Pinot Noir, "A Cote" 2013
Peirano Old Vine Zinfandel 2014
Molino Di Sant'Antimo Cabernet Sauvignon "Perpaolo" 2013
We are more than happy to make a reservation for you,
contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (516)-200-9370
Croatia and Slovenia have a long tradition of wine making and every season we see more and more excellent wines arriving in the US. Join us with Dalibor Kostan, our man from across the Adriatic Sea, as he guides us through an excellent selection. FREE
Cognac and Armagnac are the two most distinguished areas for fine brandy production in the world. But with all the recent popularity of whiskey, especially Bourbon, some of these exquisite traditional distillates are being overlooked. We can fix that! Join is for a tasting featuring artisanal Cognac and Armagnac from two historical French houses, Paul Beau and Domaine d'Esperance. Aficionado Chris Hiatt from PM Spirits hosts.