Just because you’re stuck home alone during happy hour doesn’t mean you have to break the bank for a drink.
While several enterprising bars in New York are serving to go cocktails — they are pretty pricey. So why not pick up a moderately priced but great bottle of wine and enjoy it all evening? Wine expert, Josie Zeiger — who runs the Instagram @sipculture and is a sales manager at MFW Wine Company — gave us her picks for cheap, but cheerful vino during these trying times.
The $20 dealer’s choice from Niche Niche: “The good folks at Niche Niche will deep dive and choose something fun from the restaurant’s deep cellars in Soho. Reach out to owner Ariel Arce @arcecool on IG to set up delivery.”
A bottle of Gaspard Pinot Noir ($16.99) at Wine Therapy: “A cheery easy drinker for uncheery times, this wine is made using semi-carbonic fermentation, which gave it ripe plum aromas, light tannins and a poppy feeling on the palate.”
Mary Taylor’s Pascal Biotteau Anjou Blanc ($17) at Dandelion Wine Shop: Dandelion, located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, posts a menu of the wine available every day on their website, but look for this beautiful white which “so clearly demonstrates the electricity of high-acid Chenin Blanc for a quarter of what that usually costs.”
Manuel Cantalapiedra Lirondo Verdejo ($18.99) at Olivino: This wine is “bright, aromatic and fresh, so everything you want as the weather warms up and spring breezes through your window as you look at the wall,” Zeiger quips.
Troupis Hoof & Lur Moschofilero ($19.99) at Manhattan Wine Co.: “The grape is Moschofilero. The Place is Greece. The wine is made with skin contact, so in other words this is an orange wine for the adventurous wine lover (no time like the present, am I right?) — it’s aromatic, floral, salty, zesty and crazy good if you dig this sort of thing.
Mirco Mariotti Set e Mez Rose ($18) at Eastside Cellars: This rosé is “bubbly and funky — and fun to chill way down and drink while listening to soft soothing sounds.”
Delesvaux Anjou Rouge ($16.99) at Sea Grape in the West Village: Dry and a little peppery, “Cabernet Franc is super versatile and one of my favorite grapes, especially when its from the Loire Valley of France, like this Anjou.”
Jazz Odyssey Columbia Gorge White 2017 ($19) at MCF Rare Wine: From the Teutonic Wine Company, this Riesling, Chardonnay, Gewurtz blend is “super flowery, aromatic and fresh — while being slightly off dry. It’s delightfully geeky and versatile.”
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