In early October, I had a chance to go into the city for a bit of shopping. Some window shopping along 5th Ave. and some wine shopping at Astor Wines, in Greenwich Village. On this visit I also connected with long time student, Momo. She is in her final year at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. Sadly, she missed lunch but it was good to visit with her for a short while and pass along some photos I wanted to share.
Though I have perused the online offerings from Astor Wines this was my first visit to the retail outlet. They have a wide selection of imports and domestic wines many of which are not readily found elsewhere. A good array of Port and other dessert wines (I purchased two Sauternes), though I didn’t see any bargains. Most of the Port were way beyond my price range. Very nice section of Rhone wines including the difficult to find Gigondas (southern Rhone region) of which I purchased 4 bottles from the 2015 vintage. I also grabbed a couple of very nice Chardonnay from Sonoma. These can pair nicely with seafood or chicken dishes in the coming year or so.
Note the bottle on the left is vintage 2013. On the right is also a Sauternes but the vintage is 10 years older from 2003. I came across the older bottle when I was putting the newer bottle away for long term storage. The pictures shows the tremendous contrast in color. At 14 years that wine is certainly drinkable, but I want to hold it at least another year…..maybe next Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday after a big feast. Whenever I decide to open this delightful dessert wine, there is no doubt in my mind that it will be seductively sweet and complex!