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Where To Drink Now: Sherry-Lehmann’s Rosé Fridays

Everyone knows we love all things rosé, so we are totally on board with Sherry-Lehmann’s “Rosé Fridays,” where guests can enjoy complimentary tastings of the finest rosés available- and you should be, too.

Happening every Friday from 3-5pm at the Park Avenue store now through September 2, Rosé Fridays will be featuring a rotating variety of rosé wines. The series continues tomorrow, July 15th with VieVité rosé, a Cinsault, Grenache, Syrah and Carignan blend straight from Côtes de Provence and there will be a selection of Italian rosé from Tuscany, Veneto and Campania available on July 22nd.

If you aren’t heading to the beach, this is where you should be starting your weekend drinking.

Rosé all day, right?

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War of rosés in the Hamptons

The rosé wars in the Hamptons are heating up as summer gets into full swing.

VieVité Rosé from Provence, France, is upping its game. Although it’s only five years old, it has shops in all 50 states, and in all the Hamptons hot spots, including Surf Lodge in Montauk, as well as in party cities LA and Miami.

The company rings up 75 percent of its sales in the four months of summer.

VieVité competes head-on with local rosés, including Wolffer Estates, in Sagaponack, NY; the popular Whispering Angel (also Provence); and hotelier Andre Balazs’ rosé (Long Island). But VieVité has a Saint-Tropez pedigree — Domaine Sainte Marie is just west of Saint-Tropez, where it has about 100 acres of land producing the pink-hued rosé.

Owner Tunch Doker was the Champagnes marketing manager for LVMH/Moët Hennessy before starting VieVité with his wife, Aylin Algan Doker.

On the July 4th weekend, he’ll launch a limited edition 15-liter bottle, which, naturally, will be bigger than everyone else’s (it’s the equivalent of 20 bottles) and retails for about $1,200 at liquor stores, including Sherry-Lehmann. But it will go for up to $4,000 at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa.

DJ and entrepreneur Hannah Bronfman will launch and drink from the huge bottle at Gurney’s on the Fourth.

Other fans of the rosé include Naomi Campbell, Leonardo DiCaprio and Nick Jonas.

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Perfect Wines For Your Hamptons House

One of the keys to a perfect summer is a collection of perfect summer wines. Don’t turn to the old standbys – instead treat yourself and your guests to unique wines worth savoring as the sun goes down (or for day drinking — I won’t judge). I asked the experts at Sherry-Lehmann, which offers weekly “Blue Ribbon” delivery service to the Hamptons, the North Fork and Fire Island, to offer some suggestions sure to impress particular guests, while pleasing crowds.

Chateau Montelena, Chardonnay, 2013:

Chardonnay, Napa Valley

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the storied Judgment of Paris, when a group of mostly French wine experts gathered to do a blind tasting pitting New World California chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon against some of the most highly praised producers in France. Even the sponsor of the event, Steven Spurrier, who held the tasting to drum up business for his Paris wine shop, thought there would be no contest. But Chateau Montelena, then a little known producer that had just released its second vintage, bested some of the most influential French chardonnays around, much to the chagrin of the French judges.

While getting your hands on a bottle of that 1973 vintage is nigh impossible, Sherry-Lehmann is offering a perfectly preserved set of bottles ranging from the gracefully aging 2006 to the sprightly 2011. The library set offers two bottles of each vintage – host your own tasting, then choose your favorites for restocking.

Lieu Dit, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014

Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Barbara ($24.95)

Speaking of besting the French, this luscious crisp Sauvignon Blanc tastes of the classic Loire Valley, elevated by a slight hit of California sunshine, which brings a mouth-filling roundness and a hint of honeysuckle. Bright and lemony with a long finish, this will be your go-to summer white. Partners Eric Railsback and Justin Willett launched the winery in 2011, focused exclusively on Loire varietals.

Domaine Gros Nore, Bandol Rose Magnum, 2015

Rosé, Provence ($29.95)

In a region awash in gorgeous pink wine, Bandol stands apart – and Domaine du Gros Noré is a powerful representation of the region. Crafted from 50 percent Mourvèdre, 25 percent Cinsault and 25 percent Grenache, from vines that average 30 years old, this rosé will travel easily from meat to seafood, displaying just the right balance of finesse and fragility. From the beautiful shimmering salmon color to the nose of crushed raspberries, through the palate of medium weight and bracing minerality, bring this one to the beach. Entertaining a crowd? Sherry-Lehmann offers it by the magnum as well.

Jonata, Cabernet Franc “El Alma”, 2012 :

Santa Ynez, Central Coast, Calif., Cabernet Franc ($150)

Only 341 cases were produced of this brambly cabernet franc from Ballard Canyon. Good structure, with leather overtones and hints of coffee and bitter chocolate, it is drinking well now but will certainly grow with time. If you aren’t storing it in your wine cellar, stick it in the fridge for five or ten minutes, then serve it with the biggest boldest steak you can find.

Thienot, “Cuvee Alain Thienot”, 2002)

Champagne ($99.95)

A gorgeous vintage sparkler for under $100? Absolutely, if you are willing to skip the centuries-old family names for an upstart launched just a few decades ago. 2002 was generally recognized as an excellent year in Champagne, with near perfect weather, and Cuvee Alain Thienot is only made in exceptional years. This classic blend of pinot noir and chardonnay is drinking beautifully right now, with fresh fruit still shining through, and secondary toasty nutty aromas just starting to show. Greet guests with a glass of this on the terrace and they may never leave – or just hide it away to enjoy on your own with a triple crème cheese. Right now, I’m a big fan of Summer Snow from Woodcock Farm in Vermont.

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Rosés to Get Your Summer Started

@@Rosé is on trend to be everyone’s go-to choice for a refreshing summer sip. Whether it’s on your porch, poolside, or at the beach. Here are a few reasons to drink it, (like you needed one), and our picks for every budget and every reason!

It’s Sexy: The beautiful, soft, light pink color of Rosé makes it the sexiest of all wines. The seductive color is a result of how it’s made – by lightly pressing red grapes.

It’s Fresh: Rosé is the most naked of all varietals; whereas other wines need to age, Rosé doesn’t need any aging – it comes out ready to drink.

Drink it Anytime, Anywhere: It is the ultimate picnic wine, to have on a porch in the sun with friends or during a Friday lunch. It makes any day better and inspires you to let loose.

Easy to Pair: Because of its simplicity, it goes well with anything – cheese,BBQ, even fish tacos. It doesn’t have to be complicated – just enjoy it.

A few favorites to have on hand, because Summer is busy, be ready:

All Day Affair
One of the “must have” Rosés from Provence, with the sexy shaped bottle and “Whispering Angel” name that have made it an entertaining essential! Look for ripe red fruits, with hints of flowers in this crisp, dry Provence Rosé. This blush babe goes straight from lunch to cocktails to midnight dancing without missing a beat. Chateau D’Esclans, Cotes de Provence Rosé, Whispering Angel. $ 24.95
Available at Sherry Lehmann Wine & Spirits.

Garden Party
Le Rosé de Mouton Cadet has a delightfully fruity fragrance of berries and pink grapefruit making it a perfect rosé for lunching in the garden until late afternoon. It’s also a divine picnic wine! $14.99

Le Rosé de Mouton Cadet

Seaside Sipper
Ride the rosé wave all summer with SAVED ‘Magic Marker” Rosé. A Provincial style dry pink, it’s refreshing and crisp with grapefruit and strawberry notes. Just the thing to cool you down from the summer sun, pack a few bottles in your beach bag and enjoy the perfect day at the beach. $15.

SAVED ‘Magic Marker” Rosé

Porch Pounder
Be a rebel like winemaker Charles Smith and get your friends together for a party! Fragrant with aromas of melon, cherry and camellias, light pink in color, and a palette pleaser, make this Vino Rosé easy to enjoy. I recently had friends over for cocktails on the porch, and we ending up tearing it up a bit, as I kept pouring and they kept drinking.
The only question was… Is there more?
Charles Smith ViNO Rosé, Available Nationwide $12.

Raquets and Rosé
A lively dry rosé perfect for the sport set. Complex with strawberry, floral, and citrus notes, it pairs perfectly with tennis, golf, and gossiping, all active sports in my book. Speaking of books, perfect for summer book clubs!
2015 Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé. Available everywhere $15.

Celebration Bubbles
Celebrate in gorgeous style with Moet & Chandon’s 2008 Grand Vintage Rosé.
Aged for seven years, it’s a popping of the cork worth waiting for! Vivid, and deep pink in color, with notes of lime zest and blood orange. Perfect for that special anniversary, wedding celebration, birthday, or everyday celebrations that are special to us. Available nationwide for $69.99

Moet & Chandon 2008 Grand Vintage Rosé

Sunset Sipper
Warm days turn into cool balmy evenings, which call for the perfect glass of crisp Rosé. Light, refreshing, and bursting with fruit and floral notes Truvée Rosé hits the spot. New from the McBride sisters and made on California’s Central Coast, this wine hits all the right buttons.
Try it with summer salads, soft cheese, and fish tacos. Available nationwide $ 15.

Truvée Rosé

SeaSide Delight
Grown on the coast of Tuscany, Alie Rosé is summer in every sip. Crisp and full flavored with touches of melon and peach, this seaside sipper with a luminous pink hue is the rosé to enjoy at all of your gatherings by the water. The name is inspired by a sea nymph who is a symbol of beauty and sensuality. Now, who wouldn’t want to drink this wine? $18.

Star Quality
Not included because it’s Hollywood, but because it’s a fabulous rosé! Perfect for a dinner party under the stars, this famed Pitt-Jolie rosé from Chataeu Miraval in Provence is full of fruit and spice and will have you seeing stars, well the magical ones that fill the summer skies.
Miraval, Cotes de Provence Rosé, Pitt-Jolie Perrin 2015 $26.95

Brunching Bubbly
This bright bubbly from Ruffino has brunch written all over it! It’s crisp style, with hints of strawberry and rose petals make it dance in your mouth! It pairs perfectly with quiche, raspberry muffins, and melon. Keep a few extra bottles chilled as the brunching crowd may linger. Sparkling Rosé, available nationwide $ 14.99

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5 Best Wine Stores In New York City

Wine is ideal for celebrating a special occasion, adding some romance to a meal, or turning a ho-hum day into a nicer night (or day). In honor of National Drink Wine Day (Feb. 18), here are our five favorite wine stores in New York City. They range in size, they range in scale, but they all offer a super selection of fermented beverages. By Jessica Allen.

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Appellation Wine & Spirits
156 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 741-9474
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Appellation takes difference seriously. As the website explains, the store focuses “on producers who depart from the convention of large scale production and make organic, biodynamic, or natural wines. Or, to put it succinctly, we like good wine and we like wine that we believe is good for you.” The West Chelsea store might be small, but the staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and never, ever preachy or pushy. The vibe is more about expanding your mind (and palate), not about getting you to open your wallet.

Astor Wines & Spirits
399 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 674-7500
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Every wine connoisseur has his/her favorite wine store, sure, but we’re almost positive that most New York wine lovers would rank Astor pretty high on the list. It’s huge. Really huge. It’s big even by non-New York standards, which is saying something. Amazing selection of wines, sakes, and spirits, reasonable prices, plenty of space for browsing, regular events, same day delivery to most of Manhattan, various wine clubs (including a Top 12 Under $12 Club), free delivery . . . there’s nothing not to love here.

Crush Wine & Spirits
153 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
(212) 980-WINE (9463)
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Depending on how much you know about wine, perhaps the first thing you’ll notice about the stock at Crush Wine & Spirits is how it’s stored: this Midtown store maintains a huge wine wall, with each and every bottle lovingly, precisely stored on its side. The store prides itself on being able to deliver quality quaffs at all price points, and its staff includes certified sommeliers and graduates of wine and culinary schools. Free delivery to all five boroughs, and free tastings on Fridays!

Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits
505 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
(212) 838-7500
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Sherry-Lehmann has been helping people quench their thirst since 1934. Actually, the thirst-quenching assistance started even before that date, when the founder began helping folks out during Prohibition — and developed a reputation for his knowledge of whisky. Fast-forward 80 years, and this wine emporium on the Upper East Side offers a nice stock. The secret, though, is its seemingly bottomless warehouse in Brooklyn. That, and the store’s fun-to-peruse catalog, which they’ve been producing since 1935.

Smith & Vine
268 Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 243-2864
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Smith & Vine gets props for a clever name, and still more props for its strong selection of wines from all over. Frequent tastings coupled with excellent specials makes this Brooklyn shop more than just a neighborhood store. Try one of the “6 Packs to Go” (six bottles), or browse the nicely curated group of bottles for $12 and under. There are regular Happy Hours in which various types of booze gets discounted. Who was it that said, “Great wine is great, but great wine on special is even greater”? Oh, yeah, it was us.

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Impact Retailer Panel Tackles Consolidation, Craft, Delivery And Other Hot Topics

With a number of powerful cross-currents—including the craft movement, distributor consolidation, home-delivery and the fickle tastes of younger consumers—increasingly influencing the drinks retail landscape in the U.S, the Impact Seminar convened a panel of the market’s leading players to weigh in on current conditions.

The group included Chris Adams, CEO of New York’s Sherry-Lehmann; Michael Binstein, owner of Chicago-based Binny’s Beverage Depot; Christian Navarro, a partner in Los Angeles-based Wally’s Wine & Spirits; and John Rydman, CEO of Houston-based Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods.

Moderated by SND and Impact executive editor David Fleming, the conversation kicked off with comments on the consolidation wave in progress in the middle tier, led by the creation of Southern Glazer’s and Breakthru Beverage. Spec’s Rydman noted that while it’s too early to tell what the ultimate effects of the recent distributor mergers will be, he spoke out against any potential initiatives that would winnow the number of products available and result in an overemphasis on top brands. Sherry-Lehmann’s Adams added that he’s hoping the current phase of consolidation can be accomplished with minimal market disruption, and Navarro opined that we could see “a renaissance of microdistributors,” which would be geared toward handling handcrafted products. Binstein, meanwhile, said he was “not an alarmist” about consolidation at the middle tier. But he described the current state of beer distribution as oppressive for the 4,000 U.S. breweries now trying to get their wares to market. “It’s easier to get an annulment from the Vatican than to divorce an A-B or MillerCoors distributor,” he quipped.

The retail power-players generally agreed that the Millennial segment is the key driver of craft category growth across the market, and Adams and Navarro emphasized the importance of providing “bespoke events” for the younger set, which is particularly receptive to experiential marketing. Navarro said Wally’s has had success engaging Millennials at events like the Coachella music festival, which enable the brand to “get out into the community beyond our brick and mortar space.” Binny’s is striving to create a “melting pot” at its stores, said Binstein, with a focus on collecting customer info and then micro-marketing to address specific needs. The marketing approach used to be the equivalent of “carpet-bombing (through newspaper ads),” he explained. “Now it’s more like a series of surgical strikes.”

With the discussion shifting to the rise of e-commerce and drinks delivery, Rydman said that Spec’s partnership with delivery provider Instacart remains a small percentage of the business for now, but “it’s getting some legs.” One challenge in this era of instant gratification is getting consumers to accept that in many cases such deliveries may take a couple hours to arrive, Rydman cautioned. At Wally’s, Internet sales are growing quickly, Navarro noted, and the company is investing in the space to stay ahead of the curve. Binny’s too is participating in the growth in the delivery segment—recently forging its own agreement with Instacart—but Binstein said he still regards it as a missed opportunity if customers eschew an actual trip to one of his stores. Speaking more broadly on industry-wide dynamics, Binstein called for a renewed commitment to communication among the tiers, heralding “a new era of engagement,” which would enable all players to more effectively key in on specific opportunities in local markets, rather than applying a blanket approach.

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The Joy of Building a Custom Wine Cellar

by Joel Stein
from Bloomberg Pursuits Magazine

There aren’t actually that many ways to make sure everyone who comes to your house knows you’re rich. They might not know who Basquiat is or have any idea that vase is from the Ming dynasty and not Cost Plus World Market. But when guests see my wine cellar, they know for certain that I’m a horrifying snob.

That wasn’t, however, the main reason I had a wine cellar installed underneath the Los Angeles house I bought last year. I did it because I’m an idiot. We’re living in a time when there’s no need to age wine yourself. You can buy old bottles online or at stores. If you need a range of young wine to match your dinners, you can shove 28 bottles into a $250 wine refrigerator. And if you can’t stop yourself from buying two cases of magnum Bordeaux from the year your son was born so he can drink them 16 years later, you can put them in a locker in a wine storage facility, along with 10 other cases, for $170 a year, like I did while my cellar was being built.

I totally forget what King Lear said “reason not the need” about, but it was probably his wine cellar. So, yes, I spent $18,000 on a room to house the equivalent of adult baseball cards. I know that I could have used that money to buy 30 bottles of 1964 Château Latour, while, instead, I now own zero bottles of 1964 Château Latour. But I love my wine cellar. I look forward to going downstairs before dinner and peacefully deciding on the perfect bottle. And while I vowed to never again place emotion in objects after my parents sold our house and junked all my stuff, I still secretly delight in collecting.
My cellar was the only thing in my restored 1928 house that I was excited to help design. I met with three wine cellar companies, ultimately choosing the guy who suggested double-racking the bottom half but not the top so it didn’t feel claustrophobic. He understood that this wasn’t just about fitting in lots of wine. It was a meditation room.

I pored over sketches, deciding that lighting the display shelf was ostentatious—but using an old wine barrel as a table to rest cases on as I unpacked them was completely reasonable. Lining the ceiling with panels from wooden wine crates seemed like a good idea until I held a couple up and realized it was too teenage basement. Then I hung a black iron chandelier that looks perfect for a wine cellar owned by Dracula. This was a man cave for men who hate man caves.

I painted the walls chocolate brown before putting the racks up, so the empty slots wouldn’t look so obvious. I devoted 15 percent to magnums, made a space for eight crates, and got little cradles for my 6-liter bottles so I could show them off on the shelf that runs along the edges of the room. And, even though light isn’t good for wine, I put in a UV-protected glass door on the cellar so you could see it all from my home office.

You can certainly spend a lot more money than I did. My cellar holds only 800 bottles, is 55 square feet, and is in the cheapest, unfinished wood—alder—that the company offered. Here’s a list of the unchecked items on my proposal: base molding, crown molding, lighted Roman arch, drawers, diamond-shaped bins, liquor cabinets, stemware racks, curved corner racking, “cascade,” and “peninsula.” Christine Hawley, a cellar designer in New York who’s married to the chief executive officer of the wine shop Sherry-Lehmann, says her average cost is $500,000 and includes items such as the terra cotta wall relief of Bacchus for David Koch’s Aspen, Colo., home. I felt pretty good that my wine cellar sounded classier than Koch’s.

But as much as I enjoyed designing my small cellar, I really loved setting up my own private store. I shunted the New World bottles to the area near the cooling unit and gave France more space than it’s had since it sold the Louisiana Purchase. I decided, as cool as they looked, there would be no more than two dead soldiers on the display rack, because the purpose of a refrigerated room is to house bottles that still have wine in them.

Every other room in my house has a necessary purpose: cooking, working, sleeping, TV-ing. But this is the fun room, the irrational exuberance room, the room that has no chance of recouping its value when we sell the house. I’m only slightly less ashamed of it than I’m proud of it. But at least it’s causing me to throw a lot more dinner parties. Not because I have all this wine to serve, but because I need people to show my cellar to.

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Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA and Robert Trent Jones, Jr., unveil Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Special Cuvee

Published: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 7:57 p.m.

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 23, 2016 – To celebrate Mouton Cadet – @MoutonCadetUS – as the Official Wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup, Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA has partnered with wine lover and legendary golf course architect Robert Trent Jones, Jr. to design this year’s Ryder Cup limited edition. This special Mouton Cadet cuvée will be the official wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota – Sept. 27-Oct. 2, 2016 – allowing wine lovers and golf enthusiasts a chance to enjoy a part of one of the most prestigious sport events in the world.

“The relationship between Mouton Cadet and the Ryder Cup began in Europe at the 2014 tournament, played in Gleneagles, Scotland. The partnership aligns two like-minded pursuits – golf and wine – and we are delighted to join the Ryder Cup on this side of the Atlantic for the very first time,” added Hugues Lechanoine, Managing Director of Baron Philippe de Rothschild SA. “When I met Robert Trent Jones, Jr., we discussed links between golf and wine, and he spontaneously said yes to working on the design of our Ryder Cup Cuvée. We are delighted to collaborate with him on this exciting and meaningful project.”

Robert Trent Jones, Jr. started his career as a caddie or “cadet” of his own father, Robert Trent Jones, while learning the skills employed by golf architects. Robert Trent Jones and his sons are the only family to have created multiple original Ryder Cup courses. Hazeltine National Golf Club holds a particular significance, as his father created its original design for the 1970 U.S. Open, which Trent Jones Jr. attended with his family and later celebrated that event with his own original design of the 2015 U.S. Open course, Chambers Bay.

With that history as inspiration, Trent Jones, Jr. sketched an idea for a bottle design of Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Special Cuvée, a drawing of a caddie – which serves as a tribute to his father, as well as to Baron Philippe de Rothschild, creator of Mouton Cadet and “cadet” of his own family.

“I am extremely honored to partner with Mouton Cadet on the design of this bottle,” added Trent Jones, Jr. “Wine – like golf – is about passion, respect for nature, etiquette and sharing moments in life. A golf course architect and a winemaker share a similar approach to their work: cultivating the land they are given, being true to the environment, enhancing the most pleasing elements of a landscape or a wine, providing either course challenges or tasting pleasures. The Ryder Cup brings together great golfers for a competition where team spirit means more than individual performance, exactly as blending wine brings more than one single varietal to create a special cuvée.”

The Mouton Cadet Ryder Cup Special Cuvée will be available from the end of March at Hazeltine National Golf Club , as well as fine retailers in New York such as Sherry Lehmann (SRP $14.99). Starting in the summer of 2016, it will also be sold in selected markets (Florida, Illinois, California, Texas, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Minnesota). The wine will also be served at Hazeltine National Golf Club during the 2016 Ryder Cup from Sept. 27−Oct. 2, 2016. Follow @MoutonCadetUS on Instagram for news and updates on Mouton Cadet, Official Wine of the 2016 Ryder Cup.

About Mouton Cadet

Produced by the family-owned French company Baron Philippe de Rothschild, Mouton Cadet was created in 1930 and has remained true to its origins whilst evolving into what has now become the world’s leading brand of Bordeaux AOC wines. Sold in 150 countries around the world, Mouton Cadet has been associated since its creation with exclusive and prestigious events, including the Cannes International Film Festival, where it has been Official Supplier since 1992. Mouton Cadet is now involved in golf as Official Supplier to the European Tour and to the 2016 & 2018 Ryder Cups.

About Robert Trent Jones, Jr.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. has designed more than 270 golf courses in more than 40 countries on six continents. His courses have won countless awards and accolades, been ranked among the best layouts throughout the world, and hosted tournaments on every major golf tour. The Robert Trent Jones name has become a trademark, assuring a well-crafted golf venue set comfortably in its natural environment.

About the 2016 Ryder Cup

The Ryder Cup, among the last great professional sporting events where winning, and not prize money, is its own reward, spans 40 competitions over 88 years. The competition was born in 1927, when enterprising English seed merchant Samuel Ryder commissioned the casting of a gold chalice that bears his name. The U.S. Team defeated Great Britain, 9 1/2 to 2 1/2, in the inaugural matches in Worcester, Mass.

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The Iconic Louis XIII Cognac is Now Available in Miniature Form

Richard Carleton Hacker
May 15, 2016

One of the most captivating and instantly recognizable decanters on any home wet bar or cocktail lounge back bar is the elegant handblown Baccarat crystal decanter that contains Louis XIII Cognac, a harmonious blend of Grande Champagne Cognacs composed of 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging in age from 40 to 100 years. Rich with floral fruits and spices, and priced at $3,000, the Louis XIII is one of the most costly and luxurious digestifs in the world.

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But not every occasion calls for a 750 mL format of Louis XIII. To answer the need for a smaller size—one suitable for travel or as a gift—Rémy Martin has introduced a 50 mL Louis XIII Miniature ($600), a smaller version of the iconic Baccarat crystal decanter, trimmed in gold, crowned with the same historic fleur-de-lis stopper, and containing the same celebrated Cognac. Encased in a red leather gift box and available as a limited but permanent edition to the Louis XIII collection, with only a few being released each year, this miniature decanter is now available at fine wine and liquor shops nationwide and available online at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits. Which is to say, the same Cognac once served on the famed Orient Express can now be enjoyed wherever a carry-on bag can take it. ( – See more at:


4 Winter Wines Recommended By NYC’s Vino Experts

February 18th is National Drink Wine Day, i.e. pretty much my favorite food related holiday!;-) We asked NYC’s resident wine experts at my go-to wine shop, Sherry-Lehmann, to share their picks of seasonal bottles to help you imbibe your way through this very special holiday. Sherry-Lehmann’s suggestions for the perfect pours include:
◾A d’Aussieres, Rouge Corbieres, 2011 – $15.95: Chateau d‘Aussieres has been known for their wine since the Roman era, and at $15.95 it’s hard to go wrong with this bottle of rich red. Featuring a special label just for Sherry-Lehmann this exclusive sip is sure to get the celebration flowing without breaking the bank!
◾Champagne Alain Ducasse, Cuvee Alain Ducasse Brut -$34.95: No celebration is complete without a bit of bubbly, and this medium-bodied, rich bottle is a great pick for a popping party or a quick weeknight toast!
◾Lieu Dit, Sauvignon Blanc, 2014 – $24.95: This refreshing California bottle is loaded with delightful citrus, lychee, mint and floral aromas and flavors, perfect for a quiet evening with plenty of flair.
◾Poggio il Castellare, Rosso di Montalcino, 2013 – $23.95: The ruby Tuscan red features a long finish sure to help shorten the end of your week. This bottle offers rich flavors of fruit and spice and pairs perfectly with roasted red meats and savory first courses.

The Lieu Dit has my name on it, for sure.

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You Can Now Buy a Bottle of Louis XIII Cognac for $600

Louis XIII Cognac—one of the world’s most coveted and expensive spirits—has just released a 50ml bottle: The Louis XIII Miniature.

And this is great news for enthusiasts of the fine spirit, which typically retails for a minimum of $3,000. (Some vintages, such as the Rare Casks and the Black Pearl Anniversary Edition, can set collectors back five figures.)

“We are thrilled to provide consumers with an option to experience one century in a bottle in a small-sized decanter,” says Yves de Launay, vice president of Rémy Cointreau U.S.A. “The Louis XIII Miniature is a true luxury that can either be offered as a gift or for your own personal enjoyment.”

Louis XIII Miniature
The Louis XIII Miniature—which has a suggested retail price of $600—comes in a 50ml Baccarat crystal decanter and its own coffret. It should also be available at most fine wine and liquor shops nationwide (such as Sherry-Lehmann, Zachy’s, and more).

It should be noted that the Miniature is not a diluted or inferior version of the traditional 750ml vessel. And it’s also not being marketed as a limited-edition offering—so yes, it’d make for an exquisite 21st birthday or Valentine’s gift. It’s created with the same craft and care: The Cognac is created by blending up to 1,200 eaux-de-vie. And it even comes packaged in its own small coffret and gold-adorned Baccarat decanter.

For those who have yet to experience Louis XIII, the business move on Rémy Cointreau’s part to create the Miniature presents an incredible opportunity to try something spectacularly rarefied for a fraction of the cost.

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NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) – If the stock markets’ wild ride this January is starting to make you sick, maybe it’s time to consider a little “winevesting,” i.e. investing in wines. At Sherry-Lehmann on Park Avenue in Manhattan, you can put your money in Bordeaux wine futures, buying the 2015 vintage straight out of the barrel before it’s bottled and shipped.

In April of every year, Chris Adams, the CEO of Sherry-Lehmann, travels to Bordeaux with other wine merchants and the press to taste barrels of the previous vintage. This April they’ll try the 2015 vintage, harvested last fall. They’ll share their opinions on the wines and prices will be set. Those 2015 wines will be available for investment this summer, then will be bottled in 2017, and shipped in 2018.

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3 Luxury Liquors to Gift This Season

December 17, 2015 – “Sensational Scotches and connoisseur cognacs redefine luxe liquor…”

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Wealthy guests fête Carnegie Hall cello documentary

December 14, 2015 – "About 100 well-heeled guests attended a fundraiser dubbed Chopin and Champagne at the Fifth Avenue home of Susan and Charles Avery Fisher for the upcoming documentary “10,000 Hours.”

The in-the-works film’s about the Getting to Carnegie Hall cello competition created by artist Julian Gargiulo.

He started the competition for aspiring violinists before moving on to the new instrument, with the cello players battling it out Jan. 17.

Up-and-coming talent performed to bubbly served by sommelier Kevin Zraly and Sherry-Lehmann."

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Sparkling wines under $50 to pop for the New Year

December 14, 2015 – "Ring in 2016 the right way: With wine!
Champagne, Prosecco, Cava… no matter what type of bubbles you pick, be sure to have a bottle to pop open at midnight. And be sure to save some for mimosas on New Year’s morning.

Break out the chambong or keep it classy with some flutes: Here are some of our favorites…."

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Millennials And Wine: A New Generation Grows Up

December 2015 – "As their buying power grows, younger drinkers develop a palate for wine.

Marketers have known for years that millennials are the future of the wine business. Defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as those born between 1982 and 2000, millennials number 83.1 million—a quarter of the population of the United States. Although some haven’t yet reached legal drinking age, the millennial demographic as a whole is larger than the baby-boom generation—and it has very different wine tastes, driven by a passion for quality, authenticity and discovery…."

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What $10,000+ Bottles of Liquor Should You Buy This Holiday Season?

December 11, 2015 – “Are five-and six-figure liquors worth the price? Sherry-Lehmann CEO Chris Adams talks ultra-premium luxury, who’s buying, and why?…”

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5 reasons Champagne is surprisingly good for you

December 9, 2015 – "We ought to feel sorry for Champagne. So often dismissed as a luxury or party accessory, it rarely gets the chance to be heralded in its own right as a serious drink for everyday consumption.

But bubbly is actually one of the most wholesome booze options, with surprising health benefits that make it perfect not just for the holiday season but also a Tuesday Netflix night. Here’s why…."

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The 2015 Naughty Gift Guide

December 9, 2015 – “We promise, there’s no coal here….”

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Holiday gift guide 2015: Gifts for the home

December 2, 2015

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Five Extravagant Gifts For The Wine And Spirits Lover

November 28, 2015 – Featuring Sherry-Lehmann and Sherry-Lehman’s Founder’s Reserve Armagnac $90 – $3,295

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Top 10 Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions by NYC’s Sherry-Lehmann

November 20, 2015 – "When it comes to Thanksgiving, most hosts focus on the food. While sourcing the turkey is certainly first priority it’s important to remember that a poor choice of beverage can make or break even the best holiday meals.

To avoid this potential culinary conundrum, NYC’s premiere wine & spirits destination, Sherry-Lehmann has shared their Top 10 Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions, featuring quality picks perfect for every price range…."

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Australian Wines: Rising From Down Under

November 2015 – “Burdened by supply and pricing problems over the years, Australia’s winemakers are now seeking higher ground….”

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Penfolds: An Australian Classic

October 2015 – "With a portfolio of both iconic and everyday wines, Penfolds is getting a renewed focus.

In September, Penfolds wines were poured at official Emmy Awards parties, and each Primetime Emmy winner received a bottle of 2012 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz in a commemorative wooden box. This partnership is just one of several efforts Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) is making to support the iconic Australian brand in the U.S. marketplace…."

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Seal the Deal: Big Red Wines

October 14, 2015 – “The most sought-after red wines are an internationally established currency of celebration, an extravagant appreciation of a partnership well conducted, a favor duly noted, a relationship worth toasting….”

This article will also be in Forbes’ November 2, 2015 Issue.

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Diamonds and 5 Other Luxuries That Are Getting Cheaper

September 14, 2015 – "After years of belt-tightening, Americans may finally be getting back in the mood to live a little: Consumer sentiment, despite the stock market’s recent hiccup, is back to levels not seen since 2007.

And it turns out this may be a good time to buy. In reporting the upcoming MONEY magazine feature “What to Do With $1000 Now,” we learned that many luxury goods—from diamonds to Swiss watches—are either coming down in price or becoming more accessible, with companies offering less-expensive lines in an attempt to draw in more customers.

Here’s why:…."

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Always a good time for rosé

August 20, 2015 – “When spring and summer approach, we read many articles extolling the greatness of dry rosé and its compatibility with these warmer seasons. Now that summer is winding down, many of us “automatically” begin looking to the more robust wines we’ve become accustomed to for the cooler months ahead. But one thing I’ve learned is not to abandon my love of dry rosé regardless of the temperature outside….”

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Is Tequila the New Scotch?

July 23, 2015 – "There’s a new slow sipper in town.

‘Tequila has come a very long way from its early harsh days and its blue collar palates,’ says Iñaki Orozco, who founded Riazul Tequila and recently organized a seminar on sipping tequilas at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail. ‘It grew in popularity, driving refinement, and a few pioneer brands have successfully positioned high-end tequila on par with Scotch and Cognac in terms of sipping appeal, especially in the añejo category.’

So sit back, grab a few of these bottles, and see for yourself why tequila is well on its way to becoming the next liquor to appeal to sippers worldwide…."

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Hostess Gifts That Guarantee You’ll Be Invited Back

July 20, 2015 – “Every summer, we return to the time-honored tradition of mooching off of friends and family with beachfront homes—and with it comes the anxiety of figuring out a gift that will guarantee next year’s invitation. Whether you find yourself staying with your in-laws, a wellness-obsessed couple, or your friend and his Internet-famous pet, we’ve got just the thing for every type of host….”

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The Rosé Boom Shifts Into High Gear

July 10, 2015 – "Pink wine is in: Dry rosé has become one of the hottest trends in wine. The above-$8 rosé category was up 34% to $63 million in the 52 weeks ended May 23, according to Nielsen, with volume rising 29% to nearly half a million cases, about double the category’s 2012 total.

Retailer Sherry-Lehmann in New York City is doing a brisk business in rosé year-round…."

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Hooray for Rosé! 5 bottles under $25 you need to drink this summer

June 30, 2015 – "Hooray for rosè!

The pink wine is in for the summer and drinking as much of it as you can is probably a good idea. Enjoyable with everything from grilled meats to fruit salad to ice cream to any picnic food imaginable, it’s hard to think of a time when rosé isn’t a welcome beverage. Rosè all day!

Stay classy but keep your wine budget in tow with these great rosè wines all under $25!


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Amazing wines to try this summer

June 4, 2015 – "Increased demand and a whole lot of rain in northern Italy in 2014 could lead to a prosecco shortage this summer, so we visited Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in Manhattan to find out what’s going on.

Chris Adams, co-owner and CEO of Sherry-Lehmann, says that in 2013 prosecco became so popular that it started outselling champagne globally. That demand continues, but for the winemakers, 2014 was a tough growing season, with a 50 percent reduction in harvest because of the rain.

Adams says that reduced harvest is creeping into the market and we could see a shortage of prosecco towards the end of the summer.

The good news? Adams doesn’t expect Sherry-Lehmann will run out of prosecco and thinks any shortage will be short-lived. All signs are pointing to a better yield in 2015. While it’s still available, Adams says prosecco pairs perfectly with light summer fare like salads and seafood, and is also great on its own…."

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Oregon's Big Wine Secret - Its Wonderful Whites

May 30, 2015 – "Oregon white wine is beginning to generate real buzz – the state known for classy Pinot Noir is now making delicious whites too.

But this is not so strange, when you come to think about it. If Willamette Valley’s cool climate is sympathetic to Pinot Noir, why not the white varietals of cool Alsace and Germany, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc? Or the cool climate Burgundy white grape, Chardonnay?

Matt Wong, General Manager of New York City’s wine shop, Sherry-Lehmann, has a similar perspective: ‘Oregon, which is best known for its Pinot Noirs is producing amazing white wines as well. The most notable are Chardonnay and Pinot Gris. Joseph Drouhin, from Burgundy, who makes some of the greatest wines in the world, created Domain Drouhin in Oregon where they are making world class Chardonnays…..’"

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Château Latour Plays the Long Game for Bordeaux

May 27, 2015 – “AMONG THE ROLLING ROWS of vines at Château Latour, Vincent Faux sets his eyes on four. These are the last of 800,000 plants to prune in advance of the 2015 vintage; the 52-year-old Faux, in his 36th year working this land, approaches the task tenderly. With storm clouds parting and the sharp, transitional light of the mid-March sun hitting his back, Faux isn’t thinking about a new phrase currently making its way around the wine world: le Bordeaux bashing…..”

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Priorat $100 Wines Inspired by Oregon Find Market in U.S.

May 19, 2015 – “Winemakers from Priorat in the hills south of Barcelona have drawn inspiration from Oregon and other New World regions to create some of Spain’s most expensive wines, fetching around $100 a bottle and finding a market in the U.S….”

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Bring On the Portable Shabbat

May 15, 2015 – "Jewish funding organizations have long been investing in Israel trips, day school, summer camp, and, more recently, children’s books. And now, thanks to grants from the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and the Paul E. Singer Foundation, young adults can secure funds to execute an age-old weekly Jewish ritual: hosting Shabbat dinners.

Called OneTable, the project began in January 2014, was piloted last summer in New York, and is being directed by veteran social entrepreneur Aliza Kline. Officially having launched mid-April in New York and Chicago, OneTable plans to expand to an additional four cities in the next few years…."

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Hamptons Shopping Guide: Last Minute Mother's Day Gifts

May 6, 2015 –’s Last Minute Mother’s Day Gifts list featuring Sherry-Lehmann.

“With mere days until Mother’s Day, it’s crunch time. If you’re a last minute shopper this year, here are six ideas ranging from at home pampering to giving back to fun gift sets….”

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A Wine Critic Defends Sauternes, Bordeaux’s Sweet, Unloved Stepchild

May 6, 2015 – "Pity poor Sauternes. The Bordeaux region’s unfashionable sweet white wines are always trying something new and controversial to appear cool and with-it to attract drinkers.

The latest attempt is the just-launched SO Sauternes (€18), a new, lighter style of the luscious white intended for mixing with Perrier over ice as an aperitif cocktail. If it’s a success at bars in France, it will come to the U.S. and U.K.

What a waste: The combo is light and vaguely refreshing, but the golden-hued, opulent wines from Sauternes and neighboring Barsac are better than ever, even sublime. And they’re one of the wine world’s great bargains. Deeply fruity and sweetly tart when young, they age brilliantly. Older vintages taste like liquid crème brulee.

So why are they neglected?…"

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20 Cool Mother’s Day Gifts Your Mom Will Actually Like

May 1, 2015 – StyleCaster’s list of 20 Cool Mother’s Day Gifts featuring Sherry-Lehmann.

“Your mom gave birth to you, picked you up when you fell—literally and figuratively—and has been a shoulder to cry on for decades. Now, with Mother’s Day quickly approaching (it’s happening May 10, people) you’re tasked with somehow picking out a gift that sums up how much you love her and that’ll show her how eternally grateful you are. No pressure.

Sure your mom has always told you that it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gift-giving, but we think all mothers deserve something special this year.

Here, 20 gifts, at every budget, that any mom is sure to love. Now get shopping—and maybe give your mom a call after…."

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Unabashedly romantic '5 to 7' is modestly funny, if not believable

April 22, 2015 – Review of film “5 to 7”, which filmed scenes in Sherry-Lehmann.

“There’s a fine line between winsome charm and grating too-cuteness, and the Manhattan-set romance “5 to 7” flirts with and finally crosses it once too often…."

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Anton Yelchin and Berenice Marlohe Get It on in '5 to 7'

April 1, 2015 – Review of the film “5 to 7”, which filmed scenes in Sherry-Lehmann.

“I’ve always liked the premise that “in New York you’re never more than 20 feet away from someone you know—or someone you’re meant to know.” In an inconsequential but sweet and completely ingratiating little romantic comedy called 5 to 7, that idea extends to a lad named Brian (Anton Yelchin), a struggling writer who lives in an apartment on East 30th Street, where the walls are decorated with rejection letters from magazines in 12 countries and 47 states. (Apt. 3B in case you want to check him out for yourself, and believe me, Mr. Yelchin is so charming you probably will.)….”

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Bordeaux Preview: Will the 2014 Vintage Be Worth Betting On?

March 31, 2015 – "Several thousand people from around the world are in Bordeaux this week for the annual spring rite of en primeur, roaming from the Medoc to Graves, from Pomerol to Saint-Emilion to get a first taste of the 2014 vintage.

The wines are still aging quietly in barrels as merchants assess which ones to offer their clients as futures, and journalists furiously scribble their tasting notes.

Overall quality looks to be pretty good. The vintage story is a familiar one: a cool, damp summer with the grapes finally ripened by the “miracle” of September sun…."

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Bargain Hunting With a Strong Dollar in Europe but Finding a Mixed Bag

March 26, 2015 – New York Times’ Article (January 15, 2015) featured in San Antonio Express News Business Section

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Bordeaux 2014: US buyers 'back on track' for en primeur

March 24, 2015 – "There is greater interest in Bordeaux 2014 en primeur wines from US buyers, according to merchants on both sides of the Atlantic, but many continue to be wary over prices.

US merchants and consumers have been largely seen as having stepped back from the annual Bordeaux en primeur campaign for the last three vintages. But, some believe the trend may at least be patially reversed this year…."

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A Sparkling Conversation

January 2015 – Page 50 – Experts weigh in on the qualities of Champagne and prosecco, offering insight into the top varietals and wineries in France and Italy.

“When it’s time for celebration, people often pop the cork on a bottle of Champagne—the bubbly French wine is synonymous with good times and cheer. With a complex flavor profile along with a refreshing clarity and perfect balance of acidity, Champagne has been the go-to choice for superior sparkling wine for many years.

But, recently, a rising star has made an impact on the fizzy libation scene. Prosecco, a sparkling Italian beverage produced about an hour outside of Venice in an area covered by gently sloping vineyards, is a light and fruity alternative. And, although it hasn’t been commercially produced as long as Champagne (which dates back to the 1700s), prosecco has finally come into its own thanks to its taste, price point and interest from sommeliers. That doesn’t mean Champagne and prosecco are interchangeable, however."

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In the Falling Euro’s Shadows, Bargain-Hunting for Luxury

January 15, 2015 – The impact of the falling Euro on luxury item prices.

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Guest of a Guest 2015 Eats

January 13, 2015 – "There is no need to be intimidated or freak out. As much as we care about your health and diet, we want you to enjoy life and be happy. So, here is the good news. It is recommended to have one cheat day per week to increase efficiency of diet and boost your motivation, according to renowned exercise experts and personal trainers. Of course, it doesn’t mean you can eat an entire cake by yourself, but you can do something more exciting and even extravagant. How does caviar sound? Olma Caviar Boutique & Bar is the ultimate destination to taste Beluga Caviar in New York City. It is located at the Plaza Food Hall in the Plaza Hotel. Come get one of their signature dishes, like Caviar Platter, Caviar Sandwich or Salmon Lox. After the lavish snacking, you can step outside of the Plaza and go to the Central Park for walk, too.

Wait, are you craving some wine now? Then it’s time to stop by at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits at 59th Street. It is one of the leading fine wine and spirit stores in Manhattan and caters to seasoned wine lovers and beginners alike. Feel free to ask a question to a staff member at the store and plan to attend one of their wine tasting events. Don’t forget to toast to your health!"

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Curator Magazine: Celebratory Beverages

Holiday 2014 – 3 Items from Sherry-Lehmann were chosen for Curators Celebratory Beverage Section

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The Willis Report on Fox Business

December 22, 2014 – 3:27 – Sherry-Lehmann CEO Chris Adams offers tips for wine shopping during the holiday season and throughout the year on The Willis Report!

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Yahoo Finance! Prosecco tops Champagne in bubbly sales

December 17, 2014- Chris Adams, Chief Executive Officer of Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, a major Manhattan retailer says sales have been through the roof.

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Interview with

December 17, 2014- "Tis the season for wine! Seriously.

Year after year, retailers and distributors have consistently reported a peak in wine sales during the holiday season. Whether for a dinner, party or gift giving, there’s no better occasion for wine than the holidays.

With so much activity buzzing around the wine store this time of year, we asked Chris Adams, CEO of Sherry-Lehmann, for a little insight into the world of wine retail. The New York City based wine and spirits retailer operates stores across the Tri-State area as well an online shop that was rated the best online wine destination by Forbes.

Read on for our interview with Chris Adams!"

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Friday, August 22, 2014 – Chris Adams and Kevin Zraly of Sherry Lehmann, provide perspective into the business of wine clubs and fine-wine investments.

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Toga Tattlers: Bow Ties and Bourbon, Chef’s Challenge fundraisers held

August 11, 2014 – “SARATOGA SPRINGS >> Over 300 people filled the historic Canfield Casino in downtown Saratoga Springs to support the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Bow Ties and Bourbon fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 3…”

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Nightly Business Report Produced By CNBC

August 5, 2014 – “Finding the next Triple Crown contender. CNBC’s Morgan Brennan reports on the big business of thoroughbred breeding from the Saratoga horse auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y….”

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Finding the next Triple Crown contender

August 5, 2014 – “CNBC’s Morgan Brennan reports on the big business of thoroughbred breeding from the Saratoga horse auction in Saratoga Springs, N.Y….”

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5 Red Picnic Wines to Serve Chilled

August 4, 2014 – “I like a full-bodied red wine as much as the next red-blooded American—just not in August. In this heat, I’d rather chill a good Beaujolais alongside my beers. And you know what? That “light-weight” red with the flowery label goes with a grilled steak just fine, its acid cutting through fat like a chain saw. Mind you, I’m not into that nouveau fluff that invades our bistros every November; I’m talking about real Beaujolais—the underappreciated Gamay grape, rooted in granite soil—from these cru areas in France: Brouilly, Chénas, Chiroubles, Saint-Amour, Côte de Brouilly, Morgon, Fleurie, Juliénas, Moulin-à-Vent, and Régnié. I’d say that committing those names to memory is the only heavy lifting you need to do this month….”

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Budget bubbly for summer parties: These 6 sparkling wines are a steal

July 31, 2014 – "Why save sparkling wine for a celebration? Better yet, why spring for Champagne when there are so many delicious (and cheaper!) bubbly wines out there? “Affordable sparkling wines can stand on their own,” says Chris Adams, CEO of venerable New York wine retailer Sherry-Lehmann. “They go with so many different foods: You can take them on a picnic, to the beach, or drink them with dessert…..”

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Bottlenotes: Around the World in 80 Sips

July 28, 2014 – “A Hamptons event for the wine-lover in all of us. The place to be in the Hamptons this past Saturday, July 26th, was the 2nd Annual Bottlenotes: Around the World in 80 Sips wine tasting event….”

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Chris Adams on Yahoo Finance: Breakout Part 3

July 2, 2014 – Your weekend glass of wine may actually be an economic tell. What do wine and spirits have to do with finance? Well besides the fact that the Rothchild banking family operates one of the world’s most famous wineries it turns out at least one kind of alcohol is a bit of an economic bellwether.

Chris Adams, the CEO of Sherry-Lehmann, says champagne has more or less tracked with economic ups and downs since the 1940’s.

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Chris Adams on Yahoo Finance: Breakout Part 2

June 27, 2014 – Stocks, bonds, cash and…wine? There are plenty of alternative investments out there but perhaps few are as enjoyable as collecting wine. Chris Adams of New York’s Sherry-Lehmann wine store joined us to look closer at this asset class.

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Chris Adams on Yahoo Finance: Breakout

June 24, 2014 – There’s truth in wine … and also billions of dollars. CEO, Chris Adams on Yahoo! Finance Breakout with Lauren Lyster talking about the state of the wine business, Sherry-Lehmann’s 80th Anniversary and California winess.

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Father's Day gift options for all kinds of dads

June 10, 2014 – “This Father’s Day, don’t forget dear old Dad — and don’t get him an ordinary tie! Why go with a one-fits-all approach when you can get him something he’ll really love? USA TODAY’s Cindy Clark breaks down the best gifts for dads’ different interests….”

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Counting Champagne Bubbles, Sake in Vending Machines and More

May 20, 2014 – “To Pour: A Fresh Rosé in the Color of Summer
The colorful painting of a garden on the bottle of Wölffer Estate’s new rosé announces its aspirations….”

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Bargain Hunting in Bordeaux

May 19, 2014 – “The top-end châteaux hog the limelight in Bordeaux, but Jane Anson discovers that there is a world of value to be had by digging a little deeper….”

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Wine Enthusiast names Sherry-Lehmann
“Retailer of the Year”

On January 24, 2011 at the historic New York Public Library, the 11th annual Wine Star Awards will be presented by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. On this evening, the country’s most notable and recognized leaders in the wine industry will gather in recognition of industry excellence. This year, Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits has been honored with the prestigious Wine Retailer of the Year award.
Each year, hundreds of wine industry professionals celebrate the winners of the esteemed awards, considered by many to be the Academy Awards of the wine world. Adam Strum, editor and publisher of Wine Enthusiast Magazine, hosts the evening and presents the awards.  “This year’s Wine Star Awards features 11 categories with 5 nominees each and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner,” stated Adam Strum. “It is our honor and privilege to recognize these regions, companies and individuals for their dedication and passion that has helped to contribute to the continued growth of wine consumption around the world.”
Other categories recognized are Winemaker of the Year, Restaurateur of the Year, American Winery of the Year, Importer of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Award. Chris Adams and the Sherry-Lehmann team will attend the acceptance ceremony, along with the winners from the other categories.  Marking thirteen years at Sherry-Lehmann, Chris Adams serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer.  “We are honored to be named Retailer of the Year,” says Chris. “For 76 years, Sherry-Lehmann has built a name for itself with consistent service, dedication and enthusiasm for providing our customers with the best wines, spirits, events and educational tastings and seminars in the industry.”
Celebrating its 76th year of renowned service to wine aficionados around the world, Sherry-Lehmann is a widely accredited name in the wine industry. The retailer has been referred to as the most ‘justly celebrated wine store in the nation’ by Vanity Fair. This recognition as Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Wine Star Awards Retailer of the Year is one of the highest forms of recognition in the wine industry.
Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits has been a participant in iconic New York events including serving as an Official Retail Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, one of the city’s greatest events, for several years. On November 29, 2010, join us for the 39th Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Master Wine Class with Bouchard Pere et Fils, presented by Bouchard Winemaker Philippe Prost. Throughout December, Sherry-Lehmann will host special guests at exclusive in-store events and tastings, including a Billecart-Salmon tasting on Saturday, December 4, 2-4pm, the rare Johnnie Walker Blue Label tasting with engravers on hand to customize your holiday present, a tasting of the 2002 Dom Perignon’s Andy Warhol Collection on Saturday, December 11th, 2pm – 4pm, and a tasting of Louis Roederer Champagne: CRISTAL 2004, Louis Roederer Brut Premier NV & Louis Roederer Rose 2005, on Wednesday, December 15; 2-4 pm.

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Wine Enthusiast: Wine Star Awards

“Embracing innovation while adhering to the basics of great customer service, this renowned retailer manages an impressive inventory of the world’s greatest wines. …”

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Market Watch, November 2010

“Manhattan retailer Sherry-Lehmann continues its storied tradition of dominating fine wine sales in the city and beyond. …”

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Is the world’s largest fine wine region really just a no-soul place filled with insanely priced luxury products for investment rather than drinking? Well, not exactly.

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Bloomberg Businessweek

Newly rich Brazilians flood Manhattan’s toniest shops

For a firsthand account of how Brazilians are changing New York shopping, talk to Ana Paula Galvani, a Portuguese-speaking saleswoman at the Sherry-Lehmann wine store on Park Avenue. …

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Bloomberg Businessweek

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Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits, Store Windows and Lincoln Center

Upper East Side wine and spirits purveyor Sherry-Lehmann has been pegged as the Official Retail Sponsor of the 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and plans to pour rare and special selections for invited guests and VIPs all week long beginning September 9. S-L is also sponsoring a series of events dedicated to the Pope of Pop Art Andy Warhol, when the stores launches the “Andy Warhol Collection by Dom Pérignon” in a series of exclusive backstage VIP events at the AmEx, Mercedes-Benz and IMG lounges.

Did your invite get lost in the mail? Check out the store-front windows at 505 Park Ave and 59th St, which will also pay tribute to the Andy Warhol Collection by Dom Pérignon. You can start buying the limited edition bottles themselves beginning October 1.

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

New York, NY, September 9, 2010 – Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits announced its role as The Official Wine and Spirits Retailer of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and will be pouring exciting champagne selections from their cellars for invited guests and VIPs all week long.

“We are extremely proud to support Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in its inaugural season at Lincoln Center”, said Chris Adams, CEO of Sherry-Lehmann, “and to continue our sponsorship of one of the city’s greatest events. We look forward, once again, to toasting New York City’s taste and style.”

Sherry-Lehmann brings the “Pope of Pop Art” – Andy Warhol, the preeminent American artist of the 20th Century – to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s inaugural season at Lincoln Center when it launches “The Andy Warhol Collection by Dom Pérignon” in a series of exclusive VIP events at the private on-site hospitality lounges.

On September 3rd, Sherry-Lehmann will unveil its store-front windows to the public introducing the “Pope of Pop Art” / Tribute to Andy Warhol by Dom Pérignon. Visit us at 505 Park Avenue at the corner of 59th Street.

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New York Times: Business

I COMMENCED the first blind taste test I’d ever dared to conduct by popping the cork on bottle No. 1. The bubbling liquid spewed out of the neck and drizzled down the sides. Steadying my foam-splattered hand, I surveyed the 27 empty flutes arranged in neat rows on the kitchen table. I filled three of the flutes, and placed them on a slightly tarnished silver tray. Then I hid bottle No. 1 in a cardboard box on the floor, and carried the tray of frothing flutes into the living room. …

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New York Times: Real Estate

SHERRY-LEHMANN INC., one of Manhattan’s best-known wine and spirits shops, recently moved to a new site at 59th Street and Park Avenue after spending 60 years a few blocks away on Madison Avenue. The design brief for the new space was straightforward: improve on an already high level of service but don’t give short shrift to the romance and tradition that customers associate with the products. …

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Beverage Retailer

Iconic wine store, Sherry-Lehmann, has moved to a new location, but that is just the beginning. While known primarily for their dedication to customer service, they now also look forward to building excitement around new wine education programs and events.…

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New York Sun

The chairman of Sherry-Lehmann, Michael Aaron, looked through the long, curving window of his new second-floor office onto a stately expanse of Park Avenue. “I know the inside of every single store here — every corner on Park Avenue I looked at,” Mr. Aaron, the proprietor of what is arguably the swankiest and most famous wine shop in New York, said.…

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New York Times: Dining & Wine, “Food Stuff”

Sherry-Lehmann, a bastion of Bordeaux on Madison Avenue and 61st Street for 59 years, has moved nearby, to Park Avenue. The new location offers a sweeping gold-trimmed show window; inside, there is more space for display.…

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Sherry-Lehmann, perhaps New York’s and America’s most famous wine merchant, has moved from its address since 1948 to a new, bigger midtown location. …

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New York Times: Feature Article, Part 1

“People ask me, more often than any other question by far, where to go to learn about wine. Usually I tell them to go home. No kidding. The best place to learn about wine is at home, particularly if you stop off at a good wine shop on the way.

“What I’m about to propose is a do-it-yourself method that has a lot to offer to just about anybody who loves wine, or wants to learn about it. In fact, if you’ll join in with me, we will take this home wine class together and be the better for it. Let me explain.…”

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New York Times: Feature Article, Part 2

“The first session of the Dining Table Wine School is nearly finished, and I’m about to declare recess. But before we pack up the glasses—‘close up your books, get out of your seat, down the halls and into the street’—I have just a few things to add.

“First, I’ve learned a lot and I’m grateful for everybody’s participation. I’ve offered some final thoughts about this first round in my column in Wednesday’s newspaper.…”

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Zagat: New York City
Gourmet Marketplace 2007

Category: Wines & Liquors Quality Value Service
Sherry-Lehmann 28 28 25
Scale: 0 – 30

“A wine aficionado’s paradise”, this legendary Madison Avenue purveyor, once again the Survey‘s No. 1 store in its category, is lauded for its “deep selection” that while “strongest in high-end Bordeaux” is “comprehensive” in all regions and price points, including nearly 400 options under $10; rest assured, "even if you don’t look rich and want an inexpensive bottle of Beaujolais", the staff will be “helpful”, but if you can’t stop by, or are frustrated that only a “fraction of the bottles are on display”, they “have a great Web site” and catalog, both of which include accessories.

Forbes names Sherry-Lehmann
“Best of the Web”

From Madison Avenue in New York City, Sherry-Lehmann has taken its highly regarded selections of wines and made them easily available to everyone, everywhere. Through its Web site, which has been recently redesigned, the retailer providers a large selection of wines and most of them now come with images…

BEST: Special sections such as Our Picks and Featured Products make choosing a wine so much easier. Free delivery in New York State on wine orders over $124.95.

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