By Kori ~ September 7th, 2009.
For years, Iâ€™ve had friends tell me that they canâ€™t find the great Washington State wines that I tell them about where they live. So with the help of Wine-Searcher.com and a lot of legwork, Iâ€™m setting out on a mission to prove them wrong.
This is the first in a series of posts to help you find great Washington State wines in the major cities and areas all around the country. It only makes sense to begin this series with the Big Apple, New York City.
Hereâ€™s the format: In each city or area, Iâ€™m going to search for about half a dozen retail wine shops that carry Washington State wines. To be listed, a store first has to have a Wine-Searcher.com rating of 4 or higher on a scale of 1 to 5 for customer service, reliability, etc. Next, it has to stock Washington State wines that we really like. Finally, they need to be an online retailer as well, so that if you donâ€™t live close enough to the store to drop in, you can still purchase their wines.
Based on those criteria, Iâ€™ve selected five Manhattan retailers and one New Jersey retailer. Wine Library, located twenty miles across the Hudson River in New Jersey, has an incredible selection of fine Washington State wines. Garnet, Gotham, and Sherry-Lehmann each have a decent selection of moderately priced wines, with the common denominator among the three being the excellent 2007 Chateau Ste. Michelle and Dr. Loosen Eroica Riesling. Morrell has four or five very good Washington wines at a slightly higher price point, and Park Ave Liquor has some of the cream of the crop in high-end Washington State wines.
Listed in alphabetical order below are the six retailers with their street addresses and links to their websites. Please let me know how you find their service and selection when you visit in person, and donâ€™t hesitate to ask us any questions you might have about any of the Washington wines they are offering.
Garnet Wines & Liquor, 929 Lexington Ave, NYC
Gotham Wines, 2517 Broadway, NYC
Morrell, One Rockefeller Plaza, NYC
Park Avenue Liquor Shop, 292 Madison Ave, NYC
Sherry-Lehmann, 505 Park Ave, NYC
Wine Library, 8 Milburn Ave, Springfield, NJ
(Photo by Eva Abreu)
Filed under: American Wine, Great Washington State Wine Available in (City), Washington State Wine