May 3 2017
A Springtime Spanish Mixed Case
The transition to spring this year was a roller coaster ride through chilly winds and rains, monotone grey, and confusing bursts of warmth and sun that never seem to stay. But once the ramps, asparagus, and spring onions arrive at the markets (and once our first rosé email goes out!) there's no turn
May 2 2017
2015 Rhônes at Racines NY Tonight! Champagne Beaufort Vertical (2003 - 1979) Tuesday May 9th!
Just a reminder to join us at Racines tonight beginning at 6pm, as Arnaud and staff will pour a brilliant collection of Rhone wines from the great 2015 vintage. Wines available by the glass will include: Dard & Ribo Saint-Joseph Rouge and Blanc and Crozes "Les Baties;" the rare and delicious Ber
May 1 2017
Just Arrived, Superb Values From France, Part 2: Domaine des Amphores (Condrieu & Saint-Joseph) and Stephane Guion (Bourgueil)!
Continuing the theme of last Monday's email, we offer recent arrivals from two remarkable, over-achieving estates. Both domaines produce delicious wines for everyday enjoyment that offer sensational value through long-time organic and biodynamic farming, natural vinifications and their shared commit
Apr 28 2017
Barolo by Commune
It’s conventional wisdom (repeated to the point of cliché) that each of the towns in the Barolo zone produce wine of specific character, a reflection of local geology and other factors. And generally speaking an educated taster has a decent chance of telling Serralunga from La Morra, and so on. But
Apr 27 2017
Spring is Here!? Our First Crop of Rosés...
Although we had a taste of Spring in February, the coming of warmer weather has been uneven at best, and our winter coats are not yet put away. We remain confident, however, that  four or five months of rosé weather will soon arrive, and our first crop of pink wines, in all different shades, is
Apr 26 2017
Tuscan Wines and a Few Other Things
From a cold cellar in Piemonte. All bottles are in excellent condition for age - and are guaranteed.
Apr 25 2017
'Na Gotta de Bon Veun: Alto Piemonte, Carema, and Valtellina
Very occassionally Italian dialects are not impenetrable, like the example above, from the Vallee d'Aosta, taken from the label for an old bottle of Ghiglieri Donnaz.                       These Nebbiolos age well, often
Apr 24 2017
Just Arrived: Superb Values from France for Spring and Summer Enjoyment, Part One!
We're proud to offer a great selection of new arrivals that will provide enormous enjoyment and superb value for the spring and summer and for short-term aging as well. All these estates practice organic or biodynamic farming, harvest by hand and ferment with wild yeasts, happily proving that delici
Apr 21 2017
Northern Rhone 2015s: Dard & Ribo, Gripa, Balthazar, Paris and More! (Taste Them at Racines, Tuesday, May 2nd)
January's trip to France included many tastings of 2015s from both the northern and southern Rhone. It's obvious that this is an excellent vintage, though some wines may lack the grip and structure present in the 2010s. They make up for it, however, with the gorgeous fruit that is complex and deep a
Apr 20 2017
Barbaresco
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Apr 19 2017
Vallana
I don’t get too many chances to trot out the photo of Nicola Paone – or more accurately, we don’t get many chances to offer a large collection of old Vallana. The connection? In the mid-1990s, when Paone’s eponymous restaurant was on its last legs, the fantastic cellar was still in place, including
Apr 18 2017
Piccoli Vini Piemontese
We regularly buy from an Italian collector who calls the first wines on this list “piccoli vini” - or “little wines” - which to him means not Barolo or Barbaresco. And he also refers to “piccoli produttori” - or “little producers” - when he’s talking about Barolo or Barbaresco which are not from the
Apr 15 2017
Wines of the French Alps by Wink Lorch: Kickstarter Campaign 
Three years ago, Wink Lorch delivered the most comprehensive book to date on the wines of the Jura. After spending more than a decade becoming an intimate of Jura's ancient landscape, she helped wine lovers and professionals alike discover the geology, local varieties, and stories behind the peculia
Apr 14 2017
Gros Ventre: Conquering the Sonoma Coast and El Dorado
We've been proud to host Chris Pittinger for in-store tastings at Chambers Street Wines over the past several years. A former college baseball player who caught the wine bug, Chris has accumulated significant wine experience as a sommelier in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and on the production side in New Z
Apr 13 2017
Maître de Chai: Mastering the Cellar and the Vineyard through the Kitchen
Established in 2012, Maître de Chai was started by Marty Winters and Alex Pitts. They met in early 2010 while cooking at Sonoma’s Cyrus restaurant under chef Douglas Keane, and bonded over their mutual love of wine. Given the impecunious nature of working as a cook, Marty and Alex explored their nas
Apr 12 2017
Pure Juice: Our Favorite French Wines With No Added Sulfur!
Pierre Overnoy was asked what defines a "natural" wine: "For us, a natural wine, it's a wine that one wants to drink and drink again! For some, it's a wine with nothing added...but to work without sulfur it's not 'the little birds that sing, and then you go on vacation' (We think he means it's not s
Apr 11 2017
Burlotto + Cordero di Montezemolo
If you were buying wine from the 1960s – 1980s, primarily direct from the producer, and you had plenty of good cellar space, and enough money to spend – well – why not buy 5 cases of a wine you loved, or maybe 10 cases? This explains our good luck, shown below. We have tasted both wines several time
Apr 7 2017
Superb Cheverny and Cour-Cheverny from Domaine Philippe Tessier, 2014 & 2015!
A little more than a year ago, in January of 2016, we had the good fortune to taste barrel samples of the 2014s and 2015s from Domaine Philippe Tessier in Cheverny. The wines were simply delicious, showing beautiful, vibrant fruit with firm acidity and great minerality, and we're very happy that thi
Apr 6 2017
Chambers Street Welcomes Jean-Pierre Charlot from Domaine Joseph Voillot. Tonight, Thursday 4/6, from 5-7PM.
It is perhaps only in a village blessed with as many fabulous vignerons and famous wineries as Volnay, that a venerable domaine that stretches back five generations might be somewhat overlooked.  Yet this is somehow the case with Joseph Voillot in Volnay. With nine hectares of well-situated, ol
Apr 5 2017
Cappellano, Bartolo Mascarello, Giuseppe Rinaldi
Need we say more? Well, just one thing: the back label of the Cappellano 1974 Barolo is in Piemontese dialect, so I had a Piemontese friend confirm the text: "The winery of Doctor G. Cappellano is faithful to its tradition and has always been managed by the family that founded it -- it is one
Apr 3 2017
Classic Expressions of Chablis: Crisp, Mineral Chardonnay
I remember the first time I had Chablis at a restaurant in Paris when I was a young adult, not knowing how different Chablis was compared to the classic Chardonnays of the Côte D'Or. I remember being amazed by its distinctive flinty mineral and saline notes, and enjoying its elegant white floral, ap
Apr 1 2017
Meet Your Winemakers: Taste with Lise and Bertrand Jousset on Monday 04/03, and with Eric Laguerre on Tuesday 04/04.
Please join us as these talented winemakers pour their delicious organic Montlouis and Roussillon wines at the store this Monday and Tuesday, from 5 till 7pm! Lise and Bertrand are making scintillating Chenin Blancs from their great limestone terroirs in Montlouis, organically farmed and made with m
Apr 1 2017
Biodynamic New Arrivals from Austria!
Here at Chambers Street we relish the opportunity to work with wines that we can support and champion for all the right reasons, and today we are pleased to spotlight some new arrivals from Austrian winemakers: Claus Preisinger, Michael Gindl, and Matthias Hager, all certified Biodyna
Mar 31 2017
The Return of Blue Moon Fish, 2017!
We're very happy that our friend Alex Villani of Blue Moon Fish has recovered from some health issues last fall and is back on the water! His boat, the Blue Moon, operates out of the Mattituck Inlet in Eastern Long Island and since 1988 he has been truckng his fish into the city, first to the Tribec
Mar 30 2017
The Beautiful Beaujolais of Georges Descombes, 2014 & 2015 (with Chignard, Ducroux, Guillot, Terres Dorées and Thevenet)!
2014 was a difficult vintage for much of France as cool weather and abundant rains in the spring and mid-summer had growers working hard in the vines and worrying that a disaster was in the making. Happily, in mid to late august, depending on the region, sunny, dry weather arrived and continued thro
Mar 29 2017
The Spanish Invasion (Home Edition)
Last week we were pleased to host a series of tastings with some of Spain's finest natural winemakers. Alfredo Maestro and Goyo Garcia Viadero displayed continued mastery of zero-sulphur winemaking in the Ribera del Duero. We have admired their energetic, supple, and age-worthy wines over many years
Mar 28 2017
Domaine Olga Raffault 1979 - 2015, Part 2!
We're very happy to again offer the beautiful Chinons of our friends Sylvie Raffault and Eric de la Vigerie at Domaine Olga Raffault, who are doing great work at this important Loire Valley estate. While retaining the traditional vinifications practiced here, with aging in vat and large foudres, the
Mar 24 2017
REMINDER! Pink Hats: a benefit for Planned Parenthood
Thanks to everyone who has helped to already make this effort a great success! There's another week to go; some new wines have arrived and have been added to the list, so please have a look again. We are pleased to have gathered these wines as a group: they are all made by women. And it is, uncontr
Mar 23 2017
Rosés Fit For A King: The Regal Wines of Riceys
The center of gravity in Champagne skews decidedly northward. Montagne de Reims, La Valée de Marne and Côte des Blancs are spoken of more frequently and likely more glowingly, than Sézanne, Montgueux, Côtes de Bar. But there’s serious terroir in those hills and valleys if you look. It’s no secret th
Mar 20 2017
Wine Writer Wink Lorch Joins Us for an Evening of Book Signing and Wines of the Savoie
Wink is here! Well, almost. Our good friend and fellow Jura/Savoie enthusiast, Wink Lorch, is making a rare appearance in New York City, and we are delighted to host her in the store on Friday, April 7th, from 5-7pm. Wink Lorch’s wine writing career spans more than 25 years, with half of them devot
Mar 18 2017
Meinklang is the Land's Sound 
"The noblest form of agriculture is one that maintains its own fertility and therefore also becomes self-sufficient. This is a high ideal and a life task which must be considered on every level."  Bughouse to encourage a natural ecosystem From their work on the farm and in the cellar all
Mar 16 2017
A selection of German Riesling from 2001 to 2010
A story has been told that in the fall of 1775, the owner of Schloss Johannesberg at the time, Prince Abbot of Fulda, had intended to taste the grapes and let the workers know when it was time to harvest. The catch being that the grapes had to be sent via courier from the winery to th
Mar 15 2017
I've come to look for America.
Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's listening to "Pet Sounds," but lately I've been thinking a lot about California. Please find below a selection of aged wines from the Golden State classics to some newer school selections. All wines are in stock. Happy hunting!  John McIlwain
Mar 14 2017
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
These wines come from our friend T, who had a very simple answer when I asked why he was selling: “I have too much wine!” He started drinking Chateauneuf-du-Pape when he was fairly new to wine (not to date him, but that was a long time ago, and he now has a lot of tasting and drinking experience!).
Mar 13 2017
52nd Annual CSW - Louis/Dressner Selections March Sale - From Our PIH Benefit Tasting!
Yesterday's benefit tasting at Racines for Partners in Health was a great success, despite the collapsing coat-rack, with 18 winemakers showing their delicious current offerings - all of which are listed below for your shopping convenience. All these growers work in the most “natural” way possible,
Mar 12 2017
Tastings Galore!
This is always an exciting time of year, when we welcome visiting winemakers -- both old friends and new -- to the tasting table here at Chambers Street Wines. The wine glasses will barely have dried from today's tasting to benefit Partners in Health before five of our favorite producers from t
Mar 11 2017
REMINDER! Pink Hats: a Benefit for Planned Parenthood
Thanks to everyone who has helped to already make this effort a great success! There's another week to go; some new wines have arrived and have been added to the list, so please have a look again. We are pleased to have gathered these wines as a group: they are all made by women. And it is, uncontr
Mar 11 2017
Les Grandes Vignes Part II : New wines from the Loire
Last year we introduced the wines from Domaine Les Grandes Vignes, a sizeable Biodynamic estate in the Loire Valley that we have been really impressed with since we first started tasting their wines in 2015. We recently received a new shipment, and so figured it'd be a good time to re-introduce the
Mar 9 2017
Champagne Beaufort Tasting, Thursday, March 16, Dinner with Réol Beaufort, Wed. March 15! Pre-Arrival Sale!!
Please join us to taste the superb Champagnes from Domaine André Beaufort on Thursday, March 16th from 5 till 7pm at the store, along with the owners of Ai Valloni who will pour their  Nebbiolo-based wines from Boca in Piedmont. A double bill of extraordinary wines! And for an in-depth discussi
Mar 8 2017
Newly Arrived Wine from Piedmont
The older wines from a treasured cellar in Piedmont, the younger vintages (mostly) removed from professional storage in New York. All guaranteed!
Mar 7 2017
Taste Vouvray and Bourgueil with Catherine and Pierre Breton, Saturday, March 11th, 4 till 7pm!
Please join us this Saturday as we welcome Pierre and Catherine Breton to Chambers Street! Since 1985, the Bretons have been producing some of the most elegant and delicious wines in the Loire Valley, with great farming and brilliant winemaking and with a convivial attitude that has gained them frie
Mar 6 2017
Older Wine from Tuscany
From the same fine private cellars in Italy where we buy Piedmont wines, and a few more recent vintage wines removed from professional storage in NY – we guarantee the condition of every bottle. By the way: a friend brought a bottle of the Ruffino Ducale 1969 to a recent dinner with a lot of old San
Mar 3 2017
Cup Runneth Over: A French Cellar Offer
For those of us who love wine, and love it to the point of obsession, we sometimes come to the shocking conclusion that in our ardour we have purchased perhaps a few more bottles than we'll ever be able to enjoy. It's somewhat startling, really, just how quickly one's collection expands to exceed ev
Mar 1 2017
Chenin Blanc: Soil Makes the Difference
It's no secret that we at Chambers Street Wines are big fans of the Loire Valley and the astounding range of expression its varied terroir gives Chenin Blanc. Within the lower Loire where Chenin is king, geology varies more than climate: granites, schists, quartzites, s
Feb 27 2017
Savoie, Autrement - 2015s from Domaine Jacques Maillet
With each new year, we bid adieu to winemakers who have decided to retire, with hopes that their legacies will be carried on, either by daughters and sons, or by talented apprentices and stagiaires who have absorbed the know-how and philosophy of their predecesors, and are comitted to continuin
Feb 24 2017
Memories in Future Tense - Aged Australian Classics
Yes, Virginia, there is terroir and balance in Aussie wines. Once upon a time Down Under, before points, heavily extracted wines, and even heavier, deep-punted bottles, there were growers dry-farming very old, ungrafted vines on interesting soils. From the sandy clay loams of Barossa to the terra ro
Feb 23 2017
Ai Valloni from Boca, and other wines from Alto Piemonte
We are excited to have visitors from Boca: Anna Sertorio and Andrea Marzo, owners of the organic vineyard called Ai Valloni. After the war, Ai Valloni was one of just a few producers who held on as the land under vine in Boca (and throughout Alto Piemonte) shrunk dramatically, the result of a combin
Feb 22 2017
Côtes du Jura Savagnin, Trousseau and Poulsard  from Domaine Pont de Breux, Salins-les-Bains
We were lucky enough to meet and taste with Jean-Charles Maire at Domaine du Pont de Breux in the Spring of 2013 and we are sad to present the last wines produced at the estate before his death in 2015. From the estate description by Jean-Charles: "The domaine was created in 1992, situated in the co
Feb 20 2017
Wine from the Venetian Lagoon
My wife and I love Venice, and we keep going back. Some people understand, and others think we’re crazy because Venice is so thoroughly overrun with tourists that it can be really trying.                   But if you pick the right t
Feb 19 2017
52nd Annual CSW -  Louis/Dressner Tasting and Benefit for Partners-in-Health, Sunday March 12th at Racines NY, 3:00 - 7:00pm!
Please join us on Sunday, March 12th, as Chambers Street Wines, Louis/Dressner Selections and David Bowler Wines present 18 of the finest estates in France and Italy at a tasting to benefit Partners-in-Health. "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." This is a great opportunit
Feb 18 2017
Rhys is the Place: Ethereal Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley
Rhys Vineyards produces an exquisite range of single-vineyard Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays, and Syrahs from California. There is a precise minerality, focused elegance, and most importantly, definite sense of place that one finds in these wines. Without question, Rhys produces some of the best wines in
Feb 17 2017
A Midwinter Spanish Mixed Case, Starring Brilliant New Voices from Toro + 2015ers from Silice Viticultores and Envínate!
Three of the most fascinating wines I have tasted this year are from Toro (yes, Toro!), a winegrowing region located in the west of Castilla y León that dates back to Roman times, fed by the regal Duero River shortly before it flows into Portugal. Toro's terroir is varied and laudable, combining wel
Feb 16 2017
All Tomorrows' Parties - A Cellar of Ridge ATP
“In terms of the grandeur of its bold, dominant, powerful red wines (often the equals of some of the most famous grands crus of Europe)—also in terms of the pioneering experimentation by its prestigious winemaker-partner, Paul Draper—this is one of the most important vineyards in the United States.”
Feb 15 2017
Gringet For President 2017*
With the way things are going, I think that is something we can all get behind, especially when the Gringet grapes are in the hands of Dominique Belluard. In 1988, Dominique took over his family’s 10-hectare estate, nestled in the village of Ayse in the Savoie region of France, in the foothills of t
Feb 10 2017
New Arrivals From Nicolas Gonin!*
The first couple months of the year are a flurry of activity when it comes to restocking our shelves. For some reason, this seems to be when the bulk of new vintages from my favorite producers in eastern France make their way stateside, and today’s offer is case in point. We’ve long been fans of th
Feb 9 2017
More bottles from the cellar: just in time for Rieslingfeier 2017!
It's almost mid-February, which means one of our favorite holidays is coming up...Rieslingfeier is nigh! This year marks the fifth year of the 'feier, with winemakers coming from both Germany and Austria to share their wines and stories with us. For those unfamiliar, Rieslingfeier is a two-day affai
Feb 8 2017
Aglianico part two: the Vulture
That’s “vooltooray," in Italian. It’s not a bird, it’s a very large mountain – an extinct volcano, in fact. As you may recall, volcanoes make for very good farming because of the fertile soils produced by past eruptions. Some of the best agricultural land is actually not adjacent to Monte Vulture, b
Feb 3 2017
The Prädikat Powerhouses of Daniel Vollenweider 
Wolfer Goldgrube vineyard stood in the background, lush and green, warm with the late-afternoon sun; the lines of the single-post vines were occasionally interrupted by the forest cascading down from the crest of the mountain. Daniel Vollenweider explained that areas where the forest was encroa
Feb 2 2017
Look what we found in the cellar!
My first wine job was at Christie’s, working in the cellar, cataloguing wine as it arrived for auction. Over the year I did the job, before moving to the office, I estimate that I literally handled about 150,000 bottles: each bottle had to be inspected and given a Christie’s sticker as it was catalo
Feb 1 2017
Kelley Fox: A Shot of Bio-Dynamism in the Willamette Valley
We've never hesitated to shout our praises of Kelley Fox's wines. Kelley works biodynamically in her parcels at Maresh Vineyard, a historic source for Pinot Noir in the Willamette Valley's Dundee Hills AVA. The rest of her fruit comes from the certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville
Jan 31 2017
Finally, Some Sangiovese!
Finally some Sangiovese! We are thrilled that Sabrina Lastrucci, the owner and winemaker at Chianti producer Lecci e Brocchi, is coming to town for a visit. We’ll have new vintages of her fabulous Chianti Classicos for a tasting in the store, and at a dinner in her honor. And at dinner we’ll also ta
Jan 27 2017
Le Vieux Donjon: Classic Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 2014 and 2015 Pre-Sell; Dinner with Winemaker Claire Fabre, Featuring the 1990!
Le Vieux Donjon has been one of the leading estates of Châteauneuf-du-Pape since the 1970s, under the direction of Lucien Michel, with his daughter Claire and son Francois now responsible for the winemaking. The red CDP is comprised of 75% Grenache, with vines dating back to 1900, with Syrah, Mourvè
Jan 26 2017
Bow & Arrow: On Target in 2015
Travelling to Oregon last summer, I was deeply impressed by husband-and-wife team Scott & Dana Frank of Bow & Arrow, an urban winery producing wines from Loire Valley varietals in downtown Portland. Both Scott and Dana have worked multiple roles throughout the wine industry: Scott previously
Jan 21 2017
Fresh and Exciting new arrivals from Alsace!
I recently had a conversation with a wine importer on the subject of Alsatian wines. “Alsace is a difficult thing,” he said. “For decades it’s been dominated by a few big names, and it’s been hard for people to break out of that.” With great respect and admiration for the wines of Zind-Humbrecht, Tr
Jan 18 2017
Evan Lewandowski: Utah's Wine Missionary
A common trajectory among US winemakers is to attend college somewhere, fall in love with the area's wine, travel the world to gain winemaking experience, and return to make wine in the area where their vinous passions were initially kindled. Evan Lewandowski’s story is no different, but setting up
Jan 17 2017
The Marvelous 2014 Pépière "Clisson" Has Arrived! Plus More Muscadet and 2015 Tue-Boeuf Buisson Pouilleux!
We remember our excitement at the end of 2007 when Marc Ollivier's first "Granite de Clisson," the 2005, arrived in New York. It was his first cuvée with extended sur lie aging, once common in Muscadet but then practised only by Marc's friend Michel Bregeon, Pierre Luneau-Papin and a few others. "Gr
Jan 13 2017
The Superb 2014 Chinons from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry, Part 3 - Le Clos Guillot!
2014 - Structure and Elegance (The Baudrys discuss this excellent vintage) "The 2013-2014 winter was especially mild, with a lot of rain and almost no days of frost: despite our temperate climate, this was unusual. Fortunately, no cold snap occurred in spring, the stressful time when buds burst. Co
Jan 12 2017
New Arrivals From Domaine des Marnes Blanches!
One winemaker visit always sticks out in my mind. It was a hot morning in July of 2015 when we left the hotel in Arbois bound for the small commune of Saint-Agnès, about a forty-minute drive southwest. Actually most of the days in France in the summer of 2015 were very hot, as tasting the newly-arri
Jan 11 2017
New Year, New Arrivals: Lauer GGs!
As unreal as it feels to be in 2017 already, we still have new arrivals from 2015 to get excited about! January heralds the release of the GGs (Großes Gewächs, 'great growth': dry wines from 'Grand Cru' vineyard sites) from Florian Lauer at Weingut Peter Lauer in the Saar, along with&
Jan 10 2017
Aged Bordeaux from the Cellar of Mr. L and a Wine Dinner Celebrating the 1986 Vintage (mostly).
For all the talk of Bordeaux being out of fashion, there are certainly a lot of Bordeaux lovers. Now we’ll be the first to decry the state of the modern version, but we’ll always have a place in our hearts for the wines from an earlier era. Perhaps you can chalk it up to nostalgia, but tasting well-
Jan 6 2017
Biodynamic Bordeaux and Bergerac! The Outstanding Wines and Great Values from Peybonhomme-les-Tours, La Grolet and Le Jonc Blanc!
Isabelle and Franck Pascal, Le Jonc Blanc, Bergerac A new shipment has just arrived from this superb Biodynamic estate in Bergerac, east of Bordeaux. Proprietors Isabelle Carles and Franck Pascal are delightful, deeply intelligent people whose committment to Biodynamic farming, natural winemaking an
Jan 3 2017
New Arrivals from Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes - 2015 Cuvée Auguste, Manganite, Aragonite, and More!
Confirming our tastings from last winter, the newly arrived 2015 Cuvée Auguste, Manganite and Aragonite from the Clos des Vignes du Maynes are perhaps the finest wines ever made at this important Biodynamic estate. With vineyards dating back to 910 AD that have been farmed organically since the 1950
Jan 3 2017
A Miscellany of Interesting Italian Wine...
Including a rare group of old wine from Sella, a standard-bearer for quality wines from Alto Piemonte. Sella is best know for Lessona, in part because they more-or-less sustained wine production there during the lean post-war years. The Bramaterra is also very good. I have never tasted Picc
Dec 29 2016
A Sparkling New Year to All!
Although Chambers Street Wines is known for our outstanding selection of grower Champagnes, we are equally proud of the variety and quality of the Sparkling Wines that we offer throughout the year. And while "real" Champagne is always a treat, these superb and unique sparkling wines offer great valu
Dec 28 2016
A Selection of Champagnes for a New Year
As 2016 draws to a close and we look toward 2017, we should take time to reflect on the year’s events, those we’ve met, and anticipate what’s to come in the New Year. And while customarily we raise a glass to celebrate, there’s far more in that glass than mere bubbles; contained within are hope, mem
Dec 19 2016
The Great Champagnes of André Beaufort, 1990 - 2011!
We are very proud to feature a new selection of the extraordinary Champagnes of André Beaufort! Primarily available at natural wine shops in France, Italy and Japan (and on the wine list at Noma), we are happy to bring 12 exceptional examples to New York, all of which show the intense "vinosity" and
Dec 16 2016
Barolo Masters
The title says it all - four producers who made great wine then, and who still do now. Plus a special dinner: Francesco Rinaldi and Giuseppe Rinaldi, side-by-side tastings of 1964, 1967, 1971, 1974, 1978, and 1985; February 16th, 7pm, at Maialino, $650 includes dinner, wine, service, and tax. &nbs
Dec 14 2016
Introducing RuBor Viticultores: Thrilling Wines from Old Vines in the Sierra de Gredos!
RuBor Viticultores is a winegrowing partnership between Rubén Díaz and Orly Lumbreras, born of friendship and a shared passion for the vineyards of the Sierra de Gredos, a range of massive mountains just west of Madrid, where perfectly adapted old vines of Garnacha grow on granite and schist slopes
Dec 13 2016
Older Italian Wines (mostly) Under $40
This is a good opportunity to try older wines that age well, but which are usually consumed on the same weekend that they’re taken home. From a cold cellar in northern Italy.
Dec 12 2016
Fabulous 2015s from Clos du Joncuas: Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Seguret!
We're very proud to be working with Carole and Dany Chastan at the Clos du Joncuas, and we're happy to announce that their 2015s, which have just arrived, are absolutely superb! The Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been offici
Dec 11 2016
All About Mags Vol. III: Champagne, Mature Piedmont, Jura, Spain, and More!
With the holiday season in full swing, we thought it was time to highlight our selection of large format bottles! Once again we have a fantastic selection available from some of our favorite producers -- some that would be perfect for the 1,000 holiday parties you have to attend to this month, and o
Dec 10 2016
Aglianico Part One: Taurasi
I confess to a near-total addiction to Ian d’Agata’s Native Wine Grapes of Italy. If you are even a fraction as interested in Italian wine as I am, you really should own a copy. It is a most remarkable book, and I know that every time I open it I will wish that I had at least an hour to wander the f
Dec 9 2016
Barolo from the Big Cellar, M - Z
Some more treasures from the Big Cellar, including an extensive group of the exceptional old wines from Oddero. We've tasted these many times over the past 10 years, and they deserve your full attention. Aside from the sale of Vietti (to an American convenience store magnate), the big land news in
Dec 8 2016
Barolo from the Big Cellar A - G
More wine from our old friend, including a great range from one of our particular old-Barolo-favorites, Cordero di Montezemolo. To say nothing about other especially good wine from Barale, Cappellano, Ceretto... and Brezza... Canale, by the way, was the owner of a prime piece of Collina Rionda (now
Dec 7 2016
Wintry Zins
Since Zinfandel's heyday in the mid-to-late 90s, the rich, bold, and hedonistic flavors have been dialed back; elegance, restraint, and balance have come to the forefront as a result of producers' focus on old-vine sites and better farming practices. This e-mail focuses on several Zinfandels we reco
Dec 6 2016
A Collection of Older Tuscan Wine
We don’t usually get a chance to offer so many older Tuscan wines at one time, so this is exciting for us – and seasonally appropriate! BTW: old Chianti can be very good indeed, and is well worth considering.
Dec 5 2016
Treasures of the Southern Rhone, Part 1, Featuring Châteauneuf-du-Pape, and More! Informal Rhône Dinner at Racines, Thurs 12/15...
As the weather gets colder, we'd like to feature some of our favorite wines from the Southern Rhone, which are such great accompaniments to hearty winter meals. We tend to prefer those wines made in a "traditional" style - from old vines with whole-cluster fermentations and aging in used barrels, fo
Dec 3 2016
1971 Barolo and Barbaresco + BYOB at Franny's!
“This vintage shows all the splendor of Barolo. The best wines, and there are still many that continue to improve, are among the greatest we’ve tasted.” Sheldon Wasserman in Italy’s Noble Red Wines, (published in 1990). Our friend MH has been asking us to put together a dinner of 1971 Barolo and Ba
Dec 2 2016
Barbaresco from the Big Cellar
These wines are from a favorite cellar in Piedmont. Having sampled many bottles from the same collection, we have no concerns about reminding you regarding our guarantee of each bottle. The classic line is that Barbaresco is easier drinking - and earlier drinking - than Barolo. Overall the soils, e
Dec 1 2016
A Great Beaujolais: 2014 Cédric Chignard Julienas "Beauvernay," and Other Favorites!
We have always loved the Fleurie "les Moriers" from Domaine Chignard - always one of the most elegant Beaujolais, sometimes a bit austere in it's youth, but always beautifully balanced, with pure fruit and good density and length. A few years ago, Cédric began producing a new cuvéee from a vineyard
Nov 30 2016
'Tis the Season for Teutonic Bubbles!
All current events aside, this is usually the time of year to celebrate. As we get closer to the holidays, it becomes instinctive to seek out special bottles for loved ones or ourselves; whether it's for holiday gifts, host gifts, end-of-year bonuses, or just a light at the end of a d
Nov 29 2016
Rock Steady: The Terroir and Soul of Agrapart Champagne
At Chambers Street Wines we are blessed to work with an array of dedicated and talented growers. Careful work in the vines (mostly organic or biodynamic) and cellar (mostly non-interventionist) produce wines that, in addition to being delicious, seem to offer deeper dimensions of terroir expression
Nov 25 2016
A Christmas Miracle: Two Single-Barrel Scotch Bottlings Selected By Chambers St. Wines
They’re here. Just in time for the holidays, we welcome two Chambers Street exclusives in the form of single-barrel Speyside single malts. This area in the northeast of Scotland around the River Moray is home to the most distilleries of any whisky-producing region in the country, and also produces s
Nov 22 2016
The Pure and Natural Pleasures of Touraine, 2015, from Louis/Dressner Selections! Touraine Dinner, with Jules Dressner, at Racines NY on Tuesday 12/6.
More and more delicious wines from Touraine keep appearing on our shelves from this lovely vintage in the Loire Valley, imported by our good friends at Louis/Dressner Selections. The 2015s from Touraine are beautifully ripe and supple while remaining relatively light and fresh with moderate alcohol
Nov 21 2016
New Releases from Champagne Bérêche & Fils
With the holidays upon us and gatherings of friends and family at hand, we are happy to remind you of the joys of Champagne at the table. New releases from our favorite growers are streaming in and we're positively giddy as we taste the newest vintages and cuvées. One of the most exciting producers
Nov 19 2016
Last-Minute Thanksgiving 6-Packs!
Holidays are hectic. If visiting the wine shop is one errand too many or you just don't have time to ponder Thanksgiving wine pairings, please click on our Last-Minute Thanksgiving 6-Pack and we'll deliver six bottles sure to pair beautifully with your Thanksgiving feast. This year, we are offering
Nov 17 2016
Welcome Back, Wigle! Our 2nd Single Barrel of Wigle Rye Whiskey
Many of our whiskey-savvy customers already know about Wigle. But for those who don’t, here is a bit of backstory: Before Prohibition, the Monongahela River Valley in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania was a hotbed of distillation, with about 4,000 stills in operation by the mid-eighteenth cen
Nov 16 2016
A Bit of Spring Cleaning in the Fall - Burgundy Edition
Despite our best efforts to keep the cellar organized, on occasion there are some beautiful wines which manage to fall between the cracks. Often, a vintage change necessitates making room for new bottles and there are a few odd bottles on the racks, sadly neglected. Today we'd like to offer a few of
Nov 15 2016
A Selection of Rare Aged Marcs from an Italian Cellar
If there is one thing we have discovered with our Italian cellar purchases (beyond what a rare and wonderful drinking experience old Nebbiolo provides), it is that Italians love spirits. Beyond their own aperitivi, Amaro, digestivi, and Chinato, we have discovered troves of rare old whisky, as well
Nov 14 2016
For the Chill of Fall, the Warmth of Red Burgundy
With the weather finally feeling like autumn, our thoughts turn to the pleasures of the fireside and the table. While we love the warmth and bounty of summer, this time of year inspires up to cook up heartier fare. Now's the time for wild mushrooms, game, roasts, and braises, whose earthy complex fl
Nov 13 2016
47th Annual Chambers Street Thanksgiving Parade of Wines! Part 2...
(A few of you may have missed this last Wednesday, so here it is again.) Thanksgiving 2016 - A time to give thanks, perhaps most appropriately, to the strength of America's traditions and institutions that have withstood the wars, hard times and cretinous politics that have beset us over the years.
Nov 11 2016
Gattinara and other Alto Piemonte Nebbiolo
Tasting these wines has shown us, time and again, that they can age almost as long and beautifully as Barolo and Barbaresco. In Alto Piemonte, producers are permitted to include small quantities of Uva Rara (also called Bonarda, Bonarda Novarese, and Croatina ) and  Vespolina, which add color a
Nov 9 2016
47th Annual Chambers Street Thanksgiving Parade of Wines!
(A few of you may have missed this last Wednesday, so here it is again.) Thanksgiving 2016 - A time to give thanks, perhaps most appropriately, to the strength of America's traditions and institutions that have withstood the wars, hard times and cretinous politics that have beset us over the years.
Nov 8 2016
Introducing Terroir Historic: Brand New Priorats from Dominik Huber of Terroir Al Límit!
"For five years, this project was an ongoing story in my mind," Dominik Huber explained as we ascended the steep cobblestone street leading to the town square of Torroja del Priorat, the postcard-perfect, Catalan mountain village where he lives and works in a small garage winery on the edge of town.
Nov 7 2016
Great Burgundy Values from the Lovely 2014 Vintage: Rapet, Rateau, Bart, Jane et Sylvain and More!
As we have noted before, the words "value" and "Burgundy" are not often successfully associated. We do our best at Chambers Street, however, to feature delicious Burgundies from growers that, for one reason or another, are somewhat under the radar and whose wines offer outstanding value. Today we ar
Nov 4 2016
Domaine de Saint Pierre: Pure Jura Deliciousness
I’ve been a huge fan of the wines made by Domaine de Saint Pierre since I first encountered them in the beginning of 2014. I remember it quite clearly: I walked into my friend’s wine shop and I spotted a big, fat bottle with a bright red label that was turned just enough to the side that all I could
Nov 3 2016
Part 5: More California - Rhone Varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel!
Today we are pleased to offer wines from some of California's great producers of Rhone varieties, Zinfandel, and Cabernet (including a couple bottles from Washington). There are many gems here, perfectly cellared and prime accompaniments to Sunday stews and holiday roasts. Cheers! Ariana Rolich We
Nov 2 2016
Back in Stock: The Superb Wines and Great Values from Eric Laguerre and Ch. Peybonhomme-les-Tours!
Although Chambers Street Wines has become known as a great source for properly cellared old and rare wines, we are equally proud to offer organically-farmed, naturally-made artisanal wines that offer superb value for everyday drinking. New shipments have just arrived from two of our favorite, over-a
Nov 1 2016
Part 4 - Italy, some others, and a very cool collection of old Port (winter is coming!)
The next-to-last batch from our collector friends.
Oct 31 2016
Part 3: A Collection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from California: Rhys, Anthill Farms, Rivers-Marie, and More
This collection from the early 2000s takes us through California's finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay winegrowing regions: Sonoma Coast and Mendocino in the north, the Santa Cruz Mountains, and down south to the Sta. Rita Hills. All bottles have been impeccably stored and are priced for immediate enjo
Oct 30 2016
Chinon from Domaine Olga Raffault, 1979 to 2015! Tasting and Dinner at Racines NY Tuesday, Nov. 15th
During my first visit to Domaine Olga Raffault in 1990, wine-maker Ernest Zenninger would keep disappearing into the basement returning with older and older mouldy bottles of their Chinon "Les Picasses." While I was well acquainted with the wines of Chinon and Bourgueil at the time, this was my firs
Oct 29 2016
Frank Cornelissen Returns to New York!
Frank is coming back to New York! We missed him last year, and we’re very happy that we can extend our series of dinners with him, which have always been memorable parties. One exciting thing about these dinners is that Frank is keen to show his wines with different cuisines, so this year we are goi
Oct 28 2016
Part 2: German Riesling - They're ALIVE!
We are pleased to offer a selection of Riesling (plus Kerner and Alsatian Pinot Gris) from private collections that will make great additions to your cellar, with bottles ranging in vintage from the early aughts to 2011, from a veritable panopoly of stalwart producers out of the Mosel, Saar, Nahe, R
Oct 27 2016
"Vendanges Solidaires" - Chambers Street Wines and Racines NY Raise Funds for Vignerons Devastated by Frost, Hail and Drought.
In recent years, the effects of global warming have been felt in vineyards throughout the world. This has been particularly serious in France, where frost, hail and drought, formerly rare occurrences, have become common and more intense. In 2016, certain areas in Beaujolais, Burgundy, the Loire and
Oct 26 2016
Part One - France
Two friends have pruned their cellars; one is moving to a smaller home and has conceded that a laundry room takes priority over wine storage (he claims that his concession was gracious, but I have my doubts), and the other sadly has some health concerns that limit how much they can consume. They bou
Oct 25 2016
Great Cabernet Franc - New Arrivals from Domaine Baudry, Domaine Guion and More!
We're very excited about the arrival of two of our favorite Loire reds, both from the excellent 2014 vintage - the Stéphane Guion Bourgueil "Cuvée des Deux Monts" and the Bernard and Matthieu Baudry Chinon "Cuvée Domaine!" The Guion "Deux Monts" is a prime candidate for long-term cellaring and the B
Oct 24 2016
Whites and Roses for Fall: Featuring Enderle & Moll, Gut Oggau, Ott, and Jutta Ambrositsch!!
Although the time has come when some of us instinctively reach for red wine over white and rosé, I like to think that the seasons for wine aren't so cut and dry. With this in mind, we are excited to highlight newly-arrived whites and rosés from some store favorites from Austria and Germany. Enderl
Oct 21 2016
An Autumnal Spanish Mixed Case, Featuring New Vintages from Alfredo Maestro (Ribera del Duero) and Fredi Torres (Montsant and Priorat)!
With the mid-October heat wave behind us, we are once again enjoying the chill in the air and savoring the unhurried transition from summer to fall produce at the farmers' markets. We're still lighting up the grill each weekend, glass of bubbles in hand, to steam open clams and char the year's last
Oct 20 2016
New Old Piedmont Wine, 1945 - 1993, M - S
I live a charmed life as far as Nebbiolo is concerned because I have been able to taste a lot of fine old Barolo, Barbaresco, Alto Piemonte, etc. Of course in any tasting there are a zillion variables, starting with the quality of each individual bottle, but one conclusion I draw from experience is
Oct 19 2016
New Old Piedmont Wine, 1947 -1993, A - G
Over the past few years prices for old and new Barolo and Barbaresco have risen a bit, but nothing like the increase in prices for Burgundy and Bordeaux. Rather than putting faith in less stable trends (like Bordeaux in China), most of the Piemontese producers I know have watched the craziness aroun
Oct 18 2016
The Fabulous Jurançons of Chateau Lapuyade and Domaine Tinou - Taste Them at CSW, Friday 10/21!
The wines of Jurançon may not be foremost in the minds of American wine-lovers, but these unique and distinctive dry, moelleux and very sweet wines, from the steep foothills of the Pyrenees, belong on your table and in your cellar! The six wines in today's email, ranging from quite dry to very sweet
Oct 18 2016
A Small Collection of Vintage Armagnac
I love Armagnac. So, when I was presented with the opportunity to attend a seminar in which we were going to taste a small selection of vintage brandy with one of the Armagnacs dating all the way back to 1893, I jumped at the chance. Each proved to be an incredibly engaging, thoughtful, and really f
Oct 16 2016
Meet Your Winemaker - An in store tasting with François Huré, from Champagne Huré Fréres  Tuesday, October 18th 5-7PM
Please join us Tuesday, October 18th as we welcome vigneron François Huré for a tasting of his family's sensational Champagnes. Located in Ludes on the northern slope of the Montagne de Reims, the Hurés have been growing Champagne since 1960 and bottling under the name Huré Fréres since 1971. All of
Oct 14 2016
Introducing Domaine Les Grandes Vignes
Here at Chambers Street, we typically shy away from large estates, and champion winemakers with tiny plots and horse-drawn plows, but occasionally there are exceptions to the rule! Enter Domaine Les Grandes Vignes, a family estate of about 50 hectares (over 100 acres) of vines in the Loire Valley. T
Oct 13 2016
RAW Wine Fair New York
“Explore the very best low-intervention organic, biodynamic, and natural wines (and other craft drinks) from all over the world. Meet over 120 growers and makers.” We are very excited about the first New York edition of RAW Wine, previously held to great acclaim in London and Berlin. Attending RAW
Oct 12 2016
Pet'Sec from Pascal Potaire and Moses Gadouche of Les Capriades!
Autumn: the perfect season. Among many other things that I love about my favorite time of year is that we can now feel less guilty about staying in and cooking at night, having friends over for a meal, and having the perfect wines to go with it. To that end I’m always on the lookout for sparkling wi
Oct 11 2016
Jewels for the Thirsty - A Cellar Offer
Today we have a fine little cellar offer with treasures new and old. Plenty of delights from all over the map. As always, we guarantee the condition of the bottles. Happy hunting!
Oct 10 2016
Beautiful 2014 Burgundies of Stéphane Magnien!
For many years we have been working with Domaine Stéphane Magnien (not to be confused with Michel or Frédéric), a small domaine in Morey-Saint-Denis that makes superb, subtle, and old-fashioned wines of terroir from their 4.5 hectares. The domaine is proud to say that for four generations they have
Oct 8 2016
But First, Champagne - A Tasting and Book Signing with author David White
Perhaps no major French wine-growing region is subject to as much change as Champagne. With the rise of grower Champagnes (recolant-manipulants), a new focus on terroir, and ever more vignerons working organically or biodynamically, the area is in constant flux. Consequently, while there are some te
Oct 6 2016
Autumn of Combate: New Vintages of Garnacha and Albillo from Maldivinas!
The Sierra de Gredos is a range of massive mountains west of Madrid, stretching from San Martín de Valdeiglesias in the DO Madrid deep into the Ávila province of Castilla y León. Blessed with an abundance of perfectly adapted, old-vine Garnacha planted on decomposed granite as well as some schist at
Oct 5 2016
Eminence Road: Naturally Made Wines from Upstate New York!
Living in New Jersey in the early 90's and working in Manhattan, Andrew Scott and Jennifer Clark became passionate wine lovers and soon fell in with the burgeoning natural wine scene in NYC. Both Andrew and Jennifer tasted many Loire Valley producers beloved here at Chambers Street Wines with David
Oct 4 2016
Partners in Health Benefit Dinner with Eric Texier, Gwenaëlle Croix of Pépière and Evelyne de Jessy of Closel, Monday October 24th!
Please join us on Monday, October 24th at 7:00pm as we host a dinner to benefit Partners in Health at Racines NY! In attendance will be our good friends Eric Texier, Gwenaëlle Croix and Evelyne de Jessy, who will be pouring and discussing their new releases along with a fabulous four-course dinner b
Oct 3 2016
The Natural Beauty of the Aveyron: The Wines of Nicolas Carmarans
Driving deep into the foothills of the Massif Central mountains to the village (nay, hamlet) of Le Bruel, near Campouriez, northeast of Toulouse in the Aveyron department, winding roads lead around fantastically steep slopes and through lush forests. The hamlet itself boasts no more than twenty home
Sep 30 2016
New Arrivals from the Northern Rhone: Levet, Balthazar, Lionnet, Gilles and Texier!
Now that cooler weather is here, we're stocking up on our favorite wines from the Northern Rhone, including new arrivals from 2013 and 2014 and a few of the excellent 2009s and 2010s that remain available. 2013 was a somewhat difficult year for the growers, with poor weather during flowering giving
Sep 29 2016
St. Innocent Winery: Mark Vlossak's Oregon Passion Project
There are some who are born into wine and some who arrive there later in life. In a sense, Mark Vlossak is a bit of both. Though he started St. Innocent in 1988, his roots go further back. As a child, he began tasting and discussing wines with his father, a wine importer and gourmand. This experienc
Sep 28 2016
Wine Tasting and Dinner with Walter Speller: Exploring Italian Terroir - Thursday, October 27th, at The Spotted Pig.
Walter Speller has been the Italian wine specialist for JancisRobinson.com for several years. It’s an understatement that Walter has a broad mandate – his accurate and uncompromised reports are the basis for our admiration for his work, along with the fact that he does a hell of a job in covering th
Sep 27 2016
Introducing Julien Pineau, New Proprietor at Clos Roche Blanche!
2014 was the last vintage at Clos Roche Blanche, the estate inherited by Catherine Roussel from her grandfather and managed by Catherine and Didier Barouillet. It was one of the most important estates in the Loire Valley and an inspiration to young vignerons who followed their conversion to organic
Sep 26 2016
Apple Arrivals for Fall: New Arrivals from Aaron Burr, Shacksbury, Enlightenment Wines, and More!
Fall is finally here! And just in time for my favorite season are a handful of new arrivals (and the return of some all-time favorites) made from apples: exciting new releases from the Aaron Burr Cidery in Wurtsboro, NY, a new gin (distilled from apples!) from our friends at Neversink Spirits in Por
Sep 23 2016
Sylvaner as it Should Be: Stefan Vetter 2014ers
"Not More But Also Not Less." This is the translation of the phrase printed near the base of every label of Vetter wine (and cider), and it perfectly sums up Stefan Vetter’s approach and commitment to his vineyards and wines. He works by hand in the vineyards, using organic and biodynamic
Sep 22 2016
The Beautiful 2015 Vouvrays from Domaine Huet - Taste Them at Chambers Street, Saturday, Oct. 1st!
Tastings of the 2014 Vouvrays of Domaine Huet with winemaker Jean-Bertrand Berthomé, and of the 2015s with Sarah Hwang, have confirmed that this important estate made some of the world's finest Chenin Blancs in these two excellent vintages. Jean-Bertrand joined the estate in 1979 and worked alongsid
Sep 19 2016
Minimus Wines: Maximum Intensity
Minimus Wines are unconventional even by Oregon standards. Each wine is an individually numbered, non-repeating experiment with assorted varieties, fermentation, and/or maturation techniques that eschew or break formal winemaking conventions. For example, Experiment #1 was devoted to aging
Sep 17 2016
Many, Many Points
Many of the wines on this list received so many points that after we added up the Italian points we lost track of the point count. But the point is: there are many fine wines here, lovingly collected, carefully stored, and now available at what are mostly very reasonable prices. And, as always, thei
Sep 16 2016
Cappellano Barolo 1954 -2006
Our favorite old Barolo? Well, right up there, at any rate. A note: Troglia was a wine merchant in Torino; some older friends in the region still remember them as having very high standards (the fact that they bought Troglia / Cappellano wines offers proof of this). I would assume that the Cappella
Sep 15 2016
The Superb 2004 and 2009 Fief du Breil, and More, from Jo Landron!
For more than 25 years we have had the great pleasure of working with Jo Landron of the Domaine de la Louvetrie, not to mention drinking his superb Muscadets on a regular basis. Jo is one of the heroes of Loire Valley viticulture and has been a leader in the resurgence of quality in Muscadet by his
Sep 14 2016
I Wanna Go Backwards - The Beauty of Aged Collio Whites
It’s something of a curiosity that in considering the great wines of Italy and the great whites of the world, the wines of the Friuli's Collio are somehow overlooked. They combine structure, texture, aromatics, not to mention ageability, in compelling fashion.  The region is blessed by a modera
Sep 13 2016
Bartolo Mascarello 1952 - 2012
Years ago a memorable visitor to the shop pointed at a bottle of Bartolo Mascarello (which was sitting on a shelf with about 60 other similar Barolos), and asked why we didn’t “sell any of the famous producers?” On inquiry it turned out that they meant Altare and Sandrone. Nonetheless, in 2016 it se
Sep 12 2016
Pineau D'Aunis, Chenin Blanc, Romorantin and Menu Pineau from Roche Bleue, Tue-Boeuf and Villemade.
We find ourselves, as we often do, with a nice collection of unique and unusual wines from the Loire Valley which feature some of our favorite grape varieties - Pineau D'Aunis, Pineau de la Loire (Chenin Blanc), Menu Pineau and Romorantin. Sebastien Cornille, the talented winemaker at Domaine de la
Sep 10 2016
Jancis Robinson Presents: Barolo Night in New York!
This event is now sold-out - our apologies if you didn't get a ticket. We will start a waiting-list, so please call the store to take a place on the list. In November 2014 I attended Jancis Robinson’s annual tasting in London of the current Barolo vintage (for the 2010s), and it was a great evening
Sep 10 2016
A Mixed Bag of Riesling
Summer is (almost?) drawing to a close, and what better to drink than some Riesling to ride out the final sweltering days we have left. With that in mind, we are pleased to offer the following bottles recently sourced from various private collections. Cari Bernard
Sep 9 2016
Céline and Laurent Tripoz: The Soul of the Mâconnais
I first met Céline Tripoz this past January at a tasting in Angers. A few months later, I received an email from her asking for help finding her daughter a place to stay when she came to visit New York. I was happy that she had remembered our short conversation at the massive Salon des Vins de Loire
Sep 8 2016
Deep Fascination- the Minimalist Precision of Cedric Bouchard
Among the visionary growers of Champagne, Cédric Bouchard of Roses de Jeanne might be considered something of an auteur. Which is to say that all of his efforts in the vines and cellar advance his vision: that expression of each vineyard is paramount. Contrary to the Champenois tradition of blending
Sep 6 2016
Barolo + Barbaresco 1964
1964 is considered one of a few really great Piemonte vintages – an “Annata Eccezionale” on Renato Ratti’s seminal vintage chart and the equivalent on many others, and it’s the source of some of the best old Nebbiolo we’ve had. Let’s find out how they’re holding up, by tasting Barolo from Burlotto,
Sep 1 2016
Introducing... Les Fouques Pétillant Rosé!
We have been big fans of the wines from Domaine Les Fouques for many years now. Their rosé wines - the cuvée Aubigue and La Londe - are fantastic expressions of the classic Provençal style, and their nearly 20 years of bio-dynamic agriculture (aided by their flocks of sheep, guinea fowl, ducks,
Aug 31 2016
Rosé for Labor Day and Beyond: The Return of Les Fouques and Fabulous New Arrivals from Mosse, Saumon, Frontón de Oro, Cirelli, and More!
Chambers Street is proud and happy to sell delicious rosés of terroir that drink beautifully all year round! These wines, fermented slowly with wild yeasts, are often not ready until mid-summer and will show well in the late summer and into the follwing year and beyond. 2015 has been an excellent ye
Aug 30 2016
Accomasso Barolo - 2 Dinners with Wine
Accomasso Barolo is something of a secret. It’s been many years since the wines were in the US (via Peter Matt), Accomasso is not on the critics’ radars, and production is very small; it’s quite possible that even a diligent student of Nebbiolo won’t be familiar with the wines. Heir to Giovanni Acco
Aug 26 2016
A Small and Varied Collection
Something for everyone? Hopefully! But in any case, we guarantee the condition of every bottle.
Aug 25 2016
Lauer 2015ers : Flo(rian) Knows Saar Riesling
Florian with one of his many maps. (Photo: Cari Bernard) Our group was in the Peter Lauer tasting room, collectively gawking at old bottles, Lauer Schnapps(!), and the formidable number of samples we would soon be tasting through. Florian Lauer joined us and, after giving an amazing historical
Aug 23 2016
The Poetry and Precision of Willi Schaefer
It's no secret that the Rieslings of the Mosel (Saar and Ruwer) are some of the most articulate expressions of terroir in the world. At their finest, they are filigreed, detailed, mineral, and pure. The region is home to a number of sensational growers: J.J. Prüm, Egon Müller, Fritz Haag, Von Schube
Aug 22 2016
Great Values from France, Part 5: The Rhône Valley, North and South!
Perhaps August is not when we think most about Rhône Valley wines, but these recent arrivals are such terrific wines, and such great values, that you should consider them for your late summer cookouts, and for cellaring as well. Stéphane Rousset Just arrived from Domaine Rousset in Crôzes-Herm
Aug 19 2016
Produttori: New Old Wine, + a 1989-1990 Dinner
Over the past 10 years I have tasted a lot of wine from the Produttori del Barbaresco, going back to 1964, and I have yet to try a disappointing bottle. There is no other producer anywhere about whom I could make the same claim, and I’m including the so-called “bad” vintages in my assessment. At abo
Aug 19 2016
Late-Summer Spanish Mixed Case: Fabulous New Arrivals from Silice, Envínate, Corisca, Tajinaste, and More!
The 2016 edition of our popular Late-Summer Spanish Mixed Case is packed with fun and fascinating selections from old friends as well as some new favorites. It goes without saying that a "late-summer" wine must be refreshing to succeed in combatting the mind-numbing heat of August. Surprisingly, I h
Aug 19 2016
Enjoy Life - Drink More Beaujolais! New Arrivals from Pignard, Thevenet, Chamonard and Lapierre!!
Great Beaujolais reminds us that wine should not be measured by a number, or by the status it confers upon the owner but rather by the enjoyment it brings at table with friends and by the work of the vigneron, shared with us in the glass. The growers featured today practice organic farming and take
Aug 19 2016
Les Vins Contés: Natural Wines from Olivier Lemasson.
Back in 2011, I traveled through France for the first time, visiting with winemakers and attending trade tastings around the country. It was an eye-opening trip, and one that led to the realization that I wanted to continue in my father’s path, championing the work of small growers throughout F
Aug 19 2016
Natural Wine on 14th Street? Eben Lillie Brings VdT (Verre de Terre) to Dirty Bird Chelsea, Thursday, 8/18!
Please join us this Thursday night starting at 7pm, as CSW's Eben Lillie launches VdT (Verre de Terre) at Dirty Bird Chelsea, 204 West 14th Street. VdT will offer  an extensive list of natural wines by the glass, starting at $6, with bottles starting at $20, and many "pur jus" with no added sul
Aug 19 2016
End-of-Summer Heat Wave? Time For Rosé!
Even though we might not like to acknowledge it, the end of summer is right around the corner. But do not fear! It is still incredibly hot, and looks like it will stay that way for a while longer. Good thing we have the perfect rosé to pair with sweltering late-summer afternoon barbecues and the eve
Aug 19 2016
New Arrivals from Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis!
We're very happy to announce the arrival of another shipment of gloriously delicious wines from our new friends Lise and Bertrand Jousset in Montlouis! Their wines have become enormously popular both for their exceptional value and for their wonderful purity and vivacity, due to the character transm
Aug 19 2016
Franciacorta and Arcari + Danese
Italians love sparkling wines. There are some great indigenous examples, and Italy is also a fantastic place to drink Champagne, particularly if you’re interested in the best grower Champagne. But Italy’s famous sparkling wine called Franciacorta has long been a mystery to me, so for a couple of yea
Aug 19 2016
Cameron Winery: Oregon's Prince of Pinot
Ask any Oregon wine insider about great winemakers and the name John Paul Cameron comes up in hushed and reverent tones. His eponymous Cameron Winery has been around since 1984, but its legendary status often does not resonate outside Oregon because of the very limited distribution of these wines. M
Aug 19 2016
Cesanese Explosion!
Suddenly it’s boom-times for Cesanese, the most important red grape in Lazio (the region around Rome). Cesanese was the house wine in many Roman trattorias in the 1970s and 1980s; it could be pretty crude, but we have fond memories of lively wines that went perfectly with carbonara and saltimbocca.
Aug 19 2016
Chris and Katie's Wedding Registry
Hello friends and family, welcome to our wine registry. Why a wine registry you ask? (Well, wine not?) For starters, we live in a tiny, tiny space in the heart of Manhattan that is at its full capacity of things. We have, however, invented strategic holding spots for a respectable wine collection, a
Aug 18 2016
Kira and Jack's Wedding Registry
We always love receiving special bottles from the special people in our lives, so we've enlisted the help of our favorite wine gurus at NYC's Chambers Street Wines and created a Wedding Wine Registry! Below you will find a list of wines that reflect the styles and regions in the world that we enjoy
Aug 13 2016
A Special Dinner for Sherry Lovers! González Byass' Las Palmas 1 - 4 and 2016 Tío Pepe En Rama with Peruvian Pairings at Llama Inn (Monday, August 15th, at 7pm).
The annual release of González Byass' Tío Pepe Fino En Rama sherry is an eagerly anticipated event here at Chambers Street. Having downed copious amounts of the newly-bottled En Rama at the rollicking Feria de Jerez festival this past spring, our countdown to the delicious 2016 release began even ea
Aug 4 2016
Coudert and Dutraive 2015 Part 2, Featuring les Cuvées Vieilles Vignes!
No introductions needed for this great lineup of Beaujolais. Just arrived at Chambers Street is the 2015 Alain Coudert Clos de la Roilette Cuvée Tardive! Always one of the finest Beaujolais to cellar, this wine is superb after 5 to 8 years of aging and will drink beautifully until 2030 - or beyond.
Aug 3 2016
The Saar Electric: New Arrivals from Hofgut Falkenstein!
Hofgut Falkenstein stands surrounded by verdant vineyards and gardens, high above the Konz valley, a tiny side valley off the Saar River. Its roof was just recently restored in a traditional German style, utilizing thin, slate tiles, reminiscent of inky-gray fish scales, or plate
Aug 2 2016
More Muscadet! 2015 Pépière Clos de Briords is Here, Plus Great Wines from Louvetrie, Luneau-Papin and L'Écu!
Back in 2008 we had the good fortune to be present at a dinner in Nantes with four giants of Muscadet - Guy Bossard, Jo Landron, Pierre Luneau-Papin and Marc Ollivier of the Domaine de la Pépière. Each vigneron brought many bottles, with vintages all the way back to 1976! At the end of the night Guy
Aug 1 2016
Vermentino
For years we’ve been hoping to taste a Vermentino from Liguria that we thought competed with Lambruschi Vermentino for saline, mineral-driven and distinctive wine. Lambruschi has always been in short supply, and, as Vermentino goes, is also very expensive at $50+. And while the farming there is good
Jul 29 2016
The New Oregon Wine: Division Winemaking Company
A recent trip to Oregon demonstrated that there’s much more to the winemaking scene than Pinot Noir. There are some great Chardonnays (check out the 2014 vintage!), German, Alsatian, and Loire Valley varieties, and even experiments with Spanish grapes in the Columbia Gorge. (Mencia! Albarino!) With
Jul 27 2016
The Elegance and Terroir of Bérêche Champagnes
It is a truism that as much as wines reflect their terroir, they also reflect the personality of their grower.  At Bérêche et Fils, the energetic brothers Raphaël and Vincent turn out a range of inspiring Champagnes, which seem to improve with every vintage. Since taking over the estate in 2004
Jul 27 2016
Great Burgundy Values from Domaine Lafouge, Auxey-Duresses and Domaine Bart, Marsannay!
Recent arrivals in the Burgundy department include 2013s and 2014s from these two over-achieving estates, long-time favorites among CSW customers, offering outstanding quality Burgundies both for current  drinking and medium-term cellaring. Gilles Lafouge is the sixth generation at this 10 hec
Jul 26 2016
Louis/Dressner Treasures of Piedmont: Canonica and Gea
I’ve always had the sensation of stability at Canonica – the calm and contented atmosphere of the old family house, the Canonicas’ positive outlook and gentle good humor, and the consistently very high quality of the wine. But things change, and a great boom is under way! The house is expanding to a
Jul 25 2016
3 Martinis to Try This Summer
The Martini may be the iconic American cocktail, but its history is rather complicated (as many alcoholic concoctions’ origins are). And although we are a bit late to National Martini Day (which was on June 19th), who says we can’t celebrate all summer long? Cocktail historians have multiple theori
Jul 25 2016
2015 Fleuries from Dutraive and Coudert, Part One! (Plus Mags of Thevenet 2014...)
We're very happy to feature two of our favorite Beaujolais producers and their first arrivals from the outstanding, if somewhat ripe and powerful, 2015 vintage!  Both Le Clos de la Roilette (then classified as Moulin-a-Vent) and Le Domaine de la Grand'Cour were once owned by the same person, a
Jul 25 2016
A trip through the Sud de France
The number of organic and biodynamic estates in Southern France has been increasing in recent years, and as the farming has improved and growers have started to turn from the prevalent co-op model towards making and bottling their own wine, we’ve been able to enjoy some fantastic blends and single-v
Jul 25 2016
Great Jasnières and Coteaux du Loir from Bellivière and Roche Bleue!
Curnonsky, (1872 - 1956) Prince of Gastronomy, declared that "Jasnières is,  three times each century, the greatest white wine in the world!" Happily, with global warming, this tiny appellation north of Tours now produces outstanding wines more often, and 2014 is a superb vintage in Jasnières (
Jul 25 2016
Immich-Batterieberg 2014ers (& 2013ers)
I made my way from the Pfalz to the Mosel, zipping past the vast fields and rolling hillsides; up and up through forests of skinny, stately trees, and into the valley, to the tiny town of Enkirch. Gernot Kollmann of Immich-Batterieberg greeted me at the door to his house, which is attached to the ce
Jul 25 2016
A “New” Chianti Classico: Gregory Dal Piaz on Lecci e Brocchi
"Discovering" great wines today is a crapshoot. Simply put, there are not many producers out there who are both little known and fabulous. One must rely on luck and timing, above all, to be able to introduce wine-loving friends to something new and exciting. Many recent "discoveries" should be more
Jul 25 2016
Why Italians Don't Drink Chardonnay...
Well, they do really – at least on occasion – but they also drink a whole slew of other native grapes: apple-y Arneis, Pigato with its savory undercurrent of basil, citrusy Verdicchio, feminine, aromatic Falanghina, the more structured Trebbiano, and delicately stony Fiano, just to name a few.
Jul 23 2016
Dan & Laura's Wedding Registry
As most of you are well aware, we love our wine! It is a passion that has brought us closer together as a couple and has been a source of some amazing memories in our years together. We still both remember the first bottle of wine we shared - a white chateauneuf du pape (a wine that will always hold
Jul 14 2016
Mencia in the Wild: Single Parcel Wines from Casa Aurora
In the village of Albares de la Ribera, high in the mountains of the Bierzo Alto in Northwestern Spain, winegrower Germán Blanco (familiar to Chambers Street regulars through his very popular Quinta Milú wines) recuperates and farms old-vine piezas (small family vineyards) p
Jul 13 2016
Portuguese Summer Sippers
Portuguese wines are among the most terroir-driven and soulful on the planet, and they are increasingly deserving of serious scrutiny. Here at Chambers Street, our Portuguese selection is small but popular, featuring stunning, thirst quenching wines from stellar producers like Quinta do Perdigão, Ca
Jul 12 2016
You Can Always Trust the Taste of...Adalia.
You may remember a TV ad campaign featuring a handsome Franco Bolla telling Americans to drink more Soave. Thanks to successful marketing campaigns, mostly by larger wineries like Bolla, Soave surpassed Chianti in the 1970s as the largest-selling Italian DOC wine. By the mid-1990s Soave was producin
Jul 11 2016
Brovia Barolo 2003
2003-phobes: Before you run away, please read-on! You could be in for a happy surprise! There was some risk involved, but we put our money where our mouth is (“producer, producer, producer”) and bought a few cases of Brovia’s 2003 Barolos. Many much-followed critics loved the vintage, but 2003 is n
Jul 8 2016
Affordable Organic/Biodynamic  Burgundies, Part 2: 2014s and 2015s from Rateau, Jane et Sylvain and Champs de l'Abbaye!
Last January we wrote about the 2014s from these three outstanding organic and biodynamic estates, which offer old-fashioned Burgundies of terroir at affordable prices. We have just received new shipments from all three including the first 2015s from Jean-Claude Rateau, the outstanding 2014 whites f
Jul 7 2016
Domaine Leonis’ American Debut and the Delicious Beaujolais of Roland Pignard!
There’s a new Beaujolais producer in town: Domaine Leonis! The estate is a partnership of Raphael Champier and his girlfriend, Christine Lucca. Raphael comes from a large family (fourteen brothers and sisters from nearby Odenas) with a long winemaking background; Christine was formerly a photographe
Jul 6 2016
R. Pouillon et Fils: Terroir and Tradition
Witnessing the growth of a vigneron is one of the great pleasures of working in wine. When a domain makes a jump in quality, from very good to excellent, it’s akin to a small epiphany, like discovering an extra layer of meaning in a one of your favorite books or watching ‘like’ turn to ‘love.’ One s
Jul 5 2016
Mash-Up from the Cellar
Australia, California, Lebanon, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire, Rhone, Tuscany, Valpolicella, Piedmont, Various Italian Wines: Something for Everyone! And all guaranteed!  
Jul 1 2016
Kenny Likitprakong: Riding High in Santa Cruz
Although Napa Valley and Russian River Valley have gotten top billing in the wine press for the past two decades, Santa Cruz currently produces some of the most compelling wines in California. The region's wines have remarkable complexity and ageability without the overripeness and price sticker sho
Jun 30 2016
Intoducing Domaine Tinou, Jurançon and Le Jonc Blanc, Bergerac!
Serge Hondet, Domaine Tinou, Jurançon After reading about the great wines of Domaine Tinou, a 3 hectare estate in Jurançon that has been organic since 1964, we were determined to visit. 50 years of organic farming! We called proprietor Serge Hondet, who said he would be glad to see us, but
Jun 29 2016
Great Values from France, Part 4: The Loire Valley - Domaine Guion, Domaine du Fresche, Domaine Parentière!
We've been fortunate to come across many estates in the Loire Valley which farm organically and make beautiful wines but have remained  relatively unknown outside their region due to their modesty and disdain for self-promotion. The three estates featured today are firmly in that category, each
Jun 29 2016
Summer Blockbuster!!! Bruno Giacosa!!!! The Greatest Story Ever Told!!!
For a brief period we tried making a collection of text from various wine offers that we called the “hype of the week”. Man, is that dull work! Every producer is legendary, and every wine is stunning-the greatest-not to be missed-cult-blew me away-desert island-go long-insane-incredible-killer… Just
Jun 27 2016
Domestic Wines to Celebrate: New Arrivals from Joseph Swan (Grenache Blanc!), Division Wine Co., Southold Cellars + a July 4th Party Pack.
Whether you spend 4th of July by the pool, on the beach, or in front of the grill, a bottle of wine will likely be within reach. We've lined up some of our favorite American bottles to help beat the heat -  fresh and lively whites, roses, and chillable reds - as well as some richer, meatie
Jun 23 2016
The Pursuit of Tension: 2015ers from Weiser-Künstler! 
The skies were holding back rain as we approached the periwinkle-hued house of Konstantin Weiser and Alexandra Künstler. This year Germany (and much of Western Europe) has been host to one of the rainiest Junes on record. Many winemakers stated that they have already seen more rain in
Jun 23 2016
The Essence of Malbec? The Rustic Beauty of Aged Cahors.
When we think of the nature of a grape one supposes that we associate its identity with its more famous manifestations. For instance, we’ll identify Cabernet Sauvignon with the cedar wood, cassis, violets, pencil lead, and mid-weight elegance of Paulliac on Bordeaux’s left bank or the dense and powe
Jun 21 2016
Clos du Jaugueyron: Bordeaux the Old-School Way
Admittedly I’m not often wooed by Bordeaux. This is a region that today supplies the world with blue chip wines on the high end, industrial plonk on the other, and mostly boring wines falling somewhere in between. This is truly a shame for a region with such a rich history and well-documented winema
Jun 21 2016
Carema
I've only stopped once in Carema, in 2004, even though I've driven by a few times. We went to visit Ferrando's vines, and my memory is that they're on pergolas that are only about 4 feet high, which means the farmer has to kind of crawl around underneath to prune and harvest. And the vines are
Jun 16 2016
The Beautiful Natural Wines of Christian Ducroux: 2015 Exspectatia & 2014 Patience!
We've just received two beautiful natural wines from Christian Ducroux, products of unparalleled biodynamic farming and meticulous vinifications with zero added sulfur. As always the wines are "sauvage," complex, changeable and delicious reflecting Christian's committment to creating healthy, pure w
Jun 15 2016
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey: The Magician of White Burgundy
Pierre-Yves Colin needs very little introduction. In the past decade, he's gone from rising star to full-fledged sensation in Burgundy and his wines have achieved "must-buy" status among sommeliers, collectors, and Burgundy drinkers alike. Pierre-Yves started working at his father’s winery (Domaine
Jun 14 2016
Grasso - Voerzio
The second part of the newly arrived shipment of fine older Barolo and Barbaresco. A special note: older Oddero Barolos are wonderful wines! Please remember that you can see live inventory by clicking-through to the website, and then by refreshing the page.
Jun 11 2016
New Arrivals from Julien Guillot at the Clos des Vignes du Maynes, Featuring the 2015 Cuvée 910!
The Clos des Vignes du Maynes, consisting of 7.5 hectares in Cruzille (Macon) is one of the most unique and fascinating estates in France, originally planted in the tenth century by the Abbey of Cluny. Puchased by Julien's grandparents, Pierre et Jeanne Guillot in 1952, the Clos had never used chemi
Jun 10 2016
Altare - Fiorina
Newly arrived old Nebbiolo! These bottles will show best after resting at home, standing up for at least a couple of days to let the sediment settle, and then a long time in the decanter. If we can assist at all with this process or provide any more detailed information please let us know. Meanwhil
Jun 9 2016
Buried Treasures: A Trove of Older French Wines
We recently purchased parts of a few cellars containing a number of lovely wines, stored properly and awaiting drinking. There are some fabulous wines here from great producers in Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Loire, and the Rhône. This is a fine opportunity to taste some back vintages which someone else
Jun 8 2016
Alfredo Maestro's Majuelos: "The Ribera del Duero of 100 Years Ago."
Alfredo Maestro pulled over to the side of a rocky, winding road and jumped out of his truck. Gesturing into the valley below, a curving patchwork of tiny, heterogeneous vineyards on chunky white limestone soils, he proclaimed: "Welcome to the Ribera del Duero of 100 years ago!" We had spent t
Jun 7 2016
The Kids are Alright, Part One: Martin and Anna Arndorfer
This is the first in a planned series to turn the spotlight onto young(er) winemakers out there in Germany and Austria. By no means comprehensive, this is just a dainty toe-dip into the pool of talent in the Teutonic wine world. First up, Martin and Anna Arndorfer in Straß im Straßertale, Kamptal, A
Jun 3 2016
Casalpriore - the New Face of Lambrusco
When Gabriele Ronzoni “retired” seven years ago at the age of 70, he decided to start making wine full time. Back in 1987 he had purchased a 2.3 hectare farm near Modena with a neglected 17th century farmhouse. Initially only making wine for friends and family, he is now producing enough Lambrusco t
Jun 2 2016
More Muscadet, Please: New Arrivals Featuring 2012 Pépière Chateau Thébaud plus Dinner (with Oysters!) at Racines NY Tuesday June 14th!
As we approach peak Muscadet Season (which is all year at my house) we are happy to announce the arrival of the long-awaited 2012 Domaine de la Pépière Château Thébaud "Clos des Morines!" Since acquiring this hillside parcel of old vines from Rémi Branger's family, this wine has become perhaps the f
Jun 1 2016
Great Values From France, Part 3: The Southern Rhône!
In our series of Great Values from France we turn towards the Southern Rhône, home of full-bodied, often powerful wines that we associate with winter meals but that are beautiful pairings, served a bit cool, with beef, pork, lamb and chicken from the grill this summer. Many of the wines in this emai
May 31 2016
Ed Hamilton - Sailor, Smuggler, Importer
In the world of fine rums, Ed Hamilton needs no introduction. He is the man behind the Ministry of Rum – a line of hand-selected, pot still rums from St. Lucia and Jamaica – as well as importer of the famed Lemon Hart 151 and Rhum Agricoles such as Neisson and La Favorite. A modern-day pirate
May 26 2016
A Visit to Georgia
We'd probably been in the country for 15 minutes when we had to stop "just for a snack".   It was delicious and judicious - it turned out to be a pretty long night in the wine bar. There was dinner too, but late enough that the snack sustained us for some hours. The Georgian culture of
May 25 2016
Pinon 2015 Petillant Naturel Rosé - 50% Cot, 50% Grolleau, 100% Delicious!
This beautiful sparkling rosé is made from vines planted by Francois Pinon's father Claude in the 1970's - "...a lovely plot with clay soils" says Francois. Made primarily for their local customers, the Pinons finally released a bit to Chambers Street some years ago after we spied it hidden in the b
May 24 2016
Magnum Dinner with Eric Demuth: Thursday 6/2 at Racines NY 7:00pm
We are thrilled to announce our second annual dinner with our good friend, Eric Demuth, who makes some of the most exciting wines coming out of California and is a much-anticipated visitor here at Chambers Street Wines! Eric helped his father, Chris Demuth, to plant the now-famous Demuth Vineyard i
May 20 2016
Great Values from France, Part 2: The Northern Rhône Valley!
The Northern Rhône may not be the first region we think of for great values, as Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Cornas, Saint-Joseph and Condrieu can be extremely expensive and of dubious quality, given the influence of fashionable oenologists and the uninspired work from many of the established "brands." Of
May 20 2016
Rosé Round II; New Arrivals for Memorial Day Weekend! Summer is Coming!?
As temperatures in New York finally creep upwards towards Summer another batch of beautiful naturally-made rosés has arrived to accompany your Memorial Day weekend and beyond. Fermented with wild yeasts and without the additives present in most rosés, these delicious wines have subtle, complex aroma
May 19 2016
Special Guests from California: In-store Tastings with John Lockwood of Enfield, Morgan Twain-Peterson and Chris Cottrell of Bedrock, Eric Demuth, and More!
Over the next two weeks, some of California's finest winemakers will be visiting the shop for in-store tastings and joining us for wine dinners. Do not miss tonight's tasting with John Lockwood of Enfield Wine Co. from 5pm until 7pm. Lockwood worked with two of California's best winemakers and growe
May 17 2016
Del Prete - The Heart of Puglia
Although steel, chemical, manufacturing and high-tech industries are all now part of the Puglian economy, agriculture is still the lifeblood of the region. Hot and flat, with constant sea breezes from both sides of the Salento peninsula, Puglia is an agricultural paradise - producing half of Italy’s
May 16 2016
A Voyage to Marseille: Wines of Bandol, Palette and Provence; Dinner at Racines NY, Tuesday May 24th!
A visit to Marseille has many rewards including of course the superb seafood-based cuisine of this vibrant city, the beautiful coastline "calanques" and beaches around Cassis, the Falaises Soubeyranes, the hill towns above Bandol and the beautiful countryside of Provence heading north towards Aix. T
May 15 2016
Swick Wines: A Native Oregonian Crafts Oregon Wine, Naturally
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Joe Swick is a fifth-generation Oregonian whose family's roots are based in Eastern Oregon and the Columbia Gorge area. He became passionate about wine while working in the wine department of his local organic specialty food store. After meeting some Willamette V
May 14 2016
What's Cooking at Burlotto?
A survey of our rather expert group, currently visiting in Piedmont, yielded the same response from everyone: the winemaker trumps the vineyard, and the vintage. Can you imagine a history of the last 50 years of wine in Piedmont that doesn't put Bruno Giacosa at the top, or at least in the top
May 14 2016
Elizabeth and Liam's Wedding Registry
We love wine. OK, OK... let us rephrase that: we are rather obsessed with wine.  The first summer we lived together during college, we stayed on a vineyard and interviewed lots of California winemakers about organic and biodynamic viticultural practices. As part of our education, we stopped by
May 12 2016
New Arrivals From the Jura and a Special By-The-Glass Evening at Racines NY Tuesday May 17th!
It seems as if spring is finally here in New York City, and along with it a handful of new arrivals from the Jura! Below is a list of some exciting wines from producers we all know and love, to those that are just beginning to explode onto the scene. Of special note are tiny quantities of some 2014s
May 11 2016
Burgundy: Dinner and Tasting of the 2014 Vintage with Claude de Nicolay from Chandon de Briailles
Of the many benefits of working at Chambers Street Wines, one of the greatest privileges is working year after year with talented and conscientious growers. Tasting the wines from superlative winemakers and farmers in both easy and difficult years is inspiring and instructive of how one adjusts to t
May 9 2016
Michele Mascarello 1971 Nebbiolo d'Alba
Our attention gets channeled in ways we don’t always perceive, or at least give a lot of thought to. Good wine might escape us in NY simply because there’s no local importer, which is not to say, of course, that we don’t have plenty of good wine to choose from!  In any event, we have almost no
May 8 2016
The debut of Deboutbertin
Article by Eben Lillie. All photos by Isaac Rosenthal (web: ikesight.com / Instagram: ikesite) Here at Chambers Street, our love for the Loire Valley is well documented, and we’re happy to know that winemakers we have been championing over the years have become household names amongst tho
May 6 2016
Great Values From France, Part One: Languedoc and Roussillon!
The Languedoc/Roussillon region in the south of France continues to offer sensational values from both a new wave of natural wine producers and from long-established organic estates that offer delicious under-valued wines for current everyday drinking and medium-term aging. A visit to Eric Laguerre
May 5 2016
Mark Your Calendars: An Evening with John Locke and Alex Krause of Birichino - Wednesday, May 25th, at Blue Ribbon Bakery.
We are thrilled to welcome the talented team behind Birichino Wines, John Locke and Alex Krause, for a special feast at Blue Ribbon Bakery on Wednesday, May 25th, at 7:30pm. Locke and Krause met in the '90s at Bonny Doon, Randall Graham's trail-blazing Santa Cruz winery (and incubator for inventive
May 4 2016
High Wire Distilling Co.
I don’t think I could sum up the philosophy of High Wire Distilling Co. owners Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall better than they do. From their website: “Our approach is simple: seek the finest ingredients available and develop recipes using a creative, culinary approach.  All of our products a
Apr 26 2016
The Great Wines of Flavio Roddolo
“Entrare nella cantina di Flavio Roddolo e un po come varcare la soglia di un luogo in ciu il tempo si e fermato. Fare il vino, nella cascina di Bricco Appiani, vuol dire saperlo aspettare pazientemente. Flavio e la sintesi perfetta del vignaiolo che ascolta e osserva, schivo ma capace di comunicare
Apr 22 2016
Great Chinons from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry: The Scintillating 2015 Rosé, The Sensational 2014 Les Grézeaux, The Elegant 2013 La Croix Boissée!
A few days after a sensational tasting with Jean Gonon in Mauves, we had a similarly trascendental experience in the long tunnel carved into the limestone at Domaine Bernard Baudry in Chinon. This estate has always produced excellent wine but recent vintages from Bernard and Matthieu have seemd to r
Apr 21 2016
Rioja Gloriosa
Old Rioja is a considerable bargain in the wine world (although maybe not for much longer). Prices of back vintages from classical Rioja producers such as CVNE, La Rioja Alta, and López de Heredia have risen dramatically in the past several years, reflecting wine drinkers’ realizations of their unde
Apr 20 2016
Rosé, Round 1: Early Arrivals from Spain, Italy, Austria, France and the US!
Warmer weather has finally arrived and with it many of our favorite rosés, in a wide variety of styles, from the exhilarating, zesty Ameztoi to the deep, ripe and spicy Mas Jullien. All of them were naturally produced and have the bright acidity and mineral flavors that make great rosés so refreshin
Apr 19 2016
The Terroir of Ancestry: Soulful Expressions from Tentenublo in the Rioja Alavesa
Roberto Oliván Iglesias has been farming his eight hectare family estate, Tentenublo, in the high, wind-swept Basque country of the Rioja Alavesa since 2011. Working organically, using native yeast fermentation, and limited sulphur, Roberto draws upon Rioja’s long established protocol of barrel agin
Apr 18 2016
A Celebration of Chenin Blanc - Our Favorite Wines, Plus A Tasting and Dinner with Pascaline Lepeltier! Tasting Times and Dinner Seats Still Available...
Chenin Blanc: "Loire, and South African speciality, making crisp, sometimes long-lived wines with varying degrees of sweetness that deserve more recognition" say the fine folks who produced the excellent book, Wine Grapes.  We might be more lavish in our praise, saying that Chenin Blanc pr
Apr 15 2016
2014 Beaujolais: Last Call for Coudert and Dutraive, plus Other Favorites and New Arrivals!
We were very happy to see Eric Asimov's excellent article in the NY Times on Wednesday "Fleurie and Morgon: Greatness if Not Gravitas" which praised numerous wines from these two appelations and many of our favorite growers. Mr. Asimov captured what we love about good Beaujolais "... they remain imb
Apr 14 2016
Vintage Vermouth
Next up in the world of old booze: a bevy of vintage vermouth. Our experiences with these have been overwhelmingly positive ranging from interesting cocktails (a memorable Manhattan made with Riccadonna Vermouth Classico comes to mind) or as an eclectic start to a dinner. There’s something here for
Apr 7 2016
Chinato and Friends
The next, and perhaps most interesting, addition to our old booze offerings centers around the elixir known as Chinato. First produced for its supposed medicinal qualities in Serralunga d’Alba in the early 1800s (quinine bark, rhubarb and gentian among other ingredients were steeped in Barolo wine a
Apr 6 2016
April in Provence: Sulauze, Les Fouques, Mas Gourgonnier & A Provençal Dinner at Racines 4/12!
Although winter has not released it's grasp on the northeast, we can dream of summer with our favorite Rosés from Provence, made at these outstanding organic and Biodynamic certified estates. The Sulauze "Pomponette"  is the ultimate light, crisp and refreshing rosé for hot weather, but grab so
Apr 5 2016
Gros Ventre: Keeping Cool in California
Chris Pittenger of Gros Ventre was a gifted baseball player in a previous life; however, he took a viticulture course during his freshman year at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, and subsequently caught the wine bug.  After college Chris worked in a couple of bottle shops before moving to Jackson H
Apr 4 2016
2013 Crozes-Hermitage and Saint-Joseph from Domaine Stéphane Rousset!
Beginning with the 2009 vintage, and based on a recommendation from Jean Gonon, we have been featuring the wonderful Crozes-Hermitages and Saint-Joseph from Stéphane and Isabelle Rousset.  Stephane's great uncle was the legendary Raymond Roure, from whom the Roussets purchased the "Picaudières"
Apr 1 2016
The Great Champagnes of André Beaufort are Back!
Unique among the hundreds of estate-bottled Champages that have recently arrived in the US are the superb wines of André Beaufort. These are complex, full-bodied wines, made from organic grapes, fermented with wild yeasts and bottled after very long sur-lie aging. "We keep our wines sur-lie as long
Mar 31 2016
Spring is Here and Blue Moon Fish is Back!
Alex Villani may be the most popular man in New York. His boat, the Blue Moon, operates out of the Mattituck Inlet in Eastern Long Island and since 1988 he has been truckng his fish into the city, offering the freshest seafood in town and at very reasonable prices.  The return of Captain Alex a
Mar 28 2016
Vecchio Toscana
Someday we hope to find the time to try more old Sangiovese, because quite of few of the ones we've tasted have been memorable. In the meantime, these should be excellent - as alway guarantee the condition of each bottle. Please let us know how it goes! Jamie Wolff
Mar 22 2016
This Must Be the Place: a Selection of Terroir Specific Champagnes
In as much as Champagne can be considered a brand embodying a "House Style," which is often the case, it can be a true wine of terroir. Whether it’s the sub-regional distinctions from the Kimmeridgian soils of the Côtes de Bar to the distinct chalkiness of the Côte des Blancs or explored at an even
Mar 21 2016
Newly Arrived Old Nebbiolo
More fine wine from our most recently arrived shipment. I think that at least another year has passed since I last mentioned decanting old Nebbiolo in these pages. Whenever that was, our experience since has 100% reinforced our practice of decanting these wines and giving them a long time to breath
Mar 18 2016
Natural Spanish Wines for Spring: A Sensational No- and Low- Sulphur Mixed Case!
February's flurry of natural wine events gave us with the opportunity to meet a number of our Spanish winemaking heroes for the first time! Lorenzo Valenzuela of Barranco Oscuro has many devoted fans among our customers, who have explored the heights (1300+ meters) of southern Spain's Granada region
Mar 18 2016
A Cool Stash of 1970s Chartreuse and Pernod
Everyone knows Chartreuse, but it's not every day that you have the opportunity to get your hands on bottles that have spent the past 40 years sleeping in a cellar in Italy. Chartreuse is well-known for its aging capabilities because the herbal components continue to meld in the bottle; there is no
Mar 16 2016
A Large Collection of Older Italian Amaro and Other Booze
We love the old labels! And the contents are fine too! The former owner is pretty sure he purchased these before 1980, but that's already 36 years ago, and it's possible that there might be some from later. Only a couple have barcodes, which didn't came into use until the late 1970s. While there ar
Mar 11 2016
Louis/Dressner Selections One-Day Sale, March 15, 2016!
For those of you who attended yesterday's Louis/Dressner tasting at The Ten Bells, consult your notes and select from the wines listed below to save an additional 5% on a one case (or more) purchase - that means 15% off on any 12 bottles or more puchased until midnight tonight! If you couldn't make
Mar 10 2016
43rd Annual Louis/Dressner Tasting and Benefit for Partners-in-Health, Monday March 14th at The Ten Bells, 3:00 - 7:00pm! (Call or email to reserve your time)
Please join us on Monday, March 14th as Louis/Dressner Selections and Chambers Street Wines present 22 of the finest estates in France and Italy at a tasting to benefit Partners-in-Health. "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." This is a great opportunity to taste and talk w
Mar 8 2016
43rd Annual Louis/Dressner Tasting and Benefit for Partners-in-Health, Monday March 14th at The Ten Bells, 3:00 - 7:00pm! (call or email to reserve your time)
Please join us on Monday, March 14th as Louis/Dressner Selections and Chambers Street Wines present 22 of the finest estates in France and Italy at a tasting to benefit Partners-in-Health. "We go. We make house calls. We build health systems. We stay." This is a great opportunity to taste and talk w
Mar 7 2016
Nino Negri: Older Vintages from the Valtellina
I love the Valtellina, and I love old wine from the Valtellina, but I confess I know very little about Nino Negri (est. 1897), the largest producer in the zone. I have only tasted a little recent vintage Negri, and found the wine ranging between perfectly-fine-if-not-exciting and seriously-oaky. At
Mar 7 2016
Stars of Nebbiolo
Demand for these may not be quite as intense as shown in the photo, but please don't wait too long! Unlike missing a glimpse of the Beatles, you can confirm that a wine is still available by clicking-through to our website. However, we sometimes get a flood of orders; we process them in the order re
Mar 4 2016
Best of The Big Glou and Vivent les Vins Libres!
Hundreds of great vignerons invaded New York over the past week, showing their beautiful natural wines at The Big Glou at the Wythe Hotel and Vivent les Vins Libres at Racines NY. Both events were a huge success and many dinners, parties and extra-curricular tastings helped spread the vinous joy all
Mar 4 2016
Belluard is Back!
It’s that time of the year again, and after a long absence of one of my favorite winemakers from our shelves, the wines from Dominique Belluard are here again! For those of us familiar with these fantastic wines, rejoice! And for those who haven’t had the pleasure of tasting them before, take note.
Mar 3 2016
Biodynamic Spanish Wines and Iberico Suckling Pig: An Evening with Joan Asens (Orto Vins) & Miguel Hornillos (Hornillos Ballesteros) at Toro NYC.
Over the past two weeks, we have been fortunate to host many of our favorite Spanish winemakers, who traveled to New York to present their wines at the wildly successful natural wine fair, the Big Glou. Enthusiasm for their wines and stories was over
Mar 1 2016
Big Glou and Vins Libres Triple/Double Tastings, Wed 3/2 and Thurs 3/3, 5:00 to 7:00pm at Chambers Street Wines!
On Wednesday: Valerie Frison, Champagne; Nicolas Carmarans, Aveyron and Bertrand Jousset, Montlouis! On Thursday: Savoie night with Dominique Belluard and Dominique Lucas!! Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to taste and talk with these talented natural winemakers...
Feb 29 2016
Last Minute Dinner Opportunity with Laurent Charvin: Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2000-2014! Wednesday March 2nd at 8pm, at Racines NY.
Join Laurent Charvin, the sixth generation at this great estate, for a rare (and last minute) appearance in the US at Racines NY! We'll taste eight vintages from 2000 to 2014 and enjoy a brilliant four-course dinner by Chef Frédéric Duca. Domaine Charvin, now certified organic, is one of the finest
Feb 25 2016
Vivent Les Vins Libres - This Sunday 11:00am - 7:30pm at Racines NY!
Vivent Les Vins Libres brings 22 oustanding natural winemakers to New York on Sunday 2/28 and Monday 2/29, sponsored by Pascal and Evelyne Clairet of Domaine de la Tournelle with the participation of Restaurant Quedubon, Paris and New York's Rouge Tomate and Racines NY. Sunday 2/28, 11:00am to 7:30p
Feb 23 2016
CSW Salutes the 30th Anniversary of Domaine Pierre and Catherine Breton, Bourgueil!
Chambers Street congratulates Pierre and Catherine Breton on the 30th Anniversary of their estate - 30 years of producing some of the most elegant and delicious wines in the Loire Valley, with great farming, brilliant winemaking and a convivial attitude that has made them friends around the world. T
Feb 18 2016
Year of the Monkey, Presidents' Day, Valentine's, Pre-Leap Year, and any other excuse for a cellar offer.
For a fairly blah month, there certainly are quite a number of holidays of varying significance in February. Rather than trot out any number of different special offers we’ve combined a few different cellar purchases into one Year of the Monkey, Presidents' Day, Valentine's, pre-leap year and any-ot
Feb 15 2016
Savoie: Autrement - The wines of Jacques Maillet
Back in 2015, while I was making my way through a wine show in France, I noticed the dark blue label of a wine I'd had the pleasure of enjoying many years ago . I pointed at the wine, and looked up to find the proud smile of Jacques Maillet - a man whom I had never met, but whose wines were som
Feb 12 2016
Mid-Winter, Cold and Snowy: Time for Rosé!
Back in January of 2011, Eric Asimov published an article in the NY Times entitled "A Rosé Can Bloom in Winter, Too!" and we couldn't agree more. A good rosé - made from grapes farmed with organic/biodynamic methods, harvested by hand, fermented with wild yeasts and bottled after a bit of aging - ca
Feb 10 2016
Rieslingfeier and a substantial cellar of well-curated Rieslings
Though February is a cold and cruel month in many ways, let us not forget that love is in the air! And while, yes, Valentine's Day is nearly upon us, our hearts are warmed by our love for the noblest of the white wine grapes, Riesling (apologies to our dear Chenin Blanc). In honor of Riesling, our g
Feb 7 2016
Natural Wines Invade NY - Vivent Les Vins Libres and The Big Glou, February 27 - 29!
For many years now, hundreds of vignerons from all over Europe have joined together at tastings to display their wonderful new world of naturally-made wines, made from grapes grown in living soils farmed with organic and biodynamic methods. (One of the first and favorite is La Dive Bouteille, h
Feb 6 2016
Markus Spindler
“So it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are a little longer to rest, to wait. But this country was not built by those waited and rested and wished to look behind them.” Ted Sorensen In so far as history sets expectations, most growers are more than happy to be work within tho
Feb 5 2016
The Events Calendar Runneth Over!
We are thrilled to be hosting a number of exciting tastings and dinners during February and March, many featuring visiting winemakers from France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and the United States. Please mark your calendars and join us for the following very special events! (And don't forget&n
Feb 4 2016
Gattinara and more
We’ve now tasted quite a few of these wines at dinners; I apologize that those tastings haven’t produced proper tasting notes – just happy memories. I need to learn to write while trying to play host. But, some standouts: pretty much all things Antoniolo (1964s!), and the Nervi and Travaglini wines
Feb 3 2016
A Tuscan Interlude
Every now and then we have to give old Sangiovese its due! These come from the same private collections as the Piedmont wines we offer. We hear that it's healthy to have a little variety in life... And old Sangiovese can be amazing. We're optimistic about these - while the 1988 vintage in Montalcino
Feb 2 2016
Gambellara - Soave's Lesser-Known Neighbor
East of Verona and just over the hill from Soave, Gambellara is a picturesque area covered by vines and lush valleys. Davide Vignato is now in charge of this family-run winery and was the first in the DOC to be certified organic and the first in the area to implement biodynamic farming methods. &nbs
Feb 1 2016
Piedmont N - V
N - V, but starting with some stragglers from earlier in the alphabet. And more to come, soon! Jamie Wolff
Jan 29 2016
Intermission: Produttori del Barbaresco
Another fine selection of the Produttori, from one of our favorite Italian collections. I'm not sure that I know of any other wine(s) that show such consistent quality, no matter the vintage. The 1960's and 1970's Riservas are magnificent wines. Jamie Wolff
Jan 28 2016
Priorat at the Limit: A Dinner with Dominik Huber of Terroir al Limit -- Betony (Friday 2/12 at 7pm).
We are pleased to announce a very special dinner with Dominik Huber, winemaker and founder of ground-breaking Priorat winery, Terroir al Limit. Torroja del Priorat is a postcard-perfect, rustic Catalan town of around 160 people, nestled in the side of a mountain and surrounded by gnarled old vineyar
Jan 27 2016
Piedmont A - M
A new purchase from a favorite Italian collector has arrived! To be offered in 2 parts, with an Intermission featuring the Produttori...
Jan 26 2016
French Wine for Dinner?
Between the darkness, the blizzards, the blustery winds, and slush, winter is making us hunker down. And while many dream of sunnier climes and the beach, some of us think of preparing wonderful, hearty, soul-satisfying meals. We envision the intoxicating aromas of that long-cooked braise, the burni
Jan 23 2016
The Final Installment of Chambers Street Selections Brandy: Single-Vintage Cognac!
Borderies is the smallest cru within the Cognac region of France, having only 4,160 hectares of vines (mainly Ugni Blanc) planted in clay-rich soils with flint and gypsum. It is here that arguably the most distinctive Cognacs are produced, and it is here that we found the third installment of our Ch
Jan 19 2016
Affordable Organic Burgundies from Jane et Sylvain, Champs de l'Abbaye and Jean-Claude Rateau - Featuring the Superb 2014s!
It's fascinating to read about and walk through the famous parcels in the Côte d'Or, learning about the subtle differences of slope, exposure, altitude, subsoil and topsoil that differentiate the great terroirs of Burgundy. It's not so interesting to note that many of these vineyards, largely create
Jan 17 2016
Austrian Classics
From current releases to older vintages, these are some of Austria’s finest vineyards and growers. Several back-vintage wines feature tasting notes and are in prime drinking windows. Genießen! - David Salinas
Jan 17 2016
Just Arrived - The Great 2014s (and more) From Clos des vignes du Maynes!
2014 is a great vintage for Julien Guillot and the Clos des vignes du Maynes with wines of  bright, lush fruit, impeccable balance and fantastic acidity and mineral expression. The top cuvées here are very rare, even in France, and we urge lovers of natural wines to obtain a sampling of these e
Jan 16 2016
Christmas in January or Easter Everywhere? Back Vintage Hubert Lignier and a Second Chance from Nuits St. Georges
With apologies to T. S. Eliot, in many ways January is the cruelest month. The inevitable post-holiday let down, the dark and cold, the half-hearted resolutions to never enjoy oneself again... The first month truly leaves a lot to be desired. But there are few rays of sunshine to brighten these day
Jan 12 2016
Great German Dry Wines
“We live in a world of refinement, not invention.” - Marco Pierre White “I want more freedom than that, a universe of surprises . . .  free of future predetermined.” Children of Dune, Frank Herbert The winter pruning is a time to make fundamental decisions, decisions that will affect the grow
Jan 11 2016
Winter Wines from Clos du Joncuas and Ferme Saint-Martin - Just Arrived!
Our last shipment of old-school organic wines  from Clos du Joncuas sold out almost immediately, but we were able to place one more order including the superb 2005 and 2006 Gigondas, as well as the delicious 2010 Vacqueyras. This is the last inventory of these lovely wines so don't delay in obt
Jan 8 2016
A Wonderful Selection of Southern French Wines
With the holidays over and winter in full swing (although depending on where you live it might not feel like it), my mind immediately dreams of island paradises and a bit of rest and relaxation. A wintry alternative to those dreams are similarly pleasing thoughts of hunkering down and cooking a hear
Jan 3 2016
Beautiful Natural Wines (2014s!) From Domaine Jousset in Montlouis! (Featured By-the-Glass This Tuesday at Racines NY)
We're very excited to start off the new year with another shipment from Lise and Bertrand Jousset, two of the nicest vignerons we have ever met, who make beautiful wines of nature from their 11 hectares in and around Montlouis-sur-Loir. Primarily working with Chenin Blanc in Montlouis, they also gro
Jan 1 2016
Happy New Year From Everyone at Chambers Street Wines! May You Have a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2016!
It's our fourteenth New Year at Chambers Street and once again we'd like to thank our great customers in Tribeca, around New York and around the country for making it possible.  We hope for progress and increased health and happiness for all in 2016, for peace and understanding, brightened by t
Dec 30 2015
Grower Champagne 3-Packs
“The discussion about what is good, what is beautiful, what is noble, what is pure, and what is true could always go on . . . I wouldn’t have it any other way.”  Christopher Hitchens This is a time of year for gatherings, for conversations about the things left unsaid during the rest of the ye
Dec 28 2015
Chamery's Brilliant Parade: Taste the Organic Champagnes of Thomas Perseval.
There are numerous ways to discover wine, or more accurately learn about a wine. There are the classics, described in the acknowledged tomes by wine authorities; there are the vast trade tastings where one ambles over to the most crowded table to join in the scrum to taste the newest/hottest/allocat
Dec 19 2015
The Enduring Masterpieces of R. López de Heredia and a Bold New Voice from the Rioja Alavesa
As winter begins in the Northeastern United States and the days grow gradually colder, the lush verdancy of summer is finally hushed with the stripping of the trees by wind and rain, and the earth gives up musky notes of broken down foliage, moss and fungi. Current releases from R. López de Heredia
Dec 18 2015
Vouette et Sorbée: Champagnes of Power and Precision from the Aube.
Although Vouette et Sorbée only started releasing Champagnes about 10 years ago, the domaine has grown in stature, mentioned in the same reverent conversations as rising stars Cédric Bouchard, Dominique Moreau (Marie Courtin), and Pascal Agrapart. Bertrand Gautherot used to sell grapes to other Cha
Dec 16 2015
A Time of Gifts : Champagnes
The following is a collection of some of the best Champagnes that John McIlwain and I have tasted throughout 2015. From affordably priced splits to good value vintage Champagnes and larger formats, there's enough stylistic range here to suit a myriad of celebrations. Enjoy! - David Salinas
Dec 15 2015
Team Beaufort
. . . take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.   – Christopher Hitchens We are all the beneficiaries of a more dynamic, more free-thinking, more conversationally-based wine world. There was a time, not so long ago, when m
Dec 14 2015
New Arrivals from Priorat's Finest: Scala Dei, Terroir al Limit, Nin-Ortiz, and Mas Martinet
Legend tells of how King Alfons "The Chaste" sent two of his knights to reconoitre the land in search of the ideal place for the Carthusian Order to settle in Catalonia. When they reached the foothills of Montsant they were immediately struck by the extraordinary beauty of the area and they requeste
Dec 13 2015
More Treasures from the Cellar
Some new arrivals, and as well we've found some more fine wine in the cellar that was under our radar. Some lagged because of damaged labels - as noted - but after all, you don't drink the label, and the prices more than compensate for what we guarantee is only cosmetic damage. Something for everyon
Dec 11 2015
The Lovely 2013 Burgundies of Chandon de Briailles (and some stately 2012s).
At Chambers Street Wines, we have had the great fortune to work with a number of fabulous organic growers over the years. With our mandate of supporting good farming and traditional wine-making, offering the Burgundies from Domaine Chandon de Briailles is a distinct pleasure. Based in the village of
Dec 10 2015
All About Mags!
With the holiday season in full swing, we thought it was time to highlight our selection of large format bottles! Once again we have a fantastic selection available from some of our favorite producers -- some that would be perfect for the 1,000 holiday parties you have to attend to this month, and o
Dec 9 2015
Two New Chambers Street Selections: Calvados and Armagnac!
Following on the heels of our recent whiskey barrel acquisition, we are thrilled to offer two new Chambers Street Selections — brandy style! Selected by none other than our friend and former colleague, John Rankin, on a trip to the famed brandy producing regions of France (Calvados, Cognac, and Arma
Dec 8 2015
Francesco Clerico Barolo Colonello 2010
For vineyard workers a merenda (the casse-croute of France) must be something to look forward to every day: it’s the mid-morning snack, and I imagine that it’s well-earned. In early summer of 1989 Francesco Clerico had come home to Bussia in Monforte to help his father in the vines (he was, at that
Dec 7 2015
New French Cellar Arrivals
The question arises: what makes the perfect gift? While we wouldn't insist upon there being one perfect gift, we do have an inclination that a very nice gift is perfectly aged wine. Below is a newly arrived selection of cellared French wines we'd love to find under the tree or upon the table this ho
Dec 6 2015
The Age of Scotch
In the first few thousand years after the Ice Age, Scotland’s forests grew vast and covered as much as 60% of the landscape. It wouldn’t only have been Scots pine that grew; the trees included oak, birch, hazel, rowan, and alder. Back then, it would have been truly wild. Scotland’s forests would hav
Dec 5 2015
Cava and Beyond: Sensational Champagne Method Sparkling Wines from Catalonia (Raventos, Recaredo, Can Suriol, Clos Lentiscus)
Over the last two centuries, key advancements in the history of Cava were introduced by a series of innovative heirs to the Raventós name and land. Josep Raventós Fatjó was among the first to produce Método Tradicional (Champagne method) sparkling wines; Manuel Raventós Domènech spearheaded the
Dec 3 2015
Champagne Geoffroy
Novels start not with a decision, as so many people think, ‘Why did you decide to write?’. That sounds to me like a description of writer’s block, when you have to decide to write something. It comes in the form of a throb or a shiver . . . I could never, sort of, disobey that feeling.  – Marti
Dec 2 2015
Introducing Domaine Villet from Arbois, and new arrivals from Marnes Blanches!
Earlier this year after a fantastic visit with Jean-Claude Rateau in Burgundy I headed east to Jura, to visit a few estates. Having only been in the region on a misty, snowy day in January years ago, I was excited to experience this part of France in the Spring. Of course, as luck would have it, it
Dec 1 2015
Piedmont G - S: Some New Arrivals + Look What We Found in the Cellar!
Chatter abounds regarding the future of wine prices in Piedmont. A good part of it is based on the sensation, which seems to be widespread, that the Chinese wine market may be turning its mercurial eye toward Barolo and Barbaresco. Bordeaux had its turn; Burgundy is still hot in China, but unlike Bo
Nov 30 2015
Piedmont A - F, Some New Arrivals, + Look What We Found in the Cellar!
Tried and true favorites here. BTW: we still can't figure out why more people haven't caught on to old Ceretto - now's your chance! All bottles guaranteed! Jamie Wolff
Nov 30 2015
Reprint: Sandri - Italian for Uncompromising
We really didn’t have enough of the Sandri wines when we first offered them in October. Since then we’ve been able to re-stock some more of the excellent 2007 Barolo, the 2013 Barbera and the 2013 Nebbiolo (and a little of the amazing Barolo Riservas from '07 and '08), and the response has been real
Nov 29 2015
Tempus Fugit
When we’re lucky enough to be offered wines by private collectors we don’t try to cherry pick, we just buy the wine – we’d like to be invited back to the party. Of course our idea of what’s a cherry is in the eye of the beholder: we do pass on the Harlan, but we’d love to have the old Beaujolais. In
Nov 28 2015
Just in Time for the Holidays: A Barrel of Wigle Rye!
We've done it again: we bought a barrel. This time from none other than our friends in Pittsburgh, PA -- Wigle, who are single-handedly trying to revive the region's history as the bread basket (or should I say whiskey barrel?) of America's distilling culture.  Before Prohibition ruined everyt
Nov 27 2015
One Great Gift: Chambers Street Gift Cards Are Here!
Our gift certificate format has always been endearingly simple. Customers never seemed to mind that we had to sit down, type and print out their gift certificates while they wait, but that's not a surprise -- our customers are pretty terrific. Nevertheless, an upgrade was long overdue. We've ju
Nov 24 2015
Holiday Classics from America's Finest: Kelley Fox, Steve & Jill Matthiasson, John Lockwood, Eric Demuth, Kenny Likitprakong, and More. (Plus a Last-Minute Thanksgiving 6-Pack!)
We're always eager to prod our customers outside of preferred regions, varieties, and styles - happily, it almost always works out!  This time of year, however, even the most adventurous drinkers among you seek out classic producers and varieties, often American, for gifts, parties, and feasts.
Nov 23 2015
Chiesa and the Roero
For several years I attended the annual giant tasting in Alba called Nebbiolo Prima; tasting 70-80 Nebbiolos before lunch is a truly interesting and challenging experience. By far the hardest group of wines to taste were from the Roero, the Nebbiolo-centric DOCG just north of Barolo. Poured first in
Nov 21 2015
Great Aube Champagnes
“Here we find people whose achievements will be snatched for the glory of others, whose sacrifices will be forgotten as detritus. The cleanest telling would draw one great person, in whom we could find a teachable narrative, an exemplar of what, should we give it our all, we could become. But those
Nov 19 2015
Muscadet 2005 - 2014 Featuring Luneau-Papin and Domaine de l'Ecu!
Once again, we find ourselves somehow possessing vast quantities of sensational Muscadet, both from the excellent 2014 vintage and, thanks to our friends the Luneau-Papins, the best vintages going back to 2005. We are especially happy to have the Domaine de l'Ecu 2014 "Granite" and "Orthogneiss" in
Nov 18 2015
Staying in the Holiday Spirit with Digestivos
While every wine retailer will offer suggestions on what to drink with Thanksgiving dinner, we’re determined to take it to the next level by telling you what to drink after Thanksgiving dinner! If one meal reminds us of indulgence (or even over-indulgence) it is Thanksgiving. And while we love the
Nov 16 2015
36th Annual Chambers Street Thanksgiving Email!
Recent tragic events in Egypt, Beirut, Paris and elsewhere may not inspire Thanksgiving, but life goes on - let's hope that an appropriate international response will someday put fanatic terrorism in the past. Thanksgiving — the wine lover's favorite holiday, when sharing our favorite bird-friendly
Nov 16 2015
Fontanafredda - A Reprint
What’s happened since last spring when text below was originally published? We’ve received another group of old Fontanafredda from an Italian collection, but more importantly we had a chance to taste a number of vintages (1958, 1961, 1967, 1971, 1978, 1982, 1988). I was too occupied during the tasti
Nov 14 2015
Apple Arrivals for Fall!
As soon as the temperature drops below the 60 degree mark, there’s a thought that we can’t get off of our minds: apples. Whether you prefer them plucked directly from the tree, baked into any sort of dish you can imagine, fermented into cider, or distilled into the sweet nectar of life known as appl
Nov 13 2015
Combate in the Gredos: Albillo and Garnacha from Maldivinas, plus new arrivals from Vinos Ambiz and Bernabeleva!
Through the airplane window on the scenic descent to Madrid, it is possible to view the majestic Sierra de Gredos mountains, part of the 600 kilometer long Sistema Centrale range and home to its highest peaks. Massive, storybook mounds from the sky, they are equally monumental from ground level
Nov 12 2015
The Produttori, Year In and Year Out.
My early years as a wine lover were spent in pursuit of Burgundy. All of the most sage advice I could find boiled down to the same 3 factors in determining the potential quality of a wine: Producer, Producer, Producer. Back in those bad old days there was much more bad wine out there, and it quickly
Nov 11 2015
Beaujolais: New Arrivals Featuring 2014 Dutraive Brouilly Vieilles Vignes! Beaujolais Dinner (2005 - 2014) at Racines NY Tuesday 11/17.
Although our favorite growers in Beaujolais have consistently made good wines in recent years, no recent vintage has captured the hearts and palates of Americans since the much-balyhooed Vintage-of-the-Century, 2009. (We are very fond of the 2012s here at Chambers Street - a minority opinion perhaps
Nov 10 2015
The Surgical Focus of Céderic Bouchard
Whether from his tiny estate Roses de Jeanne or formerly from his bespoke négoce operation, Cédric Bouchard crafts Champagnes of breathtaking focus. Each derived from one grape and one parcel and vinified to maximize sense of terroir and fruit while eliminating those elements Bouchard finds extraneo
Nov 8 2015
Clos du Joncuas is Back! Old-School Organic Wines from Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Seguret!
Our third shipment form the Clos du Joncuas has just arrived! We're very happy to have these wonderfully complex old-school wines on the shelf again and we urge you to try them. Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially
Nov 7 2015
Les Vignes de Paradis: The Wines of Dominique Lucas
This is the only time I’ve ever said this: Chasselas saved my life. After a brush with food poisoning from a bad hard-boiled egg for breakfast in Arbois, a harrowing drive with numerous switchbacks over the Jura Mountains on our way to the Savoie, two liters of water, and a bag of strange Scandinavi
Nov 6 2015
Taste with Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm, Tuesday, 11/10. Dinner with Hank and Caroline at Racines NY, Friday 11/13!
We interrupt our regular programming to tell you about  a surprise tasting with Hank Beckmeyer of La Clarine Farm at Chambers Street Wines on Tuesday evening, November 10th from 5 till 7pm. We'll taste the new releases  from this great producer of natural wines - La Clarine Farm is located
Nov 6 2015
La Grange Aux Belles, Nicolas Carmarans and Sebastien Fleuret - Great Natural Wines from the Aveyron and Loire Valley! Taste at Racines NY, Tuesday Nov. 10th.
We're proud to feature some sensationally delicious wines imported by our friend Fifi, formerly of Ten Bells and now bringing to NY some of the most distinctive natural wines of France. La Grange Aux Belles was created by Marc Houtin in 2004 - a classic story of a new career, first looking for vine
Nov 5 2015
New Champagne 3-Packs
This past July, we offered a bit of an exploration of Champagne through 3-Packs, organized by sub-regions, in an effort to render one of France’s largest appellations more approachable. The response was overwhelmingly positive and we’re delighted to write of the return of Chambers Street Wines’ Cham
Nov 4 2015
La Visciola Proves That It's Possible: Great Wine from Lazio!
When your clientele changes every day it must be easy to lose the incentive to maintain standards; there are very few customers who are going to be back ever again, which is why the food in Taormina, Como, or Amalfi is almost never as good as the food in a town just off the beaten path. A variation
Nov 3 2015
Grand Cru Nero d'Avola
Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted red grape in Sicily; it ranges from light and tart to heavy and roasted, the latter type a style that often comes with lots of new oak on top – not something that enhances the wine. There are quite a lot of pleasant and easy drinking Nero d’Avolas, but very fe
Oct 30 2015
The Many Mosels
Within the region formerly and more descriptively known as Germany’s Mosel-Saar-Ruwer (known simply as Mosel since 2007), there are terroirs that rival any in the world for their myriad, their depth, and for yielding wines of uncompromising, ethereal tension. Precisely because of the abundance and t
Oct 29 2015
Cappellano & Giacomo Conterno
These two producers need no introduction from us! However, two notes: Troglia was a wine merchant in Torino; some older friends in the region still remember them as having very high standards (the fact that they bought Troglia / Cappellano wines offers proof of this). I would assume that the Cappel
Oct 27 2015
Cavallotto
Another in the pantheon of great Barolo producers - the older vintages are magnificent wines.  Jamie Wolff   Some bottles of the Barolo Riserva Colle Sud Ovest have this celebratory back-label.  
Oct 25 2015
New Arrivals from Jean-François Ganevat! Dinner at Racines NY Tuesday 11/3.
Perhaps there are no CSW customers unfamiliar with Domaine Jean-François Ganevat, but just in case, we offer a brief description. Located in the hamlet of La Combe, Rotalier, southwest of Lons-le-Saunier, the estate dates back to 1650, with vines and Montbeliarde cows which produced milk for Comté c
Oct 24 2015
The Champagnes 0f Fabrice Pouillon
“He had simply chosen to make life easy to himself — to carry his human lot, if possible, in such a way that it should pinch him nowhere . . .”   - George Eliot, Romola Following the first global, commercial success of Champagne in the 19th century, its growers have had every in
Oct 23 2015
Burlotto
We think that Fabio Alessandria, owner and winemaker at Burlotto, is far out-performing most of his colleagues in the region, and we make no secret of our deep admiration for his wines. His father and grandfather also make excellent wine – a distinguished history which in fact goes back well into th
Oct 23 2015
Brovia - the best of 2011
As pronounced in an earlier email, we think Brovia made fantastic wine in 2011. Hyperbole would not be hyperbolic: we have seldom tasted young wines that seem so complete, balanced, promising, and on a strictly technical basis, delicious. However, these are not wines for the near-term; despite the r
Oct 22 2015
Nicolas Gonin: Patron Saint of "Orphan" Grapes
Though the town is only forty-five minutes east from the bustling city of Lyon, you’ve probably never heard of Saint-Chef. It is tucked away in the department of Isère -- not a well-known wine producing region by any means (all wines made here must be labeled either Vin de France or IGP Isère, which
Oct 20 2015
Louis/Dressner Selections One and A-Half-Day Sale, March 14 - 15, 2016!
For those of you who attended yesterday's Louis/Dressner tasting at Racines NY, consult your notes and select from the wines listed below to save an additional 5% - that means 15% off on any 12 bottles puchased until midnight tomorrow! If you couldn't make it to yesterday's event (The dinner, by the
Oct 20 2015
Not Nebbiolo!
Here's shocking news: there is very good, even excellent old Italian wine that's not made from Nebbiolo! Why just last week we tasted superb Sangiovese (1967 Barbi Brunello) and amazing Aglianico (1968 Mastroberardino Taurasi Riserva), so we know it's true! Even our friends in Piedmon
Oct 19 2015
German Prädikatswein
From the noticeably sweet to the nearly dry, the following wines show some of the stylistic range that's possible within German Prädikatswein. We've opened several sample bottles and found that newer vintages are showing great promise. Among the older, private cellar collection bottles, the corks an
Oct 18 2015
Mosel Strong
“You don’t grow on a secure path. All of us should conquer something in life and it needs a lot work. It needs a lot of risk.” – Francis Mallmann The vineyards of Germany’s Mosel wine region can be understood through beautifully rendered 19th century Prussian tax
Oct 16 2015
An Autumnal Steak Dinner with Eric Demuth! (Tuesday, October 27th, 7pm at Back Forty West)
We are always delighted to welcome Eric Demuth to Chambers Street Wines. He is unanimously popular among the staff and, on top of that, we absolutely love his wines! Our first tasting with Eric featured about 8 bottles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Syrah from some of Northern Californi
Oct 15 2015
Elio Sandri: Italian for Uncompromising
Have you had this experience? On your way to visit X (here insert known name like Mugnier or Mascarello), you pass little side roads with arrowed-signs naming producers you’ve never heard of, and you think: statistically there must be someone among these who actually makes really good wine. There ar
Oct 14 2015
Historic Marc de Chambolle-Musigny from Frédéric Mugnier
It’s funny how fortunes turn. Some spirits deemed essential fade, while others take their place. One such spirit is marc. Fashioned from the pomace, or pulpy skins and seeds left over from winemaking, eau de vie de marc was considered an essential digestif after a substantial meal much like
Oct 13 2015
A Reminder - Louis/Dressner Benefit Tasting and Dinner for Partners-in Health, Monday October 19th!
Space is still available at this fall's fabulous tasting and dinner for PIH! Don't miss this rare opportunity to discuss and taste with Alice and Olivier De Moor, Eric Texier, Melanie Tarlant and 18 more of the greatest winemakers of Europe... Please join us on Monday, October 19th at
Oct 11 2015
WINE LAB with Jon Bonné: Session 3 — Champagne!
In an effort to do justice to this most delicate and ephemeral of subjects — the wines of Champagne — Session 3 of Wine Lab with Jon Bonné will assume a different format from the first two: a guided, sit-down tasting of 9 Champagnes, served alongside casual bar snacks
Oct 10 2015
New Arrivals from the Northern Rhone: Levet, Lionnet and Gilles; Dinner at Racines with Sophie Barrett October 20th!
We're proud to offer the lovely 2012s, recently arrived, from these three outstanding producers of traditional Côte-Rotie and Cornas. 2012 was a somewhat difficult year for the vigneron with rainy periods in June and July followed by good weather in August and September and a few days o
Oct 9 2015
Piedmont M-V
From Piedmont, one of our favorite collections has offered another remarkable batch of wine, including some intriguing lesser-known producers. Who knows - a fine discovery is always possible! Jamie Wolff
Oct 8 2015
A New Shipment from the Big Cellar: Piedmont A - G
From Piedmont, one of our favorite collections has offered another remarkable batch of wine, including some intriguing lesser-known producers. Who knows - a fine discovery is always possible! Jamie Wolff
Oct 7 2015
38th Semi-Annual Louis/Dressner Tasting and Dinner to Benefit Partners-in-Health, Monday October 19th at Racines NY!
Please join us on Monday, October 19th at Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street, as we present 21 of the greatest winemakers in France, Italy, Croatia and Slovenia in a tasting and dinner to benefit Partners-in-Health "saving lives, revitalizing communities & transforming global health" sp
Oct 6 2015
Tio Pepe Two Ways: 50 Years in Bottle and the New "En Rama" Release
Tío Pepe Fino Sherry is the rare example of a wine that is the most widely distributed in its category as well as the most distinguished. The brand was born at González Byass winery in Jerez in 1844 when Tío Pepe himself, the uncle of Manuel María Gonz&a
Oct 5 2015
The Austrian Collection
It’s a rare privilege to present a collection of Austrian wines with such depth and range. It affords the curious, the adventurous, and the scholarly the chance to sample and make minutely fine observations and distinctions among some of Austria’s most heralded sites from some of Aust
Oct 2 2015
New Arrivals and Best Values from France, Under $20!
Among our recent arrivals from France there are many outstanding wines which we have not presented in emails, but which offer fabulous value and distinctive every day drinking at very reasonable prices. These are unique, complex and delicious wines which just happen to be inexpensive. Each one of
Oct 1 2015
A Selection of Aged Wines from a Longtime Customer
There's a chill to the air (finally) and though it finally feels like Fall there's a spring to our step. We've recently purchased a parcel of aged wines from a longtime customer and friend who needed to make some room in his cellar. There are a number of Tuscan, Rhône, and Burgu
Sep 30 2015
Champagne's Harvests
Historically, reaching physiological ripeness was a real challenge in Champagne. However, that challenge has greatly diminished in recent years and the well-documented reasons behind that change go beyond the anectdotal.             &
Sep 29 2015
Aligoté: Working Class Hero
There’s something about an underdog. That is to say, some of us find ourselves rooting for the unlikeliest of heroes. In wine as much as we love the nobility of benchmark wines and appellations, we also find ourselves drawn to the charms of so-called lesser grapes. In Burgundy we find this
Sep 26 2015
New Arrivals from the Jura - and By-The-Glass at Racines NY Tuesday, September 29th!
Given the scarcity and popularity of the best wines from the Jura, we're very happy to offer new arrivals and returning favorites from some of the regions best producers. And we are very excited to be collaborating with our friends down the street at Racines NY where they will pour a special
Sep 25 2015
Jochen Dreissigacker
Let us probe the silent places, let us seek what luck betide us;     Let us journey to a lovely land I know. There's a whisper on the night-wind, there's a star agleam to guide us,     And the vines are calling, calling . . . let us go.  – in admiratio
Sep 24 2015
Dinner at Maialino - What Could Be Finer?
We are happy to announce a series of wine dinners at Maialino. We’ve had quite a few very successful dinners in their private room, which is a peaceful and relaxed place to spend the evening. Add fantastic food, great service, and fine old Italian wine… I’m hungry already.
Sep 23 2015
Sensational Natural Values from Spain -- Alt Penedès, Sierra de Gredos, Mallorca, and More!*
People often ask us how we decide which wines to stock in the store. Organic farming, biodynamic methods, unique terroirs and growers, and natural winemaking with no additives are the qualities that dominate our list of criteria, store-wide. Perhaps the most impressive, albeit subjectiv
Sep 22 2015
Sangiovese with a Sea Breeze
Sangiovese is one of Italy’s most abundant red grape varieties, but it’s not the easiest to work with from a viticultural or enological perspective. At Villa Venti, Davide and Mauro seem to have found the magic formula. Nestled in a lush valley in Emilia-Romagna, south east of Bologna
Sep 19 2015
A Nice Lot of Mature Rieslings from Willi Schaefer
When it comes to wine nomenclature and taxonomy, the Germans have a gift of nearly Linnaen proportions. And while each Prädikat level has a legal definition, each also suggests a certain style or use. And while must weights and harvest time determine the category of wine, the expected style
Sep 18 2015
Domaine des Marnes Blanches
The Sud Revermont area of the Jura has become a small hub for terroir-driven, natural wines that more than titillate the palate. Beginning with the renowned Jean-Francois Ganevat, the philosophy for making wines of nature and terroir has spread to his neighbors Peggy and Jean-Pascal Buronfosse wh
Sep 17 2015
2014 Peter Lauer Pre-Arrivals!
We’re delighted to offer four, pre-arrival, single-parcel, 2014 wines from Peter Lauer. These wines are some of the most exciting dry to off-dry Rieslings being grown in Germany’s Saar valley. First on deck is the always dry and zippy, Fass 2 Extra Trocken, sourced from south and south-west facing R
Sep 16 2015
Dinner at Lupa: Fontanafredda 1958-1982 – Oct. 6
Fontanafredda 1958 – 1982, Dinner at Lupa, October 6th, 7pm The historical importance of Fontanafredda for Barolo cannot be overstated; it’s one of the oldest and largest properties in the region, and one of the first to estate-bottle and market under its own label. This is beauti
Sep 15 2015
Oltretorrente means outside the stream of life
Kind of dreamy, the life that Chiara and Michele have put in place, moving to their own home in the countryside in Piedmont after working for some big companies, a lovely place to raise their kids, to live peacefully in an unspoiled spot, to realize their desire to make their own wine.  Perh
Sep 14 2015
Vecchio Vermut
As part two of our rare and ancient herbal Italian beverages, we have a collection of Vermouths unlike any we have ever seen before. Most of these would have been bottled between 1960 and 1980, thus their herbal blend has had plenty of time to become resolved and harmonious. These vintage bottles
Sep 13 2015
Agrapart
Pascal Agrapart is doing next-level work in his 9.75 hectares of vineyards, spread across 62 parcels in the grand cru Champagne villages of Avize, Cramant, Oiry, and Oger. The wines and the cult status speak for themselves, but it’s worth taking the time to make the connections between his
Sep 10 2015
Taste Great Burgundies (and More) with Jeanne-Marie de Champs, This Saturday 4:00 till 7:00!
Come meet and taste with the indefatigable Jeanne-Marie de Champs who will share her great knowledge of Burgundy with us this Saturday from 4:00 till 7 PM! Jeanne-Marie represents some of the finest estates in the Côte D'Or, Côte Chalonnaise and Beaujolais and will pour a selectio
Sep 9 2015
Alto Piemonte and Other Fine Expressions of Old Nebbiolo
Good and age worthy wine from Nebbiolo is also made outside of Barolo and Barbaresco; here we’ve collected some fine examples, mostly from Alto Piemonte, and a few from Carema. The wines come from the same fine private cellars in Italy where we buy Barolo and Barbaresco. They are here and are availa
Sep 8 2015
Burlotto, Canonica, Brovia
Despite the commercial temptation to which a merchant might be subject, not every vintage can be our favorite. 2011 in Piedmont is not an easy year for us due to the heat of the season, which resulted in many full-bodied, even over-blown wines, with quite high alcohol levels. It’s similar i
Sep 3 2015
Pranzegg - Beautiful Wines from the Alto Adige
For a long time we’ve been tasting Lagrein and Schiava, the two key reds of the Alto Adige, just to see, in a fairly idle manner, if we could find any that we thought were as good as Nusserhof’s. Some are certainly good wines, but none have shown anything like the purity of Hans Mayr&
Sep 2 2015
G. Rinaldi, F. Rinaldi
We have had nothing but great experiences with older vintages of Francesco Rinaldi. I admire their new wine too, which is still made in a very classic, austere style, and needs a LOT of time. Here’s a fine chance to find out just how good the wines are once they have some age. Giuseppe Rina
Sep 1 2015
Great Bourgueils from Stéphane Guion! Last Call for the Beautiful 2012s from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry!!
Stéphane Guion, whose family has been farming organically since 1965, makes some of the most terroir-expressive and ageworthy wines in Bourgueil, and at prices that make the wines easily affordable to all! The 2014 vintage, which was looking disastrous as of mid-summer that year, has turne
Aug 29 2015
The Nikolaihof
“Again, he [Archimedes] used to say, in the Doric speech of Syracuse : “Give me a place to stand and with a lever I will move the whole world.” - John Tzetzes (Book of Histories : Chiliades) As the Wachau has been a fulcrum in the history of Western civilization, the vin
Aug 29 2015
Les Montils Mafia!
For decades now, the Loire Valley has been a hotbed of unconventional wine practices, with a history of winemakers turning away from the heavily prescribed use of pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers in favor of organic and biodynamic treatments, compost, cover crops, biodiversity in
Aug 28 2015
A Historic Collection of Amaro
America has a current obsession with Amaro, Italy’s classic digestivo. These bitter spirits are being incorporated in cutting-edge cocktails, and in the States there are now homegrown versions of Amaro popping up all over the country (there are already at least three made in Brooklyn). Inve
Aug 27 2015
Le Sot de L'Ange
Show me a fanatic and I’ll show you a success. Truer words could not be said about Quentin Bourse – the “Idiot Angel” of Azay-Le-Rideau. While this is the rough translation of the name of his label, Le Sot de L’Ange, he is a far cry from anything remotely resembling
Aug 21 2015
The Umami of Champagne
Champagne's stylistic range is born, in part, from an appellation with nearly 34,000 hectares under vine and from the potential to blend many of those myriad terroirs. However, an important part of the breadth and the particularities of these wines comes from a pivotal step in the Méth
Aug 18 2015
The Single Bottle Email
"In the old days, a bottle of wine and an eight hour read of me, seemed like the perfect evening. Now, every sentence should have a minimum elegance and euphony. This means not repeating, in the same sentence, suffixes and prefixes. You can't repeat. I think that prose will give a sort o
Aug 16 2015
Beautiful, Affordable Burgundies from Jean-Claude Rateau and Jane et Sylvain!
New shipments of beautiful, old-fashioned Burgundies have just arrived from Jean-Claude Rateau in Beaune, and Jane et Sylvain in Gevrey-Chambertin. These two estates practice organic or biodynamic farming, ferment with wild yeasts and age their wines in minimal or zero new oak thus preserving the
Aug 15 2015
Jochen Beurer : Young Swabian
Jochen Beurer is a man on a mission, in fact, a man on many missions. While most steep vineyard growers have their hands full with 700 to 800 hours of vineyard work per hectare, per year (double the number of work hours for flatland vineyards), Jochen is driven.  Driven, in his yout
Aug 14 2015
Rare Whisky
In one of our recent deliveries of vintage Italian wines, we received an extremely rare collection of old whisky. In the current market for Scotch and Bourbon it’s hard to overstate how incredibly difficult it is to track down vintage spirits. We’ve watched old stand-by values rocket
Aug 13 2015
The Beautiful 2014s from Alain Coudert at Clos de la Roilette!
Since taking over the estate from his father Fernand in 1991, Alain Coudert has become one of the most consistent and respected producers in Beaujolais. Alain was a reluctant vigneron, returning to aid the family after his brother had a serous accident in 1979. During our early visits to the esta
Aug 11 2015
Taste Natural Wines with Christophe Foucher of La Lunotte, Wednesday August 12, 6 to 8pm!!
Christophe Foucher makes brilliant natural wines on his 5 hectare estate in Couffy,  on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a short distance from our friends at Clos Roche Blanche. Christophe grows Sauvignon Blanc, Menu Pineau, Cabernet Franc, Cot and Gamay, farmed wit
Aug 7 2015
The Webers of Falkenstein
To visit the Webers of Hofgut Falkenstein is to know that practiced fingers still dapple embossed ribbons in measured sequence for no more considered reasons than pride of craft and tradition.               To know that many
Aug 6 2015
Rosé, Part Three - Sensational New Arrivals and CSW Exclusives!
We take our rosé selection very seriously at Chambers Street, seeking out wines made primarily with organic and biodynamic farming, vinified naturally with wild yeasts and bottled later after a few months of aging. These wines take longer to produce and many of our favorites are only arriv
Aug 2 2015
New Arrivals from Eastern and Southern France!
As the mercury continues to rise during these dog days of summer, so does the number of new wines filling our shelves. From new producers that are arriving for the first time to new vintages of producers we love working with each year, it is always an exciting couple of months. Of note are the ar
Jul 30 2015
WINE LAB with Jon Bonné: Session 2 — Jura!
Our inaugural Wine Lab with Jon Bonné was a great success! Thanks to all of you who attended for your punctuality, enthusiasm, and feedback. We look forward to seeing you again on Thursday, August 13th, for Wine Lab Session 2 — Jura. It is rare to witness
Jul 29 2015
Domaine Lise et Bertrand Jousset - Beautiful Natural Wines from Montlouis-Sur-Loire!
We are proud to feature new arrivals from Lise and Bertrand Jousset, two of the nicest vignerons we have ever met, who make beautiful wines of nature from their 11 hectares in and around Montlouis-sur-Loir. Primarily working with Chenin Blanc in Montlouis, they also grow Gamay, Grolleau and Chardonn
Jul 29 2015
Jacques Beaufort's Champagnes of Valor
Jacques Beaufort has held his vineyard work to the highest ethical standards (relying only on soil work, homeopathic & alleopathic treatments) for over three decades, but the measure of the courage of his convictions cannot be properly appreciated without context. Champagne has land prices th
Jul 28 2015
The Supernaturals (Part One) Featuring Clos des Vignes du Maynes "Cuvee 910!" By-the-Glass at Racines, Tuesday, August 4th!
Recent arrivals to Chambers Street have included some of the most sought-after natural wines of France (or "wines of nature" as Didier Barrouillet would say) - we've selected some of our favorites for this email and Racines NY will feature them by-the-glass - one night only - just u
Jul 26 2015
2014 Pépière Clos des Briords; 2014s from François Pinon!
                  The release of a new vintage of Domaine de la Pépière's Muscadet Clos des Briords is always a cause for rejoicing, especially when nature has blessed the Loire Valley with an
Jul 24 2015
Mosel Riesling Moonrakers
The highest rigged sail on the wind ships of the 19th century would be called the moonrakers or the hopes-in-heaven. They provided the ships that raised them with that pivotal extra bit of speed and lightness. The heyday of those sailing ships long passed, who stands watch over that highest sail,
Jul 23 2015
Wines of Nature from Christian Ducroux and Roland Pignard!
Chambers Street is honored to work with Christian Ducroux who produces vibrant, delicious "wines of nature" from his four hectares of living soils in Thulon, above Regnié-Durette in the Beaujolais. As with Didier Barrouillet at Clos Roche Blanche, Christian's attention is pri
Jul 22 2015
Rosado for All: A Summery 6-Pack of Spanish Rosés!
Pale, fresh and mineral-driven to pigmented, spicy and rich, some Spanish rosados (rosés) stand out for their bold structure and food pairing potential, while others are thirst-quenching, pleasurable and light. Vast diversity among terroirs, local grape varieties, and climates in beautiful
Jul 20 2015
More 2013s from Colin-Morey
There's something admirable about winemakers whose wines seem to transend vintage. One such producer is Pierre Yves Colin-Morey. Considered a rising star over the last decade, Pierre Yves Colin worked at his family’s winery until 2005 while starting his own label. His wines have since a
Jul 17 2015
Champagne's Subregions : A 3-Pack Tour
Every wine grower works within the potentialities afforded them by nature, but each grower also has a series of choices that will yield a particular vinous reality from among those possible outcomes. The grape bud is a prime example, because within each bud are found the eventual beginnings of no
Jul 16 2015
Burgundy from a Private Cellar - Available for Delivery in August
Part 5 of a private cellar of perfectly stored wines, although as previously noted the humidity was high and some labels are damp-stained. This group of Burgundies is offered as a kind of pre-arrival: we have examined and catalogued all of the wines, and we’re now storing them in a professi
Jul 14 2015
French Wine
Part 4 of a private cellar of perfectly stored wines, although as previously noted the humidity was high and some labels are damp-stained. The former owner is a Francophile at heart, with wide-ranging interests and taste; something for everyone! Including, to our delight and amazement, a fabulous
Jul 9 2015
Germany, Port, Spain, Italy
Part 3 of a private cellar of perfectly stored wines, although as previously noted the humidity was high and some labels are damp-stained. The former owner is a Francophile at heart (when it comes to wine), but made room for quite a number of other fine bottles. More to come!
Jul 7 2015
US, Australia, South America
Part two of a private cellar of perfectly stored wines, although, as previously noted, the humidity was high and some labels are damp-stained. The former owner is a Francophile at heart (when it comes to wine), but made room for quite a number of other fine bottles. More to come! Jamie Wolff
Jul 3 2015
Introducing WINE LAB with Jon Bonné: Session 1 — American Rebels!
We are always eager to learn more about what Jon Bonné is working on. He's a very busy man these days, relocating to New York after 15 years on the West Coast, and balancing his diverse assignments as the San Francisco Chronicle's contributing wine editor, senior contribu
Jul 2 2015
Bordeaux
This is the first part of a cellar of fine old European wines (along with some interesting American wines).  The wines were bought on release and also at Christie’s auctions in the mid 1990’s, when Christie’s was the market leader and the team there set a very high standard
Jul 1 2015
A Very Large Collection of Produttori del Barbaresco
In April we had a dinner of Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco, tasting many of what are considered the worst vintages of the last 50 years in Piedmont (which you can see in the above photo; for contrast I included a bottle from the famous 1978 vintage - it was corked). The Produttori didn'
Jun 30 2015
A Cure for the Summertime Blues
Gin is the ultimate summer spirit. Whether sipped neat, on the rocks, or mixed into your favorite cocktail, it never fails to refresh the soul (ever heard of a Corpse Reviver #2*?) and palate. Now more than ever, there is a vast array of different styles of gin available to us and each of them is
Jun 27 2015
Seeing Green in Saint Romain: Henri et Gilles Buisson
When you drive south from Beaune, the famous red wine vineyards of Pommard and Volnay stretch out on the slope to your right, while to the left you’ll find famed whit
Jun 24 2015
Summer Of Swabia
It's fun to drink serious wines from a winemaking region most Americans have never heard of and Germans simply scoff at. The area is Swabia--an area dear to our hearts and inspiring all because of two growers who have taken it upon themselves to take advantage of the hillside vineyards outsid
Jun 22 2015
New Old Barolo and Barbaresco
We have sold many wines from this favorite Italian cellar over the years and we're excited to have a new batch of their wine - as always, we guarantee condition. A quick note about decanting these wines: DO IT! In addition to our own recent experience(s), we have received numerous account
Jun 19 2015
Let the Grilling Begin!
Although there were no calls for barbeque in the Declaration of Independence, they have certainly become a fixture of our modern Fourth of July celebrations. According to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 80% of Americans plan to host or attend a cook-out that day making it the bigges
Jun 18 2015
Austrian Treasures Part 4: Alzinger
Precision is possibly the most oft-used term used to describe the wines of the Alzinger estate. Of course, the corollary to this is an extraordinary work ethic and committment to their vision. Since Leo Alzinger Sr. began bottling his family's wines in 1983 instead of selling off the grapes,
Jun 17 2015
Austrian Treasures Part 3: Wachau
This part of the Austrian collection includes a terrific list of lauded Wachau names. There is a broad range of styles, as the densely structured, mineral Pragers contrast greatly with the flashy decadence of FX Pichler. All of these are wines built for lifetimes that will span several decades, a
Jun 16 2015
Austrian Treasures Part 2: Kamptal, Kremstal, and Wagram
Today we take a brief respite from the powerhouse that is the Wachau and head downstream toward Vienna to briefly check in with the most beloved estates of the Kamptal, Kremstal and Wagram. Tucked higher up in the hills and shielded from the warming influence of the Danube, these wines lack the s
Jun 15 2015
Austrian Treasures Part 1: Emmerich Knoll
Adorning each bottle of Knoll is St. Urban’s holy visage: his fiery stare is a fitting way to alert those about to imbibe of the serious nature of the wines contained within. Frankly, we’re as much terrified as inspired by his powerful mystical presence, but we love it (and the w
Jun 11 2015
The Spirit of Speyside
The Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival, held annually as April turns to May, offers a a chance for in-depth visits to distilleries (normally off-limits to the public) in this small northeast corner of Britain that is home to over half the distilleries in Scotland. The high concentration of smokes
Jun 8 2015
Some New Old Riojas, Priced for Immediate Enjoyment!
We are pleased to have received an extensive collection of old Riojas from a single Spanish cellar. All of the bottles have at least several decades of age and are ready to drink now. Mature Rioja wines offer reliable pleasure through generous, shimmering Tempranillo fruit and textural depth, fre
Jun 5 2015
The Dream Of The 1890s Is Alive In The Mosel
There is nothing quite like the light, bracing, barely off-dry style of Riesling in which the Mosel particularly excels. In the 1890s and the first decade of the 20th Century, it was this unique character that grabbed the public's attention and affection, and Mosel Rieslings enjoyed a status not see
Jun 3 2015
Knoll and Alzinger: A Pair Of Austrian Dinners
Over the past few years we have been lucky enough to have been granted access to a few perfectly stored collections of Austrian whites. The great wines of the Wachau, Kremstal, and Kamptal have remarkable substance and significant aging potential, with a reputation that has only been growing.
Jun 2 2015
Taste Great Muscadets with Jo Landron, Domaine de la Louvetrie, Saturday June 6th! Dinner with Jo, Monday June 8th!
Chambers Street is proud to host one of our favorite winemakers, Jo Landron of Domaine de la Louvetrie, pouring new arrivals from this wonderful estate, Saturday, June 6th, from 4 till 7:00. Turning towards organic farming in the late 1980s, the entire estate is now certified organic and Biodynamic
May 31 2015
Apples To Apples
Apples are one of the most diverse agricultural crops (with more than 7,500 known varieties), but they are overlooked in terms of quality, because they are often associated with sweet, cloying ciders and boring varieties sold on grocery store shelves.  This is unfortunate. Luckily we have be
May 29 2015
Champagne's Bérêchian So(u)l
Walk a vineyard’s rows before harvest and taste the grapes from different plots, from vine to vine, from bunch to bunch, and one thing jumps out: Ripeness varies! Should those differences in ripeness be, in part, chalked up to the naturally occurring mosaic of soils from one corner of the v
May 27 2015
Rosé, Part Two! Featuring Les Fouques, Baudry, Sancerre, Spain, California and More!
Summer having made it's usual abrupt late-May arrival in New York, we are happy to offer a wide and delicious array of (mostly) new arrivals to our outstanding collection of rosés for your seasonal enjoyment. We take our rosés seriously at Chambers Street. The vast majority of t
May 20 2015
A New Brunello for Chambers Street Wines
Being on many wine lists, my inbox always seems full of emails with superlatives describing the most recent vintage or recently discovered winemaker that my cellar can’t survive without. I’m sure that many are quite good and our friends at other stores and journalists are working hard
May 19 2015
My Fair Riesling
  The evolution of North American Riesling offerings, from simple and sweet to dramatically aromatic and superbly dry make this a thrilling time for Riesling lovers. Newcomers to Riesling will find an array of expressions that were untapped until inspired winemakers championed the g
May 17 2015
Pierre André, Clos du Joncuas and la Ferme Saint-Martin; Great Traditional Wines from the Southern Rhone! Rhone Dinner at Racines NY, June 9th!
These three great estates are long-time practitioners of organic and biodynamic farming; Clos du Joncuas has farmed organically since 1920 and has been certified since 1980, Domaine Pierre André has been organic "depuis toujours," certified since 1980 and Biodynamic since 1992, a
May 15 2015
The Age of Champagne
Stand at the seashore or by the fogbank of a fragrant forest and the aromas of place will seem to be the concentrated essence of sea-spray or pine. This is more than just romantic fancy because the tiny water droplets of a fog can contain supersaturated solutions of aromatic compounds. Thanks
May 14 2015
German Mavericks: The Pinot Noirs of Enderle & Moll
When Sven Enderle was growing up in the foothills of the Black Forest, his favorite place to play was in the breezy slopes around Ettenheim, roughly equidistant from Freiburg in Germany and Strasbourg in Alsatian France. Apple trees and grapevines peppered the fields under the protective watch of
May 13 2015
Dine With Michael Dashe: In-Store Tasting and Dinner
We are long time admirers of Michael Dashe. He’s a sweet tempered winemaker whose excitement about fermentation and all things wine is incredibly infectious. Michael and his wife/co-winemaker Anne created Dashe Cellars in 1996 as a project to focus on northern California’s steep, cool
May 12 2015
2012s from Georges Lignier
One of the curious things about Burgundy is how one can manage to have a famous name and a bounty of fine vineyards and remain off the radar. One such grower is Domaine Georges Lignier, who despite having 16 Hectares across 17 appellations (including substantial parcels in multiple grand crus), m
May 8 2015
Wild, Wonderful Steiermark
There are strange stirrings in the south of Austria, encouraging whispers and exciting wines from a small group of ecologically conscientious, hands-off winemakers who are redefining the region. Styria, or Steiermark in Austrian parlance, is a beautiful locale of rolling hills an hour south of Gr
May 6 2015
Rustic and Rugged – The Wines of Southwest France
Between Bordeaux in the north and the Pyrenees Mountains to the south lies the Sud-Ouest. This is one of France’s lesser-known winemaking regions, overshadowed by the prominence of Bordeaux, and isolated by its rural setting (this is the least densely populated region of France with only te
May 5 2015
Spanish Spring Mixed Cases Are Here!
Popular demand and this week's weather forecast have compelled us to assemble another delicious Spanish Mixed Case! This mouthwatering array of energizing whites, juicy rosés, and fresh, complex reds is specially selected to complement the market-fresh vegetables, meats, seafood, and h
May 3 2015
The High Road
Sitting in the multistory steel and glass atrium of the soon to be re-opened 5 Beekman Street, you can’t help but notice the drive and the confidence that marked New York at the end of the 19th century. It was a similar boundless industry and optimism of bold spirits that raised the copper
Apr 30 2015
Welcome to the Club!
Over the last couple of years our Wine Clubs have attracted quite a loyal following. We’ve just added four new ones for you to try or give as a gift. Each month we will carefully curate and select wines and Scotch to guide you through different grape varieties, regions and/or producers. You
Apr 28 2015
2010 Pépière Chateau Thébaud, 2014 Pépière Sur Lie and More Great Muscadet!
                            During this year's winter trip to France we had two occasions to taste the wines of Domaine de la Pépière. Both times we
Apr 27 2015
Poking Around Pays Off: Sensational 2013 Pinot Noirs from Wind Gap
Tasting through new releases from California, we consistently find Pax Mahle's Wind Gap label on the wines we think are the most vibrant and intriguing expressions of the Sunshine State’s cooler corners. At this year's In Pursuit of Balance tasting - a yearly event focused on e
Apr 24 2015
Great 2012 Burgundies from Stéphane Magnien! Dinner at Racines NY, Tuesday, May 5th!!
We were very happy to hear that a small additional quantity of Stéphane Magnien's wonderful 2012s was available, including some of the lovely 1er Cru Faconnières. These are beautiful wines that don't as yet carry the insane price tags attached to the top producers of this st
Apr 23 2015
Great Growths and Great Owls: Top Wines from Lauer and Weiser-Künstler
2013 in the Mosel was tricky, a vintage made difficult primarily from rain during the harvest, but if there is one takeaway from the story of the vintage, it's that results varied widely from grower to grower -- and it's possible that Florian Lauer made the best 2013ers of anyone in the r
Apr 22 2015
Please Welcome Wink Lorch! Book Signing, Jura Tasting, and Savoie Dinner
Wink Lorch’s wine writing career spans 25 years, with half of them exclusively covering the Jura. Her self-published Jura Wine: The Book is hands-down the most complete guide in English to the wines of the region. She does not come to New York City often, so we are very excited to be hostin
Apr 21 2015
Time for Another Installment of Look What We Found in the (Piedmont) Cellar!
Here are a few new arrivals, and also some fine finds in the cellar here. As always, we guarantee the condition of each bottle.There are some older wines from producers we admire but hardly ever see, like Guido Porro, Rizzi, Scarzello...
Apr 20 2015
Single-Vineyard Champagne
Once, the vineyards of Champagne were simply divided into the wines of the mountain and the wines of the river.  During the winters of the Little Ice Age (16c-19c), these wines, particularly those of the river, would often experience stuck fermentations. Spring’s warmth would restart t
Apr 17 2015
Spring is Here (Maybe) - Our First Crop of Rosés!
The migrating birds recently arrived in New York seem a bit tentative with their songs of Spring, doubting perhaps that the dreadful winter of 2014/2015 is finally behind us. But we are optimistic and are begining to look forward to those warm spring and summer evenings enjoying a tasty ros&eacut
Apr 16 2015
An Evening with Steve Edmunds at King Bee!
Since its founding in 1985, the Edmunds St. John label has stood for balanced, low-alcohol, and terroir-expressive wines from some of the most unique and well farmed vineyards in the state of California (Fenaughty, Witters, and Barsotti to name a few). Winemaker Steve Edmunds spent decades a
Apr 15 2015
Lilian Duplessis - The New Generation of Chablis!
Organic farming and natural winemaking are not the first things to come to mind when thinking of Chablis. Industrial farming is commonplace, with chemical pesticides and mechanical harvesting in the vines and lab yeasts and other winemaking tricks in the cellar. There are, however, a few producer
Apr 13 2015
Learning to Love VinItaly
We’re kind of learning to love VinItaly. Yes, it’s crowded, sometimes with inebriated sightseers who make it extra-hard to navigate. Yes, the food sucks, but that’s hardly why you go. True, the bathrooms are a topic to avoid – literally, if possible. But it’s excitin
Apr 10 2015
Jefferson's Bourbon - Chambers Street Style
  We continue our Bourbon odyssey with a special selection from Trey Zoeller’s fantastic Jefferson’s label. Jefferson’s is unlike other Bourbon, because instead of distilling they focus on purchasing the best barrels possible from other producers to create superb, ultra
Apr 10 2015
Piedmont Week - Friday - Cavallotto
In the opinion of this map-loving wine geek, Alessandro Masnaghetti, the author of the map pictured above, would already be Sir Alessandro, as he has performed extraordinary services for his country – if only Italy had knighthoods. Masnaghetti’s ever-expanding library of vineyard maps
Apr 9 2015
Piedmont Week - Thursday - De Forville and Barale
A few weeks ago we had a wonderful dinner at Franny’s, the excuse being a chance to taste a number of vintages of De Forville Barbaresco. Prior to dinner, the oldest De Forville I’d tasted was about 14 years old (the excellent 1995), so I really didn’t know what to expect. All o
Apr 8 2015
Piedmont Week - Wednesday - Franco Fiorina
We can’t offer much sound information about Fiorina without blatantly plagiarizing Wasserman’s Italy’s Noble Red Wines; as usual it’s hard to find anything else published. But on Franco Zilliani’s fascinating site www.Vinoavino.org, there’s a very informative s
Apr 7 2015
Piedmont Week - Tuesday - A Favorite, Cordero di Montezemolo
Cordero di Montezemolo is one of our great favorites for their wines made up until 1990, after which they went to a modern-style wine. Hearsay has it that things are moving back at Cordero, and I was happy to hear that their 2010s were showing much better than other recent vintages I’d tast
Apr 6 2015
Piedmont Week - Monday - the Historic Wines of Fontanafredda
The historical importance of Fontanafredda for Barolo cannot be overstated; it’s one of the oldest and largest properties in the region, and one of the first to estate-bottle and market under its own label. This is beautifully related in Kerin O’Keefe’s “Barolo and Barbare
Apr 2 2015
Exciting Arrivals from California: Three Mourvèdres and a Pair of Great Grenaches!
Dirty & Rowdy's Hardy Wallace is one of the hardest working (not to mention nicest) winemakers in the business. His expressive lineup of Mourvèdre wines (eight of them) alone requires consistent travel from the winery in Santa Rosa, California to far-flung parcels around
Apr 1 2015
2012 Baudry Clos Guillot and Croix Boissée: Great Wines from Wonderful People!
It gives me great pleasure to offer these superb wines, as 2015 marks a quarter-century of importing Chinons from the wise and affable Bernard Baudry. (I think we began, at Garnet Wines, with 1988, purchased directly from an agent in the Loire, followed by the sensational 1989s which are now drin
Apr 1 2015
Principiano - Fine Barolo That You Probably Haven't Heard About
Grape growing in Barolo and Barbaresco has changed quite a lot in the 12 years since I first visited, the most visible and obvious factor being the greatly diminished use of herbicide – there’s still plenty used, but at least the whole place doesn’t look like the moon with vines
Mar 31 2015
The High Road
Sitting in the multistory steel and glass atrium of the soon to be re-opened 5 Beekman Street, you can’t help but notice the drive and the confidence that marked New York at the end of the 19th century. It was a similar boundless industry and optimism of bold spirits that raised the copper
Mar 28 2015
The Return of Blue Moon Fish!
We're very happy that our friend Alex Villani of Blue Moon fish has recovered from some health issues last fall and is back on the water! His boat, the Blue Moon, operates out of the Mattituck Inlet in Eastern Long Island and since 1988 he has been truckng his fish into the city, first to the Tribec
Mar 27 2015
2012s from Martin Bart and Gilles Lafouge; Lovely Burgundies, Great Values!!
"Value" and "Burgundy" are words that don't frequently go together and yet these two estates consistently produce beautiful wines which we are able to offer at extremely reasonable prices. The 2012 vintage is particularly successful for both Bart and Lafouge with the wines
Mar 26 2015
Early 21st-Century German Greats
Below is a collection of wines from the heady, sepia-tinted days of the first decade of the 21st century, from some familiar favorites. A lot of them in terrific drinking shape now - we've been cherry-picking some of these ourselves since they arrived recently and enjoying them thoroughly. Jo
Mar 24 2015
Spring Cleaning Cellar Selections
Despite the head fake last week in the form of a snowstorm, Spring is finally here! The days are getting longer and despite the chill, they will get warmer. And while ramps haven't arrived at the Greenmarket just yet, we're getting in the spirit of things by helping a couple of friend
Mar 23 2015
New White Wines from Jura and Savoie: Stéphane Tissot, Fabrice Dodane, Céline and Steve Gormally, and more!
Eastern France continues to offer surprises, whether in the form of distinct and flavorful wines from classic producers, or the new generation of winemakers who have been purchasing vines and establishing themselves at the vanguard of natural winemaking in some of France’s most historic win
Mar 22 2015
Vin de Pays, Vin de France: Great Wines, Great Values!
Since we opened, Chambers Street has been happily featuring unknown French growers who make fabulous wines, many of them outside the normal AOC structures either by choice or by geography. Today's offer contains fourteen of our favorite Vin de Pays, Vin de France and otherwise unusual wines.
Mar 20 2015
Native Grapes of Italy
We all love Italian wine. Grapes like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino are very familiar, but many of the lesser-known indigenous grapes of Italy will soon be sharing the spotlight. According to Ian D’Agata’s comprehensive Native Wine Grapes of Italy, the country
Mar 20 2015
Paris/New York "Six Hands Dinner" Thursday, March 26th at Racines!
We invite you to join us at Racines NY as Chef Renaud Marcille from Racines (8 Passage des Panoramas, Paris) and Chef Alexandre Navarro from Racines 2 (39 Rue de l'Arbre Sec, Paris) join together with Chef Frédéric Duca from Racines NY, bringing Paris to 94 Chambers Street for o
Mar 18 2015
Beautiful Wines from Tenerife (Canary Islands): Viñátigo, Ignios, Monje, and Tajinaste.
The Canary Islands started their ascent from the eastern Atlantic more than 20 million years ago, just 100 kilometers off the western coast of Africa near the southern border of Morocco. The gradual emergence of the volcanic island chain began with Fuerteventura and Lanzarote in the east and continu
Mar 18 2015
Louis/Dressner Selections One and One-Half-Day Sale!
For those of you who attended yesterday's Louis/Dressner tasting at Racines NY, consult your notes and select from the wines listed below to save an additional 5% - that means 15% off on any 12 bottles puchased until midnight tomorrow! If you couldn't make it to yesterday's event, her
Mar 13 2015
All About Mags
Everyone loves magnums. They are inherently festive, commanding attention at any occasion. They are also the ultimate size for cellaring due to the larger volume of wine for oxygen to interact with (an interesting experiment for all wine collectors).  We are excited to share this curated sel
Mar 11 2015
Iron City, Strong Spirits
On a recent trip to Pittsburgh I visited numerous watering holes* and was delighted by cocktails crafted from fresh components.  Some drinks featured innovative ingredients (coconut cream, tarragon, crushed red pepper,) others were deftly executed classics, but every bar had an assortment of
Mar 11 2015
37th Annual Louis/Dressner Tasting and Dinner, Benefiting Partners In Health, Tuesday, March 17th! 5 Dinner Seats Still Available!
We're sorry, but the Tasting and Dinner are fully booked. Let's hope we can go back to a Saturday schedule in a larger space for next year's event... This year's Louis/Dressner Tasting and Dinner will take place on Tuesday, March 17th in the beautiful confines of Racines NY at
Mar 10 2015
The Superb 2012 Crozes-Hermitages from Domaine Rousset!
Beginning with the 2009 vintage, and based on a recommendation from Jean Gonon, we have been featuring the wonderful Crozes-Hermitages and Saint-Joseph from Stéphan and Isabelle Rousset.  Stephane's great uncle was the legendary Raymond Roure, from whom the Roussets purchased the
Mar 9 2015
Champagne Rising
Champagne is a wine region so defined by its image, by its brand, that it’s often difficult to glimpse its physical nature. Before the brand, before human perception, there was ancient inland sea, covering what is now called the Parisian Geological Basin, which sustained a type of phytoplankton, who
Mar 6 2015
Righteous Rossese
Liguria is one of Italy’s most picturesque and dramatic wine regions. It’s a sliver that runs along the northwest corner of the country where the Maritime Alps jut-out over the Ligurian sea. Many famous towns and cities like Savona and Genova cling to the cliffs, connected by the rais
Mar 6 2015
A Whole Lot of 'Rot'
Over the past few months I’ve enjoyed assembling a small selection of Austrian and German rot weine (red wines) that are a little outside of the norm. By that, I really just mean that these producers make wines that aren't afraid to exhibit a little more idiosyncrasy, simply by eschewin
Mar 2 2015
Dominique Belluard - Savior of Gringet
The wine district of Ayze is in the Savoie region of eastern France, not far from the Swiss border. Here the world’s remaining 20 hectares of an indigenous grape variety known as Gringet are farmed, and half are owned by Dominique Belluard. Dominique took over this estate in 1988 and became
Feb 26 2015
An Evening with Gideon Beinstock (Clos Saron)
Gideon Beinstock of Clos Saron is coming to town and we are thrilled to have an entire evening to spend with him! Following decades of experience in wine sales, winemaking, and viticulture for Renaissance (the pioneering winery in California’s Sierra Foothills), Gideon and his wife, Saron,
Feb 26 2015
An Iberian Wintry Survival Pack
Popular demand and cold weather ennui have compelled us to assemble an Iberian Wintry Survival Pack! This is a case of eight reds and four whites from Spain and Portugal, designed to soothe and fortify you through the final weeks of winter. Rich, warming reds like Mas Marer from Rene Barbier and
Feb 25 2015
California Variety
We’ve never had such a dynamic (and delicious!) selection of Californian wines. Between classics and new producers, if you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on on the West Coast then you are missing out on a heap of excitement. Winemakers are interested in grape vari
Feb 24 2015
Falkenstein: The Tangy Soul Of The Saar
‘Make wines low in alcohol with lovely aromas.’ A tenet of the legendary Jules Chauvet of Beaujolais, rarely is this phrase associated with German winemaking. Yet the wines of Hofgut Falkenstein in the Saar valley fulfill this as well as any producer in Germany, let alone France. This
Feb 22 2015
Vallana Tasting and Dinner, March 11th, 2015
There are a lot of exciting developments in Italian wine, and one of the most gratifying to us is the revival of Vallana, the great producer in Alto-Piemonte, making Spanna, Gattinara, and Boca. The new generation of the family (now called Fogarty-Vallana) is making fantastic wine again, and Vall
Feb 19 2015
Majestic Mountain Wines: Garnachas de Gredos (and some Albillo too).
To the best of our knowledge, Garnacha originated in northeastern Spain's Aragon region, which was the center of the powerful maritime confederacy known as the Crown of Aragon. From the 12th to 17th centuries, the Crown extended from Spain to absorb the Mediterranean states of Mallorca, Sardi
Feb 16 2015
Psychedelic Booze
We’ve never been so excited by a German liquor! In Germany, there are a variety of delicious herbal spirits, but few make it to our shores outside of the frat house favorite Jägermeister. This is a gross injustice considering how broad the selection of Italian, French and even American
Feb 16 2015
Nebbiolo, NOT Barolo or Barbaresco!
All of the experts agree that Nebbiolo is a tough grape to grow, even on its home ground of Piedmont and a little slice of Lombardy (there are some well-regarded non-Italian Nebbiolos, but so far the only one I’ve enjoyed was made by John Paul at Cameron in Oregon – it actually tasted
Feb 13 2015
Sparkling Wines for Valentine's Day and Beyond
Legend has it that Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony gave Cleopatra wineskins and jars filled with sweet and frothy red wine that was thought to be an aphrodisiac. Whatever your romantic intentions are for Saturday night, every occasion is more festive with bubbles. Below are some of our favori
Feb 12 2015
“Sweet is your Real Estate”
Sweet wines are sadly overlooked, misunderstood, and maligned. Perhaps uncertain of the wines' place at the table, we refer to them as dessert wines, as if to pair with cake or pastry; in truth there can be some inspired pairings. But when the sweetness would serve as a counterpoint to savory
Feb 11 2015
Newly Arrived: An Assortment of French Wines
While we are in the throes of winter, a collector friend has decided to do a bit of spring cleaning. We were happy to help out. Below are a number of Burgundies, with a smattering of Bordeaux, Rhône, Loire reds priced sharply and ready to drink! We're also delighted to have a number of
Feb 10 2015
Events in honor of "Barolo and Barbaresco" by Kerin O'Keefe
There is a surprising lack of well-written and reliable info in English about Italian wine, especially when compared to the acres of books on French wine. We are still dependent on Wasserman’s “Italy’s Noble Red Wines”, and that was last published in 1990! There are other
Feb 7 2015
Rum vs. Rhum
Precursors to rum date back to antiquity with documented examples of drinks made from fermented sugarcane juice in China, India, and Malaysia; however modern-day distillation of this fermented alcohol did not take place until the 17th century on Caribbean sugarcane plantations. The British coloni
Feb 5 2015
A Special Collection of Amaro and Chinato
Excluding some malt Whisky, it’s very unusual to find a vintage date on a bottle of booze. According to the previous owner, everything in this collection was purchased prior to 1990, and most of it well before then. We’ve noted a few bottles that have dated tax-stamps, and there are s
Jan 30 2015
More Fine Old Barolo
A fine range of older Barolo, including some great rarities. As always, we guarantee condition. To see live inventory, please click-through to the website.  
Jan 29 2015
Rieslingfeier 2015
Once again a noble band of German winemakers are currently gracing New York's snowy streets with their charm and knowledge, pouring wines and participating in seminars for this year's German Riesling celebration, Rieslingfeier. For those not attending the dinner or the seminars, we hope y
Jan 28 2015
Barbaresco - not the Produttori
We have not ever exactly hidden our deep attachment to the wines of the Produttori del Barbaresco over the years (and in a couple of months we’ll have a giant collection of those wines for sale). Nonetheless it’s useful and good to remember that other excellent wines are made in Barba
Jan 27 2015
A Few Vintages of Berthet-Bondet Château-Chalon
Jean and Chantal Berthet-Bondet do not come from a long line of winemakers. They do, however, know a thing or two about agriculture. The two met in Montpellier as they pursued their respective courses in agronomy, leading Jean to take an assignment as a cooperante (a voluntary role as a researche
Jan 26 2015
A Bevy of Cool French Wines from a European Cellar
Just arrived: a European cellar purchase containing a number of interesting and ready-to-drink wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhône, and Languedoc. Of special interest are older bottles from Mas de Daumas Gassac and assorted northern Rhônes from Delas and Vallouit, not to mention a nu
Jan 22 2015
Neighbors in Barolo
Neighbors in Barolo These winemakers are neighbors in the town of Barolo (which gives its name to the overall wine district); many are cousins or otherwise connected by marriage. In several instances you can travel from the front door of one winemaker to another’s in less than a minute.
Jan 21 2015
Clos du Joncuas: Old-Fashioned Organic Wines from Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Seguret!
Clos du Joncuas, founded in 1920 by Pierre Auguste Chastan, has always farmed with natural methods and has been officially organic since 1980. Currently run by sisters Dany and Carole Chastan, the estate's Gigondas vines are on slopes below the Dentelles de Montmirail on soils of clay with do
Jan 19 2015
Alzinger, Brundlmayer, Hirtzberger, Knoll, Nigl, Nikolaihof, Pichler and Prager 1983 - 2012.
We offer a recently acquired parcel of Austrian wines, perfectly stored. The wines are in stock, case discounts apply.
Jan 17 2015
Colin-Morey 2013 St. Aubin
This shouldn’t come as news to anyone who loves white Burgundy, but Pierre Yves Colin-Morey has risen to the top rank of the region’s producers. That they have done so based on the less-than-fashionable appellation of St. Aubin, is in some ways the more notable accomplishment. Considered a rising st
Jan 14 2015
Good News! 2012 Pépière "Clisson" and 2010 "Quatre" Have Arrived!
Good news seems to be in short supply these days, but the arrival of great new wines from Domaine de la Pépière is certainly something to celebrate. Our friend Marc Ollivier has given us many beautiful wines over the last twenty-five years and he has added two more brilliant Muscade
Jan 12 2015
2012s From Sylvie Esmonin: "Un Beau Millesime, Très Fin!"
"2012, A beautiful vintage, very fine" says Sylvie Esmonin. "In 2012 we had a tiny harvest. We had a rigourous winter with 15 days below freezing, a variable Spring with a bit of frost, a cool period during the flowering, then coulure and millerandange (poor and irregular fruit
Jan 9 2015
A Dinner With Chris Brockway (Broc Cellars) at King Bee Restaurant on Thursday, January 22nd at 7:00pm
Chris Brockway is coming to town and we are thrilled that he will be joining us for an evening of excellent food, wine, and conversation at King Bee on Thursday, January 22nd, at 7pm! His Berkeley-based winery, Broc Cellars, has long been our favorite domestic source for fresh, pretty, natural wi
Dec 30 2014
La Morra Favorites
A couple of the collectors we’ve been buying from were huge fans of Marcarini and Oddero, so we've been lucky to taste many great older bottles of their consistently excellent wines. Along with Cordero di Montezemolo, the incredibly elusive Accomasso, and the famous Ratti, they are our
Dec 29 2014
Barolo Favorites
Very often the most rare wine is not the most expensive wine. We love these producers for the quality of their older wines and for the fact that they still make some of the best wine in Italy (except for Sobrero, who retired a long time ago, and whose wines are what you might call super-rare); we
Dec 19 2014
A Wine For All Seasons
PLEASE NOTE: CHAMBERS STREET WINES' HOLIDAY HOURS: DECEMBER 31ST: 10-7pm JANUARY 1ST: CLOSED JANUARY 2ND: 10-7pm All other days we'll be open our normal hours. Come pay us a visit and Happy Holidays!     At Chambers Street Wines we believe that no
Dec 18 2014
Teutonic Treats
Frohe Feiertage! Below is a collection of German and Austrian back vintages. Of note is the 1998 Knoll Loibenberg Grüner Veltliner Federspiel, a recent arrival of which we have plenty to share. Piquant and complex, some of us sampled a bottle last night at a fondue party and enjoyed it thoro
Dec 16 2014
The Cadillac of Calvados
The Calvados made by Camut is the Cadillac of Calvados. This might sound like a gimmick or hyperbole, but this 7th generation estate brought Calvados from the bars of Normandy to the most swank, white tablecloth restaurants in Paris. Like good wine, good Calvados starts on the farm and only great
Dec 15 2014
Vecchio Piemonte (and a Little Tuscan Wine)
A small new lot of wine has arrived from a favorite private cellar in Italy. This one includes some older bottles of Gaja, a famous wine of which we have relatively little tasting experience. Our friends who have tried Gaja in depth all seem to agree that the wines need a lot of time to develop,
Dec 12 2014
Holiday Gifts Part 2; Our Staff Suggestions!
Here we offer rare, unusual and just plain delicious wines and spirits, many only available at Chambers Street, that are perfect gift ideas for even the most discerning gourmet on your list!  And for the soccer coach, doorman and distant relatives, we've included a few of our favorite ba
Dec 11 2014
A New Cellar of Older Wines
From the custom-built and temperature-controlled cellar of a New York collector.
Dec 8 2014
Winter Goes Better with Armagnac
Armagnac: fiery, outdated hooch from the days of old or under-the-radar value for lovers of rich, terroir-focused spirits? The answer is probably a bit of both. Like the grower Champagne revolution currently taking place on the other side of France, the best Armagnacs come from small farmer/produ
Dec 5 2014
The Swabian Edge - Many Stones But Little Bread
Swabia – the southwest corner of Germany – is the birthplace of Schiller and Hegel as well as inventors and industrialists like Gottlieb Daimler and Robert Bosch. There is an old phrase that reflects the somewhat grim natural conditions there: ‘Viel Steine gibts und wenig Brot&r
Dec 3 2014
Holidays are Here Again!
The holidays are here and we are ready to assist you with all of your gifting, partying, and food-pairing needs! Whether you're shopping for top-quality values, organic and biodynamic producers, mature and rare wines, or artisanal spirits, our experienced team is available to help you cu
Dec 2 2014
Cornelissen's Best Yet - Come See on Thursday!
Over the years we’ve approached each of Frank’s new vintages with excitement, suspense and perhaps a grain of trepidation. We first tasted the wines about eight years ago – they were vinous rollercoasters with thrilling loops and dives, but sometimes a bit turbid and showing som
Dec 2 2014
Time for Another Installment of: Look What We Found in the Cellar!
Nov 29 2014
California Pinot Noirs Fit for a Feast
The Pinot Noirs we enjoy the most are farmed with care and vinified with restraint so as to express varietal character, terroir, and upbringing. With its variety of soils, viticulture, and winemaking talent, California's vast patchwork of winegrowing regions provides an impressive number
Nov 23 2014
Last Minute Thanksgiving 6-Pack
Things get hectic as the holidays arrive, so if the wine store is one too many places to go and things to do, just click on our Last Minute 6-Pack and we'll deliver six wines sure to please on Thanksgiving. Feauring a great Champagne and a world tour of delicious wines from France, Spain, Ita
Nov 20 2014
Great Affordable Burgundies, for Thanksgiving or for the Cellar!
As the vibrant and delicious 2012 Burgundies begin to arrive, we find ourselves with an outstanding selection of inexpensive wines that are drinking beautifully in their youth - many of which will also cellar well for five to ten years. The Marsannays from Martin Bart are a wonderful example - th
Nov 19 2014
On Coelacanths and Unicorns — A Living Fossil
There’s a fairly common and fairly banal expression among wine cognoscenti for rare bottles from bygone years or long-since retired winemakers: Unicorn Wines. Some love the term; others deride it. Implied is that the wines are nearly mythical due to their rarity. There’s another sort
Nov 17 2014
27th Annual Chambers Street Thanksgiving Email!
Thanksgiving — the wine lover's favorite holiday, when sharing our favorite bird-friendly wines with family, friends and neighbors heightens our enjoyment of this most convivial day! And what do we look for in a Thanksgiving wine? A full-bodied white that will not only complement turkey
Nov 12 2014
We Bought Another Barrel
Bourbon, Bourbon, Bourbon. As we enter prime whiskey season, everyone focuses on America’s most famous of spirits, but maybe we should consider other types of whiskey. Heaven Hill’s master distiller Craig Beam is the hero of our story (against expectations, he does not work for the di
Nov 11 2014
Cider — America's Original Table Wine
There is a renaissance in American cider, with new growers and producers working hard to bring it back to its former glory, producers who are going the extra mile to make ciders that speak not only of the variety of apple (there are more than 14,000 varieties in the U.S. alone), but of true terro
Nov 6 2014
Jura New Arrivals: Domaine du Pont de Breux, Saint Pierre, Buronfosse and Bodines!
We were lucky enough to meet and taste with Jean-Charles Maire at Domaine du Pont de Breux in the Spring of 2013 and finally his brilliant wines have arrived at Chambers Street! In his own words "The domaine was created in 1992, situated in the communes of Marnoz and Salins-les Bains. It con
Nov 2 2014
Beaujolais 2012 - Difficult Vintage, Excellent Wines!
Weather conditions in French vineyards during the 2012 growing season were far from easy, with cool, wet conditions from mid-Spring to late summer bringing mildew and oidium, not to mention hail in many areas, lowering yields by 50% or more. Better weather in late August and September, however, p
Oct 28 2014
Monuments of Alto Piemonte and Oltrepo Pavese
It seems that there’s been a of renewal of the wines of the Alto Piemonte, the wine district near Milano that includes Gattinara and Ghemme, and the even smaller Boca, Bramaterra, Fara, and Lessona. In New York we’ve had the fine wines from Vallana, of course, and Le Piane, and Conti,
Oct 25 2014
The Cornelissen NY Classic Dinner!
Our fourth annual dinner with Frank Cornelissen will be held on Thursday, December 4th. After successful digressions to Chinese food and high-style modern cuisine, this year we return to fine Italian food, at Sophia’s of Little Italy. Yes, it’s true! Little Italy! I know – very
Oct 23 2014
24 Great Value Wines, Chosen by CSW Staff!
Here at Chambers Street, we are very proud of the hundreds of high-quality but inexpensive wines that we offer to our customers. Finding wines at $20, $15 or even at $10 that give our customers the experience of enjoying a real wine of terroir gives us a great deal of pleasure — not to ment
Oct 22 2014
A Celebration of Natural Wine: Book Signing and Dinner with Isabelle Legeron MW!
I am French, I taste for a living, and I recently rediscovered wine. After years learning about wine and tasting bucket loads of the stuff - from the cheap and cheerful to bottles worth a building in some parts of the world - I seem to have come full circle. All I want is real, delicious, natural
Oct 21 2014
An Autumnal Iberian Mixed Case!
Customer requests for a follow-up to our Summery Spanish Mixed Case have been music to our ears! In celebration of cooler days and longer nights, we are pleased to offer an Autumnal Iberian Mixed Case that contains both Spanish and Portuguese wines: warm, spicy reds for braises and stews and
Oct 20 2014
New Arrivals from Julien Guillot at Clos des Vignes du Maynes!
We've just received a small additional shipment of the 2012 vintage from the dynamic Julien Guillot, as well as his beautful sparkling wines and a small allocation of the wonderful 2013 Cuvée 910! The vineyards of the Clos des Vignes du Maynes belonged to the Abbey of Cluny and date ba
Oct 17 2014
Amazing Moscato
Moscato has become a top-selling wine in the US, threatening to overtake the mighty Chardonnay and the even mightier Pinot Grigio; we had a look at the website of a big store upstate, and they offer 136 different bottlings of Moscato! The wine – fizzy and sweet – is credited with help
Oct 15 2014
Great Natural Wines from Cyril Fhal, Clos du Rouge Gorge!
We are proud to offer wines from one of the finest producers of natural/biodynamic wines in France, Cyril Fhal at Clos du Rouge Gorge. The wines of the Clos du Rouge Gorge are elegant, balanced and full of character, perhaps the finest from the new generation of wine-makers in the Languedoc-Roussil
Oct 14 2014
A Champagne Dinner With Pascal Doquet
(Please, forgive us for repeating this email. We had a bit of techical difficulty when it originally went out on Saturday. We are quite thrilled to host Pascal Doquet and would hate for our posting error to cause anyone to miss out on the opportunity to taste his stellar lineup of wines in a dinn
Oct 11 2014
A Champagne Dinner With Pascal Doquet
Although the estate is quite young in terms of Champagne houses, Pascal Doquet produces wines we consider modern classics. In the few years the wines have been available under his own name, we’ve been bowled over by their beauty and terroir expression. Based in Vertus, Pascal has worked the
Oct 10 2014
It's time: Recently arrived and pre-arrival Jura juice!
It’s finally that time of the year again! The leaves are turning, sweaters are coming out, but nothing embodies autumn like the ethereal and energetic wines from the Jura, Savoie and eastern France. And new vintages are now landing from our favorite producers. Jacques Puffeney and Michel Ga
Oct 7 2014
Great Values from the Côte d'Or: Prudhon, Lafouge (on Sale!), Rateau & Jane et Sylvain!
It gives us great pleasure to offer (and drink) great quality Burgundies at reasonable prices. We're very happy to be working with a number of superb producers who remain relatively unknown, either by their aversion to self-promotion or their absence from the various point-scoring publication
Oct 5 2014
Get On The Trolley - New Austrian Arrivals
The city limits of a major European city are not the usual haunts for winemakers, but the northwest corner of Vienna is a notable exception. It was here that the ancient Pannonian Sea halted, leaving a wide assortment of mineral and fossil deposits on sites like the Nussberg hill, which starts at
Oct 3 2014
An Evening with Steve Matthiasson! Thursday, October 23rd at Blue Ribbon Brooklyn.
Lovers of American wine and followers of the "New California" movement require no introduction to the work of Steve and Jill Klein Matthiasson. The Napa-based husband and wife team met twenty years ago through their shared work in sustainable agriculture, a partnership that has resulted
Oct 2 2014
2012 Baudry "Les Grézeaux" and Other Highlights of the Loire!
We're very fortunate to have visited and tasted with Matthieu and Bernard Baudry many times over the last few years, and we're excited to offer the vibrant 2012 Chinon "Les Grézeaux" that we first tasted out of barrel in May of 2013.  I was struck then with the lovel
Oct 1 2014
Other Older Italian Wines
Most of these wines are made from Nebbiolo, and are primarily from eastern Piedmont - closer to Milano than to Barolo. They don't have the structure and depth of good Barolo / Barbaresco, but they do live a very long time, and they have the potential to provide a lot of drinking pleasure - an
Sep 29 2014
The Big Cellar, Part 3
This is the third installment we've received from this private collection in Italy; the first two rounds more than proved that the wines are in beautiful condition. The cellar in question might be almost as large as the one shown in the photo, but it's not all in one room! Please don&
Sep 25 2014
Traditional Wines from the Northern Rhone: 2010, 2011 and Before...
2010 is a truly exceptional vintage in the Northern Rhone. We are happy to offer three wines from estates whose traditional vineyard work and vinifications have produced superb, age-worthy wines of terroir, as well as a selection of older wines from these estates, and the recently released 2011 C
Sep 19 2014
We Won!
If it's on the Inter-Web, it must be true, right? So we are very happy to have won Jancis Robinson's contest: The Best Independent Wine Retailer! We are really grateful to all who wrote-in on our behalf. And we are equally grateful to all of our friends, customers, and co-workers who have
Sep 17 2014
Organic Outer-Borough Burgundy
I will readily admit to an abiding love for Burgundy. The appellations roll off the tongue: Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée, Volnay, Pommard… I’ll also confess to having great affection for less name-brand Burgundies. While not exactly household names, the less famous village
Sep 16 2014
The Weiser-Künstler Experience: 2013ers build on their increasing mystique
“We leave them up there to scream, to get over their fears. I instruct them to focus on what’s in front of them, one vine at a time. Then when they finish, they can look down.” So terrifying are the heights of the Ellergrub vineyard near Enkirch that this is the method Alexandra
Sep 10 2014
A Chambers Street First: We Bought a Full Barrel of Bourbon!
The Bourbon industry is exploding, and stocks of aged whiskey are being depleted by customers around the world eager to try America’s most celebrated spirit. This is great for business, but one of the issues with an aged spirit is that it takes time – a whole 12 years for Heaven Hill&
Sep 8 2014
Filmmaker Dinner at Racines NY, Sept 10th, With Jonathan Nossiter, Director of "Mondovino." Seats Still Available!
On Wednesday September 10th Racines NY at 94 Chambers Street will offer a fixed-price dinner with screening and discussion with Mr. Nossiter (Producer/Director of "Mondovino") celebrating the upcoming release of his highly acclaimed new film "Natural Resistance," currently pla
Sep 4 2014
Jonathan Nossiter's New Film "Natural Resistance" at Racines NY, Wednesday Sept. 10th!
Our friend Jonathan Nossiter, producer/director of "Mondvino," will be in New York September 10th and 11th for preview screenings of his new film "Natural Resistance." Mixing documentary and fiction, the film portrays the lives of Italian natural winemakers who rebel against t
Sep 3 2014
Joe Dougherty
Joe Dougherty, a great friend and a great lover of wine and wine-makers, passed away Friday night. He was the most generous of souls, with his time, his energy, his wine, his friendship and his wonderful smile. "Dinner for 30 winemakers? Let's do it at my place," he'd say, and t
Aug 29 2014
Upcoming Tastings and Events
Our Fall 2014 tasting calendar is taking shape with an incredible lineup of wines, winemakers, spirits, and special guests from around the world. It starts tonight, Friday 8/29, with a tasting of Scotches from Bruichladdich distillery on the island of Islay and tomorrow, Satur
Aug 28 2014
Some Burgundy
All sold out! Many thanks for your interest!
Aug 27 2014
Pascal Agrapart’s Stunning 2007 Blanc de Blancs.
Champagne lovers are beginning to care a lot about vintage, which is a testament to the fact that they are viewing Champagne as wine first and foremost. This is refreshing and mildly surprising because the vast majority of Champagne is bottled non-vintage, and it’s widely held that vintage-
Aug 25 2014
An Evening With Rebecca Work Of Ampelos Cellars
Rebecca and Peter Work of Ampelos Cellars first grabbed our attention with their unique and lovely Viognier, which puts a cool-climate twist on the variety's trademark peach and floral notes with unusually bright acidity, herbal and mineral undertones, and a refreshing hint of sea salt.
Aug 18 2014
Muscadet, The Flavor of Stone: Bossard, Luneau-Papin, Louvetrie, Pépière, Brégeon and More!
We're happy to acknowledge the fine article on Muscadet by Eric Asimov in the New York Times (Currently on-line, in the print edition this Wednesday) by offering our full selection of these great and affordable wines from our favorite producers. Please note some recent arrivals to Chambers St
Aug 15 2014
A Summery Spanish Mixed Case!
We are inspired by the pairing potential of late-summer produce, fresh seafood, and grill-worthy meats with the crisp, complex whites, elegant rosados, and bright, juicy reds on our Spanish shelves. The 2013 vintage has arrived from a number of our favorite producers, including Raventós
Aug 13 2014
Let's Talk About Sekts
If you think that modern German sparkling wine is but an imitation of Champagne, you are partially right. Formal production began only in 1826, and it was indeed a former employee of Veuve Clicquot who was responsible, one Georg Christian Kessler, who transported the concept to Esslingen am Necka
Aug 12 2014
The Lovely 2012 Burgundies of Stéphane Magnien!
We've been looking forward to the 2012s from the young and talented Stéphane Magnien, and indeed the wines are superb with pure, bright fruit aromas, moderate alcohol, lovely terroir expression on the palate and great potential for medium to long term cellaring! Stéphane is the
Aug 6 2014
Partners with Pinon: An Historic Offering from the Pinon Family!
On the morning of June 17th, 2013, a horrible hail storm slashed through Vouvray, especially the vineyards around Vernou and Vallée de Cousse, home of our friend Francios Pinon. 85% of his crop was lost, and this came after a very small 2012 vintage that produced almost nothing except P&ea
Aug 5 2014
Late Summer Rosés: Don't be Afraid!
It happens every year: a big, full-bodied, gutsy rosé comes into stock (say, for example, Clos du Joncuas Gigondas rosé), which is cherry-red and bold in flavor. I say to David Lillie "that wine scares me," and he replies "but what would you do if you had a tuna steak
Aug 2 2014
Shannon Kete and John Walker’s Wine Registry
  One thing we enjoy in abundance (ahem) is wine. Chambers Street Wines in Tribeca has been of good counsel to John and Shannon in this regard and has kindly offered us the wedding registry detailed below. We’d be very excited and grateful to receive any of the wines below, and
Aug 1 2014
2012: Clemens Busch's Crossover Hit
Clemens Busch is in many ways the conscience of the Mosel. He stopped using chemical pesticides, fungicides, and fertilizers in the mid-1980s and began incorporating biodynamic practices in 2005. Those choices placed him at the forefront, if not making him the leader, of the growing cadre of Mose
Jul 31 2014
The Distinctive Irouleguy Wines of Domaine Ilarria!
A few months ago we placed our twice-yearly order for wines from Peio Espil at Domaine Ilarria. It was a small order, as these fascinating wines have remained largely unknown and appreciated by only a few of our most intrepid customers. We're happy to see in yesterday's New York Times tha
Jul 30 2014
The Contest!
We have the ugly habit of scoffing at much mainstream wine writing, but we have tremendous respect for Jancis Robinson, who in the course of offering her own opinions about specific wines has also developed a remarkable team that has produced magisterial works like the “Oxford Companion to
Jul 25 2014
Racines NY in the NY Times!
We're proud and happy that our neighbors at 94 Chambers Street have received a lovely 2-star review from Pete Wells in the Times! Racines NY was conceived by master sommelier Arnaud Tronche with help from partners David Lanher of Racines, Paris and CSW's David Lillie. After two years of s
Jul 23 2014
Rye Revolution
The grains used in American whiskey used to be determined by region. If it came from north of the Maison-Dixon line there was little chance of corn mingling with the local rye, wheras in Bluegrass country and further south, corn became the dominant grain – most famously as the main ingredie
Jul 22 2014
Great Values from the Languedoc-Roussillon: Eric Laguerre and Thierry Navarre!
We're very proud to be working with two of the finest estates in the Languedoc-Roussillon, both with high-altitude mountain vineyards producing superb wines of terroir. A visit to Eric Laguerre in Saint-Martin de Fenouillet requires steep climbs through a mountain pass up to the highest viney
Jul 17 2014
Allez Les Bulles!
Inevitably, there comes a time in the summer when we find ourselves gazing longingly at our non-Champagne sparkling wine selection, possessed by an epic thirst only quenched by refreshing bubbles. As die-hard lovers of Champagne, it took a bit of a paradigm shift to bring us to reveling in m&eacu
Jul 11 2014
Cleaning Up Someone Else's Cellar, Part 3 - A to Z
There are still some wonderful wines left from this fine cellar; all are at very reasonable prices.
Jul 10 2014
Part 2 of Cleaning Up Someone Else's Cellar: M - Z
As promised, here's M - Z, and some wine that escaped from being included in Part 1. We remind you that you can view up-to-the-minute inventory on our website simply by clicking on the article title, on the photograph, or on the link below this paragraph - then refresh that page periodica
Jul 8 2014
Cleaning-Up Someone Else's Cellar, A - L
We've volunteered to help make some space in our friend's cellar, and he sent us about 100 cases of wine. The cellar itself is a top-of-the-line installation, the wines look beautiful, and you will find very tempting prices - maybe irresistible. There is truly something for everyone here.
Jul 7 2014
A Seasonal Favorite
It’s our preference to have any wine we sell in stock all year. Of course over a year there are a lot of wines that run-out, and there are some (fortunately not too many) that are a once-a-year treat. I lose track of time, but I would have sworn that I first met Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
Jul 2 2014
Long-Awaited 2012ers From Immich-Batterieberg and Knebel
Back in early April we offered these wines on pre-arrival. They are here and they are deserving of all, if not more, of our original enthusiasm. Overall, the wines have a magical grace and poise, an ethereal and delicate brightness that allows the terroir to come through with considerable clarity
Jun 30 2014
More Cellar Search Results
We've finished inventory and have turned up some more interesting bottles - at interesting prices.
Jun 27 2014
Recent Arrivals From California: AmByth, La Clarine Farm, Arnot-Roberts, Enfield, and More!
We have not yet tasted a wine from AmByth that we didn't like - make that love! AmByth is Paso Robles' first and only Demeter-certified biodynamic estate comprising 20 acres of high-altitude grapevines, farmed impeccably and vinified naturally by Phillip
Jun 26 2014
Look What We Found In The Cellar!
We're finally doing an inventory and we've found some pretty fine bottles that had slipped through the cracks. Please help us to continue to clean up!
Jun 25 2014
Great Weather, and Our Top Wines to Pair with it ....
It seems that each year when our friend Eric Asimov of The New York Times publishes his top 20 wines for summer, we feel the need to follow suite. We've been fortunate to enjoy a prolonged early summer with fabulous bounty from our local farmer's markets; we've been cooking up a storm
Jun 20 2014
Barolo and Barbaresco, 2010
It rubs a bit the wrong way to feel we might be joining in some kind of mass hysteria - as promoted online and in print - but after tasting 2010 Barolo in Piedmont over 2 years  (visiting 40-50 producers, many twice, some 3 times) we are feeling very positive about the vintage. The wines (ev
Jun 18 2014
June Muscadet Madness, Featuring the 2013 Pépière Clos des Briords!
The discovery of outstanding wine in the Pays Nantais has been one of the greatest pleasures of my drinking life. Beginning with Jo Landron in the late 80s, I was beginning to realize that there was good terroir and great wine in Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, but it was the wines of Marc Ollivi
Jun 17 2014
Champagne: A Motley Crew.
We have a crop of wonderful new Champagnes in stock in a variety of styles and pricepoints! We have fresh faces, and we have new releases from growers we’ve loved for years. We have rich, shell-y Blanc de Blancs, and we have burnished, vinous Blanc de Noirs. There’s something for ever
Jun 11 2014
Burgundy, including some newly arrived wines, like Barthod...
Every couple of years we need an excuse to post this picture.
Jun 10 2014
Christian Ducroux's 2013 "Exspectatio" - a Great Natural Wine!
Christian Ducroux makes some of the most delicious "natural" wines of France on his tiny estate in Thulon, above Regnié-Durette. HIs wines have achieved cult status in France and are almost impossible to find there, but happily Christian gives Chambers Street a nice allocation. M
Jun 4 2014
Barale, Burlotto, Cappellano - and some other fine old Piedmont wine
Three of our great favorites appear at the top of this list; the quantities are not large, but as the wines are hard to find, this is an unusually rich offering. Unlike many of their neighbors they made excellent wine back in the day, AND we love the wines they make now. To see up-to-date inv
Jun 2 2014
Entirely a Different Kind of Fiasco
If you want to bring a gleam of nostalgia to the eye of a person of a certain age, just mention the Chianti fiasco (or fiascho). It’s the flask-shaped bottle, with the bottom covered in straw. We might not be as old as the characters from Mad Men, but many of us of will remember first encou
Jun 1 2014
Steinmetz 2012s: Top Vintage from a Mosel Classicist
It will come as no surprise to anyone who’s read our missives about the 2012 vintage in Germany, that, like some of our other favorites, Stefan Steinmetz had a banner year. He crafted delicate, fragrant, chiseled, dry-ish wines that are emphatically old-school Mosel in style. Stefan always
May 28 2014
Organic and Biodynamic Burgundies from Jean-Claude Rateau and Jane et Sylvain!
We're very happy to have a new shipment from our organic friends, Jane et Sylvain in Gevrey-Chambertin and we're extremely proud to feature new arrivals from Jean-Claude Rateau who was the first Biodynamic vigneron in Burgundy, dating back to 1979! Jean-Cluade Rateau was the fourth vi
May 27 2014
New Bounty in Eastern France!
Has this ever happened to you? You visit a wine bar in a foreign city (in this case Avignon); you order something interesting off the list that you’ve never seen before (in this case a white wine from the Savoie, because you’d like a break from the full-bodied reds of the south); you
May 21 2014
Fire On The Mountain
In Italy grappa is as common as mopeds and Fiats. We know from dining in Italy that grappa has an unparalleled ability to come to the rescue after many plates of pasta.  Italians are known to lace espresso, or even cake, with a healthy pour of the stuff.  The appreciation has not quite
May 20 2014
Rosé, Part Two: Baudry, Terres Dorees, Vissoux, Pradeaux, Gourgonnier and Many More!
Very high on our list of Most Favorite Rosés is the beautiful Chinon made by our good friends Bernard and Matthieu Baudy. This delightful Cabernet Franc is light, refreshing, subtle, and complex. Great by itself as an aperitif, it's also a fine accompaniment to seafood, grilled chicken
May 15 2014
Mature Rioja From CVNE & The Last Of 2001 Tondonia!
We love mature Spanish Riojas for the reliable pleasures and extended drinking windows that they offer. The Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE) has been producing wines that exemplify these qualities since its founding in Haro, the heart of the Rioja Alta, in
May 14 2014
Ferdinand's Last Stand - More Unearthed Treasure From The Mosel
It is always a treat to drink the results of the pure, lithe bounty of 2001 in the Mosel. As they age, the structure and crackle that marks the vintage helps the wines to continue to improve remarkably. We have come across two 2001ers from the now defunct Weingut Ferdinand Krebs that represent so
May 8 2014
Sensational Values from the Loire Valley - Guion, Parentière and Puzelat-Bonhomme!
The wines of Stephane Guion have been great favorites of ours for many years, offering a uniquely earthy and mineral style of Cabernet Franc from his beautiful vineyards in Bourgueil, in organic farming since 1965! Stephane's plowing regimen contributes to a low soil PH, which translates into
May 6 2014
New Arrivals from France; Loire, Burgundy, Beaujolais!
Tis the season for new arrivals and some very exciting new wines have docked in Newark and made their way to Chambers Street! Loire Valley:  2012 is proving to be an excellent vintage for Loire Valley reds, but quantities, as elsewhere in France, were very low. This makes the new arrival
Apr 30 2014
Annual Early Spring Rosé Round-Up!
Some winters never seem to end, but we’re optimistic that where rosé wine goes, spring weather follows, and rosé is here! We’re happy to report that as the days lengthen and grow (for the most part) mild and sunny, we’re drinking some of our favorite rosés:
Apr 28 2014
Welcome the Spring with Rum!
Here in NYC it’s starting to thaw – last month’s ice and slush patches are returning to pavement, and TriBeCa’s dogs have traded in their sweaters for a more natural look. All of this makes us thirsty for the fresh flavors of the Caribbean. Rum has been slowing gaining a f
Apr 23 2014
The Young Master.
When I arrived chez Bérèche for my appointment a week and a half ago, the winery was in a state of chaos. I found Raphaël wearing an apron and moving a mile a minute. He was racking the 2013 wines from barrel to stainless steel tank, and the winery floor was covered in plastic
Apr 19 2014
Produttori del Barbaresco 1967 - 2000
We are fresh out of the 1895... but we do have some more recent wine from the Produttori del Barbaresco. The Cantina Sociale di Barbaresco, as shown in the price-list above, ran from 1894 - 1930, and some of the member-families went on to found the Produttori in 1958. The quality of the wines fro
Apr 16 2014
We Found the Big Cellar
Actually this is the third batch we've received from this incredible treasure trove in Piemonte. The real cellar isn't quite as big as the one pictured, but we expect to have the opportunity to do some more mining... As always, the condition of the wine is guaranteed by us. If you lin
Apr 11 2014
Setubal and Friends!
Chambers Street Wines had the opportunity to buy some wine from a great cellar that a gentleman had built up over many decades.  He stopped adding to this cellar in 1990.  The wines we are offering never moved until his heirs decided to sell off what remained.  These wines were ver
Apr 7 2014
Taste Great Jura Wines With Stephane Tissot, Thursday April 10th at Racines NY!
We're happy to announce that the dynamic Stephane Tissot of Domaine Andre and Mireille Tissot in the Jura will be joining us for a festive tasting this Thursday, April 10th at 7:30. We'll taste the full range of Stephane's wines while enjoying a superb light supper and we'll get a
Apr 3 2014
Nothing says “Spring!” like a Bottle of Poulsard …
How do wines come to take on seasonal character? With central heat and air conditioning, we can turn our domiciles into saunas in December if we feel like sipping a crisp Sancerre, and refrigerators in July if we fancy a nice bottle of Piorat. Yet even in an age when we’re at liberty to esc
Apr 1 2014
Knebel and Immich-Batterieberg - More Great 2012s
The affable, soft-spoken Matthias Knebel has been making the wines at his family's estate since 2009. They've been a constant presence in the German section here at Chambers Street since well before then, albeit mostly in the form of the entry-level dry Riesling and the multi-site blend,
Mar 30 2014
Just Arrived - the Brilliant 2012s from the Clos des Vignes du Maynes! Taste with Julien Guillot Wednesday, April 2nd, 5 to 7:30.
Since the release of the superb Cuvèe 910 last summer, we have been eagerly awaiting the rest of the 2012s from the talented Julien Guillot. The vineyards of this estate belonged to the Abbey of Cluny and date back to at least 900 AD and it is the oldest practicing organic vineyard in France. Acq
Mar 23 2014
New Old Wine
Having now tasted quite a few wines from this fine cellar in Piedmont (this is the second installment we've received,) we can testify that the bottles are dusty but the wines are fine, or even better than fine. JW
Mar 19 2014
CSW & Louis/Dressner Selections Benefit Tasting for Partners-in-Health - Partial List!
Please join us this Saturday to raise much-needed cash for Partners-in-Health while tasting over eighty fabulous wines imported by our friends at Louis/Dressner Selections! We're in the Granite and Rose Rooms at City Hall Restaurant this Saturday, March 22nd from 1:00 'til 5:00, $20 admis
Mar 13 2014
1989 Hans Kramp: An Incredible Find In The Saar
Lots of folks in the wine industry sell wine through storytelling. We prefer instead to tell you a little bit about a wine or spirit we like and why we think you should buy it; this can include anecdotes about the people who make the wine or perhaps some technical information about how they care
Mar 12 2014
Chinon Dinner with Baudry and Raffault at Marlow & Sons, Thursday March 20th!
Join us for a Rabelaisian feast celebrating the great Chinons of Domaine Bernard Baudry and Domaine Olga Raffault, next Thursday at 7pm, hosted by our good friends at Marlow and Sons, 81 Broadway in Brooklyn. Matthieu and Hélène Baudry and Sylvie Rafault and her husband/winemaker Er
Mar 11 2014
43rd Annual CSW & Louis/Dressner Selections Grand Portfolio Tasting and Benefit - Saturday, March 22nd at City Hall Restaurant, 1 to 5:00pm!!
New York's most exciting wine tasting of the year will be held once again in the spacious Granite Room and Rose Room of City Hall Restaurant at 131 Duane Street. All proceeds from this event (as well as $500 donations from Chambers Street Wines and Louis/Dressner) will go to Partners-in-Healt
Mar 7 2014
Upcoming Spanish Wine Tastings & New Arrivals From López, Els Jelipins & More!
This Saturday, March 8th, we are pleased to welcome Mikel Martinez from Bodegas Hermanos Peciña, whose Riojas have become a staple on our Spanish shelves for their commitment to traditional winemaking, organic viticulture, native yeast fermentations, and excellent quality at everyday price
Mar 6 2014
New Arrivals to Celebrate The End of Winter!
In a few short weeks the winter of 2013-2014 will be distant memory, right? Or perhaps we'll have two or three more snowstorms? Whatever happens, we hope this selection of recent arrivals will bring a smile and some great wine into your life. There's something here for everyone, including
Mar 3 2014
Spotlight on the Savoie:
As we’ve watched the unusual wines of the Jura reach the heights of wine fashion, we’ve wondered when the Savoie would follow. I’m compelled to dispel the notion that the Jura and the Savoie have anything to do with one another. The Jura is part of the Franche-Comté,
Feb 27 2014
Dinner With Cathy Corison: A Vertical Tasting Of Napa's Most Elegant Cabernets (Monday, March 10th)
For nearly three decades Cathy Corison has produced Napa Valley's most consistently elegant Cabernets, effortlessly fusing the inherent power of the region (and grape) with the grace and restraint that has become her signature. Late last year we found ourselves in possession of a complete
Feb 22 2014
It's not Gonon, but..
It’s an exciting time to follow the evolution of California’s wine identity, which is in a constant state of flux due to an expanding number of talented winemakers.   Instead of inheriting thousands of years of viticultural heritage, or developing a complex control system li
Feb 21 2014
Dinner: Esoteric Old Austrians At Blaue Gans
We don’t often get to taste widely from the old cellars we bring in; we’re a business after all, and can’t keep everything to ourselves. Sometimes, though, we can’t resist and the recent enormous cellar of Austrian wine was just one of those instances. We’ve decided
Feb 17 2014
Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone - The Long List, Part 2
These wines were purchased on release and come from a temperature-controlled cellar on Long Island; it's probably the coldest cellar we've ever spent time in - 42 degrees - and we had to keep our winter clothes on to take inventory. Years ago there was an unfortunate accident and some bot
Feb 17 2014
A Crazy Long List of Interesting Wines, Part 1
From two fine cellars belonging to true wine lovers, a mash up of fine wine from France, Italy, Spain, CA, Misc....Something for everyone!
Feb 10 2014
Nancy Bear and Eric Gural’s Wine Registry
We always love receiving special bottles from the special people in our lives, so we've enlisted the help of our favorite wine gurus at NYC's Chambers Street Wines and created a Wedding Wine Registry. Below you will find a list of wines that reflect the styles and regions in the world
Feb 9 2014
Champagne: What We’re Drinking Now…
A few days ago our good friend, Mike Carleton of the small Connecticut-based import company, Transatlantic Bubbles, braved the worst snow storm of the season to bring us Champagne to taste. Low and behold, his bag was full of delicious wines that revived us from the torpor of dreary January with
Feb 8 2014
Reisetbauer: Drink Your Fruit (and Vegetables!)
Over the past 20 years Hans Reisetbauer has risen to the forefront of Eau-de-Vie distillation.  (Eau-de-Vie, meaning “water of life” is the evocative French name for fruit brandies.)  In Austria there is also a proud tradition of making these spirits, but one would be more l
Feb 4 2014
Piedmont
Some more bottles from Italy, including a great group of Produttori wines.
Feb 4 2014
Rieslingfeier; Recent German Arrivals, New and Old
There's been lots of activity in our German section recently. More of the excellent 2012s are arriving (and one should stock up on these as the 2013 vintage looks to be quite tiny); great producers are offering library releases, and we are continuing to find collections of well-stored older w
Jan 30 2014
A Massive Collection Of Old Austrian Wine - Part 2
Today's offer, the second and final installment of this extensive collection of old Austrian wines, features our favorite Wachau producers, Nikolaihof, Prager, and Knoll (older Alzinger, sadly, remains scarce). None of these estates need an introduction to anyone who’s been reading our
Jan 30 2014
A Massive Collection of Old Austrian Wine - Part 1
We have purchased an incredible collection of aged white wine from a truly great old cellar in Austria. It is so big that this time we had to break in into multiple emails. As we've said before, these whites are among the most age-worthy and complex in the world, and the wines are so rare tha
Jan 29 2014
Delicious Values From Spain, Featuring A Casual Mixed Case!
Discovering fresh and affordable wines to drink every day can be just as exciting as selecting old and rare bottles for special occasions. The Spanish department is home to many exceptional wines under $20 (a number of which are under $15!), including new vintages of old favorites as well as prod
Jan 24 2014
Emerging From the Shadows of Bordeaux
Ancient, Tenacious Reds of South-West France The South-west of France was once the supplier of wines to Roman Emperors, the Gauls having planted vines as early as 600 B.C. by some accounts. These days, ancient sites and expressive, elegant wines fit for the ruling classes are selling at decid
Jan 22 2014
Roagna
When you walk from neighboring vines into Roagna’s vineyard, you feel a little as if you’d left the desert for an oasis; on the day the photo above was taken there were birds, butterflies, and rabbits amongst the vines. Aside from the remarkable quality of Roagna’s wines, it&rsq
Jan 21 2014
Japanese Whisky: A New Tradition
Suntory, Japan’s first and most prominent malt whisky distillery, announced last week that they were going to purchase Jim Beam for about $13.5 billion. Although not yet a household name in the states, Suntory, and the ever more visible Japanese whisky industry, are set to take the whisky w
Jan 17 2014
Restocking the Northern Rhône...
Lost during the epic struggle of the holidays, new shipments arrived from two of our favorite northern Rhône producers, Domaine Rousset in Crozes-Hermitage and Domaine Barou in Saint-Joseph. We've finally gotten all the wines into the store and on the shelves and we're happy to report tha
Jan 15 2014
Restocking the Jura...
Oh the cosmic rhythm of the wine store. The final month of the old year depletes our stocks; the first month of the new replenishes… Quite possibly the best aspect of January is putting new wines on the shelf (let’s face it; the weather leaves something to be desired…). This w
Jan 10 2014
Fabulous 2011s from Domaine de Montille!
One of our favorite Burgundy producers is de Montille in Volnay, a Domaine that dates back to the 1800s.  Along with Lafarge and D'Angerville, Domaine de Montille produces some of the longest lived Volnays and some of the very best Pommards to cross our paths. De Montille's Rugiens &
Jan 7 2014
Beaujolais 2014! 2013 Ducroux Prologue, Descombes 2012s, Pignard and Vionnet 2011s!
We salute the New Year, and with it the arrival of Christian Ducroux's delicious 2013 Prologue, the lovely 2012 Brouilly and Morgon from Georges Descombes, and the return of the wonderful 2011s from our new friends, Joëlle and Roland Pignard. 2013 will not go down in history as a gre
Jan 2 2014
Cleaning Up in the Cellar
We’ve found some nice bottles in our cellar that hadn’t been added to inventory until today. In addition, a few special wines have just arrived, courtesy of a private cellar in northern Italy (so far north that from nearby vantage points you can see Switzerland). We are in love with t
Dec 29 2013
New Year’s Eve… Chambers Street Style.
“Champagne is not a festive beverage. Champagne is a wine that should be drunk every day and for no apparent reason. Life is short, hard, and can often suck.” (The Art of Living According to Joe Beef ) As we learned last year, the best way to celebrate New Year’s Eve is to g
Dec 18 2013
Noteworthy Older Wines for Gifts and Holiday Dining
We repeat ourselves, again (and again), in waxing enthusiastic about older wine from California. When some Italian friends came to visit here for the first time last week, they LOVED the 1986 Phelps Insignia. An experienced customer was knocked-out by the 1985 Silver Oak Alexander, and another by
Dec 17 2013
Signatory's Classic Single Malts
Whisky is more popular than ever.  In the United States the surge has been led by ultra-aged Bourbons and the ever-expanding landscape of small, local-production distilleries, but we haven’t forgotten about Scotch.  Single Malt Scotch is made entirely from barley, and distilled in
Dec 16 2013
Noteworthy Wines for Gifts and Holiday Dining - There's Still Time!
For all you late shoppers, we offer a unique selection of wines and spirits for the holidays, many of which are new arrivals, featuring mature wines and special selections from all our favorite regions. The weather outside is not too frightful, so whether you're in Manhattan or anywhere in th
Dec 12 2013
Last Hurrah (in 2013) for Old Piedmont Wine
This is most likely our last offer of old Piedmont wine this year; there are some interesting wines we want to draw your attention to: Barolo Chinato is a ‘digestivo’ – something you usually drink after a meal, although in Piedmont some people like it as an aperitif. It has
Dec 12 2013
Domestic Favorites From AmByth, Dragonette, Bow & Arrow; A Visit From Scholium Project's Abe Schoener!
The season for obligatory merriment is here, providing a variety of excuses to open delicious wines and share them with others! The domestic shelves are presently full of party-friendly and gift-worthy bottles, ranging from the experimental to the classic. Our California offers tend to be dominat
Dec 9 2013
New Von Racknitz! Plus The New York Times and Us
We are huge fans of Eric Asimov and his excellent wine columns in the New York Times. Often we find his taste lines up with our own, and he's done more than almost any other writer to help bring attention to the lesser-known regions and categories of the vinous world that we focus on. Just th
Dec 8 2013
Gifts for the Person Who Has Everything
At heart I have zero interest in gadgets – I’m not intrigued, I don’t want to own another one, and I’m hardly what could be called an early adapter: I only recently bought a cellphone for the first time (of course it’s true that my wife says I love my iPhone, but I d
Dec 3 2013
A Newly Arrived Boatload of Older Wine from Piedmont
A year or more has passed since we last wrote about handling old wine. A happy number of fine bottles have passed across our table since then, and the additional tasting experience has reinforced our conviction that old Piedmont wines need to be decanted, and that they only benefit from time in t
Dec 2 2013
Germany, 1959-2011; Austria, 1993-2010
Another slew of older wines from Germany and Austria has landed in our cellar, right at the busiest time of year when we don't have room for any of it! We hope you'll help us make room downstairs, and we've priced these quite well to encourage you to do just that. The wines below have
Dec 1 2013
New Releases from Vincent Laval.
It might seem counterintuitive, but there’s a school of thought amongst some wine lovers that very fine Champagne represents good value in comparison to equivalent wine from other prestigious regions. Yes behemoth Champagne négociants drive up the prices of their luxury brands, but C
Nov 26 2013
Fabulous New Arrivals From The Canary Islands & Values From Mainland Spain!
Not long ago, recommending a wine from the Canary Islands elicited shock. Curiosity about the region's exotic local grape varieties like Listan Negro, Diego, and Negramoll has slowly supplanted disbelief and the wines now have enthusiastic followers that help to keep the Spanish shelves inter
Nov 25 2013
Staff Picks for Thanksgiving, Pleasing Your Pilgrims and Wampanoags!
The first Thanksgiving was a three-day party feauturing venison, wild fowl, beans, corn and squash, and although there's little record of any beverages present, one has to imagine that, perhaps with the Indians' help, they found something to drink. (Cider perhaps? Yes, the Puritans enjoye
Nov 21 2013
Superb Banyuls and Collioure from Domaine du Traginer!
"Banyuls and Banyuls Grand Cru are the appellations for France's finest and certainly most complex vin doux naturel" says The Oxford Companion to Wine, and we have enjoyed fine examples from Dr. Parcé, Domaine de la Rectorie, La Tour Vieille, and others. Recent tastings of th
Nov 20 2013
Red Burgundy 2011, Part 2
2011 is a fantastic vintage for Red Burgundy. These wines are delicious to try now and will age beautifully. As we stated in our recent email about the vintage, some of the Burgundy winegrowers have compared the 2011s to such great vintages as 1952, 1985, and 2002. This offer features wine from s
Nov 19 2013
Frank Cornelissen - New Arrivals
43 of us had a wonderful dinner last week with Frank Cornelissen at Contra Restaurant, where they gave us great food - and the wines showed beautifully. We - not the royal We, but an extended group of people who have known Frank's wines for years - think that with each vintage they get better
Nov 15 2013
Armagnac Arrivals!
Armagnac – perhaps France’s most underappreciated brandy region.  Where else can one buy a spirit aged in barrel for 30 years for just over a hundred bucks?  When we look at what Bourbon of a similar age costs these days, it&rsqu
Nov 14 2013
Louis/Dressner Selections New Arrivals and Highlights: Two Tastings, Saturday, November 16 & 23!
Join us on Saturday, November 16 and Saturday November 23, from 4 till 7pm to taste a selection of new arrivals and current highlights from our friends at Louis/Dressner Selections. We'll feauture many of our favorite estates like Bernard Baudry, Thierry Puzelat, Luneau-Papin, Eric Texier, Cl
Nov 13 2013
Wine Clubs! Chambers Street Style...
Over the years, we’ve fielded many requests to offer wine clubs. We’ve hesitated until now (in all honesty we’ve stumbled across many lackluster wines clubs out there; we’d despaired of the category). It seemed to us that retailers use Wine Clubs to foist high margin, low
Nov 12 2013
A Great Stash of Fine Old Wine from Rioja
We grew up in a Francophile world of wine; we had hardly ever tasted old Rioja before our introduction in 2001 to Lopez-Heredia. Anyone who has been lucky enough to taste those wines will testify to their splendor in old age. Being Francophiles, the finesse and depth of the Lopez wines reminded u
Nov 10 2013
Staff Picks! Top 20 (or maybe 25...) Under $20
The truth is that while we are fortunate to be able to taste and drink a decent amount of relatively expensive wine, these occurrences are relatively rare. We do happily sell some excellent and expensive wine, but a customer’s recent comment that our emails have gone in a very high-end dire
Nov 7 2013
Jon Bonné’s "The New California Wine" Book Signing! 2012 Releases From Bedrock & Arnot-Roberts!
We are thrilled to host a special tasting this Saturday to celebrate the release of "The New California Wine," the eagerly anticipated new book from San Francisco Chronicle Wine Editor, Jon Bonné. We have been stashing some of our favorite and most limited bottles to crack for th
Nov 6 2013
Saar 2012: Hofgut Falkenstein & Peter Lauer
We’ve written at length many times about these two favorite Saar growers: the Webers at Hofgut Falkenstein and Florian Lauer. We don’t need to repeat ourselves any more than you want to re-read the same prose, so let’s cut straight to the salient points: 1. New 2012s from bo
Nov 5 2013
Red Burgundy 2011, Part 1
How is the 2011 Red Burgundy vintage? These are wines that are delicious now and have very good aging potential.  Michel Lafarge compares it to 1952, which to this day is a great vintage.  Another distinguished winemaker compares it to 1985 and 2002, two fantastic vintages that are stil
Nov 4 2013
Gin Class of 2013
The last couple of years have been great ones for fans of gin.  First we saw the rise of the “new western” gins, which are no longer flavored predominately with ingredients other than juniper.  These makers use fruits and botanicals not commonly associated with the spirit, s
Nov 3 2013
Old Ceretto
Last Sunday we had a great dinner with a bunch of old friends at Maialino, Danny Meyer's Roman-style trattoria.  After a glass of Bereche Extra Brut Champagne, we settled down to a serious tasting of Barolos and Barbarescos from Ceretto (and serious eating too - fried baby artichokes and
Oct 30 2013
Great Grüner: Ott, Gobelsburg and Prager
We get as excited as anyone by the exotic, the unfamiliar, the new and intriguing. This is no less true in the Austrian department than anywhere else in the store. Want biodynamic field blends from Vienna? We have them. How about late-release Gelber Muskateller that has spent almost two years mat
Oct 29 2013
A Collection of Clos Ste. Hune
Maison F. E. Trimbach has been producing top Alsatian wines since 1626, none greater than the most famous wine of the region, Clos Ste. Hune.  Now under the twelfth generation of family ownership and winemaking, the Trimbachs have not strayed from traditional styles of dry Alsatian wine even
Oct 28 2013
Wine of the Vintage?
To be frank we think the concept of “Wine of the Vintage” is marketing bs. Even under lab-like conditions, each time a truly great wine is tasted, we’re only provided with a snapshot of that wine at that moment. It’s artificial and even annoying that one wine must be anoin
Oct 25 2013
Beaujolais New Arrivals and Old Favorites: Lapalu, Pignard, Dufaitre & More!
 A fine bottle of Beaujolais is one of the great pleasures in the world of wine, and we're happy to have a fabulous current inventory on the shelves, both new arrivals and old favorites. After excellent, though quite different, vintages in 2009 and 2010, the following two years were diff
Oct 23 2013
Wine Made From Dried Grapes?
We wanted to alert you to a great buy on a really good Amarone, the famous and fantastic rich red wine from the Veneto in northern Italy. Then we started thinking about some other wines that are made the same way. Our intended focus is on Musella’s Amarone, which is a steal for the quality,
Oct 22 2013
Clemens Busch - The Mosel Iconoclast
We love Clemens and Rita Busch. Not only do they make some of the most distinctive, unexpected wines of the Mosel Valley, they also have some of the biggest hearts of anyone in the wine world. Their humility and gentle, giving spirit comes through in their wines and Clemens’ careful biodyna
Oct 20 2013
A Modest Offer for Lovers of Meunier.
Of the three grapes varieties that go into most Champagne, Pinot Meunier is generally considered to be rustic and fruity in comparison to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We believe that everything depends on the maker, and top-notch Meunier specialists (like Jérôme Prevost and Auré
Oct 18 2013
New Arrivals from Prudhon, Lafouge and Rapet: Lovely, Affordable Burgundies!
Chambers Street has always featured a selection of high-quality Burgundies produced by lesser-known growers whose delicious wines offer great value to educated consumers. The three estates featured today are over-achievers - they work well in the vineyard, with plowing, short-pruning and minimal
Oct 17 2013
Tasting Panels
  European wine producers working in denominated wine districts are obliged to submit samples of their wines to tasting panels on a regular basis. These panels are supposed to ensure that all wines bearing the official local designation (“Chianti Classico DOCG”, “Appell
Oct 15 2013
Chateau Musar: The World's Most Distinctive Great Wine
Chateau Musar occupies a unique place among great wine estates.  Located in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, one of the ancient world's most important agricultural regions, Musar produces natural wines from varieties well known elsewhere (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan, Grenache and Cin
Oct 15 2013
A Rioja Roundup: Old Favorites and New Arrivals!
Beautiful Riojas are coming from both traditional producers and the young guard. Fresh, original cuvèes from organic growers like David Sampietro Gil, Gonzalo Gonzalo, Martin Alonso and his wife, Gloria Plaza, make us excited for the future of  Rioja, while López de Heredia, Remelluri
Oct 13 2013
Another Small but Very Interesting Group of Older Wines
Some very cool stuff here, and at what we think are attractive prices. Have some fun! All wines guaranteed! **Please note: to avoid disappointment because something you want has already been sold, just click on the photo above to see live inventory on our website.
Oct 11 2013
A Small but Very Interesting Cellar of Piedmont Wine
Brighten up this gloomy Friday afternoon with some fine vecchio Nebbiolo. The wines look great - there are a couple of bottles with damaged labels (noted below) but we guarantee what's inside!
Oct 3 2013
New Arrivals from Spain, with Rafa Bernabé & Recaredo!
The store is awash in delicious Spanish wines this fall! We are particularly pleased to welcome the vivid, textured, and nuanced reds from Rafa Bernabé in Spain's resurgent Alicante region. Rafa's importer, Jose Pastor, explains that Bernabé was long respected in the central
Sep 30 2013
A Champagne Dinner with Vincent Laval
Over the past few years Champagne grower Vincent Laval of Domaine Georges Laval has ascended to a place of prominence in our hearts and minds. Georges Laval (Vincent’s father) converted to organic viticulture in the early 1970s and the estate continues to be one of only a few in Champagne t
Sep 26 2013
Wachau! Alzinger '12s, Nikolaihof '95-'12
The Wachau is loaded with great producers and at the high end they're all over the stylistic map. The Pragers, Hirtzbergers, Pichlers and Knolls of the region are at the top of anyone's list of the stars of the region, but we've also long loved the ethereal, biodynamic beauties of Nik
Sep 25 2013
Produttori del Barbaresco
If you already know about the Produttori del Barbaresco, then you'll probably jump to the list of wines, but if you're not familiar with the world's best wine making cooperative: Founded in 1958, when local economic conditions had reached a nadir, there are now about 50 members; the c
Sep 24 2013
Super-Natural Reds from the Loire Valley; Puzelat, Cousin, Mortier and More!
Some insanely delicious new wines have arrived, inspiring us to send this selection of Pineau D'Aunis, Gamay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Meunier from our favorite organic folks in the Loire Valley. Please note that 2012 was a very small harvest in the Loire with many wines in short supply. And
Sep 22 2013
Jura Wine: Get it While the Gettin’s Good.
Our good friend Wink Lorch is making her last visit to the Jura before the publication of her much anticipated book on the region. A report on the 2013 vintage has given us reason to stock up on wines from the Jura. As in many places in Western Europe this year, there’s been a desperate str
Sep 18 2013
Bordeaux Fest
Our second offer based on a combo of two great private cellars - after California, Bordeaux, and quite a nice range, with some fancy names, and lots more reasonably priced classic wines. We are loving how well the 1980's vintages are drinking now, and there's lots here. From temperatu
Sep 16 2013
California - More Fine Older Wine
This offer is a marriage of wine from two fine private collections; together they make a hell of a list of great old California wine. We’ve written before – recently, even – about our love and admiration for the wines, so we’ll resist going over the same ground again. Suff
Sep 12 2013
Bruna is Back!
For years the beneficent wine lord Chadderdon smiled upon us and permitted us to sell the beautiful Ligurian wines from Bruna (along with some Quintarelli, Bartolo Mascarello, Boxler – and perhaps a little something else that he’d send along at his whim). Happy were we, mostly, to be
Sep 12 2013
Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Traditional and Affordable!
Our thanks to Eric Asimov for another excellent article about wines from the Rhône Valley!  In this article Eric discusses his love for the traditional Chateauneufs that he drank in the eighties and nineties: "wine with all the sort of mossy idiosyncrasies that might charactrize the old
Sep 6 2013
Birthday Riesling!
Today we have a quick offer of perfectly-stored, mature Riesling that's ready to drink now. Especially take note of the large number of 1983s, a wonderful year for German wine that produced what have become perfect 30th birthday gifts (or early holiday gifts) for any young wine lover in your
Sep 6 2013
R and RR - The Incredibly Rare Top Wines of Koehler-Ruprecht
Koehler-Ruprecht was a pioneer in crafting high quality, age-worthy dry Rieslings in Germany way before doing so became fashionable. We love their wines and had the great fortune of re-introducing them to the market with the riveting 2010 vintage, one in which even their humble entry-level wines
Sep 4 2013
Aglianico discovered at VinItaly!
VinItaly is a gigantic wine trade fair held every April in Verona. To call it gigantic is an understatement – you could never imagine that there were so many wine producers in Italy (there is some wine from other countries, but the fair is at least 90%+ Italian). For a couple of New Yor
Aug 23 2013
2011 Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault
Meursault.  Puligny Montrachet.  Chassagne Montrachet.  These three villages produce some of the best Chardonnays on the Cote D'Or – at the top of the list of the finest, most age-worthy wines of France. The 2011 white Burgundies are fantastic: there is great fruit a
Aug 19 2013
New Old Wine, Part 108
A new round from some of our favorite private cellars in Europe.  Everything was brought over with temperature control and many of these wines are being offered by us for the first time. It's a perfect opportunity to stock up on ready-to-drink wines for the fall at reasonable prices.&nbs
Aug 17 2013
Notable New Arrivals from the South of France!
Poor timing perhaps, but we've just received some truly fascinating wines from the Languedoc/Roussillon as well as some beautiful biodynamic wines from Jurançon - one of our favorite of the lesser-known wine regions of France. The Aurisset family in Cardesse (Jurançon) conve
Aug 12 2013
Sicily!
Our love for Sicily and Sicilian wine becomes pretty clear when you consider that a smallish store like ours has more Sicilian wine than Tuscan wine. We’re thrilled with Eric Asimov’s article about Sicily, although we think that there are a number of excellent and important wines miss
Aug 10 2013
Three Small Cellars
We recently purchased three small cellars: one of Bordeaux, one of Burgundy, and  one of Riesling. These wines were well stored, and give you the chance to purchase wines that someone else paid to store for many years. Take advantage of the opportunity to try some wonderful back vintage Fren
Aug 7 2013
New Domestic Arrivals: Matthiasson, Salinia, AmByth, Forlorn Hope, and More!
Our domestic shelves are dense with delicious wine these days. Equally rich is the talent in American winemaking today; the minute one wine sells out, there are a dozen more that we are eager to offer in its place! Many of our favorite American producers make wine in such small amounts that, when
Aug 7 2013
New Arrivals from Macon, Beaujolais and Burgundy: Feauturing 2012 Vignes du Maynes Cuvée 910!
Our tiny allocation of the delightful Vignes du Maynes Cuvée 910 has finally arrived. It's a field blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay and Chardonnay made exactly as in 910 AD by the Abbey of Cluny - bravo to Julien Guillot for this insanely delicious, light and lovely wine! New arrivals from B
Aug 1 2013
2012 Clos de la Roilette Fleurie from Alain Coudert!
It's been 21 or 22 years since we first tasted with Fernand and Alain Coudert at the Clos de la Roilette. Alain may have just taken over from his father but Fernand was very much in charge at the bar. Great stories and back vintages flowed - it was a first-rate lesson in the ageability of Bea
Jul 31 2013
Weiser-Künstler 2012s: In stock now and more coming!
We keep beating the drum for this tiny Mosel estate, and we’re particularly thrilled to offer the 2012s. Given the small size of the estate and the high quality of the wines, the demand for W-K is rising to Willi Schaefer-like proportions and for good reason. Fortunately for us—and you—the
Jul 25 2013
Summer Sherry 6-Packs, La Bota, and More!
It’s been a great year for sherry lovers! Last fall’s week-long Sherryfest celebration coincided with the release of Peter Liem and Jesús Barquín’s definitive book, “Sherry, Manzanilla, and Montilla,” and brought enthusiasm for these fascinating and wel
Jul 23 2013
2012s from Christian Ducroux and Introducing Roland Pignard!
Christian Ducroux’s vines are healthy and happy – as we drove across the hills of Morgon last May, his vineyard glowed in the distance like a shining green oasis in the desert of herbicided and eroded soils of Beaujolais. Rows of fruit trees alternate with each 5 rows of vines, hedges
Jul 20 2013
Private Cellar Re-Cap
This cellar makes us think of a grab-bag at a party, except that here there are no booby prizes - just lots of very keenly priced and very interesting wines. A typical sales strategy for such a group of wines would be to list some highlights (“blah blah Mascarello! Joguet! Schafer-Frolich!
Jul 19 2013
This Year's Breakout Red: Falkenstein Spätburgunder!
We have to admit that we were surprised by the runaway success of the Hofgut Falkenstein 2011 Spätburgunder when we offered it in January. It's a light-as-a-feather red that breaks any and all preconceived notions of what German Pinot Noir can be; it makes for absolutely perfect summer d
Jul 17 2013
Colin-Morey 2011
There are a certain number of Burgundy wine producers whose wine I buy (or want to buy) every year - no matter what.  I am not going to list them - you know who they are, they are the people who make grown up versions of the kinds of things that you want Santa to leave for you beneath the tr
Jul 16 2013
Experimental and Controversial Champagnes from Ulysse Collin
My first winery visit in Champagne – in the winter of 2011 – was to Olivier Collin of Domaine Ulysse Collin in Congy. I confess at the time I did not understand Collin’s wines; I had far less context and less tasting experience, and Collin’s wines are unusual. In retrospec
Jul 16 2013
Saint-Joseph; Domaine Pierre Gonon and Domaine Barou!
Today's New York Times contains an excellent article by Eric Asimov on the wines of Saint-Joseph featuring the work of Jean and Pierre Gonon at their wonderful estate in Mauves, and the efforts of Jean-Louis Chave to recreate the family's lost vineyards. "This vineyard feels as ancie
Jul 11 2013
Schaefer, Dönnhoff & Adam: Terrific '12s
It's that time of the year again! We've been to Germany and tasted the wines, chosen our favorites, and are now happy to offer the 2012s from three shining stars in Germany, Schaefer, Dönnhoff and Adam. The vintage is one to get excited about because it's high in acid with well-d
Jul 8 2013
Old Wine from California
A few years back we had regular dinners with some like-minded friends at which we would take turns embarrassing all present by tasting blind. One evening we tasted an absolutely stellar bottle of "Cabernet, definitely Cab"; "Must be left-bank, from a good vintage"; "Yes -
Jul 7 2013
The Cellar of a True Wine Devotée - Part Three
Italy, Spain, Musar! This is a fine opportunity to try some of our favorites with a few years of age (or more) - Occhipinti, Biondi, COS, Felsina, Dettori, Cappellano, Ferrando, the Mascarellos, Lopez - and lots of other intriguing and very fairly-priced bottles.
Jul 7 2013
The Cellar of a True Wine Devotée - Part Two
French Wine! Read the list and you can tell that this is from someone who really cares about wine; trophy is in the mind of the beholder. While the volume of labels is large, the quantities of each wine is small. To avoid disappointment, go to the listing of the article on the website. If you
Jun 28 2013
The Cellar of a True Wine Devotée - Part One
The wine merchant laments the frequently seasonally inappropriate delivery of various wines: why do we get the Beaucastel in August, and then Chablis in January? But this time, the timing is perfect: a trove of top quality Riesling, many with an appealing amount of age, all very fairly priced, an
Jun 28 2013
New Arrivals; More Rosés! Great Values from the south of France, Burgundies from Jean-Marc Pillot, Rare Champagnes and More!
Summer's finally here and new rosés keep arriving to accompany our picnics and barbeques, with a little help from the great wines of La Ferme Saint-Martin in Beaumes de Venise and the Domaine du Traginer in Collioure. Two delicious and affordable Burgundies from Jean-Marc Pillot are te
Jun 20 2013
New Arrivals from Domaine des Vignes du Maynes!
We're particularly happy to have a new shipment from Alain and Julien Guillot at the Domaine des Vignes du Maynes.  This allocation features the superb Sainte Genevieve Brut Rosé, and their wonderful new white, the Macon-Cruzille "les Chassagnes."   The vineyards of
Jun 15 2013
Recent Arrivals from the "Prince of Bobal" -- Juan Antonio Ponce!
We have praised the work of Juan Antonio Ponce many times over the years. The accomplishments of this talented young grower from Spain's central-eastern Manchuela region are well documented: certified oenologist by age 17; rigorous advocate of biodynamic farming and natural winemaking; and, p
Jun 13 2013
Not-So-Old Barolo
There are a few older rarieties mixed-in on this list, but many of the wines are from more recent vintages -  a nice intermediate step in the maturation process. We are big believers in the old saw that 'good winemakers make good wine regardless of the vintage'; one advantage about a
Jun 11 2013
New Arrivals: Great Old Ridge and More!
Longtime friends of Chambers Street Wines know how much we love the wines made in California back in the day, and we've always been especially fond of Ridge Vineyards.  Originally a weekend project of four Stanford engineers, the winery quickly expanded to become one of the most importan
Jun 11 2013
Samplings from the Jura…
A week or so ago I was helping a local (Chambers Street Wines) customer pick out a six bottle gift for an out-of-state loved one, when he turned to me and asked, out of the blue “so what’s up with the Jura?” Before launching into an oft rehearsed spiel “Jura is an eastern
Jun 7 2013
Summer drinking Bordeaux!
Graves, Haut Médoc, Pomerol, Saint Émilion, Margaux  -  Today's offer features more recent vintages of great classic red Bordeaux, all perfectly stored.  They show secondary aromas and depth, but still have lots of fruit; these wines are developed and delicious no
May 31 2013
Newly Arrived Old Wine, #187 (at least)
We have 55 degree temperature-controlled storage here - so we can hold any wine you buy until the weather is more favorable. Speaking of temperature-control:
May 30 2013
Planquette: Real Wine from the Medoc! Affordable 2010 Burgundies!? Guion, Baudry, Rousset and More!
Early in last winter's trip to France, Eben and I left our lovely biodynamic friends the Huberts in Bourg and Blaye and ventured across the Gironde to the grand chateaux of the Haut-Médoc and their neatly herbicided vineyards. Pressing north through the rain and sleet past Saint-&Eacut
May 19 2013
Alter Wein
No, not, altar wine, but something perhaps even more holy. Rare, back-vintage bottles from some of Germany and Austria's greatest producers. These will go fast! All wines are now in stock! Note, also, the recently disgorged 1993 Peter Lauer Brut Reserve! As always, each wine is guarantee
May 15 2013
Mittelmosel Magic
2011 in the Mosel is a loud, ripe vintage, and it wasn't easy for producers to craft silky, restrained and, above all, mineral-driven wines. Two growers on the Mittelmosel fought against the odds to create delicate, contemplative, nuanced wines, and we'd like to sing their praises lest th
May 13 2013
Marumoto Brewery: A special CSW saké tasting
This Wednesday (May 15), we will be happy to welcome Niichiro Marumoto to Chambers St. Wines for a special in-store saké tasting from 6 – 8 pm. Marumoto-san represents the sixth generation of brewers at the historic Marumoto Brewery in south-western Japan and has been instrumental in
May 9 2013
Natalino Is Our Favorite
Puglia is known for producing huge quantities of ‘value’ wines, but making ‘value’ wine means chemical farming, high-volume yields, mechanical harvesting, and industrial production methods. There are some exceptions, and quite a few new or newly-revived Puglian wineries ma
May 8 2013
Rum, Brooklyn Style
 New York City has recently become awash in quality artisanal spirits, but few producers have quite the independent character of Bridget Firtle.  Bridget is a native New Yorker who entered the financial world at a fairly young age.  Although successful, she found herself unfulfille
Apr 30 2013
Domaine Chamonard Morgon Clos de Lys 1998 & 2011!
Joseph Chamonard was one of the first growers in Morgon to adopt the ideas of Jules Chauvet and quietly made some of the greatest Beaujolais on his small estate. His daughter Genevieve and her husband Jean-Claude Chanudet took over the estate in 1990 and have continued to make small quantities of
Apr 29 2013
Rosé 2013, Part One! Baudry, Les Fouques, Pradeaux, Hauvette, Raventos, Ameztoi and More!
We take our rosés seriously at Chambers Street - yes, they should be fun to drink, but they should also be subtle and complex - real wines of terroir. The majority of our rosés are organically farmed and fermented with wild yeasts, giving wines of complexity and purity with good aci
Apr 26 2013
Recent American Arrivals from Broc, Matthiasson, Bedrock, and More.
The outstanding crop of 2012 rosés trickling in from California is a source of great pleasure and excitement.  Selecting the most interesting American wines has never been so challenging and fun, as wines of great quality continue to emerge from respected regions as well as previously
Apr 25 2013
New Arrivals From the Loire Valley! Pinon Brut Rosé, Clos Roche Blanche, Puzelat, La Lunotte, Lenoir, Bellivière and More!
Meeting the Pinon family back in 1981 was a wonderful experience (we drank the 1959 Moelleux!), which led to our long association with Francois and his beautiful wines. His organic vineyard work and thoughtful vinifications produce some of the finest wines in Vouvray. Every year at this time, Fra
Apr 22 2013
New Arrivals from the Loire Valley; Pinon Brut Rosé, Clos Roche Blanche, Puzelat, La Lunotte, Lenoir, and More!
Meeting the Pinon family back in 1981 was a wonderful experience (we drank the 1959 Moelleux!) which led to our long association with Francois and his beautiful wines. HIs organic vineyard work and thoughtful vinifications produce some of the finest wines in Vouvray. Every year at this time, Fran
Apr 18 2013
New Older Wine
Some ships have come in this week - lots of exciting olde Piemonte, along with a few other fine wines from Germany and from Spain. All guaranteed as usual. Buon appetito!  
Apr 17 2013
On the Lookout for Loch
We've been reading for years about the wines of Manfred and Claudia Loch, primarily in David Schildknecht's glowing reviews that consistently end with some variation on the phrase "sadly, Loch's wines continue to have no U.S. importer". Finally, the wines are here and we'
Apr 15 2013
Exciting New Champagnes (and Wines) From André Beaufort!
In my early years in wine retail, I sold vast quantities of "brand-name" Champagnes, but I really didn't understand the phenomenon. They mostly tasted like bad wine with bubbles - with some lovely exceptions, of course. Fortunately we now have a choice of superb estate-bottled wines
Apr 15 2013
Stony Hill Chardonnay 1975 - 1998, including extremely rare magnums!
Stony Hill Vineyard is one of the great treasures of traditional California winemaking, arguably the greatest source for mountain grown Chardonnay. With age these Chardonnays put on weight and become full flavored, much like Chablis. The vineyards are high up on Spring Mountain, 725 feet above th
Apr 12 2013
Germany/Austria Tasting Parade!
Our German and Austrian departments have been brimming with activity as of late and we want to draw your attention to a number of exciting upcoming tastings, all featuring visiting winemakers. Please come join us in welcoming these talented winemakers, all of whom offer different takes on distinc
Apr 12 2013
Burgundy 2010s Including New Parcel of Chevillon!
After tasting the full 2010 lineups in barrel at more than 20 estates, and confirming those impressions by tasting many of them in bottle, I am convinced that the vintage is one of the greats, combining the structure and terroir expression of 2008 with the power of 2009.  Sadly, yields were
Apr 10 2013
French and Italian New Arrivals; First Rosés of Spring, plus Magnien, Frick, Gonon, Barou and many More!
It's 72 degrees in New York this morning, and though this blast of summer may not last, the first 2012 vintage rosés are appearing on our shelves, predicitive of warmer weather, backyard (or fire-escape) barbeques and picnics on the beach. Note particularly our organic favorites from P
Apr 7 2013
What's New in the Jura?
It’s a rare occurrence that we ask you, dear customer, to direct the energy of your wallet to something other than the bottles that grace our shelves. We are doing so today in the interest of friendship, scholarship, and the overall understanding and promotion of the wines of the Jura. I ha
Apr 4 2013
Mencía In Depth: New Releases From Guímaro
Mencía first gained respect as a gateway to Spanish wine for lovers of young, juicy, high-acid reds. This offering highlights the deeper, more sumptuous side of Mencía, exemplified by the stunning single vineyard bottlings from Guímaro. The Amandi subzone of Galicia's Rib
Apr 2 2013
Great Burgundies, Great Values, From Domaine Henri Prudhon!
The limestone hills of Saint-Aubin have been planted to vines since the third century AD. They are steep, well-drained slopes with a high concentration of clay, some of which are on the south and west slopes of the Mont Rachet, around the corner from the Grand Crus. Since Chambers Street began we
Mar 25 2013
All Good Things...
The emergence of Mosel Wine Merchant was the most galvanizing event to affect the market for German wine in the past decade. Lars and Dan were intimately familiar with the ins-and-outs of their wines and were passionately devoted to their producers. They worked with a stable of growers who were a
Mar 24 2013
Pascal Agrapart: Master of his Domaine
In the first few minutes of a recent visit to Pascal Agrapart, a friend and sommelier described Agrapart as having, “that master of the universe thing going on,” and I knew what he meant. This description is reserved for vignerons who have figured it out - “it” - being the
Mar 20 2013
Muscadet 1989 - 2010; Vieux Millésimes from Luneau-Papin!
It was almost twenty years ago that we first encountered the superb Muscadets from Pierre and Monique Luneau-Papin, who were sharing a stand with Huet at the Salon des Vins de Loire in Angers. Tasting the 1976 was quite a thrill and opened our eyes to the aging potential of Muscadet from the top
Mar 20 2013
Vintage Austrian Wine
On our first wine visit to Austria, and to the Wachau, Terry Theise was kind enough to introduce us to Landhaus Bacher, an amazing restaurant (and hotel) just down the street from Nikolaihof in Mautern. Go, if you can. That night we drank the Hirtzberger 1986 Riesling Honifogl - our first bottle
Mar 19 2013
New from the Nahe: Von Racknitz
Today we're happy to introduce Weingut Von Racknitz, a Nahe producer that has never before been sold in the United States. Winemaking here goes back a very, very long time; a monastery was founded here in the 6th century and monks likely planted vines in the 11th. It's been in the Von Rac
Mar 17 2013
Eric Texier 2010 Domaine Pergaud Brézème Vieilles Serine! Dinner with Eric and Steve Edmunds, Monday, March 18th! (4 Seats Available)
Eric Texier makes some of our favorite Rhône wines, working with growers who have great vineyards and old vines, vinified and aged in his magnificent cold cellar in Charnay. His 2010 reds have been superb, including a wonderful Saint-Joseph, a sensational old-fashioned Cote-Rotie, and two great w
Mar 13 2013
Daylight Savings Time!
Unless you live in a cave you've probably noticed that the sun is setting a lot later than it was last week. The birds are singing and the crocuses are blooming and soon the lilacs will be blossoming and there will be bunnies hopping and deer frolicking in the meadows...(well perhaps not in t
Mar 8 2013
Eva and Jutta: Fresh Takes on Feinherb
We've written before about our love for the oft-ignored "third way" between sweet and dry Riesling, a category once described as halbtrocken, but more and more frequently referred to as feinherb (a slightly more attractive term than ‘half-dry’). To us, feinherb wines are
Mar 6 2013
They Just Keep Getting Better: Laherte Frères Champagnes
We’ve been following the progress of Laherte Frères Champagnes with keen interest for several years, since we had the good fortune to meet the talented Aurélian Laherte at a trade show in Italy. We’re drawn to these wines for their intense acidity, their long, mineral-la
Mar 4 2013
Historic Rioja Vintages from CVNE
CVNE, the Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España, has been known since its founding as one of the very greatest producers of traditional Rioja.  Refreshingly, in a world now full of overextracted, overwooded, overrated luxury Spanish cuvèes built to achieve high sc
Mar 1 2013
2011 Domaine Pierre Gonon
One of the highlights of the year is our winter visit with Jean and Pierre Gonon at their beautiful new cellars in Mauves, where the welcoming attitude, good humor and deep intelligence of the two brothers is reflected in their elegant, perfectly balanced wines. Having bounced perilously through
Feb 26 2013
Top Tier Burgundy Including DRC 1990s
  With La Paulee just a week away, we've got Burgundy on our minds even more than usual.  Among other gems we are very excited to have recently acquired a 1990 DRC assortment which a former NYC sommelier bought on release and kept in his temperature-controlled cellar. 
Feb 26 2013
Chambers Street Wines - Louis/Dressner Selections Tasting and Benefit for Partners-in-Health! Saturday, March 16th, 12:30 to 4:30. 34 Winemakers from France, Italy, Slovenia and Chile!
Join us at City Hall Restaurant, 131 Duane Street, to taste some of the world's finest Natural, Organic, Biodynamic and Just Plain Delicious wines imported by Louis/Dressner Selections. Natural viticulture, hand harvesting, low yields, wild yeasts, non-interventionist winemakng, and, most imp
Feb 20 2013
Exciting Winemaker Visits And A Parade Of California Favorites
California winemaking today defies the generalizations of yesterday. Ripe, oaky monoliths have made room for a generation of wines that showcase unprecedented grace and structure within the broad, buoyant fruit that makes California wines unique. The pursuit of interesting and balanced wines from
Feb 18 2013
Newly Arrived from Italy: Vigna Rionda and more
When people have been growing grapes in the same place for generations, a lot of wisdom accumulates regarding the character and quality of the local vineyards, and a consensus emerges about which are the best. In the Barolo zone, the short list includes the resonant names Cannubi, Brunate, Rocche
Feb 14 2013
Garon Côte-Rôtie and Balthazar Cornas; For Now and for Later...
Just arrived from Domaine Garon are the 2010 Côte-Rotie "les Triottes" and 2011 "La Sybarine" as well as their wonderfully delicious 2011 Vin de Pays Syrah. The Garon family has been in Ampuis for many generations but only began re-planting abandoned vineyards in the ear
Feb 13 2013
New Arrivals from Piedmont and France
Two cellars have arrived at the same time, one from an Italian cellar and the other from a long-time customer of the shop. Since we've sold lots of wine from both sources, we know the bottles are in excellent condition (and as always we guarantee each bottle).
Feb 12 2013
Baudry Chinon La Croix Boissée: 2010 "The Beautiful Surprise!"
The great 2010 Baudry La Croix Boissée has just arrived in New York and we take this opportunity to feature all four of the Baudry's top wines from this vintage. Having begun with Bernard Baudry in 1989, we take great pleasure in featuring this group of wines from this quite different,
Feb 10 2013
Brilliant New Champagnes from Alexandre Filaine!
Our friends at the tiny, Connecticut based import company: Transatlantic Bubbles recently brought us a couple of new Champagnes to try. TB, as the name suggests, specializes in Champagne (in fact they import nothing else) and works with a few of our favorite small growers: Vincent Laval, Marguet,
Jan 31 2013
Category-Shattering Dueros: The Return of Alfredo Maestro Tejero
Alfredo Maestro Tejero was celebrated in our pre-sale last year as "A Magician in the Duero" for elevating the integrity of his appellation while eschewing its label. A native of Peñafiel, the heart of Ribera del Duero, Maestro started planting vines, buying grapes, and making wi
Jan 31 2013
It Came in From the Cold!
We've bought part of a great cellar from a collector in the Midwest, and have been waiting for a break in the frigid winter weather so that  the wine could be shipped to us. This cellar was curated over many years, and was very carefully stored. The couple love their wines and love to th
Jan 24 2013
Older and More Recent Vintages from Italy....
Along with some fine older Italian wine, we've received some great bottles from more recent vintages from a collector who decided he'd bought a bit too much (as though such a thing exists...); this includes some excellent 2004s - it's been a while since we've had any for sale.
Jan 23 2013
Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey
As we've said in the past... Pierre-Yves Colin-Morey is one of the top producers of white Burgundy, unquestionably in the top tier of producers alongside such luminaries as Jean-Francois Coche-Dury, Dominique Lafon and Jean-Marc Roulot.  From his base in Chassagne Montrachet, Pierre-Yves
Jan 17 2013
Rhône Valley Values to Warm-Up Your Winter - Featuring Franck Balthazar!
Franck Balthazar in Cornas is making beautiful wines, continuing the old-fashioned winemaking of his father René while converting the estate to organic agriculture and vinvfying with minimal sulfites. Today we feature his sensational 2011 Côtes du Rhône Syrah, from vines just o
Jan 16 2013
Rieslingfeier 2013 - with Lauer, Zilliken and more!
New York is getting ready to host a first-of-its kind event to celebrate German Riesling, one of the world's most terroir-expressive and long-lived white wines. Rieslingfeier, loosely in the tradition of La Paulée de New York, will take place February 15th and 16th. Growers from six of
Jan 3 2013
2011 Hofgut Falkenstein - with Spätburgunder!
One of our most exciting German offers last winter (if not the most exciting) was the re-introduction to the US of the wines of Erich Weber at Hofgut Falkenstein, brought to our attention by Lars Carlberg. While 2010 was a bit of an outlier vintage in Germany, the year's high-acid character w
Dec 30 2012
New Year’s Resolution 2013: Learn about the Wine Business. Here’s how…
We may be prejudiced because it’s our work, but we find the New York wine business to be endlessly fascinating, from growers to importers, distributors, beverage directors, and retail store buyers. Beginning in the 1970s and 80s, when importers, shops, and restaurants began to take an inter
Dec 24 2012
The Rarest Wines...
This is fun – a long list of wines (removed from temperature-controlled storage), mostly purchased bottle-by-bottle by a wine lover; this is a fine opportunity to taste some older-vintage bottles at very fair prices. As we’ve noted in the past, the rarest wines are not always the most
Dec 15 2012
Ceretto, in the Old Days
One of our favorite things about wine is that there are no absolutely correct answers – taste is a subjective, variable, and personal matter. So it goes with the recent history of wine in Barolo and Barbaresco, about which you may have heard, possibly ad nauseum. Simply on the basis of our
Dec 12 2012
Bargains from Burgundy, In Time for the Holidays!
After a few weeks of Sandy-related delays, our boat from Beaune has finally arrived bringing lovely wines from some of our favorite small estates in Burgundy. Mostly reds from the sensational 2010 vintage, you'll find delicious values for drinking over the next few weeks as well as exceptiona
Dec 10 2012
New Wines and Mature Vintages from André Beaufort!
In 2010, our continuous quest for unique wines of the highest quality brought us to the Champagnes of André Beaufort et Fils; since then it’s been a pleasure to offer these wines here in New York. The Beaufort’s reputation precedes them, and we'd been reading about them for
Dec 8 2012
Purity and poise: the biodynamic Châteauneuf-du-Pape of Domaine Pierre André
Jacqueline André presides over the non-interventionist legacy of her father Pierre in the village of Courthézon, where the Andrés have worked biodynamically “depuis toujours” to translate their quartzite/clay/limestone terroir and 15 hectares of old vines (some up
Dec 7 2012
Sampler Cases from Chambers Street Wines!
It has been a tradition for some time now at CSW to offer mixed cases to folks who are eager to learn about wine or are looking for gift ideas for friends and family. The concept is quite simple: 12 bottles, all different, from around the globe. Staying true to the Chambers Street ethic, the wine
Dec 7 2012
Rare Champagne Treasures… and a Well-Curated Tasting with Peter Liem!
A few years ago, when my predecessor was stocking the Champagne shelves at Chambers Street, she used to survey the display with a particular lusty, thirsty gleam in her eye. “Our Champagne section is stacked!” I’ve been having a similar feeling of late looking at our Champagne i
Dec 7 2012
Rhône Rumpus! New Arrivals From Domaine Pierre Gonon, Barou, Balthazar and Clape!
New arrivals from Jean and Pierre Gonon are alway cause for excitement! The brothers Gonon seem to be doing everything right, from their amazing organic vineyard work, mostly by hand and by horse (the horse is getting a new barn this winter) to their impeccable vinifications and aging in 2 to 10
Dec 7 2012
Grand Cru
In Burgundy between Lyon and Dijon is the magnificent chain of vineyards renowned as the Cote D'Or, or golden slope.  From these limestone rich, hillside vineyards come the greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wines in the world.  There are three classifications of vineyard: Villages,
Nov 26 2012
A Visit to Immich-Batterieberg
This is Gernot Kollmann. Perhaps you know that he used to make wine at Van Volxem, or that he was the winemaker for a bit at Knebel. Perhaps you’ve tasted some of the wines he made at the recently revived Immich-Batterieberg in 2009 and 2010. If so, you should jump to the bottom of
Nov 26 2012
Giuseppe Rinaldi vecchio Barolo & Barbaresco
Giuseppe Rinaldi, known as Beppe, assumed control of his family winery (named for his grandfather) in 1992, perhaps the peak period of the modernization of the production of Barolo. Instead of succumbing to what was considerable pressure from his peers and from the market to change his methods an
Nov 24 2012
Cuvée Frederich Emile
The great Alsace producer Trimbach was founded in 1626. We don’t know what the wines were like then, but for some years Trimbach has produced two of the world’s greatest dry Rieslings, Clos Ste Hune, and Cuvèe Frederic Emile. Clos Ste Hune is produced in tiny quantities and most of us
Nov 24 2012
Une Tranche de Philippe Jambon 2009 & 2010!
Sometimes superb wines take circuitous routes in reaching Chambers Street: Our Burgundy maven John Truax got a call from his friend Russel Hone at Becky Wasserman Selections concerning a delicious Chiroubles they drank at a combination meat market/restaurant in Chablis. Only 20 cs of 2009 and 201
Nov 17 2012
Introducing the Superb Roussillon Wines of Cyril Fhal, Clos du Rouge Gorge!
We first met Cyril Fhal in 2004 at the Dive Bouteille, a "natural" wine show in the Loire Valley, where he was showing his 2002 Carignan/Grenache red and a 2003 white from 100% Maccabeu. The wines were elegant, balanced and full of character, certainly among the finest from the new gene
Nov 14 2012
Cabernet for Cold Weather...
We have some new Bordeaux stock, and a few gems from California... Most are tried-and-true favorites that we have sold in the past; all come from professional temperature-controlled storage and - as always - we guarantee the condition of every bottle. There are some very good wines from vinta
Nov 9 2012
Aged Austrians - But Not What You'd Expect
We're glad to see many wine writers and lovers more often coming around to the idea that the inimitable white wines of Austria generally benefit from some age. Those of us that love a mature Riesling or Grüner Veltliner feel like we're facing a constant uphill battle for a variety of
Nov 7 2012
Champagnes You Must Drink: New Bouchard, Lahaye, and Lassaigne, and a fresh face in Mesnil: Vergnon!
Our friend Paul Grieco at his chain of wine bars called “Terroir,” bills a portion of his snack roster as “Things You Must Eat.” And it’s precisely that: an eclectic little list of assorted tasty morsels. As we look at our Champagne shelf going into the holidays, we see an assortment of new and tast
Nov 6 2012
Fresh Etna, and other recently arrived Sicilian wines
Sicilian wine is gradually encroaching on Tuscany on our shelves (we realize that they aren’t entirely logical neighbors, but such is real estate). More and more excellent wine is coming from Sicily; the future potential there is tremendous, and this will present a serious editing problem f
Nov 3 2012
Three-Day Sale Extended to a Third Day!
Apparently, in our excitement at getting into the store this morning, we were unable to count to three. The Slammed-by-Sandy Sale does indeed last until Monday at 9:00pm, rather than Sunday at 7. Our apologies for the confusion!
Nov 3 2012
Slammed by Sandy Sale! 15% Off Per Case - 3 Days Only!
The good news is that CSW suffered no damage or flooding during Hurricane Sandy and we hope that those of you in low-lying areas of the Northeast have been similarly spared. The bad news is that we were dark for almost five days. To help make up for lost revenue we're offering a 15 percent di
Oct 29 2012
We're Back!
Normal hours today, Sataurday the 3rd. Web and email functions are incomplete but should be back later today...
Oct 23 2012
From a Private Collection, Wine to Drink
We've offered wine from this fine private cellar in the past; here's a long list, mostly very reasonably priced, and most wines with some age so they should be in a sweet spot for current drinking. It's a great mix of wine, ranging from Chablis to Willamette. Instant cellar, anyone?
Oct 18 2012
The Pope and Friends…
Once in the recent past, we didn’t buy Puffeney. We wanted to make room for some new faces in the Jura. If it were up to some of us, we’d allow the Jura section of our store slowly to expand, spilling over into Burgundy, the Rhône, Alsatian Riesling, etc… until the fabulo
Oct 16 2012
Brovia 2008
We like the 2008 vintage in Piedmont. After the (mostly) blowsy and extracted 2007s, the 2008s show much more like an excellent ‘classic’ vintage, so while the wines display some ripe fruit, the best are vibrant and balanced, with great natural acidity and ripe tannins. They should ag
Oct 14 2012
A Genius in Jonquières: Olivier Jullien.
My awareness of Mas Jullien dates back to a period of scholarship that consisted of long afternoons reading about wine in the fall sunshine. This was exactly five years ago and I was reading Andrew Jefford’s The New France, a book that may seem a bit dated today, but nonetheless contains mu
Oct 12 2012
Dinner with Frank Cornelissen
Frank said he’d love to have dinner in New York, but asked that we not try to produce a Sicilian meal in his honor, but to instead try something different, which would be much more entertaining for him (and possibly for us too since we have yet to eat Sicilian food here that comes anywhere
Oct 10 2012
Superb 2010 Côte-Rôtie from Domaine Garon!
For a few years now we've been reading about the fine Côte-Rôties coming from the Garon family - landowners in Ampuis since 1836, but winemakers only since 1992. Given the sensational quality of the 2010 vintage in the Northern Rhône, we have brought in a small quantity of the Gar
Oct 10 2012
New Old Burgundy has Arrived!
Purchased on release, and meticulously stored, we are very happy to have these beautiful wines to offer just in time for the change of season. We have bought wine from these two collections for years now, and each time a shipment arrives we are knocked-out by the bottles, which are impeccable. As
Oct 10 2012
Austrian/German Tastings plus New Arrivals!
We're very excited to announce this week's tastings highlighting the German and Austrian Departments. First on Friday, October 12, from 5 to 7 we'll be joined by Erwin Tinhof, a grower from Austria's Burgenland who farms biodynamically and makes wines that are unusually chiseled a
Oct 4 2012
2005 Luneau-Papin L D'Or, CRB Pif, Baudry Clos Guillot and More from Louis/Dressner Selections!
Muscadet lovers rejoice - we've received a small shipment of the lovely 2005 L d'Or from Luneau-Papin, a great vintage for this long-lasting Muscadet. While similar to the 2009 in it's ripe aromatics and round palate, there is good acidity balancing the fruit and a nice kick of bitter
Oct 2 2012
It’s a Sherry Party! Tapas Gathering with Winemakers from the De Maison Selections Porfolio!
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than touting the merits of wines made using controlled oxidation. And what better time to do so than the week of the release of Peter Liem’s much-anticipated book: Sherry, Manzanilla and Montilla: A Guide to the Traditional Wines of Andalucia, when all the
Sep 28 2012
Box O'2 - Foreau and Huet 6-Pack from the 2002 Vintage!
2002 was a magical vintage for whites in the Loire Valley. Perfect balance with just the right amount of acidity, gorgeous fruit but not too much alcohol, fabulous mineral and acid flavors shining through in the finish. We don't claim to be more perspicacious than anyone else, but we stashed
Sep 28 2012
Partners-In-Health Benefit Dinner in Memory of Joe Dressner, Sunday, October 28th.
A number of years ago, Joe Dressner suggested that we use our wine events together to raise money for a charity that would provide quality health care to those in need around the world. Joe received the finest care available while combating his illness and he wanted to help others who have no acc
Sep 25 2012
Simply Delicious - 2011 Ducroux Regnié plus New Arrivals from Chanudet, Guignier, Debize and PUR!!
We're happy to announce the arrival of our final shipment of the wonderful 2011 Regnié from Christian Ducroux, accompanied by delicious new Beaujolais from Jean-Claude Chanudet, Michel Guignier, Bruno Debize and Cyril Alonzo at PUR. It's exiting to have some great new-comers joinin
Sep 24 2012
L’Anglore.
The word “unique” has become ubiquitous in wine conversation. As the word is devalued, its meaning warped through overuse, we seek to bolster it through the addition of modifiers: “very,” “really,” and (my personal favorite) “sort of.” Unique means
Sep 18 2012
Burgundy 2010: Outstanding and Affordable!
You might think that these are mutually exclusive terms in Burgundy especially for a vintage of fine quality that was 30% to 50% down in quantity from 2009. Indeed, access to wines from growers like Mugneret-Gibourg, Lafarge, Bachelet, etc., will be very limited and prices will be high. Happily,
Sep 18 2012
Chinon, Old and New - Featuring Baudry Domaine 2010!
The arrival of the 2010 Baudry Chinon Cuvée Domaine is really a reason to rejoice. This small production from Bernard and Matthieu is one of my favorite house reds, with the added bonus that it ages beautifully as well. While it must be said that this vintage is not as ready to drink as in
Sep 15 2012
Recently Arrived - Fine Old Wine from Piemonte
Two shipments have arrived from two fine private cellars in Italy. The bottles look spectacular - and we guarantee the contents! It's time to plan for fall dinners...          
Sep 12 2012
2010 - An Excellent Vintage at Domaine Pierre Gonon!
Our last shipment of Saint-Joeph from Domaine Pierre Gonon, surely one of the finest and most traditional estates in the Northern Rhône, has just arrived. 2010 is a great vintage in the Northern Rhône and we urge those of you who missed it last spring to take advantage of the superb quality and v
Sep 10 2012
Taste With Pierre Breton, Friday Sept. 14th, 5 till 7:00pm!
Please join us this Friday to taste the great 2010 Bourgueils of Pierre and Catherine Breton.  The Bretons have been leaders of the organic and natural wine movement for many years and have inspired young vignerons in the Loire and throughout France. This is an oustanding line-up of wines, c
Sep 8 2012
New York Vermouth!
  Why stock another vermouth, especially one that costs roughly twice as much as reliable standards such as Noilly Prat or Dolin?  There is more to the answer than the obvious: that these vermouths are very delicious and very different than any other vermouths that we carry.&nb
Sep 7 2012
Everyday Wines from the Mosel's New Guard
It's September, which means the boats are soon arriving into our harbors with new releases from Europe. This is happy news for lovers of German Riesling, as the pre-arrivals we've been eagerly awaiting are about to dock; soon we'll be able to load up on all the best wines from the del
Sep 3 2012
Burgundian?
I’m not sure I’ve ever met (or read about) a Pinot Noir producer outside of Burgundy who doesn’t say “We want to make Burgundian-style wine”. What does this mean? For this aficionado, Burgundy means wine with a strong sense of place, reasonable alcohol levels, he
Aug 31 2012
2012 End-of-Summer Clearance!
Dog Days of August, the warehouse is stuffed to the gills with wines held for fall shipping, and it’s time to try to make a little space for the September deluge of incoming inventory. We've chosen a few wines from each section of the store and are offering them at drastically reduced p
Aug 27 2012
Late Summer Elegance: Benoit Lahaye’s Naturessence!
If two statements were to sum up the views of the Champagne lovers at Chambers Street Wines, they would be the following: “Champagne goes with all meals and all occasions” and “the drier the better,” (within reason, of course, taking into consideration that balance is the
Aug 25 2012
The Revolution Reaches Baden
We've written a bit in passing about Enderle & Moll before, but today we wanted to take the time to emphasize how exciting we find their project in Baden. As the modern face of German wine continues to evolve (and the global climate warms), dry red wines from the southwestern parts of Ger
Aug 23 2012
Vecchio Piemonte
A fine slice of an excellent Italian private cellar has arrived. We guarantee the condition of the wines, of course, and they all appear to be in terrific condition. The old Borgogno Barolos look spectacular - these are original-release bottles - as do the Oddero bottles, and the 1961 Fiorina Bar
Aug 13 2012
2010 Barou Saint Joseph - A Great Value Returns! Condrieu, Marsanne and Viognier, too!
Customers who purchased the 2010 Barou Saint Joseph last Spring have been raving about the fantastic quality and value of this lovely wine. Exuberant aromas and lush, complex fruit are here combined with the bright acidity and good structure of this wonderful vintage in the Northern Rhône. The la
Aug 13 2012
Le Coste's Beautiful Wines
There’s a very interesting and entertaining report about Le Coste on the Louis/Dressner website. We first tasted their wines at Vini Veri in Italy three years ago, but we’ve never visited them, so rather than just plagiarize, we urge you to read the report. In the meantime, the real p
Aug 8 2012
Gin Class of 2012
When the mercury on the thermometer starts creeping toward the triple digit mark we want something served cold.  Ice cold.  Beyond refreshing Roses and Muscadets, one of our favorite remedies is the juniper and citrus zing of gin.  The style of gin most familiar to us hails back to
Aug 6 2012
Catalan Lights
“Food is of and from a place; it needs a context to give it authenticity.  A dish that comes from nowhere lacks weight, lacks resonance.  Catalan cuisine comes from somewhere, to be sure.” – Colman Andrews, Catalan Cuisine One of m
Jul 31 2012
A Coupe de Coeur and an Abundance of Crémant
I recently bought a couple of coupes. Wikipedia defines these as “a shallow, broad-bowled, stemmed glass, commonly used at wedding receptions, often stacked in layers to build a champagne tower.” It’s popular mythology that these sparkling wine vessels were modeled after Marie-A
Jul 30 2012
Etna, part 2 - Calabretta
One of the charms of our time on Etna this April was that each of our winery visits was very different, ranging from the super-clean, laboratory-like cantina at Cornelissen, to the funky but very cool operation at Calabretta. They’ve very cleverly figured-out how to make due in tight quarte
Jul 28 2012
A Tasting of Pinot Meunier
We are perennially obsessed with Champagne. We love it in all styles and from all sub-regions, and we constantly find ourselves wondering how we can further provoke a similar love amongst our customers. Of course we acknowledge that a bottle of Champagne is a commitment; this is a category in whi
Jul 26 2012
Older Burgundy, And More (What's for Dinner?)
We are happy to have received purchases made from two fine private cellars, with lots of sensibly priced wine, including some older Burgundy, which is increasingly hard to come by. As always, we guarantee the condition of each bottle.
Jul 24 2012
Eric Texier 2010s - St-Julien en St-Alban Vieille Serine, Cote Rotie, Saint-Joseph, and More!
The brilliant, highly-opinionated and sometimes hilarious Eric Texier is making some of the finest wines in the Rhône Valley. Carefully sourcing grapes from old vines in great sites, his non-interventionist winemaking is producing elegant, balanced, never over-extracted wines that are a joy
Jul 19 2012
New Arrivals From Nantes - Luneau 2002 & 2005, Briords 2011 and Many More!
It's peak season for Muscadet and we have happily received another shipment from Luneau-Papin, replenishing our stocks of older wines, as well as the first installment of their superb 2010 Pierres Blanches Vieilles Vignes "Hermine D'Or" -  a great value that's only avai
Jul 19 2012
This Saturday: Summer of Riesling 2012
So far we’ve declared this to be the “Summer of Champagne” and the “Summer of Nusserhof”, (around here it’s always the “Summer of Muscadet”, even in November),  and Chris Barnes is making the case that it should also be the “Summer of Gar
Jul 18 2012
Clos du Vignes du Maynes: New Arrivals Featuring 2011 Cuvée 910!
Chambers Street Wines is proud to represent this great estate, whose vineyards have been in production since their original plantation by the monks of Cluny in 910 AD. The estate's vines have never been treated with modern herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilzers as Pierre Guillot began
Jul 16 2012
Summer of Nusserhof
Nusserhof is an unusual place; originally in the country, the town of Bolzano* has grown around the property, with eminent domain nibbling at the edges; most recently it was proposed to re-route the railway to bisect what’s left of the property but that threat seems to have been beaten back
Jul 16 2012
Mid-Summer Rosé (and Rosato) Heavy-Hitters Featuring Bourgeuil Rosé from Stéphane Guion!
In typical fashion, toward the middle of the summer, once our initial thirst for pale-colored, delicate Rosé has been quenched, the real Rosé heavy-hitters begin to arrive in the store. As temperatures rise, the color of these wines seems to deepen, the pale pinks of spring giving w
Jul 10 2012
A Special Bastille Day Champagne Tasting!
I wasn’t always so crazy about Champagne, but now I love it. My former take-it-or-leave-it attitude was probably due to not having had much good Champagne. Aside from a rare glass of Dom Perignon, Krug, or Salon, I thought Veuve was about as good as it could get. Then two things changed: &l
Jul 10 2012
Lambruschi Makes Beautiful Vermentino
Ottaviano Lambruschi makes renowned Vermentino near the Cinqueterre in Liguria. Very little comes to the US – there is only one importer (located in California), and almost all of the wine goes to restaurants; we seem to be the only retailer in the US offering the wine. Lambruschi is also o
Jul 6 2012
German Pre-Arrivals: Schaefer, Dönnhoff and Adam
At the end of May I had the privilege of traveling to Germany to meet with some of our favorite growers and to taste the new vintage. While there were some pretty interesting discoveries (more about those later), I came away more excited than ever about what's happening along the Rhine and it
Jul 1 2012
Swoon-Worthy Arbois Wines from Domaine de la Tournelle…
Had there been doubt in my mind that a recently tasted lineup of wines from Domaine de Tournelle was truly outstanding, it dissolved when one of my employers exclaimed of the 2006 Ploussard de Monteiller “this makes me want to drink wine.” The praise simply doesn’t get higher. C
Jun 30 2012
Cappellano Heads-Up
Cappellano has changed importers in the US, from Louis/Dressner to Rosenthal. Ours not to wonder why (well, we do wonder, but, whatever). This is not really good news here at CSW, because in the past we’ve been able to corner a large percentage of the local supply of the wines for ourselves
Jun 28 2012
Sicily, Etna, Terre Nere
This is the first in a short series of emails about wine from Mt Etna. We’ve now been to Sicily five times, and we launch into our Sicily spiel whenever anyone in earshot says they’re wondering about where to go on vacation - at this point the Sicilian Tourist Board should really
Jun 26 2012
“Vinos Sin Maquillaje”: The Natural La Mancha Wines of Ponce
With an unusual proportion of old vines and new energy devoted to maintaining them, Castille-La Mancha is where some of the most exciting winemaking is happening in Spain today. Earlier this May a colleague and I ventured east of Madrid to go see the vinicultor at the forefront of the movement to
Jun 25 2012
Winning the Lottery?
We’ve just discovered that Chase is offering small business grants of up to $250,000. We’ve applied – naturally we’d love to have this opportunity, which we would use to improve our point-of-sale system, and also our storage areas. There are (at least) two catches: the dea
Jun 23 2012
Value Summer Whites Extravaganza!
It’s a well-known fact amongst wine professionals that truly interesting and character-full white wine at a good price is hard to come by (aside from our long-time love: Muscadet). Of course the market is jam-packed with acceptable whites in a variety of styles from crisp to oaky to sweet;
Jun 23 2012
2010 Burgundy - Joseph Voillot
Some Burgundy tasters are comparing 2010 to 1978 – historically one of the great vintages, with beautiful and graceful wines of exceptional balance. The wines are transparent, which means they really show off the distinguishing characteristics of the different villages and the vineyards wit
Jun 20 2012
2012 Annual White Burgundy Round-Up!
Summer is here and for us this means it's time to stock the refrigerator with white Burgundy. Let us draw your attention to the Summer Solstice, the day all of our Druid friends have been waiting for, the longest day of the year. For us this means an additional, languorous stretch of daylight
Jun 18 2012
Sagrantino: Wild and Wonderful
Italy, as a whole, provides the largest spectrum of wine styles, grapes, and traditions in Europe.  France may have been the first to itemize their terriors by the Appellation Origine Controlee system, but Italy has an equally rich vinous history represented by the country’s staggering
Jun 14 2012
Beaujolais 2009 - 2011: Clos de la Roilette Griffe du Marquis 2010 and Cuvée Tardive 2011; Terres Dorées "Premières" 2011; Foillard 2010 and More!
Some of my fondest memories in wine involve drinking mature Beaujolais with Fernand Coudert and his son Alain at Clos de la Roilette, in their combination bar and cellar.  Following the progress of this fine estate has been a great pleasure over the last 20+ years, especially as Alain has co
Jun 12 2012
Canonica Barolo 2008
You may have noticed that we very rarely use outside sources for notes about wine; our egos are so gigantic that we think our own opinions count for more. At any rate, if you’ve bought from us based on something you’ve read here, at least you know who to blame! However, even gigantic
Jun 11 2012
Great New Arrivals From The Rhône, Roussillon, Burgundy and Loire!
This week's new arrivals feature Domaine Laguerre in the Roussillon, exporting to NY for the first time, as well as a new shipment of great Rhône wines from Guy and Thomas Jullien at La Ferme Saint-Martin in Beaumes-de-Venise. From Burgundy, we have superb and affordable wines from Martin Bar
Jun 8 2012
Great Farming, Great Wines: Christian Ducroux in Regnié!
Chambers Street is very proud to be working with Christian Ducroux, whose vineyard work is certainly among the finest in the world. His 4 hectares in Thulon, in the hills above Regnié, have been organically farmed since the 1980s and are Demeter certified Biodynamic. (The estate was origin
Jun 5 2012
Recent Riesling Revisited
Here’s another great cellar of German Riesling. This list focuses more on recent releases and is heavily tilted toward dry wines. Pricing is sharp on these mineral-driven beauties, and this is a great chance to grab up some hard-to find picks from Germany’s top young growers as well a
Jun 4 2012
Philippe Pacalet Close-Out, Last Chance!
For the last ten years, Philippe Pacalet, nephew of Marcel Lapierre, has been making some of the most elegant wines in Burgundy. Acting mostly as a negociant, he has sought out plots of old vines, especially of Pinot Fin, which are farmed to his specifications with plowing and organic treatments.
Jun 4 2012
A Rising Star in Chassagne Montrachet  
Jun 2 2012
Mature Riesling
I just got back from a whirlwind tour of Germany's most beloved wine regions and, through the largesse of many kind growers, I was reminded of the unique and special place that mature Riesling holds in the world of wine. I couldn't have been more excited upon my return to New York to find
Jun 1 2012
Louis/Dressner Selections Summer Spectacular, Saturday June 2nd, 4 to 7pm!
Join the gang from Louis/Dressner and LDM Wines (Denyse, Kevin and Maya) for a blockbuster tasting of new arrivals that will enliven your summer with real "wines of nature" (thanks, Didier). We'll be pouring the fabulous 2009 Pépière Muscadet Chateau Thébaud, th
May 31 2012
Taste v. Taste
As a Nebbiolo fanatic (and as a wine merchant) I’m very happy about 2008 in Barolo. The wines are beginning to arrive in the US, and we’ve just returned from a fairly marathon-like visit to the region, tasting ‘08s from dawn to bed. For the most part we visited our old favor
May 30 2012
Old Spanna and more from an Italian Private Cellar
We had a batch of these wines earlier this year and they sold so quickly that we never got around to tasting most of them (this is the wine merchant’s eternal dilemma –if we bought everything we wanted for ourselves there wouldn’t be much left to sell – to say nothing of p
May 30 2012
Ribeira Sacra: A Renewed Obsession
The Mencia grape is to Ribeira Sacra as Gamay is to Morgon or Syrah is to Cote Rôtie – a grape perfectly matched to its terroir. One doesn’t have to be a viticultural historian to know that it takes inspired people in addition to great grapes and great terroir to spell success.
May 23 2012
Morey Saint-Denis: Introducing Domaine Stéphan Magnien! (No Relation to Other Magniens...)
The young and very capable Stéphan Magnien is the fourth generation in his family at this four hectare estate in Morey Saint-Denis. The domain has never used herbicides, doing a deep plowing to aerate the soil each winter (they changed from horse to tractor in the 1980s) and uses only orga
May 22 2012
Montgueux: A Unique Terroir in Champagne
My first stop in Champagne was at Domaine Jacques Lassaigne in Montgueux. I’m not prone to hyperbole, but these wines are excellent. Montgueux is five kilometers from the city of Troyes in the Aube. It’s a unique terroir, and essentially a viticultural island: an isolated outcropping
May 18 2012
New Arrivals: CRB Rosé and Gamay; Pinon Brut Rosé; Germany, Spain, Italy and Spirits, too! !
We hope you will take a minute to peruse this particularly exciting group of wines, featuring great new arrivals from Italy, Germany, the Languedoc, Rhône Valley, Loire Valley and spirits, too. It's been 20 years since we met Catherine Roussel and Didier Barouillet of Clos Roche Blanche in To
May 18 2012
Homegrown Absinthe
Perhaps no other spirit is more shrouded in mystery than Absinthe.  To many, Absinthe conjures a romantic image of smoky Parisian bars filled with artist-types and misanthropes drinking small glasses of this harsh, mind-bending elixir.  While this may have been the case in the 1890s, to
May 15 2012
Alice and Olivier De Moor: Nice People, Great Wine!
We first met Alice and Olivier De Moor about 10 years ago, and were immediately struck by their shy and quiet but strong and focused personalities. The wines were fascinating and somewhat irregular and sometimes oxidative or oaky, although there was not a new barrel in sight. There was always hig
May 14 2012
New Arrivals from Pierre and Chantal Frick in Alsace!
Our winter tasting with Pierre and Chantal Frick was one of the most fascinating and enjoyable of the year.  We tasted 21 wines this past January - Pierre's infectious enthusiasm and humor, as well as the incredible variety and quality of the wines was inspiring!  The Fricks work wi
May 14 2012
Stephane Guion Bourgueil Cuvée des Deux Monts 2009!
Stephane Guion is a quiet, somewhat reserved young man, almost entirely uninvolved in the normal promotion and marketing of the wine world. His father converted the estate to organic agriculture back in the 1960's and the estate's wines were usually sold locally and to organic markets in
May 14 2012
New Arrivals from the Jura!
The Jura is among the most pleasant places in all of France and its wines, farmers, and landscapes have a remarkable ability to captivate and intrigue. In the past, it was relatively easy to paint this region as a sort of Burgundian redheaded step child. The correlation is based on proximity and
May 12 2012
Pastor Pours Friday, May 18th
We have always enjoyed working with Jose Pastor’s portfolio of Spanish wines, and after returning from a fabulous two-week trip to Spain and Portugal with him, it is even more apparent to me that the work he is doing is some of the most exciting in the world of wine.  Through tireless
May 5 2012
An Organic Duo in Champagne
A common refrain when the names of André Beaufort and Vincent Laval are mentioned in the Montagne de Reims is “no one makes wines like that here.” Not merely amongst the bottles in our Champagne section, amongst growers in the region, these wines are singular. Though Laval&rsqu
May 4 2012
Older Barolo from an Italian Cellar
Another small installment of older Barolo from an Italian cellar has arrived. This one has interesting quantities of Fiorina and Borgogno. Over the last few years we've tasted a number of vintages of Fiorina - 1961, 1964, 1971 - and the wines have been very good - not at the top level, b
May 1 2012
The Next Big Thing...
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Apr 30 2012
Introducing Domaine Rousset, Crozes-Hermitage!
At the suggestion of Jean and Pierre Gonon, as well as other trusted sources in the Rhône Valley, we made an appointment to taste with Stephane and Robert Rousset in the Crozes-Hermitage village of Erome. They have some of the best vineyards in Crozes was the story we heard, and they've
Apr 30 2012
Dry Riesling Bonanza!
It used to be so simple. Everyone knew that if you wanted sweet Riesling you bought German and if you wanted dry, you looked to Alsace or Austria. It’s true that the Alsatians and Austrians have been making great dry Rieslings for years, but the Germans wanted in on the action and had to go
Apr 27 2012
Vecchio Vino
Another small but interesting shipment of older wine has arrived - mostly Nebbiolo - all from a fine Italian cellar, including a rare group of Marcarini Barolo Brunate, and some bottles of the old Spanna, Ghemme, etc, which we offered earlier this year (to very good response from purchasers
Apr 24 2012
Exercises in Mature Champagne: Pascal Doquet
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than offering mature Champagne at a great price. As much as we relish the cut and the laser-like complexity of well-made, young Champagne, we have a true appreciation for the broad, savory tones, the mellow earth and mineral characteristics of a fine, “adul
Apr 23 2012
Sensational Values from Southwest France: Chateau La Colombiere and Domaine des Costes!
It gives us great pleasure to import "real" artisanal wines that we can offer to our customers at everyday, affordable prices. The two estates we are featuring today are small family-owned domains in the southwest of France that are certified organic and vinify naturally with wild yeast
Apr 23 2012
A Fresh Face in Ancient Faro
Slightly over 3 miles from the rocky Calabrian coast is Messina, the gateway to Sicily.  The Greeks first founded the colony in the 8th Century BC, and the land came to be known as “Casale del Faro” because of the influx of Greeks from the town of Pharis.  In the 18th Centur
Apr 20 2012
Decanting Wine
The following will GREATLY enhance your pleasure with a bottle of older wine. It may sound like a hassle, but it’s really not so bad, and well worth the trouble. Basic Wine Decanting 101 There is nothing complicated or mysterious about this process; just follow these simple instruct
Apr 19 2012
Drinking Old Wine
Many of our favorite wines have been old bottles. While the great majority of wines are made to be consumed within a couple of years of their production, the relatively few wines that are intended to age can offer absolutely magical tasting experiences. We are pleased to offer older wine
Apr 17 2012
The Flavor of Stone - The Wines of Muscadet Sevre et Maine
 South and east of the French city of Nantes, about 25 kilometers upstream from where the Loire River empties into the Atlantic, the appellation of ­Muscadet–Sèvre et Maine covers approximately 8,000 hectares of the southern bank — plateaus and gently rolling hills, wh
Apr 17 2012
The Produttori, 2007
Over the past few years we’ve been lucky to taste many older vintages of the Produttori del Barbaresco – back to the early 1960s. If there is another wine making cooperative in the world that can come close to the Produttori’s long history of consistently producing high quality
Apr 16 2012
A Man and His Horse
One of the stars of my recent trip to Champagne was Benoït Lahaye, a grower in the Grand Cru of Bouzy, a village in the Montagne de Reims known for its powerful Pinot Noir-based Champagnes. I already knew that I liked Lahaye’s wines very much; I had been working to procure them for Cha
Apr 11 2012
2011 Rosés: All Things Wild and Wonderful, Featuring Domaine Bernard Baudry!
Spring has finally appeared in grey and grimy New York, bringing an array of light greens and even reds to the budding trees, and with it the hasty re-arrangement of our shelves, making room for the arriving rosés of 2011. From the palest "onion skin" of the Loire
Apr 10 2012
Muscadet Sevre et Maine 1989 - 2010! Pépière Chateau Thébaud 2009!!
One of our greatest pleasures over the years has been CSW's involvement with the greatest producers of Muscadet Sevre et Maine and the promotion of their beautiful wines. In a region where modern, mass-production winemaking has led to mediocrity and economic distress, a small number
Apr 10 2012
More from the Mosel, Plus Baden!
As we eagerly await the impending arrival of Germany’s 2011s, we are quite lucky that the short but stellar 2010 vintage still has plenty of surprises to offer.  Some of our favorite standbys are long gone, but there’s no dearth of interesting German wines to drink here at CSW. B
Apr 9 2012
Butch and Brittany's Wedding Registry
Save the Date: We're EN-GAGE-D! While your presence is our present, if you insist on giving a gift, we've enlisted the help of our favorite wine gurus at NYC’s Chambers Street Wines and created a Wedding Wine Registry. Yes, you’ve read this correctly - we live in New Yo
Apr 9 2012
Ar.Pe.Pe 2001
Just back from almost 3 weeks in Italy, about which you will be hearing again and again – a fantastic trip, with many very fine and exciting wines tasted. We spent one day at VinItaly, the gigantic wine fair (think 3-4 Javits Centers combined); the thing is so huge and chaotic that one day
Apr 7 2012
Radical Purity: Left Coast Highlights
From the fringes of the Willamette Valley to the foothills of the Sierras, West Coast winemakers are breaking new ground. We're particularly impressed by Olga and Barnaby Tuttle of Teutonic Wine Company, who farm and source fruit from extreme Oregon vineyards. They make tangy, focused, minera
Apr 5 2012
Beaujolais Bulletin #1: 2011 Ducroux Prologue 2nd Bottling Has Arrived!
Attention lovers of "natural" Beaujolais, as we have received 15 more cases of the insanely delicious 2011 Beaujolais "Prologue" from Christian Ducroux. This is a light, lovely, complex and wonderful wine, and is the product of Ducroux's amazing vineyard work and many year
Apr 4 2012
A Topographical Melange!
Our never ending search for wines that are ready to drink has taken us to various locations for this selection from Bandol to Napa Valley to the Southern Rhône to Montalcino to the Cote d'Or and the Cote D'Azur. Whether your preference is for a mature bottle of Trevallon with lamb off the
Mar 31 2012
Colares - Chipped Away, Little by Little
The story of Colares is not an easy one to tell without getting at least a little sentimental.  Even our own unflappable jefe, David Lillie, gets a glimmer in his eye when recalling his days as a Portuguese wine buyer, the chance to meet the Colares legend Paolo da Silva, and to drink his Co
Mar 29 2012
April New Arrivals: Rosés from Provence, Barou Saint-Joseph, Texier, Dutraive, Ilarria and Many More!
Summer in March may be over, but real Spring in April is here, bringing the first Rosés of 2011 as well as the sensational Saint-Josephs from Barou, Texier and Gonon, Texier's superb 2010 Vieille Rousette, 2010 Dutraive Fleurie, Champagnes from Bedel, Agrapart and Laval and many other
Mar 29 2012
Some of our favorite Burgundy producers!
We recently purchased wine from some of our favorite Burgundy producers: Michel Lafarge, Jacques Frederic Mugnier,  and Chandon des Briailles.   Take advantage of the opportunity to stock up on ready to drink wines from some of Burgundy's greatest producers at very affordable p
Mar 28 2012
A New Voice in the Pfalz - Karl Schaefer
No, it's not that Schaefer, nor is there any relation to Willi's legendary property in Graach an der Mosel.  Karl Schaefer is a 175-year old estate in the Pfalz that has been absent from the US for decades, and we're excited to introduce them to you as a Chambers St. Wines exclus
Mar 26 2012
Rye Restocked
Last September our friend Cheryl Lins brought us some of her artisanal, microscopic batch New York Rye.  The Whiskey soon became a sensation among the staff.  An e-mail promotion was written, and before long we sold through ten cases.  Usually we would be ecstatic to have such a ru
Mar 22 2012
2010 Baudry Chinon Les Grezeaux; 2009 Chinons from Chateau Coulaine; The Return of 2010 Guion Bourgueil Domaine!
I’ve had the great good fortune to taste hundreds of Loire Valley reds from the excellent 2009 and 2010 vintages. In my opinion the results are superb in both years. In 2009 the better limestone-based Cabernet Francs avoided the over-ripe character of some 2009 Beaujolais and Burgundy, and
Mar 22 2012
More Old Wine has Arrived!
Another round of fine older wine has arrived; a shipment from an Italian cellar - a source of many great wines for us - and another installment from the impeccable cellar of an old friend. As always, we guarantee condition (and authenticity)!
Mar 19 2012
Welcome to the New Chambers St. Wines Website!
We are very happy to introduce a completely new edition of our website – just the 3rd in 10 years, but by far the best (thanks entirely to our own Jon Wallace, and to Mike Rennick of Limerock Solutions). We’ve spent a lot of time and treasure to arrive at this result. The site is
Mar 14 2012
Saar: The Bracing 2010s of Hofgut Falkenstein
We've been waiting for months to get the chance to send this offer, and the moment is finally here! With as much fanfare as a simple email can muster, we're happy to announce the arrival of the 2010s from Hofgut Falkenstein, one of Germany's great maverick estates. Erich Weber, the pr
Mar 13 2012
Introducing Varnelli
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Mar 12 2012
11th Annual Chambers Street Wines - Louis/Dressner Selections Winemaker Tasting and Fundraiser for Partners-in-Health,Saturday, March 17th, City Hall Restaurant, 12:30 to 4:30
Please join us as 17 of the finest winemakers in France and Italy (sorry, no Irish) present dozens of delicious real wines for your tasting pleasure. This has become one of New York's most popular public wine events - to avoid over-crowding we ask that everyone wishing to attend call 212-227-
Mar 11 2012
2010 Loire Whites From Anjou and Touraine; Huet, Chidaine, Belliviere, Puzelat and More!
  I must admit to being somewhat underwhelmed by the 2010 Loire whites upon first tasting them in January and February of 2011, as some of the wines from the central and eastern Loire seemed a little austere, especially after the ripe and powerful 2009s. In Muscadet, however, it was obvi
Mar 7 2012
Brilliantly Aged Kabinett from Schloss Schonborn
Since the main focus of our German section tends to be the wines of the Mosel, Saar, Ruwer and Nahe, it's easy to forget that the Rheingau once reigned supreme in the minds of German wine lovers.  The old British word for all German wine, Hock, is actually derived from the name of the
Mar 7 2012
Fruits of Tondonia
Many excellent sources have written exquisitely about the greatness of Lopez de Heredia's wines; let us attempt to add our voice to theirs.  Lovers of Rioja are increasingly drawn to the timelessness of Lopez's Tondonia, Bosconia, Gravonia, in part because of continuous and much deserve
Mar 6 2012
New Old Wine, Part One
A very nice lot of older wine has arrived from a private cellar in Italy - actually 'nice' does not do justice to these beautiful bottles... And some more fine wine from a private Swiss cellar.
Mar 2 2012
Great 2009 Burgundies from Domaine Lafouge - Part 2, Featuring Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins!
We have just received the last of our allocation of 2009s from Jean and Gilles Lafouge in Auxey-Duresses, at slightly lower prices due to the stronger dollar. This was a great vintage for Lafouge, a domaine which has become one of our favorites for offering superbly elegant Burgundies at reasonable
Mar 1 2012
Dinner with Marc Ollivier, Francois Pinon, Matthieu Baudry and Alain Coudert, Monday, March 19th!
Once a year we have the opportunity to invite some of our favorite vignerons to dinner, when growers from Louis/Dressner Selections come to New York for our annual tasting. This year we invite you to join us in an evening of superb wine, friendship and great food with Marc Ollivier of Domaine de la
Feb 28 2012
2010 Cornas La Geynale and Granit 60 from Vincent Paris; Fabulous 2009 Cotes-du-Rhônes from Domaine Ferrand!
     (1) Any lover of Rhône Valley wines should try the 2009 Cotes-du-Rhônes from Charles Bravay at Domaine de Ferrand. These are outstanding, very traditional wines, very complex and delicious, certainly among the greatest values in the Southern Rhône and are highly recommended. Both
Feb 27 2012
Chablis from the Young and Talented Thomas Pico
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Feb 24 2012
Fourrier, 2009 Burgundy
The 2009 vintage at Domaine Fourrier produced delicious wines, ripe, fruit-driven and concentrated, yet balanced.  The wines are deceptively forward, but they are going to last a long time if you can keep your hands off them.  Although known primarily for Gevrey Chambertin, Jean-Marie Fo
Feb 21 2012
New Releases from Puffeney, Gahier, and Montbourgeau
The Jura is a special place for wine; indeed the region has sparked so much curiosity over the past few years that it hardly seems necessary to tout its marvelousness. Yet, one can’t help having feelings of joy that this place should be home to both a slew of wonderful new growers such Domaine
Feb 18 2012
More New Older Wine
Another fine group of older vintage wines from two excellent private collections has arrived (mostly here now, but a few more will be delivered next Wednesday). As always, we guarantee the condition of these bottles.
Feb 18 2012
La Lunotte, Maisons Brulee, Claude Courtois - Great Natural Wines From the Loire Valley! Saturday, 4 to 7pm.
Last year at Le Vin en Tete in Paris, we were lucky to find the delicious Menu Pineau "Haut Plessis" from Christophe Foucher's Domaine La Lunotte. Foucher’s vineyards are located on the southern bank of the Cher River, near St. Aignan, just a few miles from our friends at Clos Ro
Feb 16 2012
East of the Border: Cotar
In the store we recently had a tasting of wines from east and west of the Italian/Slovenian border.  On the Italian side we tasted two of our favorite Fruilian producers: Josko Gravner and Stanko Radikon.  The wines were fascinating, and upheld their reputation as pillars of the orange w
Feb 16 2012
Jean Foillard Morgon "Cote de Py" 2010 - The Second Coming!
For the second year in a row, the distribution of Jean Foillard's beautiful Morgon Cote de Py has been, well, irregular. We apologize for any panic we may have caused among Beaujolais lovers by our initial two case inventory - we have received a second delivery and can now offer this great
Feb 9 2012
Newly Arrived - Fine Older Wines
Pristine bottles, part of a fine collection, have arrived here - a nice mix of Burgundy, Bordeaux, and a bit from the good old days at BV, when they were trying to make Pauillac in Napa. All in all, a lovely stash.
Feb 8 2012
Friday Wine News: Upcoming Tastings You Should Not Miss, New Wines, and a Tasty Weekend Food and Wine Pairing…
This information will not be news to most of you: we have wine tastings on Fridays (5-7pm) and Saturdays (4-7pm) at CSW! Our hope is that these events will help you, dear customer, to kick-start or bolster your weekend, to learn about wine, and to experience something new and delicious. We have a sp
Feb 7 2012
Terroir Al Limit: Extraordinary Priorat Wines
It has been said many times that Priorat is an extraordinary terroir. You may have heard of the brown schist soils the locals call Llicorella, the steep terrain, and the intense Mediterranean sun that hastily nurtures the low yielding old Garnacha and Carinyena vines. Look back to the 12th century w
Feb 6 2012
2009 Burgundy
2009 is a great vintage and it was a very welcome vintage for the growers.  They slept soundly at night.  There are difficult vintages that are like a frightening roller coaster ride. Freezing temperatures after the sap starts to rise can shatter the vines. Uneve
Feb 6 2012
A New Cellar of Older Wine
We have bought part of a fine cellar, mostly Burgundy and Bordeaux - a nice chance to find some good older bottles at fair prices.
Jan 31 2012
Fine New Wine From Friuli
At the great wine fair in Cerea, Italy, John Rankin and I found ourselves with a few free minutes, so we started tasting wine from Friuli. Our first stop was barely so-so: big wines, no finesse, high alcohol –similar and unfortunate characteristics of many wines of the region. At the next ta
Jan 30 2012
Californian Vin de Soif: An Interview with Chris Brockway
In a region where 15% alcohol is the norm, we consider a wine like Broc Cellars’ “Cuvée 12.5” (a reference to the alcohol content) a relief and a joy to drink. The first time we tasted the wine at CSW several members of staff raised their eyebrows and smacked their lips.
Jan 26 2012
January New Arrivals! Macle, Bornard, Old Vine Saint-Nicholas-de-Bourgeuil, Trepat, New Releases from Mengoba and Knebel, and more...
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Jan 24 2012
Fourrier, Gevrey-Chambertin
Special offer! Buy 6 bottles of Fourrier and receive a 10% discount.  We have a lot of wine from the fantastic Gevrey Chambertin vigneron Jean Marie Fourrier in stock (and we are anticipating the arrival of his 2009s sometime in the spring).  Domaine Fourrier has really become one of
Jan 17 2012
2009 Georges Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes; Desvignes 2010 Javernieres & Cote de Py; Last call for Coudert 2010s!
A few of our very favorite Beaujolais have just arrived, including the long-awaited 2009 Descombes Morgon Vieilles Vignes. Happily, this wine exhibits the positive aspects of the vintage without being over-extracted or too high in alcohol. This is certainly one of the best 2009s - case quantities ar
Jan 17 2012
Rhône Arrivals from Eric Texier and Domaine de Ferrand! Plus No-Sulfur Reds From L'Indigene Sulfureux (Texier Pere et Fils)...
Eric Texier's lovely 2010 Saint-Joseph and 2011 Opale have just arrived! Quanitites of these small-production wines are limited of course so don't delay, and why not pick-up some of the delicious Brezeme wines at the same time? If you like Eric's wines we urge you to try the Cotes-du-Rhô
Jan 16 2012
Bruichladdich:"Once Again, Land and Dram United"
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Jan 14 2012
Sweet Opportunities: Dinner with De Bartoli!
What better way to cope with the now frigid climate in New York than with a six-course dinner featuring the wonderful Sicilian wines of the De Bartoli family? Recognized for his commitment to native Sicilian grape varieties, Grillo and Zibibbo, the iconoclast Marco De Bartoli was also well-known for
Jan 10 2012
He’s Back: Jean-Marc Brignot!
The die-hard Jura fanatic may remember the wines of Jean-Marc Brignot, a young vigneron in the Jurassian town of Molamboz who disappeared as quickly as he appeared on the New York wine scene in the mid 2000s. Brignot’s Poulsard “Jouvenceau” and his Melon-Queue-Rouge “Les
Jan 3 2012
Once-in-a-Lifetime, Basement Clean-Up, Pre-Inventory, End-of-Bin, Bought Too Much, Close-Out SALE!
OK, it's not Once-in-a-Lifetime, but it's been more than three years since we ran a clearance sale, and finally the accumulation of more and more "last bottles" (or cases) forces us to clean out the cellar and warehouse to make some much-needed room for in-coming inventory. Yo
Jan 2 2012
Vezelay: A Well Kept Secret.
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Dec 31 2011
The Superb 2011 Vin de France "Prologue" from Christian Ducroux!
We're very proud to offer the 2011 "Prologue" from Christian Ducroux, a wine that epitomizes the word "natural" in the most delicious and positive way. Christian's vineyard work is among the finest in France; he keeps plowing to a minimum so as not to disturb the flora an
Dec 27 2011
Bachelet, 2009
We have just received our annual small allocation of Denis Bachelet, 2009s. Bachelet picked at the right time in 2009, and his wines have great balance in a vintage when many other producers picked late and thus made overripe and flabby wines. Don't miss these great 2009s - especially the except
Dec 27 2011
Happy New Year
It's our eleventh New Year at Chambers Street and once again we'd like to thank our great customers in Tribeca, around New York and around the country for making it possible. Your interest in small-production artisanal wines enables us to work with some of the nicest people and greatest wine
Dec 23 2011
Les Vins Forgione!
Dec 17 2011
Holiday Spirit(s)
Our store is called Chambers Street Wines, but that doesn’t stop us from stocking a wide selection of fantastic spirits. We are committed to carrying the best examples of classic whiskies and brandies, and are always looking for exciting new items to entice our customers. Spirits make great gi
Dec 16 2011
Holiday Sweets!
It is the holiday season, and I spoil myself. Yes I do. I spoil my friends too. I dig deep into the mythical wine cellar that I would have if I lived in a house in the country instead of a two room apartment with a 20 bottle wine refrigerator - and I dream. I dream that I have a cellar full of Port
Dec 10 2011
New Years Now!
Gazing at the shelves in our Champagne section has become a regular source of joy and excitement over the past few weeks. They seem to be spilling over with thought-provoking grower Champagnes that will scratch the itch of any enthusiast of bubbly. There is such diversity - so many different ter
Dec 7 2011
December is here! Drink Bordeaux!
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Dec 6 2011
Extraordinary Organic and Biodynamic Champagnes from Benoit Lahaye and A & J Beaufort!
We're very proud to offer new arrivals from Benoit Lahaye and A & J Beaufort, many of which are only available in the US at Chambers Street. Although quite different in style, these two estates offer some of the most fascinating and terroir-expressive wines in Champagne and we urge you
Dec 6 2011
Calvados Season
Calvados represents Normandy’s version of a brandy.  Since it is historically too cold to ripen grapes along the English Channel, Calvados is made from apple and pear cider, unlike grape-based Cognac and Armagnac.  What Normandy lacks in viticulture, it more than makes up for in rich
Dec 3 2011
Nebbiolo Vecchio
My ex and I used to leave our house in the center of the Loire Valley and drive about 3 kilometres to visit a winemaker in Les Montilles (also home to the Puzelats, but sadly we didn’t know them back then). He sold decent Sauvignon Blanc, and better Cab Franc to consumers in bulk - bring your
Dec 2 2011
Huet Vouvrays - 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2002!
It gives us great pleasure to offer some older vintages from Domaine Huet and winemaker Noel Pinguet. While older sweet wines are routinely available from this great estate, the sec and demi-sec wines tend to be consumed early and rarely re-appear in their glorious mature condition. We're partic
Nov 30 2011
Uncovering Galician Gold: Superb New Vintages from Ribeiro's Luis Rodriguez
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Nov 29 2011
Austria as Winter Approaches
While enjoying some Blaufrankisch and St-Laurent with last week's feast we couldn't help but start to think about how well both Austrian reds and whites complement late fall and winter cuisine. The reds can be earthy, woodsy and autumnal, while the best whites are a wonderfully savory combin
Nov 29 2011
Brunello Revived?
Brunello di Montalcino is kind of a mess. For years the zone has been rapidly increasing in size as industrialists, ad men, and other wealthy gentleman farmers buy into the wine dream by establishing themselves in Montalcino. Abetted by ‘star’ winemakers and consultants– not all of
Nov 29 2011
Brunello Revived? Again!
We apologize for the duplicate email. We are attempting to resolve a website glitch that causes items and pricing not to appear in our email newsletters. Thank you for your patience. Brunello di Montalcino is kind of a mess. For years the zone has been rapidly increasing in size as industrialists, a
Nov 22 2011
Fronton de Oro
A week doesn’t go by without at least one or two customers coming into the store wanting to know more about wine from the Canaries. I used to think of the cluster of Spanish islands as a semi-tropical vacation spot for European ravers. Until a few years ago I had no idea that Lanzarote, L
Nov 19 2011
2010s From Domaine Pierre Gonon - Saint-Joseph "Les Oliviers" Blanc and Vin de Pays "Les Iles Feray!"
Our tastings of the 2010s in the Northern Rhône last winter were very exciting, with some comparisons made to the great 1991 vintage. Tasting with the friendly and thoughtful Jean Gonon is always a high-point of our trip and Jean seemed particularly happy with the vintage. There were rainy periods i
Nov 19 2011
Last-Minute Thanksgiving 6-pack
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Nov 19 2011
Special Offer! Amazing Burgundy for Thanksgiving 2021!
The villages of Pernand-Vergelesses and Corton have been singled out as very successful in the acclaimed 2009 vintage. What better Domaine to demonstrate the merits of the two villages and the excellence of the vintage than Chandon de Briailles? This extremely traditional Domaine farms biodynamicall
Nov 15 2011
Sensational Cigales: Lezcano-Lacalle 2005 Reserva
Northwest of the Duero, dug into a Cigales hillside in the large autonomous region of Castilla y Leon sits the Lezcano-Lacalle bodega. This family-owned bodega, founded in 1991 by Felix Lezcano, farms the ancient Pago de Valdeatima vineyard, a sizeable single vineyard that makes up the majority
Nov 14 2011
Burgundy Holiday!
For a smallish shop we buy a fair amount of older vintage wine, and we are always looking. Partly a function of supply (low) and demand (high), it’s never easy to find much in the way of Burgundy, and we are always thrilled to get even a little bit of good, properly stored wine. For a change i
Nov 13 2011
Duck, Lobster, Cabbage, Onions, Corn and Squash...but No Turkey! (Our Picks for Thanksgiving) Tasting, Saturday 11/19, 4 to 7pm
Reliable sources tell us that, although the Wampanoag saved the day by kindly bringing five deer to the party, there was no Turkey mentioned in any account of the first Thanksgiving. (Not the one in Virginia in 1609, I mean the one in Plymouth in 1621...) And yet, when I mentioned to my assembled fa
Nov 12 2011
Cornelissen Tasting November 18 2011
One of the most exciting developments in Italian wine in recent years is the creation of quality winemaking on Mount Etna in Sicily. Instigated by the renowned Salvo Foti, there are now dozens of producers on the great mountain, and Etna, we are told, has become a chic place to own a vineyard. Perha
Nov 9 2011
Cookbook Signing & Tasting (Vermont cheeses with wines of the Jura) with Edward Behr and illustrator George Bates, Saturday, Nov. 12th, 4 to 7pm!
Join author Ed Behr and illustrator George Bates to celebrate the publication of "The Art of Eating Cookbook: Essential Recipes From the First 25 Years" We'll taste an all-star line-up of Vermont cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers (www.saxelbycheese.com) paired with fabulous Jura wines
Nov 8 2011
First Time in the US: Donnhoff 2010 Kahlenberg Trocken
It's been well-known for years that Donnhoff produces some of the most thrilling, aromatically intriguing and just delicious wines from their various sites along the Nahe river. These fruity/sweet and nobly sweet dessert wines have long been prized by wine lovers of all stripes, but the buzz
Nov 5 2011
Big Rhône
For mysterious reasons, many new vintage wines from Chateauneuf-du-Pape are shipped to the US in the middle of summer. Even though some of the old-style wines work very well with food from the barbeque, we've always had some difficulty waxing enthusiastic about rich Grenache-based wines in July.
Nov 2 2011
Introducing Trousseau from Domaine de l'Octavin!
One of the most satisfying aspects of a buying trip to France is the eventual arrival in the US of a wine you adored when you were there. An eternity seems to go by between your initial infatuation with the wine and its docking in the US, a period of deal-making and label approval, pickup, conta
Oct 31 2011
Wines Without Sulfur Part 2: Loire, Alsace, Beaujolais and Maconnais! Tasting This Saturday 4 to 7pm.
Join us this Saturday to taste great examples of zero-sulfur wine-making from some of the most experienced natural vignerons in France. As Pierre Overnoy said "To work without sulfur 'it's not the little birds that sing and then one goes on vacation' It's very technical with a l
Oct 31 2011
Sherry 101 6-pack
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Oct 26 2011
The Wonderful 2009 Chinons from Bernard and Matthieu Baudry - La Croix Boissee Has Arrived!
One of our greatest pleasures each year is our tasting with Bernard and Matthieu Baudry in Chinon. The Baudrys are warm and thoughtful people which is reflected in their wines. Their expressions of the varied terroirs in Chinon are precise and careful, with the vinifications and aging suiting each p
Oct 26 2011
Brovia 2007 (And Re-Inventing the Wheel)
Perhaps it’s just a failure of imagination – after all most wine shills (this one included) really aren’t writers – but how to re-invent the wheel? Combine genuine enthusiasm and a desire to sell some wine, and the result is very often a sales pitch that makes the claim, &ldq
Oct 24 2011
The Great 2010s of Mosel Wine Merchant
A perennial theme in the sphere of German wine is the battle of whether or not the wines ought to have residual sugar. Many German consumers say "no," while people around the rest of the world are saying "yes, please!" Our friend, Mike Steinberger, just published a good summation
Oct 21 2011
Saturday, October 22nd - Louis/Dressner and Chambers Street Wines Benefit Tasting for Partners-in-Health! (15% off on any case of Louis/Dressner wines, Saturday only!)
Join us to honor Joe Dressner by raising money for Partners-in-Health, while tasting 36 great Louis/Dressner wines, plus some odds and ends from our cellar! And, we'll give a 15% discount on any case of Louis/Dressner Wines, Saturday only! (Champagne and Sparkling exculded)  2:00 to 6:00pm
Oct 19 2011
A Magician in the Duero: Alfredo Maestro Tejero
We recently tasted wines from a newly discovered vigneron working naturally in the Duero. Our friend, importer Jose Pastor shared some information about this grower that was intriguing to say the least. Alfredo Maestro Tejero, a son of the Duero, works 5 acres organically and – astonishingly f
Oct 18 2011
2010 Germans Have Arrived...
...and we couldn't be happier. The vintage is turning into a controversial one, mostly because the high levels of acid were unprecedented in conjunction with abnormally high must weights. That's no problem for us, though; just take a look at the wines we love more than any others: the Loire,
Oct 17 2011
Best Values From Burgundy, 2009 - Vincent Rapet, Gilles Lafouge, Martin Bart, Fanny Sabre!
Although a few of our tastings in Burgundy last winter encountered wines that seemed overburdened by ripeness and concentration, our visits to Rapet, Lafouge, Sabre and Bart were superb. At each estate the distinct characters of the vineyards were expressed with balanced acidity, good minerality and
Oct 17 2011
Quaff!
The Oxford English Dictionary says:“To drink an alcoholic beverage copiously and heartily. Perhaps onomatopoeic,, or perhaps from Low German quassen - to overindulge (in food and drink), with –ss- misread as –ff-.”  Why limit the use of this fine word to cheap-and-cheerf
Oct 15 2011
Saturday, October 22nd - Joe Dressner Memorial Tasting and Fund-Raiser For Partners-in-Health!
Save the date! Chambers Street joins nine other New York area retailers to honor Joe Dressner by raising money for Partners-in-Health. (2 to 6 pm, in the spacious confines of Ward 3, 111 Reade St.) We'll taste a wide range of current releases from Louis/Dressner Selections as well as a few cella
Oct 11 2011
From the Golden Shore
It was great to see Eric Asimov’s recent article about the tasting he attended of older vintages of Charles Krug Cabernets. We do wax nostalgic and perhaps even romanticize the past in California, because – as Mr. Asimov also does - we still love the old-style wines that were made there.
Oct 11 2011
Natural Southern Wine Hit Parade and Tasting!
Our Languedoc-Roussillon section is overflowing its bounds, Carignan pushing the Chateauneuf-du-Pape into the Saint-Joseph, the Cornas into the Poulsard, and the Mondeuse into the red Burgundy. Though we don’t wish to crowd the Burgundy, this wealth of very good, organically farmed, and na
Oct 10 2011
Bargains for Your Basement - The Superb 2009 Bourgueil's of Stephane Guion!
Chambers Street takes great pride in offering affordable wines that will age well, giving that unique experience of drinking a complex, mature wine from your own cellar or storage. Consider the Saint-Josephs from Gonon and Barou, Barolos from Burlotto, Burgundies from Rapet and Lafouge, Chinons from
Oct 5 2011
Special Fall Piedmont 6 Pack
As we move into the fall with shorter days and cooler nights, the wine is our glass is increasingly red.  One of my favorite regions for balanced and flavorful red wines that match autumnal dinners of stews, roasts, pastas – and certainly mushrooms - is Piedmont. Distinctly Italian, its w
Oct 4 2011
A Renaissance in Madrid: Maranones and Bernabeleva
Finding captivating single varietal Spanish Grenache is a challenge. Being personally obsessed with Spain's northern climates, especially those of the northwest, it is too easy to relegate Grenache to the realm of the decidedly unhip, as interesting as chewing gum: sticky, fruity, and excellent
Sep 27 2011
Newly Arrived, Old Wine
Our ship has just landed with a new installment of wine from two very fine Italian cellars. Given a couple of weeks to recover from the trip, these will be a great treat. For variety there are also a few newly arrived wines from Bordeaux. The condition of each bottle is guaranteed!
Sep 26 2011
First Time in the US: Sekt from Peter Lauer...Plus 2010s!
The reputation of Florian Lauer, proprietor of Weingut Peter Lauer in the Saar, has soared over the past few years. This is a mixed blessing for those of us that love the wines, as we're happy to see him achieve such great success, but it's getting harder and harder to get our hands on the w
Sep 26 2011
Popes, Icons, and New Wines from Puffeney and Montbourgeau
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Sep 21 2011
Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2009: Best Value - Monpertuis Classique! Also Starring - Bosquet des Papes, Mont Olivet Papet, Texier Vieilles Vignes, La Janasse Chaupins, Le Vieux Donjon, Clos des Brusquieres, Lucien Barrot!
As a resident of New York's East Village since the seventies, I might say that gentrification has brought some advantages, although the soul of the old neighborhood is largely gone. The same might be said for Chateauneuf-du-Pape, where old foudres have been replaced by barriques, Grenache has be
Sep 19 2011
A Great Volnay for $49.99!
The 2000 vintage in Burgundy was one of those forgotten vintages: everyone was so caught up in the fervor for the fantastic 1999's that the 2000's were overlooked. Once the 2000's had some bottle age, people started to realize how delicious and drinkable these wines are. The vintage
Sep 19 2011
A Special Sale
Nero d’Avola is the most widely planted grape on Sicily, and its increasing popularity means that it’s now grown all over the island, even in the western provinces of Marsala and Trapani, which were once exclusively places for white wine. With one exception, the best Nero d’Avola w
Sep 17 2011
In Memoriam: Joe Dressner, Wine Importer and Friend
Sep 14 2011
From the Hills of Dolceaqua...
When beautiful wines hail from beautiful regions, there seems to be an extra degree of beauty to both. I had this soothing thought when I visited Danila Pisano, as we navigated hairpin curves in her jeep on the single lane tracks high above Dolceaqua, a picturesque Ligurian coastal town nestled betw
Sep 13 2011
A fabulous Chambers Street Exclusive: Cremant "Indigene" from Stephane Tissot!
“Energetic” is an oft used word to describe Stephane Tissot, bright-eyed and full of vitality. A tireless vigneron, Stephane farms between 45 and 50 hectares biodynamically, travels to distant lands as a spokesperson for the Jura, makes numerous different cuvèes, has recently begun exper
Sep 11 2011
We Remember
There were only two of us at 160 Chambers that morning at 9 am. It was such a beautiful day that we moved the cash drawer over to the tall windows facing south to count the receipts. We heard the unusual sound of the first plane and looked up. Later, we were on the corner at West Broadway when the f
Sep 11 2011
The Season Begins: New Arrivals #1 - Great Values From Just About Everywhere...
The weather's cooling off, the kids are in school, everyone's back at work and dozens of new wines have arrived at Chambers Street. Perhaps the economy is causing some consternation, but our first email of the season features some sensational values. Life's too short to drink banal, indu
Sep 9 2011
Alice Feiring Book Signing Sept 12
We are excited to have author and good friend Alice Feiring here to sign copies of her latest book, “Naked Wine.” For those of you not familiar with the rabble-rousing writer, Feiring’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times Magazin
Sep 8 2011
Delaware Phoenix's Historic Rye
Almost two years ago we had the distinct pleasure of meeting Cheryl Lins, and tasting the fantastic absinthe that she creates from scratch. Cheryl has now been bitten by the whiskey bug, and we are proud to offer her first batch of barrel aged rye whiskey. Cheryl’s distillery, Delaware Phoenix
Sep 7 2011
2009 Gonon Saint-Joseph is Back! 2010 Whites and 2009 Saint-Joseph from Emmanuel Barou.
For those of you who missed our first shipment of 2009 Saint-Joseph from Jean and Pierre Gonon, we're happy to report the arrival of our second and last shipment of this great wine. The Gonons are blessed with some of Raymond Trollat's old vines and with great sites of their own with massale
Sep 6 2011
Domaine Pattes Loup - The Great Chablis of Thomas Pico!
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Sep 6 2011
More Older Vino, Fall 2011
Our usual terms apply: you buy properly stored older wine, we guarantee the condition. You buy 12 bottles, we take 10% off. These have just arrived from Europe, so they'll need a little time to rest.
Sep 5 2011
New Arrivals From France: Texier Seguret 2009, Bregeon Gorges 2004, Olga Raffault "Champ-Chenin" 2009, Navarre, L'Anglore and More!
Despite the heat, humidity and economic melt-downs, well-cooled containers have recently arrived from France carrying some fascinating wines - many of which are only available at Chambers Street. Please take a moment to peruse this late-summer list, we're sure you'll find something of intere
Sep 5 2011
Loire Harvest 2011: Domaine de la Pepiere - Gras Mouton!
Day Three for CSW's Eben Lillie with Marc Ollivier at Domaine de la Pepiere...Gras Moutons. Today was a completely clear day, without any clouds. It was HOT! Every time I looked up and made eye contact with a fellow harvester the word that inevitably came out of both our mouths was "CHAUD!&
Sep 4 2011
Loire Harvest 2011: Domaine de la Pepiere
In 2001, by the end of september, Eben Lillie was back on the street making delivieries for CSW. In 2011, he's in the Loire Valley helping out during the harvest at Domaine de la Pepiere and later at Clos Roche Blanche. Here are his first reports... Wednesday, August 31st: Lots of rot (pourritur
Aug 23 2011
Dog Days of Summer - Riesling Specials
It's that time of the year again; summer's soon about to start winding down, German 2010s are going to begin to clutter the shelves and we're thinking about how to make room for all our new favorites. We're left with no choice but to offer quite a few top German wines at reduced pric
Aug 22 2011
Grapes and Geese at Cirelli
Cirelli is a working farm of about 60 acres, but only 5 acres are planted to vines. One of their specialties is raising free-range geese which yield, among other things, an incredibly delicious goose-breast prosciutto. The geese play a role in the vineyards, feeding there and thus helping a lot with
Aug 17 2011
Tiny Amounts of 2009 Red Burgundy
The much heralded 2009 Red Burgundies are beginning to trickle in. Among them, the wines of Corton have been singled out as being very successful in this acclaimed vintage, and we have recently received small quantities from the fantastic Domaine Chandon des Briailles. This extremely traditional Dom
Aug 16 2011
Anti-Champagne Champagnes from Cedric Bouchard
Let’s face it: mass-produced, extensively marketed Champagne is all around us: TV shows, billboards, music videos, glossy magazine ads telling us that expensive bubbly wine in a shiny bottle or box is the ultimate representation of luxury and pleasure, the beverage equivalent of a Carnival
Aug 12 2011
A Benefit for Lydia Tillman
Dear Friends of CSW, On July 4th our friend and wine-colleague Lydia Tillman was the victim of a brutal attack that has left her hospitalized in critical condition.  Lydia had just relocated to Colorado, and had started a new job working for a wine distributor founded by a CSW Alum. She has
Aug 8 2011
Of Beef and Romorantin
Stuck with inflexible schedules and innumerable meals to consume, for most of us, wine pairing is relegated to an exercise in the perfunctory; grabbing a bottle based upon vague intuition in hopes of achieving only mild harmony between flavors and textures. Truly transce
Aug 1 2011
Vincent Rapet Visits Chambers Street - Come Taste His Great Burgundies, Wednesday, August 3rd, 5:30 to 7:30!
While on a short trip to New York, M. Rapet has consented to conduct a tasting of his beautiful 2009 Burgundies this Wednesday evening. We urge Burgundy lovers to attend, as our tasting at the estate in February was a wonderful tour of the terroirs around Pernand-Vergelesses, showing the lovely
Jul 31 2011
Bindernagel!
In order to quench your thirst, dear customer, for exciting new wines from eastern France, as well as to provide you with light, chill-able summer reds, we happily offer four wines from Domaine le Chais du Vieux Bourg. Though they are relatively new to us here in New York, these wines have been &ldq
Jul 27 2011
A Chat with Steve Edmunds
Steve Edmunds is one of our favorite wine producers and possibly one of the sweetest guys in the industry. His wine, under the label Edmunds St. John, defies preconceived notions. It is un-spoofulated Calfornian wine and it is a négociant wine with integrity. The wines are balanced, delic
Jul 25 2011
New Arrivals From Clos des Vignes du Maynes, Celebrating Eleven-Hundred Years of Winemaking!
We're happy to report the arrival of Julien Guillot's lovely Vignes du Maynes Cuvèe 910, a light and lovely field-blend made exactly as it was eleven-hundred years ago at the Abbey of Cluny! From his family's vineyards, originally planted in the 10th century, which have never been treate
Jul 22 2011
An Article on Slate.com about Chambers Street Wines
We knew that Michael Steinberger, esteemed wine journalist and author, was writing an article about the store, but we had no idea that it would be such a fine 10th birthday present for Chambers Street Wines. Any success we may have is entirely due to you, our customer, and we are deeply grateful for
Jul 21 2011
Vintage Chateau Simone
Wines from Provence are very appropriate in the summertime as there are few places on earth as sun-kissed as this part of France. Chateau Simone, barely known but well-respected among collectors, is in the minuscule appellation of Palette, only 43 hectares in its entirety. Chateau Simone is virtuall
Jul 20 2011
Brovia Arneis
A famous traditional-style Barolo producer, Brovia also makes a fantastic white wine from the local grape called Arneis. For the past couple of years we’ve been tasting every Arneis that we’ve come across – almost all of them are generic, yeasted, perhaps oaked or oak-chip-flavored
Jul 14 2011
A Louis/Dressner Hit Parade: Roilette, Pepiere, Clos Roche Blanche, Pinon, Barth and Baudry!!
We're sorry to disturb your mid-summer reveries, but some of our favorite LDM wines have just arrived, or are back in stock, including the always outstanding Clos de la Roilette Fleurie Cuvèe Tardive from our friend Alain Coudert. Our allocation is quite a bit smaller than last year, and will qu
Jul 8 2011
An Understated Man Making Beautiful Wine: Michel Gahier
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Jul 3 2011
Do Umia, Alipio, and Escolma - 3 Wines from Galicia that Rule!
An air of mystery and magic pervades Galicia: the misty climate, the green hills, the Gothic stone architecture, the agrarian, restrained, apprehensive nature of the people, their fanatical devotion to seafood by the coast and the native Celtic Pig, in-land. For many years, Galicia has produced
Jul 1 2011
2010 Donnhoff and Schaefer Pre-Arrivals
2010 Germans are starting to show up on these shores and lots has already been written and said about the wines. For us it's pretty simple: we liked some and not others. We'll be selling wines we liked and not ones we didn't. We're not a big store, though, and don't have the luxu
Jun 30 2011
Canonica 2007 Barolo
The first Barolo we tasted from Gianni Canonica was his 2007. We knew then that the wine was exceptional, and in retrospect, after tasting a great many more 2007s, we wish that most of the other wines from the vintage were half as good. Certainly – as we’ve written recently – there