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The Doctor Is In … Into Rkatsiteli

The Doctor is In … Into Rkatsiteli

The doctor is in, and I hope to get a prescription for Rkatsiteli.

What? Did I write Rkatsiteli, or is this the result of a physician’s sloppy penmanship?

Nope. You read it right. Rkatsiteli is an ancient white wine grape from the Republic of Georgia. Some wine historians believe that Rkatsiteli is the oldest grape known to mankind! Considering the country of Georgia is thought to be the birthplace of wine, it sounds legit to me!

The Rkatsiteli grape is grown throughout the world, especially in Eastern Europe. Luckily for us, it’s also grown in the good old US of A!

I visited the Finger Lakes last month and one of my winery stops was the famous and well-respected Dr. Konstantin Frank. Dr. Frank had a huge hand in putting the New York wine industry on the map! He was confident that Vitis vinifera could succeed in the Finger Lakes, and in 1962 founded Vinifera Wine Cellars, began producing top-notch Rieslings, and the rest is history!

I sampled many tasty Dr. Frank wines on this visit. I really dig their sparkling wines! This 2017 Rkatsiteli is also fabulous!

The color is a bit deceiving. It has such a super light straw color that it almost looks like water! The nose and the palate???? Wow! Totally different story! There’s so much going on!!! On the nose are lemon, grapefruit, basil and a touch of white flowers. The palate explodes with unripe honeydew, grapefruit, and tart lemon. It is thirst-quenching, finishes dry, and the fabulous acidity makes me want to keep drinking more and more!

I wish I’d bought a case, as Rkatsiteli is known to age well and I’d love to see how it evolves over the next few years. I may need to give Dr. Frank a call! Dang, too bad Dr. Frank doesn’t make house calls!

If you’re a lover of wine and have yet to visit the Finger Lakes, be sure to put it on your list. Oh … and don’t forget to make an appointment with “The Doctor”!

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Sherry – Lehmann Wine & Spirits

I’ve been reading and hearing about Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits Merchants for years.  They are rated the number one wine merchant in Manhattan on a regular basis, and definitely have a high level of respect.  They were awarded Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Retailer of the Year in 2011.  I’ve often longed to check out the place, so while in New York last week with my husband, we did just that!

Established in 1934 on Madison Avenue, this family owned business opened after the repeal of Prohibition as Sherry Wine & Spirits Co.  Their first location was in the Louis Sherry building at Madison and 62nd.  The name was changed to Sherry Lehmann after taking over a competitor, M. Lehmann, in 1965.  Sherry-Lehmann opened their current location (with sparkling windows, a bit art deco, and beautiful wood interiors) in 2007.

The store itself is somewhat small and delightfully quaint, and the inventory is glorious.  They have rows of First Growths and Grand Crus.  The vineyards represented are some of the most famous, and they have vintages galore.

Not only does Sherry-Lehmann carry the likes of Petrus, Chateau Margeaux and Chateau Haut-Brion, they also have a wide selection of every day wines that won’t break the bank.  For example, one can pick up a nice little Spanish Garnacha for $8.95, or a highly rated Fleurie for under $20.   There is something for everyone here.  Considering their location on Park Ave, I expected higher than usual prices, but was pleasantly surprised at their reasonable rates!

My husband and I were looking for a nice bottle to accompany our anniversary dinner at a nearby restaurant.  We were married in 2001, so what better vintage to select than the year of our marriage.  We decided on a Heitz Cellar Martha’s Vineyard.  I’ll review this fabulous wine in my next blog.

If you’re into wine, be sure to stop at Sherry-Lehmann the next time you’re in New York.  The customer service is fabulous and the wine selection will knock your socks off!



Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits

505 Park Avenue

New York, NY  10022

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