"Aldo Conterno's Chardonnay Bussiador 2006 is exceptional: distinctly oaked, with a creamy richness that helps it complement all sorts of foods. The Gaja Chardonnay Gaia & Rey has been on every wine critic's short list for nearly a quarter-century, so its excellence is hardly a secret." Saveur
(January/February 2011)Read the full article.
"Lastly, all things Italian still seem to hold a special place in the heart of Americans. “Drinking wine makes people feel as if they are transported to another country,” Gino Colangelo of Colangelo PR, a public relations agency with a wide variety of Italian clients, “Italian wine growth is heavily dependent on the performance of the Italian restaurant and food industry. Both have made tremendous strides in the last 20 years, but still have a fair amount of territory to cover. Positioned correctly, these establishments will help push Italian wines into pop culture (i.e. Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio), which will lead to increased market share for those brands and the businesses that support them,” noted Sergio Esposito of Italian Wine Merchants an Italian wine retailer in Manhattan." GDOWeek
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"The broken-in look gives any shindig an air of effortlessness. And there's something about bringing out a 100-year-old wine opener that just feels cool."Details
(November 2010)Read the full article.
"This wine store sells Italian vintages in all price ranges; there’s a great $25-and-under section. I just walk in and ask owner Sergio Esposito for a midpriced dry red—whatever he’s into at the moment. I haven’t been steered wrong yet!"
(Everyday with Rachel Ray
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"The average wine price at Manhattan-based Italian Wine Merchants is about $85 a 750-ml. bottle, up $4 from last year, according to Sergio Esposito, founder of the specialty retailer. The figure is remarkable not only because it's so high, but also because it's increasing amidst a period of nearly unprecedented discounting in the wine business. The vast majority of wine retailers in the United States report an average retail price of $8 to $10, but Esposito says his high-end clientele continues to support the most revered wines from Italy."
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"As I was going to New York, I called Chris Deas from IWM Cellars here in Aspen to ask if I could visit the mother ship, the Italian Wine Merchants' exquisite store on 16th Street in New York, for a tasting of orange wines. He kindly arranged a visit and told me it would include a 'fun' wine.
When I arrived for the tasting with IWM's Karlsson Banks and Will DiNunzio in the wine room, I instantly saw a bottle of wine sitting in a cylinder, upside down with the butt of the bottle up. Odd, I thought. Then I noticed a clear basin of water at the end of the table. Again, odd."The Aspen Times
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