Amanda Schuster

Wine and spirits writer/consultant/marketer. Spirits expert w in depth knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Loire/Languedoc wines (you might say "bi-spiritual.") NYC born and bred food lover. Sometime jewelry designer. Overall broad about town.

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Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Channing Daughters Pinot Grigio Long Island Ramato (2008)
Previously available for $21.99
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2 Lieb Family Cellars Cabernet Franc North Fork Bridge Lane (NV)
Previously available for $13.99
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3 Lieb Family Cellars Bridge Lane Merlot Blanc White Merlot Long Island
Comments: Last night's challenge: vegetable pizza with a white wine to match. Yes, my dining companion doesn't drink red or eat meat. Hmmm. But this did the trick! Satisfied my craving for fuller berry flavors but kept my friend happy by not carrying the heavier weight and tannins of a red. Very refreshing. And it matched the artichokes on the pizza, which is a tough one.
Previously available for $13.99
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4 Shinn Estate Vineyards Red Bordeaux Blend North Fork Red (NV)
Average price: $14.99 from 3 stores
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5 Shinn Estate Vineyards White Blend North Fork Coalescence (NV)
Previously available for $13.50
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6 One Woman Chardonnay Estate Reserve White (2007)
Previously available for $28.50
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7 Channing Daughters Winery Research Cab (2008)
Comments: This was the 2009 vintage. Lovely balance between light and bright flavors with dark and earthy. A little reminiscent of Dr. Pepper, which is not at all a complaint. Lots of flavors to linger over.
Previously available for $40.00
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8 Channing Daughters Syrah Blend the Hamptons Due Uve (2009)
Comments: Such a refreshing, light and delicate style of Syrah. All the flavor without the usual heaviness. The Dornfelder adds a great earthy, bright fruit balance. Would be wonderful with a slight chill so you can get your red wine on even in humid weather. So appreciate the uniqueness of this.
Average price: $19.99 from 1 store
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9 Shinn Estate Vineyards Malbec North Fork (2007)
Comments: This is a deep, concentrated version of this varietal release. While it's intense, it manages some restraint in flavors so nothing is overpowering. Black fruits, coffee, earth and chocolate all harmonize on the palate. Too bad there were only 500ml and it was gone!
Average price: $37.99 from 1 store
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10 Paumanok Sauvignon Blanc Late Harvest (2009)
Comments: Lovely, elegant dessert wine. Retains enough acidity not to feel too cloying. Dangerously drinkable! Might be awesome over vanilla ice cream too. Or fruit pie. Oh my.
Average price: $47.95 from 1 store
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11 Whitecliff Vineyard Chardonnay Hudson River (2010)
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12 Brotherhood America's Oldest Winery Dry Riesling (2010)
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13 Tousey Pinot Noir (2010)
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