NOTE: We are trying very hard to serve all of our customers in these trying times. You may still come into the store, but we encourage everyone to phone in orders, which we can deliver to you curbside. We are happy to help you over the phone (518-392-2841) or you can email us at .
Chatham Wine & Liquor is a fine wine and liquor shop with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Our broad selection of wines includes well-known labels, as well as a unique selection of wines from small vineyards around the world – all at reasonable prices to fit every budget. Our large selection of spirits includes a special focus on locally produced small-batch, and our collection of aperitifs, digestifs, and amari (Italian digestifs) is unrivaled.
This month, Black History Month, we are featuring wines from two African American Wineries: Maison Noir in Oregon and McBride Sisters in Monterey, California.
Founded by iconoclastic Sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007. After a five-year successful run in finance at Citibank, he left to become a Sommelier and worked for Thomas Keller's two restaurants, The French Laundry in Yountville, California and Per Se in New York City. He then started his own winery in Willamette Valley, Oregon where he produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. He also produces a Cabernet Sauvignon in the Columbia Valley in Washington. His wines are unique and distinctive "garage" wines. He also has a small apparel company which makes T- shirts reflecting the punk, hip-hop and skateboard culture.
Andre is a resident of Brooklyn and is a believer in the power of the creative force to lead one onto new and innovative paths. He pokes tradition although not to the detriment of his product. Check him out on his TED Talk from 2014.
We are carrying his OPP wines and his Washington State Cabernet, In Sheep's Clothing. The OPP stands for Other People's Pinot (Noir and Gris) since he originally purchased the grapes from other growers. In Sheep's Clothing refers to his status as a Black Sheep who goes his own way.
Other People's Pinot Noir 2019
Earthy, spicy, floral and herb-framed flavors of cherry with gingery wood spice tones. Lots of terroir.
Other People's Pinot Gris 2019
Tart, medium-bodied, a little spicy with richness on the palate and mouth watering acid on the finish, Delicious.
In Sheep's Clothing Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Medium to full bodied with ripe fruit flavors balanced by moderate acidity. Layers of cassis, blueberries, black cherries and dried herbs. Opulent.
He also makes a killer Rosé - Love Drunk Rosé - which we will be getting in soon. He actually provided it in a keg to LeBron James who ordered it directly from him.
This is the largest African American owned winery in the US. The sisters only met one another as young women. Half sisters, one was raised in California and the other in New Zealand, and they only connected after their father died and family members in New Zealand learned of a sister and undertook a search for her. After meeting, they discovered a shared passion for wine and embarked upon their new venture as partners, forming McBride Sisters Collection and Black Girl Magic Wines.
They are zealous about sustainable farming techniques and have pursued eco-friendly practices not only in the wines they make but in all facets of their company. They are inspired by the endless pursuit of all women who are making their dreams a reality and breaking barriers daily. The Black Girl Magic collection, only available in California and online right now, is their personal ode to their culture and story. It is inspired by the magic and resilience of Black women, to be enjoyed by all.
Cardamaro is a wine-based aperitif (from the Catarratto grape) made in the Piedmont in Italy. It is infused with cardoon which gives it a bitter, herbal and earthy flavor and blessed thistle which adds hop-like acidity and astringency. A short aging in oak adds spice, vanilla and texture. It has the richness and weight of sweet vermouth, and only a gentle herbal bitterness. If you're familiar with Cynar, it is similar but lighter and more approachable.
It can be sipped straight or on the rocks but it also
is a great cocktail ingredient. Substitute it for bourbon
or rye in low-proof cocktails.
Wines to Get You Through
Isolation & Social Distancing
We've put together a list of everyday, ready-to-drink-now wines that are perfect whether you're pairing them for a dinner with self-quarantined household or having a Zoom happy hour with friends.
We have a large selection of Amari, exotic liqueurs, and various vermouths and fortified wines which are now being used in the savory cocktails that have gained such popularity in the last several years. Each month we will be featuring a few. This month we will introduce you to two items that stem from the Catarratto grape - Cardamaro and Ostinato Marsala.
Here is a recipe for a Manhattan:
2 oz. Cardamaro
1 oz. red vermouth
2 dashes Angostura or Aromatic Bitters.
Strain into a coupe, garnish with an orange peel.
Ostinato Fine Ambra Marsala Secco and Dolce is delicious, balanced and refined. This wine is produced according to traditional methods now rarely seen in the appellation, especially in Fine expressions. These methods produce a wine of great complexity and, with its higher alcohol level, the wine is less reliant on fortification and is more expressive of Marsala’s indelible terroir. Extended aging beyond the minimum Fine requirements produce a Marsala that resonates with deep vinous character.
McBride Sisters Chardonnay Central Coast 2018
Aromas of lemon curd and honey, pineapple and ripe pear. Soft and balanced texture, with a slight hint of toasty oak that balances the palate and persists with the fruit. Complexity and character without weight.
McBride Sisters Red Blend Central Coast 2017
Cherry and plum aromas, gently laced with cedar and vanilla. Perfectly balanced tannin and just the slightest hint of earthiness complimenting the fruit. Extended oak aging softens the finish and brings with it a suggestion of baking spices and cocoa. Elegant and understated.
Enjoy with dry-cured meats and a wide variety of cheeses. It also excels in a variety of cocktail applications—a 1:1 with Hayman’s London Dry Gin and Fine Ambra Secco is highly recommended—as well in elevating classics like Chicken Marsala, Saltimbocca or sautéed mushrooms. Once opened, this wine will keep for up to six months.