If you like wine, one of the best wine shops in America is located in Scarsdale, New York, not far from the Big Apple.
On a recent visit to Zacky’s, I asked one of the salespeople, ‘what are some of the hottest wines that you sell?’ and this staffer led me to the Spanish wine area and pointed to two bottles, each with handsome labels-both were whites and both were Casa Abril Selections, named after April Cullom-a wine personality and a woman who is devoted to all things from Spain.
I learned that the white wines from Casa Abril Selections small portfolio are hand selected and crafted in D.O. Valdeorras and D.O. Ribeiro (Galicia).
Casa Abril Godello 2014 (D.O. Valdeorras) is produced at a small family-run farm tended to be Alvaro Vidal. The up to 40 year old vines are planted in granite, slate and alluvial soils. The fruit oriented wines, all made without oak, result is an impressive, terroir driven, aromatic wine-full of acidity and balanced ripeness, focusing on ripe peach and tangy apple flavors.
Alma de Vino Mar y Montana (D.O. Ribeiro) is made from Treixadura, Torrontes, Godello, Albarino and Loureira grapes. Hot summers with cool nights in this micro-climate allow the grapes to ripen expressively, creating silky fruit, balanced acidity and minerality from this sustainable and non-oaked creation.
Both wines were great, affordable and ones that are not on everyone’s radar.
It looks like the staff at Zacky’s knows what they are talking about.
As an aside, Sergio Gonzalez-Tornero, April's uncle, resident artist in Mahopac provided the artwork for the Alma de Vino labels.
Philip S. Kampe