Zachy’s in Scarsdale is one of the most well known and respected wine shops in Westchester, if not the country. They are probably the biggest auction house in the business for collectible wines and have a huge selection of all kinds of French wine in their store. I don’t mention them often because in terms of value, their prices overall can be a little steep.
However, to be at Zachy’s on a Saturday from 12-4 is a real treat. They host a free wine tasting that is by far the best in Westchester. There are different distributors, importers and winemakers there every week and they are always pouring really high end juice. Depending on the day there can be anywhere from 15-30 wines to taste!
Some gems from this past Saturday were a handful of Chateuneuf du Papes (including Domaine Giraud and Roger Sabon) ranging from $35-70 a bottle, a few California wines from Jonata in the Santa Ynez Valley ranging from $50-115 and a couple of Spanish blends that would knock your socks off for about $80 a piece.
I point out the prices because if you’re a wine drinker like me, these bottles are pretty much out of the purchase comfort zone. However, they do run very good sale prices for the wines they are tasting that day.
For example, the Domaine Giraud Tradition Chateauneuf du Pape retails for about $45, they were selling it for under $35. So if you are looking for that special bottle for yourself or to bring to friend’s home, this is a great time to shop at Zachy’s.
But even if you don’t plan on buying anything, that’s fine too. The environment is very comfortable and social without any pressure to buy. It is just a fantastic way to taste some exceptional wines, train your palate a bit and learn a thing or two from the knowledgeable and friendly folks who are pouring the wine. See you there!