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Westchester Wine Shops

pabboy Jun 18, 2009 06:33 PM

I just found out my favorite local wine shop has moved to Manhattan. Millesima was in Dobbs Ferry which is 5 minutes from me. So what do I do now? While I do shop at Zachys because of their excellent selection, I'm not a big fan. I prefer smaller shops that offer more personable, attentive and knowledgeable service. Millesima's selection suited me perfectly: Bordeaux, Cab, Shiraz and Pinot. Is there any other smaller, neighborhoody, Mom & Pop wine shops in Westchester that would make me happy again?

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    otisman RE: pabboy Jun 18, 2009 07:48 PM

    I recommend DePrez Wines in the Shoprite Shopping Center in Croton as meeting your criteria. A little out-of-your way, but you might find it worthwhile.

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      Marge RE: otisman Jun 19, 2009 04:19 AM

      I second DePrez--he specializes in off the beaten path reasonably priced French wines. Another Mom & Pop wine shop with good selections and prices is Dodd's in Millwood. Although larger than Mom& Pop, Suburban in Yorktown does have knowledgeable staff, and a large selection.

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        new_west_foodie RE: Marge Jun 22, 2009 10:29 AM

        I agre with both of these reccs. Deprez has great, reasonably priced wines!

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      Jon1856 RE: pabboy Jun 18, 2009 08:27 PM

      Lets see:
      Westchester Wine on RT 119
      Station across the street from Mammoroeck (sp I know) Station.
      Three in/around Hartsdale that are small-one across from train station, and two on Central Ave:
      One is North near Christmas Shop
      The other is South IIRC near Big Zee Vaccums.
      Vino 100 in White Plains

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        stevel RE: Jon1856 Jun 19, 2009 06:39 AM

        Grapes The Wine Store in White Plains

        Wine Connection in Scotts Corner

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        MRS RE: pabboy Jun 19, 2009 07:59 AM

        I highly recommend Wine at Five in Rye. Cai Palmer, the owner, and his assistant Bruno have never steered us wrong. They specialize particularly in small vineyard production but will happily get your favorites. They are terrific!

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          laylag RE: MRS Jun 19, 2009 11:39 AM

          I second Wine at Five and for a larger variety Varmax in Port Chester - almost in CT. I know these are both out of your way but worth it.

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          wincountrygirl RE: pabboy Jun 19, 2009 08:57 AM

          Mt. Kisco Wines in the A&P shopping center. Excellent selection of all kind, and they do fabulous wine tastings about every couple of months with food and wine flowing.

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            kytoct RE: pabboy Jun 19, 2009 03:23 PM

            wine warehouse on 119 just redid their space, and the selection is quite impressive.

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              Jon1856 RE: kytoct Jun 19, 2009 07:22 PM

              A little bit more than re-dd; they took over the space that was Mr. Chan's and just about doubled the size of store.
              Very impressive-carry a few items that Zachy's does not-like aged rum.

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                Marge RE: Jon1856 Jun 20, 2009 11:28 AM

                With my outdoor plans rained out today, I decided to check out Wine Warehouse. Although their selection is extensive and I did pick up a couple bottles of interesting wine, I found their layout confusing, their prices high, and their service non-existent. I think it's a fine store to walk around and spend time reading the descriptions that accompany some of the bottles on the shelves, but I don't think it's what the o.p is looking for, i.e. a small neighborhood mom and pop store with personable, attentive, knowledgeable service.

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                  wincountrygirl RE: Marge Jun 20, 2009 11:41 AM

                  Yep - I still like Mt. Kisco Wines!!!

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              pabboy RE: pabboy Jun 20, 2009 12:59 PM

              Thanks for all your suggestions.

              Yes I'm looking for more knowledgeable shops where I can learn and share experiences. I like a place where I can go back to to the same person and they will remember what they've sold me previously. I expect them suggest certain wines based on my palate not what they like.

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                laylag RE: pabboy Jun 22, 2009 12:04 PM

                Definitely give Wine at Five in Rye a try. The owner, Cai, is exactly what you're looking for.

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                wineconsul RE: pabboy Jun 20, 2009 07:57 PM

                Try this little gem of a whole in the wall...Sounds like what you want.

                Vintology Wine and Spirits
                10 Palmer Ave
                Scradale NY 10583

                I believe it is not opened on Sundays though

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                  touchdown RE: pabboy Jun 22, 2009 12:00 PM

                  Grape expectations in Tarrytown is small, with very knowledgeable people there. Rochambeau in Dobbs is good too, but not as good. Westchester Wine Warehouse has a great selection and prices but it's not for you if you like personal service.

                  1. jcmods RE: pabboy Jun 23, 2009 06:26 AM

                    What about the other wine store in Dobbs Ferry at the corner of Cedar and Broadway (across from Stop N Shop)? Or is that the one you are talking about? I thought it had a different name like Champignon or something like that.

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                      pabboy RE: jcmods Jun 23, 2009 06:55 AM

                      Yes that's Rochambeau in Dobbs.

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