NEW YORK MAGAZINE – Grape Expectations

From New York Magazine:

OENOPHILES PREMATURELY celebrating last month’s Supreme Court ruling on interstate wine shipping might just have to sit back and let the intoxicating notion decant awhile. The ruling merely declared New York law unconstitutional, which makes it Albany’s headache. For now, the three-tier system (producer to wholesaler to retailer) is still firmly entrenched-which means wine geeks hoping for instant access to cult Cabs will have to wait. Until the issue wends its way through the courts, and all the compliance and tax issues are resolved, the best we can do is start fantasizing about snagging a coveted spot on a waiting list, or clearing cellar space for those elusive bottlings from tiny producers that, chances are, will remain just as unattainable should direct shipping become a reality. But you never know. If and when that day comes, and a case of Screaming Eagle is only a keyboard click away, we’ll toast our good fortune with West Coast wines we’ve only tasted in our imagination, like the ones we’ve listed below. And now that New York wines are something to be proud of, we’ve highlighted a few to keep in mind for shipping the other way-to all those doubting Thomases in reciprocal states who can’t tell their Wiemers from their Wölffers.

Hermann J. Wiemer Johannisberg Riesling wiemer.com Finger Lakes Rieslings are real attention-getters, ripe and lively and spectacular with food.

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