Look no further than Wine World for all your Local Wine and Spirit Producers
There is no shortage of local wineries and distilleries to visit in New York State. Wine World has one of the largest and finest selections of local products in the store and available on-line. We are proud to support NY producers not only because it boosts our economy but also because of the quality products they make. Many use the finest ingredients and techniques, bringing you a world of difference made in your own back yard.
Wine Regions of NY
The Lake Erie region of Western New York state has always been active with wineries but in recent years, many wineries in and around the Niagara Escarpment have started up. A short trip across the river into the neighboring country, Canada, offers many fine wineries as well. Around WNY, 43 wineries and tasting rooms are available. Just to mention a few to visit are Niagara Landing, Arrowhead, Johnson Estates, Mazza, Willow Creek, Black Willow and Schultz. Their wines and many more fine NY state wines are available at our store every day.
New York State Distilleries
Did you know there are distilleries in the WNY area as well as around the state and into Canada? In WNY, there are 6 producers. Around the central and Finger Lakes regions, you can add at least 20 more! Just some of the producers we carry in Wine World are Lockhouse, Tommy Rotter and Five & 20 Spirits.
Start at Wine World, then hit the trails!
Start here at Wine World. Learn and taste as you go. Venture out often to the wineries and distilleries to enjoy the ambiance of their facilities and meet the staff behind their creations. Come on back in to Wine World and let us know what where you’ve visited. We love to hear about your trips and perhaps hear about a new creation we haven’t tried yet!
At Wine World, Buffalo’s Best Wine and Liquor Store, we understand the challenge and are here to help. Whether it’s a sweet wine around $12 from New York State or a “great value” red blend under $20 or a spectacular Cabernet Sauvignon “at any cost”, we make it easy to bring home the perfect wine, time after time. Our friendly, knowledgeable Wine Associates are always on hand to answer your questions and find just what your looking for. Also, many of the wines have helpful ratings and accurate descriptions to make it easy and enjoyable to shop on your own.
Great Wines in Every Style and Price Range
Good news! There are great wines in every style and price range so it is truly easy for you to bring home something wonderful every time! At Wine World, you’ll always be greeted with a friendly hello and how can we help. Helping our customers is what we do best. We will show you a few wines similar to the style you have described to us and in the price range you’re looking for. If service isn’t what you need at the moment, just stroll the racks on your own but we’re always available, if need be. Also, check out the wines on our Wine Tasting Bar. The Tasting Bar is always open and our wine associates are always happy to pour for you.
Personal Preference Is Important When Finding The Right Wine!
Still, we realize “good” wine is in the hand of the beholder. In other words, a good tasting wine is subjective to your likes and dislikes. Whether you enjoy a wine that isn’t dry at all with tropical, fruity, sweet notes or an upper-end Cabernet full of deep earthy fruits and rugged tannins, it’s your preference that counts. Describe the flavors you enjoy to one of our trained associates With extensive training and tastings, our staff is very knowledgeable. We’ll always find what you’re looking for.
At Wine World, your Greater Buffalo Wine and Liquor Store, we know a lot about wine. It’s all in the grape and the wine making. It may appear to be something mysterious and but that’s why you can count on us – the experts!
Growing and Harvesting Is Just The First Steps
White wines are usually made from “white” grapes with a greenish-gold skin. Red wines and pink wines aka Rosé or Blush are from dark purple or blueish-black skinned grapes. During the growing season, the grapes’ natural flavors and sugars increase, or simply put, they ripen. The soil, climate, amount of water, sun, heat and minerals all effect the flavors and quality of the wine produced.
The grapes are picked at the optimal time and readiness. The longer the growing season, the deeper the flavors can develop. The perfect harvest time depends on ripeness but extreme heat, rain, or other extreme weather patterns at the time of harvest can greatly effect an otherwise good growing season.
Once the grapes are picked and inspected, the vinification process begins.
White Wines vs Red Wines, the Wine Making Process Is Different.
White Wines: The grapes are pressed to separate the juice from the skins, stems, and seeds BEFORE fermentation. The grape juice is placed into barrels or tanks with yeast. This is the fermentation process. The yeast converts natural sugars into alcohol. After a few days or more of fermentation, the juice will turn into wine.
Red Wines: Stems are usually removed as stems are believed to impart bitter flavors. Then the grapes are lightly crushed, just enough to break open the skins to allow the yeast to interact with the sweet grape juice. Juice, skins and seeds, go into a fermentation tank along with yeast. The yeast converts natural sugars into alcohol. The skins steep in the juice to color the wine red. After fermentation, the grapes are pressed to separate the skins and seeds from the new wine.
White and Red wines may be aged in oak barrels or stainless-steel tanks for a few weeks, months or longer. This allows the flavors to harmonize and mellow. Stainless steel is neutral and does not impart flavor. Oak, especially new oak, can impart smoke, spice, vanilla and other rich flavors.
It’s All In The Bottle
Finally, the wine is bottled. Hundreds of clanking bottles is a noisy process as bottles move down the conveyor belt to the individual stations of washing, filling, corking, labeling, capsuling, final inspection and packing.
Wine World, the preferred Liquor store of North Tonawanda and Tonawanda, our customers have come to depend on us to know the details about wine and best wine vintages so they can bring home a great wine every time.
Favorite “Go-To Bottles” are Always Dependable!
Some wines are not affected by vintage, others most certainly are. For the most part, the wines we drink every day – the under $14 a bottle range are not really effected by vintage even if they have a vintage denoted somewhere on the bottle. The wines are produced in an even style that really does not change from year to year. These wines become your “favorite go-to” bottles; like 90+ Cellars, 19 Crimes, Mondavi Vintners Select, Apothic and more. These wines are produced in a style you’ve come to enjoy and you expect them to stay relatively the same.
A vintage wine reflects grapes grown and harvested in a single year. A vintage wine is one made from grapes from all, or mostly all, from the same year. But, beyond that, what makes a good vintage? It’s the weather. Weather that is extreme, either too hot or cold, too wet or too dry, will usually hurt the growing process. As with all plants, every grape variety requires a particular climate and growing temperatures. Severe weather stunts or harms this process and the quality of juice is effected.
“It Was A Very Good Year!”
This now sets the stage for what are some of the best vintages to look for. There are charts for every wine region and grape type. To look for great vintage red wines out of California, look for 2015, 2013, 2012 or possible 2010 and 2008 if you can find it. California Whites, look for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012.
Some great wines with top vintages, here are a few selections we suggest:
Louis Martini Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Mount Peak Gravity 2014
Justin Isoscles 2013
Tensley Syrah 2014
Gary Farrel Russian River Chardonnay 2013
Meiomi Chardonnay 2015
Donum Carneros Pinot Noir 2012
Marimar “Christina” Russian River Pinot Noir 2008
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