Tyson’s picks for Summer 2017

Summer is almost officially here!  More importantly, the changing of the season means it’s white wine time again.  One of my favorite areas to enjoy on a warmer day is Montlouis.  Greatly underappreciated, the region sits across the Loire River from its more well-known neighbor, Vouvray.  Like Vouvray, the only white grape grown within Montlouis is Chenin Blanc.  Generally speaking, the wines are more precise, acidic and show more fresh characteristics than Vouvray.

As most of my friends, family and everyone within shouting distance know the two we carry are my go-to bottles for the price.  The sparkling we carry is by one of the most well known and respected producers in the area, Francois Chidaine. The Montlouis Brut Methode Traditionelle displays beautiful fresh notes of white flowers, zesty citrus and a bright mineral characteristic.

If bubbles aren’t your thing, the still Montlouis we have will make you happy.  The wine, Le Rocher Des Violettes Touche Mitaine ( “touch of a mitten” in English) is explosively flavorful.  This straddles the balance of being very round in feel, but it delivers a laser-beam of minerally citrus fruit that will leave your mouth watering for more.

Enjoy these for the everyday price of $19.99 each, and see what the magical world of Chenin is all about!

See Tyson’s previous staff picks here.

Mark’s picks Spring 2016


These picks by owner Mark Brogna appeared in the Times Union newspaper on March 24, 2016.  



Cuvée A Muller-Thurgau (2014): $15.99:

If you enjoy light and crisp whites, give this a try! Prepare to be slapped in the face with a smorgasbord of exotic, tropical flavors. Spicy pear, honeysuckle, starfruit, grapefruit and key lime flash on the palate. Enjoy with a variety of meals, especially spicy cuisine like Thai, Creole or Mexican.

Baco Noir Middle Hope Vineyard (2014) $23.99:

This vineyard was originally planted by winemaker Steve Casscles over 35 years ago as a hobby in High School. Think New World Cru-Beaujolais with his Baco Noirs. Medium bodied in structure, the complex fresh and sour cherry notes blend beautifully with subtle plum and even a whiff of vanilla on the finish. Drink tonight with a variety of gourmet meals, or this will easily age for 20+ years … if you can keep you hands off for that long!

Domaine Saint Vincent Rose $12.99

Springtime in a bottle! A very dry bubbly with notes of strawberry, dried cherry, and sour pomegranate. A slight touch of creaminess on the finish rounds out this versatile wine. Delicate and subtle in structure, this wine is a perfect pairing for whatever is on the menu at Easter Brunch!


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Greg’s picks Fall 2015

Greg has worked in the wine industry for over a decade. He has been with Capital Wine since 2009, following a tour of duty in Iraq. Prior to that, he had worked at the original Wine Bar on Lark St., as well as for a distributor. Greg continues to serve in the US Navy with the ‘Seabees’ mobile construction battalion.


CA-wine-label-gregOrin Swift location wines, CA3, is a California blend of Tempranillo, Barbera, Petit Sirah, Syrah, and Grenache from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, and the Sierra Foothills vineyards. Rich, deep, powerful and complex layers of fruit stay focused with a balanced dose of acidity. The wine will change from start to finish in the bottle and the glass revealing black current, ripe plum, dried cherry, blackberry and notes of vanilla, bakers chocolate, pie spice and other complex notes. Enjoy CA3 with dinner or afterwards, its enticing aromas, taste and feel, make this a superb full bodied wine.

$28.99  Sale Price 24.35


navarre-wine-label-gregPineau des Charentes Vieux, a ‘Vin de Liqueur’ is a liqueur from the Charentais (Cognac) region of western France, and is made by adding 6 yr aged Grande Champagne Cognac to Ugni Blanc grape must and then aged for 30 years (20 yrs longer than required) making this a rare example of an exquisite aperitif. Candied tangerine peel mingles with salted caramel, and fresh tropical fruit ending in a long, finish of berries with toasted almond, marzipan and hints of candied citrus rind. The nose is intoxicating; the taste is exhilarating; and the finish magnificent. Since this is a fortified wine it will keep for several weeks after opening as long as it is stored in a cool dark area. Consume as you would a fine port.

Everyday low price  $59.97 


gaujal-de-st-bon-wine-label-gregGaujal de Saint Bon, Picpoul de Pinet, (French for ‘Lip Stinger’) is a white wine from Coteaux du Laguedoc, Southern France. Sharp citrus notes of lemon peel, light tropical fruit, with hint of green apple. This appellation is close to the Mediterranean Sea and it picks up a slight brine note in the mid palate much the same as sipping a wine on a beach. This subtle note combines with the sharp citrus, herbal notes and minerals to produce a wine that’s perfect for seafood, especially oysters! If you’re not a seafood fan, then chill this down and enjoy its crisp clean feel and finish on its own or with some semi soft cheese and fruit plate.

$11.99  Sale Price $10.07



See staff wine picks from previous months


Tyson’s picks Summer 2015

Tyson has been a part of the team at Capital Wine since January 2014, and has been working in the industry since 2008. He enjoys fine wine from around the globe but his favorite regions are Bordeaux, Burgundy, Condrieu, Jura and Rioja. While he isn’t studying or drinking a glass of his favorite wine, he likes to spend his free time hiking all around the Northeast or golfing. Stop in and pay Tyson a visit today!

Heron Hill Dry Riesling 2013 —

A very clean, crisp, focused example of Finger Lakes Riesling. Classic notes of peach, apple and honeysuckle will quench any thirst. Try with sushi and you will thank me later!
$13.99/bottle   sale price $11.75

Francois Chidaine Montlouis Brut NV —

A 100% sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire valley is a perfect substitute for those looking for an elegant, leaner styled bubbly. This has an amazing creamy feel with gingery notes of apple, rocks, pears and a slight beeswax quality.
$22.99   sale price $19.31

Duband Cote de Nuits Villages 2012 —

To put it simply, this is the best Red Burgundy I’ve ever had for the money. You’ll get developed Grand-Cru notes of forest floor, mushrooms and spicy red fruits for a fraction of the price.

$32.99    sale price $27.71