A Look at Three New Wine Bars, and the New Wine Program at Haiku

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Here’s a look at three new wine bars — and also the new wine program at Haiku, the Pan-Asian restaurant with branches in White Plains, Eastchester, Bronxville, Cross River and Mamaroneck. We asked for wines considered to be the best value — meaning the best wine for the dollar, not necessarily the cheapest — and considered a “wow” wine, meaning one that really makes you take notice.

Haiku

Where: 149 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-644-8887 and 717 Post Road, Eastchester, 914-722-4200. The wine program will be introduced at the other locations later in the year.

The scene: Sleek decor with dark wood floors, orange-red walls, neon lights behind the bar and funky chandeliers.

Best value: 2008 Pinot Noir Weingut Stadlmann, Thermenregion, Austria. $10 per 6 ounces and $36 per bottle. “A real pinot noir with rich raspberry, earth and great depth,” says wine director Randall Restiano.

Wow wine: 2008 Crozes-Hermitage (100 percent syrah), J.L. Chave, “Silene,” Rhone Valley, France. $45 per bottle. “A luscious full-bodied and sexy red with flavors of red currants and hints of black pepper,” he says.

Signature snack: The pork belly slider from the Asian tapas menu. “It doesn’t show everything that Haiku is about, but it’s really awesome with the wines.”

Vintage 1891

Where: 2098 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. 914-834-9463, vintage1891.com

The scene: Dark floors, slate walls, comfy couches and two big communal tables. The skylight is original to the building, built in 1888.

Best value: 2009 Anne Pichon Le Mont Ventoux, Rhone Valley, France. $16 per bottle. “Often viognier from France can be super pricey, so if you find stuff that’s the next village over, it’s a great deal,” says owner Craig Muraszewski. “This viognier has tropical notes, a wonderful balance of acidity and it’s really lively and ready to drink today.”

Wow wine: 1978 Paul Jaboluet Hermitage La Chapelle, Rhone Valley, France. $1,000 for a half bottle. “Sit back and strap yourself in,” laughs Muraszewski.

Signature snack: Rosemary popcorn.

Bouchon

Where: 10 Marble Ave, Pleasantville, 914-769-4040.

The scene: Exposed brick, dark wood, couches and high tables. Groups of women celebrating girls night out and couples on their way to the movies.

Best value: 2008 337 Cabernet Sauvignon. $11 per glass. Spicy, with dark berries with a distinctive tannin that provides a softer wine than other cabs, says sommelier Alex DeBenedectis.

Wow wine: 2007 Antinori Chianti Classico Peppoli. $50 per bottle. Blackberries and raspberries with a pronounced floral and minerally, almost meaty, flavor. Medium to full bodied with a silky texture, he says.

Signature snack: Charcuterie and cheese platter, made with cheeses from Artisanal in Manhattan.

Bin 41

Where: 41 Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-4111.

The scene: A long, narrow space with a big bar and tables on the side, flickering candles and deep red walls.

Best value: 2008 Quinta Cabriz, a blend of the Portuguese grapes touriga nacional, tinta roriz and alfroeheiro. $7 a glass and $26 a bottle. Medium bodied with deep plummy flavors, some chocolate and spice on the end, says owner Milagros Cerdeira.

Wow wine: 2009 Barbera d’Asti Pico Maccario “Lavignone” $9 per glass and $34 per bottle. Spicy, red currant and wild strawberry aromas, but tastes dry with spice on the finish, she says.

Signature snack: Artisanal cheese platter.

A few of our other (many!) favorite wine bars:

Wine bars

Here’s a look at just a few of our other favorite wine bars — or restaurants with great wine programs — in the region.

Velo Bistro Wine Bar
12 N. Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-7667, velonyack.com.

Pour Cafe & Wine Bar
241 Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-864-0606, pourmtkisco.com.

Nessa
325 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-939-0119, nessarestaurant.com.

Croton Creek Steakhouse & Wine Bar
4 W. Cross St., Croton Falls. 914-276-0437, crotoncreek.com.

Espana Wine & Tapas Bar
147 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-1331, espanatapas.com.

Freelance Cafe and Wine Bar
506 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-365-3250. www.xaviars.com/freelance

12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar
12 N. Division St., Peekskill. 914-737-6624, 12grapes.com

The Gnarly Vine
501 Main St., New Rochelle. 914-355-2541 www.thegnarlyvine.com.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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  1. The new 87 Vines Wine Bar & Restaurant, 708 Central Park Ave., Yonkers, just off the Major Deegan near Cross County Shopping Center, should be added to your wine bar round-up. My recent stops there have included tastings of some very fine vintage wines by the glass as well as solid Italian-global menu specialties. It was opened by the Forchetti family who also own San Marko formal wear next door. http://www.87Vines.com

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