12 Bottles, 12 Weeks: 1 Mixed Case


From a light and fruity Beaujolais to a bubbly, sweet moscato, we’ve seen a dozen great wines in the LoHud Wine of the Week feature during the past 12 weeks. Now it’s time to recap our Mixed Case.

Tony Russo and Andrea Kish, owners of Aries Wines & Spirits in White Plains, have been our wine experts-in-residence for the past three months. They found wines to pair with Easter and Passover dinners, Champagne for Mother’s Day and a big hearty red for Father’s Day.

“The first thing I thought about was making sure we had something for everybody for just about every occasion for this season,” Kish says.

She chose a great mix. A few light reds, a rosé here and there, a couple of sparklers and something big and bold for the barbecue. Mixed Case is also a good metaphor for what’s at Aries: about 2,000 bottles, from local wines from the Hudson Valley to fine Bordeauxs and Burgundys from France.

Click here to see all the suggestions: Mixed Case from Aries on Small Bites.


Here’s a video recapping the case, where Tony and Andrea discuss their thinking behind the choices. My favorite part? When Andrea turns to Tony and says “Why did we choose a moscato?” He says: “I don’t know? Why did we choose a moscato?”

Here you go folks. Our next expert will be Jung Kim of Piermont Fine Wine & Spirits. I’ll be posting his first selection shortly.


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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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