If you’ve ever walked the worn wooden floors of Rochambeau Wines & Liquors in Dobbs Ferry, you’ve met Jeffrey Wooddy.
Wooddy is the charismatic manager of Rochambeau Wines & Liquors in Dobbs Ferry and has been serving as our wine expert-in-residence. For the last three months in Life&Style, Wooddy choose our LoHud Wine of the Week, and included tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. His knowledge is lovingly thorough and passion for the topic is obvious.
“This is what Rochambeau does,” says Wooddy. “We don’t wait for the wine world to come to us, we go and seek it out. And that’s how we know everything that’s here.”
For 12 weeks, he imparted some of his knowledge and love of wine on us, and for that we are grateful.
Here are some of his selections. Head to LoHud for a full recap of all 12 wines.
2009 Chateau L’Argentyre: This is a gorgeous wine: proper Bordeaux nose, structure both taut and supple; a long, ripe finish with very refined tannins. Lovely. Region: Medoc (Bordeaux). Price: $14. Goes with: Meat, mostly, is Bordeaux’s favorite companion, but try this with a whole roasted chicken and plenty of savory herbs. Why I chose it: Most wine drinkers have passed over Bordeaux as a region, choosing instead to find “bargains” in Spain and South America. I’d like people to take another look at Bordeaux. This is a great start.
Chateau de Pena Rivesaltes Ambré: Orange blossom and spice notes mingle with caramel, coffee and dried fruit aromas. The sweet finish is balanced by wonderful acidity. Region: Rivesaltes, France (Roussillon). Price: $30 for a 500-ml bottle. Goes with: An aged Gouda would be best, but try with any medium soft, raw milk cheese or country pate. Why I chose it: It was the New Year and my resolution was: drink more dessert wines! Don’t be afraid that they’re sweet; delight in their diversity of character.
Rosé of Refosco, Channing Daughters: A beautiful, rich rosé, with a provocatively complex nose and a long, dry finish. Region: Bridgehampton, Long Island. Price: $19. Goes with: A hearty soup like minestrone or a seafood chowder for winter. Why I chose it: As retailers, we search every day for the best wines in every category. If those wines can be from our own New York state, all the better.
Cabernet Franc Wölffer Estate: Earthy, rustic, floral nose with medium weight richness and a ripe long finish. Region: The Hamptons, Long Island. Price: $19. Goes with: Call me crazy, but it’s winter. Have this with a good meatloaf or a beef stew. Why I chose it: Wines like this will make New Yorkers proud that our state is the second largest wine producer in the country. We all need to drink more of our local wine.