September 29, 2009

Tinto Fino - Best place to Find Spanish Wines in NYC

Searching for the perfect reasonably-priced Spanish sherry brought us to this warm and charming wine shop in the East Village.  Tinto Fino (named for a synonym of Spanish grape Tempranillo) is the destination for Spanish wine lovers. We love Spanish wines because they offer great value compared to most European wines.  It is NYC's first all-Spanish wine shop and features a good variety at various price-points.

The store is neatly organized by region, however, if you need some help, the staff at Tinto Fino are great at offering recommendations.  We also noticed that they never blinked an eye when asked for wines at low price points.

We ended up buying the Lustau Light Fino Sherry NV and the 2001 Lopez de Heredia Vina Boscania Reserva Rioja.  We often find that Sherry is hard to come across other than cheap bottles most people would only use for cooking, not drinking.

Tinto Fino is located at 85 First Avenue (btwn 5th and 6th Sts) in NYC.  It is owned by Mani Dawes, who also owns popular Spanish tapas restaurant Tia Pol in Chelsea.

Extra note:  If you want to immediately open your wine, there's a  nearby Sri Lankan BYOB restaurant, Sigiri, that's worth a visit.

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