What wine do you offer to someone who ordinarily drinks spirits? It isn’t an easy task; most spirits are quite different from one another, and high alcohol makes identifying their subtleties more challenging.
A good starting point? The use of oak as an aging vessel is common in both wine and spirits. That's why some single malt scotch distilleries even purchase used barrels that have held other spirits or wines like port or madeira. With that in mind, here are wine recommendations for spirited drinkers.
Written by Raoul Segarra, General Manager & Wine Director at North Square Restaurant
Raoul Segarra has been working with spirits for over 15 years. A seasoned sommelier, Segarra has worked at Keens, Judson Grill, and Jean-Georges, under the direction of great sommeliers-mentors who noticed and nurtured his talent. In 2004, he joined the Beanstalk Group (The Red Cat, The Mermaid Inn, The Harrison, Pace) as Wine and Beverage Director, where he put his creativity and love for finding a lesser known region or wine at a great price to work. Raoul brings this philosophy to the wine list at North Square, which features over 110 wines from 15 countries, 65 priced at less than $50.