PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - While most of us prepare for the raucous of New Year's Eve by putting in a light work week and taking in some me time, wine merchants like Matt Tempesta and Peter Manina at Tarry Wine are hard at work during their busiest time of the year.
"We've been setting record weeks with Christmas and New Year's," Tempesta said. "This week we are already 25% over last year's numbers."
According to Manina and Tempesta, worldly and experienced wine merchants, this kind of activity is understandable given the proximity to the holidays.
"It would be surprising if we didn't experience that kind of increase," Manina added.
Tarry Wine, conveniently adjacent to Tarry Market and around the corner from Tarry Lodge, has only been in business for 14 months, and offers a unique inventory. According to Tempesta, Tarry Wine only distributes European or old world" wine, with 70% of its European inventory coming from Italy.
"Since we deliver to a niche market," Tempesta said. "We develop personal relationships with our customers."
At Tarry Wine the customer is given a one-on-one shopping experience from either Tempesta, Manina or one of the shop's other wine merchants. Each bottle of wine is hand sold, something Tempesta and Manina pride themselves on.
"Both Peter and I have drunk a lot of wine, and studied while drinking," Tempesta said with a smile. "We have to be wine knowledgeable to work here and serve the customer."
Out of Tarry Wine's old world inventory, one bottle has outsold the rest. La Kiuva, a red wine made in the Valle d'Aosta in northwestern Italy, has sold tremendously during the holidays.
"I haven't met someone who didn't like it," Manina, who is from the Valle d'Aosta, said with a smile.
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