Q and A with Emily Wines
Emily Wines (David Phelps)
It’s no surprise that master sommelier Emily Wines is often asked if her last name predestined her career. “It’s just a coincidence,” she assured us with a laugh.Wines has reached the world’s highest level of wine expertise — Master Sommelier, an elite club that only includes 19 women in the U.S. She designs wine lists for Kimpton hotels and restaurants, including midtown’s NIOS Restaurant, where she prepares wine dinners and events. Wines gave amNewYork the scoop on what’s hot. Which countries offer the best deals in wine? Some of the best deals right now are coming out of Argentina. It’s the next wave after Australia in terms of affordability. You can get a really decent bottle of wine for under $15. Spain is another country that’s offering really good wines. Name some wines that are safe to order when dining out with friends. If you don’t know what your co-diners like, try good middle-ground things. For whites I like sauvignon blanc or viognier. They’re both alternatives to chardonnays, and they both offer good values. For reds, pinot noir has really matured, and a lot of the American ones are good. There are great ones in New Zealand and France, though those tend to be more expensive.
I think rosé are great, too. A lot of Americans have the misconception that they’re sweet. They need to be served very young, and they’re very refreshing. What wines should you bring to a friend's house? Ask what you’ll be having for dinner beforehand. And it’s always a good idea to ask the people working at the wine shop for recommendations. I really believe you can find good wine for under $10. There are very simple white wines that are good for under $10. They’re really young — things like New Zealand sauvignon blanc or rosés. What do you think of boxed wines? They have a ways to go, but there are some good ones. The wine never oxidizes in the bag that’s within the box, so it’s good for drinking wine at home.