Diners at Tia Pol, the popular tapas joint in Chelsea, kept asking owner Mani Dawes where they could buy the wines poured at the restaurant. And she couldn’t think of any place in New York. So in October she opened Tinto Fino, the city’s first store devoted exclusively to Spanish wine and sherry.
This tiny shop, organized by region, offers around 150 choices and counting, says RichardA. The selection is broad, including the familiar Tempranillo-based wines as well as less familiar varietals such as Bobal and Mencia. Among the sherries, Spoony Bard is partial to La Cigarrera and La Gitana, both a beautiful match for Spanish food.
In addition to the wines, hounds love the vibe and appreciate the helpful owner, who is often in the house. “She is very personable and obviously quite knowledgeable,” RichardA reports. “She possesses a true passion about Spanish wine, a trait I always seek in wine store owners.”