New York

Empire Estate

Empire Estate is a collaboration between Thomas Pastuszak, wine director of The Nomad Hotel in Manhattan and winemaker Kelby James Russell of Red Newt Cellars. The project was born from Thomas’ passion to showcase an incredible winemaking region that we New Yorkers have right in our own backyard: The Finger Lakes. Drawing on old world… Read more »

Kelby James Russell

Kelby James Russell Wines first began as a casual brainstorm at Red Newt Cellars, where owner and winemaker David Whiting suggested that a separate wine project might be an important creative outlet for Kelby. With a diverse selection of vineyards and wine styles, the label promises to bring something new to the wine world; ‘off-beat’… Read more »

Queens Courage

Queens Courage is a product of the Astoria Distilling Company and a refined interpretation of Old Tom gin, a style of gin that was very popular in the 1800s and pre-Prohibition era. As a result, many classic cocktails call for, and can only be made with, Old Tom gin. Queens Courage was carefully formulated to… Read more »

Red Newt Cellars

Red Newt Cellars, founded by David and Debra Whiting in 1998, is located on the east side of Seneca Lake in the hamlet of Hector in the Finger Lakes region of New York. David and Debra have been described as “untrammeled lovers of the Finger Lakes scene” (source: The Wine Spectator), which couldn’t be more… Read more »