Drew Kline

Staff Picks: Drew Kline | WineTransit.com

Manager, Wine & Sake Associate, Premium Wine & Spirits

Obtaining a degree in Hospitality & Restaurant Management led Drew to the wine industry and that employment, in turn, played a role in him obtaining his second degree in International Business & World Trade. Spending a week touring the wineries of the Tuscan countryside was an inspirational experience for Drew and authored a fervent new chapter in his wine career. Pairing Champagne with melons is one of Drew’s favorite combinations. Outside of work, Drew enjoys playing guitar, craft beer, and supporting the Buffalo Sabres.

Joined us in: 2008

Favorite Varietals: Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Chenin Blanc

Favorite Regions: Loire Valley, Champagne, Tuscany, Bordeaux, Alsace, Southern Ontario, Mosel, Tokaj, Niigata (Saké), Islay and Island Malt Scotches, Kentucky Bourbon

Wine Regions Visited: Tuscany, Tokaj, Finger Lakes, Southern Ontario, Niagara Escarpment


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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva

old label
NV / 750 ml.

Item #: 11732

WS8989 pts. - Wine & Spirits - August 1, 2013
One of the most reliable Cavas at the price, this offers cool, crisp cider apple flavors along with leesy notes of toast, nuts and flowers. It’s gentle and clean, fuel for a dance party.
WE8686 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 11/1/2013
Standard lemon-lime aromas open this quaffable Cava. In the mouth, it’s creamy and soft but not mushy, with candied mango, papaya and vanilla flavors that finish sweet.
SP8686 pts. - Wine Spectator - Apr 30, 2013
Fresh and balanced, with a creamy bead supporting apple puree, pastry cream, anise and preserved lemon notes. Drink now. 75,570 cases imported.
RP8585 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st May 2011
Segura Viudas’ entry level Cava, the Non-Vintage Brut Reserva offers up a pleasant perfume of yeast notes, biscuit, and green apple. It is a straightforward, lively, slightly off-dry bubbly that is a good value for drinking over the next 12–18 months.

Spain | Penedes


Primary Grape: Macabeo

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Liastos Moraitis

2006 / 500 ml.

Item #: 31250

SP8888 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2010
A rich dessert-style white, with plenty of buttercream, maple and ripe pear flavors. The long finish echoes smoke and spice. Drink now through 2016. 500 cases made.
RP8888 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 21st Dec 2009
The 2006 MONEMVASIA LIASTOS was sun dried for 15 days and then aged in oak. Relatively light, it is laced with apricot and peach nuances, not particularly syrupy, and not as rich in the palate as the nose promises. It is very tasty, but it does thin fast and the fruit acquires a dried apricot nuance with air and warmth. The intense aromatics were its best feature. Drink now–2015.

Greece | Aegean Islands | Paros


Primary Grape: Monemvasia

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Dr. Konstantin Frank Eugenia Dry Riesling

2020 / 750 ml.

Item #: 43486

JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 9, 2022
This youthful dry riesling has a slew of floral and herbal nuances, together with delicate stone-fruit and wild-berry notes. So elegant, in spite of the full, juicy fruit on the palate. The long, wet-stone finish is racy and pristine. Made with grapes from the estate vineyard on Keuka Lake. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
RP9292 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 12th May 2022
The 2020 Dry Riesling Eugenia comes in with three grams of residual sugar against 6.9 of total acidity and 12.9% alcohol. This is a single-vineyard selection from 1968 vines on soils with high slate content. The winery calls it their best Riesling plot. This is a surprisingly friendly wine this year, perhaps typical of the vintage. Maybe one day it will close down, but not today. It is splendid, showing off fine depth, a fruity demeanor and respectable power. As fruity as it is, it shows off a little tension on the finish too. This is very accessible this year, but it’s still likely to improve in the cellar. The winery is a strong proponent of the 2020 vintage (and they aren’t the only ones), but as impressive as this is, and granting that both are not here together, I’d take the 2019 just now. That may be slower-developing, but in a few years, a comparison will be intriguing. They are both very fine.

United States | New York | Finger Lakes


Primary Grape: Riesling

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