Sip & Say Craft Wine & Spirits
2067 Merrick Road, Merrick
The term “craft,” when it comes to wine, generally refers to production in small batches, organic and earth-friendly techniques, and biodynamic practices. At Sip & Say Craft Wine & Spirits, each bottle stands out in its own category, and every bottle, in its own way, tells a story.
Sip & Say Craft Wine & Spirits opened this year in October. Owners, Adam Schneider and his sister, Dawn Vieira, merged their mutual passion of wine and become both friends and business partners. Schneider, who has 20 years experience in the wine industry, is also a Certified Sommelier. His expertise spans from wholesale and retail, to wine production, which he learned while living in Napa, CA. Vieira left a corporate career in New York City to spend more time with her family. She joined her brother, who had shared his knowledge with her, in the opening of Sip & Say. Most recently, she was also an Independent Wine Guide with The Traveling Vineyard, where she facilitated tastings and food pairings at customers’ homes.
Nearly every wine and spirit at Sip & Say is available to taste. For wine tasting, they use a Coravin, a device that siphons from the bottle without removing the cork, thus limiting exposure to oxygen and preserving the wine. “Our goal is to take the guess work out of buying,” said Schneider. “Purchasing wine and spirits should be as enjoyable as drinking it! We are here to educate.”
Sip & Say features wine from vineyards around the world. Many of the wines come from California, Italy, France and Spain. They carry a large array of kosher wines, and the selection is always increasing.
Sip & Say will engrave a special message (I love you, Congratulations, etc.) on almost any bottle, for free. Fully customized engraved (etched on the glass) bottles, with the option of a photograph (which can be brought in or emailed), are available at affordable prices, and ready in about 24 hours. Logos can be engraved too. Sip & Say specializes in party favors and corporate gifts. Each engraved bottle includes a gift bag.
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Check out their online calendars for upcoming tastings and events.