The River Café’s wine program, under the direction and guidance of Joseph DeLissio since 1977, is one of the most respected in the country. Jordan, Opus1, Dominus, Dunn, Harlan, Phelps Insignia, Sonoma Cutrer, Far Niente and Shafer are some of the wineries that made their New York debut on The River Café’s wine list. While some wine lists larger in size may exist, none are as well selected, few can match its breadth.
The River Café believes in long term cellaring and after thirty years has created one of the best international wine lists to be found anywhere. Some of the world’s greatest and most sought after wines, including Chateau Reyas, Chateau Petrus, Domaine Ramonet, Neillon, Vega Sicilia and Domaine de La Romanee Conti, are available in multiple vintages at The River Café. Our superbly selected Madeira collection is one of the finest in the world.
A consistent recipient of the Wine Spectators Best of Award of Excellence for over a decade, The River Café was recently inducted into Wine and Spirits magazine’s Wine List Hall of Fame. In 2001, The River Café wine list won the prestigious Diamond Wine List Award (the highest level of achievement) from the International Restaurant and Hospitality Bureau.
Recently “The River Café Wine Primer,” written by Joseph DeLissio, was released by Little Brown and Company. Already in its third printing, “The Wine Primer” has had many great reviews including The New York Times, Wine Spectator, and Wine & Spirits Magazine. The book was also nominated for the prestigious I.A.C.P. (International Association of Culinary Professionals) wine and cook book award.