Amy Zavatto is the daughter of an old school Italian butcher who used to sell bay scallops alongside steaks, and is also the former Deputy Editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She holds her Level III Certification in Wine and Spirits from the WSET, and contributes to Imbibe, Whisky Advocate, SOMMJournal,, and others. She is the author of Forager's Cocktails: Botanical Mixology with Fresh, Natural Ingredients and The Architecture of the Cocktail. She's stomped around vineyards from the Finger Lakes to the Loire Valley and toured distilleries everywhere from Kentucky to Jalisco to the Highlands of Scotland. When not doing all those other things, Amy is the Director of the Long Island Merlot Alliance.

Raphael Winery 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, $22

While sauvignon blanc might not be the very first grape you associate with Long Island, where merlot and chardonnay still reign supreme in plantings, and grapes like cabernet franc are gaining more and more attention, crisp, refreshing white wines have become a bit of a bass-line beat that may be getting ready for a lot more spotlight solos.