The Art of Wine Retail with Michael Drapkin


The Art of Wine Retail with Michael Drapkin

Michael Drapkin is the proprietor, wine educator, and Instagram model behind Kingston Wine Company in the town of Kingston, New York in the Hudson Valley.

You can find him wordsmithing wine descriptions on Instagram @kingstonwineco and buy all of his delicious, natural and esoteric wines at

In this episode Michael and I dig into where his passion for wine comes from, both the books and the people who influenced him, and the art of wine retail, something that Michael feels is as important, if not more important, than the wines themselves.

We also chat about great resources for learning about and finding natural wines, one of those being the natural wine app, Raisin.

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In this episode we mention…

Kingston Wine Co.
Jancis Robinson
Dr. Michael Franz, wine critic
Karen McNeil, The Wine Bible
Chateau Coupe-Roses
Vintage 59 Wine Imports
Vestry Wines
Verve Wines
Randy King, Wine Buyer at Whole Foods in Washington DC
Steve Cornwell, wine buyer at McCarthur Beverages
Kermit Lynch
Terry Theise
Adventures on the Wine Route
Reading Between the Wines
Alice Waters, Chez Panisse
Eric Asimov, How to Love Wine
Esters Wine
Domaine LA
Whitney Adams
Raisin, The Natural Wine App
Alice Feiring, The Feiring Line
Wine Terroirs Blog
The Big Glou
RAW Wine Fair
Louis/Dressner Selections
The Real Wine Fair
Catherine & Pierre Breton’s Wines

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