“CIDERS ARE SO MUCH like wine,” says Paige Flori, owner of Boutique Wines & Spirits in Fishkill. Flori, who has a background in retail and Italian wine distribution, offers a curated assortment of craft hard ciders, spirits and wines at her new shop. The store has already made a name for itself thanks to its 13-foot long hard cider bar with 9 varieties on tap, from Zombie Killer (a tart cherry honey mead cider from Michigan) to Awestruck Ginger Hibiscus (the rosé-hued blend from Delaware County). Boutique’s pièce de résistance is the 15-foot tall, hand-crafted tree with a built-in tap that spouts one of the store’s unique cider selections. Flori decorates the tree, currently in full bloom, to reflect the valley’s changing seasons. “We like to represent local, particularly in the cider space,” Flori notes. In addition to sourcing local ciders, she also thinks local when it comes to wines and spirits. Wine lovers will recognize mainstays like Brotherhood and Whitecliff; spirits seekers can shop vodkas from Bethel’s Catskill Distilling Company and Beacon’s Dennings Point Distillery.
Boutique Wines & Spirits
Hudson Valley Towne Center, Fishkill