the repeal of prohibition, Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits Co. has
been a source for rare wines, as well as specialty wines where worth
exceeds price. Value has always been our first priority. We go out
of our way often to Europe to find the best wines
of their type for the money.
of what we find may have not been reviewed in major wine publications
simply because the production was so limited that samples weren’t
submitted. These journals always review an innumerable amount of
very good wines, many of which we carry, often at prices lower than
published. We’ve always prided ourselves on unearthing wines from
the same regions, but that offer far more substance for the dollar.
The bulk of our exclusives are imported directly from France. We
are then able to pass-on a savings to the consumer that is often
in excess of 30% off when compared to the prices of other wines
of similar quality.
emphasis in the rare wine department is Bordeaux, red and white
Burgundy, Rhone, and Port. The inventory includes hard-to-find older
vintages. Our goal has always been to provide mature wines, as well
as recent vintages suited for cellaring. The bulk of our selection
consists of reasonably priced wines from around the world. All of
our wines are individually chosen by tasting, whether it be in-house
or at the vineyard source. We take pride in the loyalty our patrons
have shown to us over the decades. Our staff of wine professionals
has rewarded our customers’ confidence with outstanding wine selections.
January of 1934 Sydney Levine, the uncle of the present owners Ben
and Bob Feinn, isolated a corner of his family’s general store for
the sale of newly legalized beverages. As the years went by the
general store gave way to numerous expansions in the wine business,
eventually yielding the total space to fine wine and spirits. Over
that time Sydney was joined by his brother, Phil, as well as his
brother in law, George Feinn. Those in New Haven who had gained
a discerning and were well-traveled inspired the growth of a fine
wine selection that would soon be unequalled in Connecticut.
and Bob Feinn, George’s sons, were brought aboard in the early 1960’s,
and eventually took over ownership in 1971. Mt. Carmel’s wine selection
was now receiving national attention, bringing about the store’s
expansion in 1973. Now they had the needed space to display the
hundreds of grand cru Bordeaux, a like number of village premier
cru and grand cru Burgundy, as well as treasures from the Rhone
Valley, Loire Valley, Alsace, Germany, Italy, America…you get the
joined by Fred Feinn, Ben's son, and Eric Seggerman also from a
family with a long history in the wine business and both wine professionals,
Mt. Carmel Wine & Spirits Co. has become a mecca for Wine lovers.