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On The Side Liquor
2828 West State Street
Olean NY 14760
At On The Side Liquor, we have one of the largest selections of wines and spirits in the Southern Tier. Stop by and speak to one of our in store experts - you’ll be glad you did!
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On the Side Wine Club
A family owned liquor store!
Welcome to On The Side Liquor, locally owned and operated by the Carapellatti family and serving Olean, Allegany, St. Bonaventure, N.Y and the surrounding areas for many years.
On The Side Liquor has a proud tradition of serving the community with a full selection of quality and affordable brand name and premium wines and liquors. We also carry a wide selection of New York State wines. We offer them to you with a friendly, knowledgeable staff that can offer suggestions to meet your tastes and budget.
We also offer case discounts on wine, allowing you to mix your favorites for this additional value. We also offer case discounts on liquors too.
On The Side Liquor is located across from the KMART Plaza and next to Perkins Restaurant. Our convenient location has entrances in both the front and back of our liquor store, always with available and handicapped parking. We take all major credit cards and our extended hours are very handy to meet your busy schedule.
We are open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday 9 am to 10 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm.
family has carefully selected our best wines, including our large
selection of New York State wines for your collection, gift,
holiday or special event. We take pride in our selection and strive
to bring you the top quality wines both local and international
have wine tasting throughout the year and holiday seasons so that
you can taste some of our newest local and fine
wines. We know reading a label comes nowhere close to
being able to try a wine before you buy it. Wine tasting is a great
way to try wines before making a purchase to make sure you like it.
It's also the perfect way to discover new favorites.
Our store layout makes it easy to find what you are looking for by wine type, region and budget. Our staff can guide you to the wine that fits your taste and price range.
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Full selection of wines including New York State.
Complete assortment of brand name liquors.
Knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff.
Stop by On The Side Liquor and have one of our wine experts help you with your selection.
Some of the best-known grape varietals and their characteristics:
Sauvignon Blanc - Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine best known for its grassy, herbal flavors. Sauvignon Blanc is also called Fume Blanc, and is a popular choice for fish and shellfish dishes.
Pinot Gris (Pinot Grigio) - The low acidity of this white varietal helps produce rich, lightly perfumed wines that are often more colorful than other whites. The best ones have pear and spice-cake flavors.
Chardonnay - Chardonnay is a white wine which can range from clean and crisp with a hint of varietal flavor to rich and complex oak-aged wines. Chardonnay typically balances fruit, acidity and texture. This varietal goes well with everything from fish and poultry to cheeses, spicy foods and nut sauces.
Muscat - The white Muscat grape produces spicy, floral wines that often do something most other wines don't: they actually taste like grapes. Muscats can range from very dry and fresh to sweet and syrupy. This varietal is often served with puddings and chocolate desserts.
Gewurztraminer - Gewurztraminer is a white wine that produces distinctive wines rich in spicy aromas and full flavors, ranging from dry to sweet. Smells and flavors of litchi nuts, gingerbread, vanilla, grapefruit, and honeysuckle come out of this varietal. It is often a popular choice for Asian cuisines and pork-based sausages.
Riesling - Rieslings are white wines known for their floral perfume. Depending on where they're made, they can be crisp and bone-dry, full-bodied and spicy or luscious and sweet. The flavor is often of peaches, apricots, honey, and apples and pairs well with duck, pork, and roast vegetables.
Champagne/Sparkling Wine - These wines are made effervescent in the wine-making process. Champagnes and sparkling wines range in style from very dry (Natural), dry (brut) and slightly sweet (extra Dry) to sweet (sec and Demi-Sec). Many sparkling wines are also identified as Blanc de Blancs (wines made from white grapes) or Blanc de Noirs (wines produced from red grapes).
Pinot Noir - Pinot Noir is a red wine of light to medium body and delicate, smooth, rich complexity with earthy aromas. They are less tannic than a cabernet sauvignon or a merlot. Pinot Noirs exude the flavor of baked cherries, plums, mushrooms, cedar, cigars, and chocolate.
Zinfandel – Primarily thought of as a Californian varietal (though recently proven to have originated from vineyards in Croatia), Zinfandel is a red wine with light to full body and berry-like or spicy flavors. The Zinfandel grape is also widely used in the popular off-dry blush wine known as White Zinfandel. The Red Zinfandel pairs well with moderately spicy meat dishes and casseroles.
Syrah (Shiraz) - Syrah can produce monumental red wines with strong tannins and complex combinations of flavors including berry, plum and smoke. It's known as Shiraz mainly in Australia and South Africa.
Petite Sirah - Petite Sirahs are red wines with firm, robust tannic tastes, often with peppery flavors. Petite Sirahs may complement meals with rich meats.
Merlot - Merlot is a red wine with medium to full body and herbaceous flavors. Merlot is typically softer in taste than Cabernet Sauvignon. Its flavors and aromas include blackberry, baked cherries, plums, chocolate, and mocha.
Cabernet Sauvignon - Cabernet Sauvignon is a red wine known for its depth of flavor, aroma and ability to age. It is full-bodied and intense, with cherry- currant and sometimes herbal flavors. Cabernet Sauvignon may have noticeable tannins.
Food & Wine
Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Chianti, Barolo, Brunello
Cheeses Ceddars: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Cheeses Swiss, Gruyere: Pinot Noir
Cheeses Blue: Sauternes, Sherry
Cheeses amembert, Brie: Chardonnay, Champagne
Cheeses Parmigiano, Romano: Chianti, Barolo, Sangiovese, Sherry, Port
Chicken: Chardonnay, Pinor Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot
First course: Chardonnay, Champagne
Fish: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, fruity reds
Lamb: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chianti, Barolo
Ostrich: Beaujolais, Zinfandel, Riesling, Chenin Blanc
Pork: Merlot, Zinfandel, Beaujolais, Dolcetto
Turkey: Beaujolais, Zinfandel, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir
Veal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc, Barolo, Brunello, Chianti, Syrah
Vegetarian: Any of the above
Types of Hard Liquor
Hard liquor is a generic term for any alcoholic spirit distilled from fermented grain, fruits or vegetables. Hard liquor is distinguished from wine and beer by the distillation process and the resulting high alcohol content.
spelled whisky, is a type of hard liquor distilled from a variety
of grains, including barley, rye and corn. Whiskey is
typically distilled two to three times, then aged in oak barrels to
add flavor, with longer aging periods associated with more complex
Renowned whiskey types include American bourbons such as Jack Daniels, Scotch single-malts like Laphroaig, and Irish blends such as Jameson.
Vodka, a hard
liquor hailing from Eastern Europe and Russia, is one of the purest
spirits. Vodka makers distill grain, sugar beets or potatoes
several times to create almost pure ethanol, and then cut it with
water to create a drinkable liquor. This ensures a smooth,
While Eastern Europeans still usually drink vodka straight, Americans and Western Europeans often use it in cocktails due to its neutral taste.
Gin is a common type of hard liquor used in martinis and other classic cocktails, notably Negronis, gin and tonics and Singapore Slings. Gin is a neutral spirit flavored with juniper and various botanicals such as citrus peels. In recent decades, vodka has far surpassed gin in popularity for use in cocktails.
tequila can only be produced from the blue agave plant in certain
areas of Mexico. Because of this, pure tequila made with 100
percent blue agave has a higher base price than that of other hard
liquors. Cheap tequilas are actually blends, or "mixtos,"
that use other sugar sources in addition to the blue agave plant,
up to half of the blend.
Tequila drinkers commonly take a shot of tequila followed by a slice of citrus fruit or spicy tomato juice. Cocktails such as margaritas and Tequila Sunrises use the pairing of fruit juice and tequila to great success.
is a type of hard liquor primarily made from sugarcane juice or
from molasses, a by-product of the sugar refining process. It
is traditionally a product of the Caribbean islands, but is now
often produced in South American countries as well.
The main categories of rum are light, dark and spiced, used respectively for mixing, cooking and straight drinking, although there is a fair amount of overlap. Classic rum drinks include rum-and-colas, mojitos and pina coladas.
generally distilled grape wine, but can also be made with a variety
of fruit such as apples, pears and plums. Brandy lovers
traditionally drank the liquor as a nightcap, but Cognac brandies
such as Hennessy and Courvoisier have gained popularity as party
drinks due to numerous mentions in mainstream hip-hop songs.
Cooks also use brandy in desserts and pan sauces, reducing it to its sweet, syrupy essence.
Drinks After Dinner
Serve brandy, port or liqueur with after-dinner coffee. Port may also be served earlier with the cheese.
Traditional liqueurs include:
Sweet brandy flavored with apricots.
Baileys Original Irish Cream: A blend of Irish cream, fine spirits and Irish whiskey.
Benedictine: Named after the French monastery where it originated. A liqueur, brandy-based, flavored with herbs.
Chartreuse: A sweet green or yellow liqueur made by Carthusian monks.
Cointreau: A brand of orange-flavored liqueur.
Crème De Menthe: Mint liqueur
Drambuie: A Scotch-based liqueur.
Grand Marnier: Orange liqueur
Southern Comfort: Based on bourbon whiskey and flavored with orange and peach
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The Carapellatti Family and Staff
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