New York Wine

Though the first successful North American wine production is often credited to California, New York is where the industry was first pioneered in the United States. The Dutch and Huguenot settlers were the first to cultivate wine grapes in the 16th century. The oldest continuously operating winery, the Brotherhood Winery (which produces strictly sacramental wines, which is how they got around the Prohibition), first known as Jacques Brothers, was established in 1837. The country’s first bonded winery, the Pleasant Valley Wine Company (also known as the Great Western Wine Company), was established in the 1860s in Steuben County. 

 
For a long time, New York wines languished behind the high reputations of its west coast rivals. Most of the wines produced were labrusca varieties such as Concord, Diamond and Baco Noir, mostly in sweet styles that were embraced by certain drinkers, but ignored by much of the “serious” wine community. In the 1950s, Dr. Konstantin Frank immigrated Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

Subregions of New York

  • Finger Lakes

      The Finger Lakes wine region in upstate New York is centered around the Canandaigua (meani...

  • Hudson River

    "Longevity" aptly sums up the Hudson River Region of New York. The historic region claims both th...

  • Hudson Valley

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New York on Snooth

  • Wayne Gretzky Estates No. 99 Napa Cabernet 2013

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    The wine is a beautiful deep ruby in the glass, a classic Cabernet color. The nose is a pleasant combination of oak, black licorice and baking spice. The taste is a nice burst of jammy fruit, blackberry, plum and cassis that transitions nicely to some oak and floral notes midpalate. The tannins are young but nicely structured for a nice warm,... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Nice pics. Regarding the temps, I think part of the problem is that your ... ... might be say, 67 F.  In New York City, in mid winter, people keep their apartments at 78F. It's extremely uncomfortable for me. In the winter, I used to keep my house in the 60s because I get hot fairly quickly. The point is that's quite a range for "room temperat... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Newbie Wino with a lot to share!


  • Nice rant D!The other thing to keep in mind is that it truly is possible to ... ... Africa, Austria/Hungary, New York, Michigan, Spain, Argentina, and I'm going to see about Mexico in the near future.The problem is that it can't make great or even good wine in EVERY part of those regions.And I'm 100 pct with you on the trendies. But isn't it a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Unoaked vs Oaked Chardonnay


  • Hazlitt Vineyards White Cat Finger Lakes NV

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    Love the white cat wine I recently tried while i was visiting NY, would love to buy it on line if I could. Read More

    Wine review by teresa hutchens


  • An interesting-looking event in NYC. Wasn't aware Bonné had migrated ... these days, relocating to New York after 15 years on the West Coast, and balancing his diverse assignments as the San Francisco Chronicle's contributing wine editor, senior contributing editor for Punch, and the U.S. columnist for Decanter magazine.His years of research, t... Read More

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  • Charles Smith Kungfu Girl 2013

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    This off-dry riesling is smooth, slightly sweet, and just enough spicy kick to make it a summertime staple. Read More

    Wine review by fraukeiser


  • Taylor Cream Sherry NV

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    The smoothest cream sherry I have ever drank Read More

    Wine review by Martha Elaine


  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Rkatsiteli 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • Pellegrini Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • Shinn Estate Vineyards Rosé Blend North Fork Rosé 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by QuiLoxx


  • Don't forget the great collection of wines from the North Country! Thousand Islands, Coyote Moon, River Mist, Yellow Barn, Bella-Brook, Otter Creek and Tug Hill are just some of the wineries popping up here.

    Comment by 1808222KJSpirits 1808222 KJSpirits


  • I found this press release very informative as it provides very essential information regarding wine industry. I have also found different wines flavors in a very famous restaurant of New York city namely Jacksny.

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  • good press release! I found an article which explain also where buy good rosé in New York! http://www.frenchcultureguide.com/07/798/

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  • good press release! I found an article which explain also where buy good rosé in New York! http://www.frenchcultureguide.com/07/798/

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  • The Lake Ontario Wine Trail is new and developing with six wineries: Casa Larga, Ashley Lynn, Mayers Lake Ontario, J.D.Winer Cellars, Young Summer and Thorpe. Some very nice wines being produced from them and a fun day of tasting.

    Comment by 315263Jaturan 315263 Jaturan


  • You must rent a limo and tour Seneca lake. Go through a company that knows the wineries well. There are too many to stop at all and there are some real gems in the mix. Rieslings are the traditional highlight, but other types competes for attention, too! The Gewurztraminer is excellent.

    Comment by 350983garfield715 350983 garfield715


  • Philip: I received the same shipment (from the same person ;)) and will be tasting them myself. Looking forward to your impressions.

    Comment by 28312LennThompson 28312 LennThompson


  • Snooth just received a big shipment of Finger Lakes Rieslings, we'll be tasting them over the next week or so - stay tuned for reviews

    Comment by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


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