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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  • Concord

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Merlot

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

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

Popular Wineries in New York View all

  • Thirsty Owl Wine Company

    Welcome to the Thirsty Owl Wine Company Thirsty Owl Wine Company is one of Cayuga Lake’s newest ...

  • Mogen David Wine Co.

    Mogen David is an American fortified wine with an ABV of 13-20%, and is the “pride of Westfield...

  • Lieb Cellars

    Lieb Family Cellars operates its tasting room and produces its wines at The Premium Wine Group (P...

  • Pindar Vineyards

    Wine has enchanted poets for centuries, and for good reason: like poetry, good wine can be an ...

  • Manischewitz Winery

    Manischewitz® is a name steeped in tradition, and our commitment to tradition is reflected in our...

  • Bear Pond Wines

    Bear Pond Winery is located 14 miles south of Cooperstown, NY and 3 miles North of I-88 We are...

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New York on Snooth

  • Taylor N.y. State Golden Sherry NV

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    I like this about as much as the port and tawny port. I would have given it a full 4 of 5 but it has too much bitter on the aftertaste. I tried their cream sherry and it went down the drain, it had a awful taste of burnt rubber.It has a good balance of acidity and sweetness with the flavor of bourbon and raisins.Tastes much like meiers 44 cream ... Read More

    Wine review by bullgill


  • Arbor Mist Mango Strawberry Moscato 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Krbenavides


  • We don't have any envy, out here, Al.  Keep the snow.One of Mrs. ... ... can't tell if I'm in New York City or at the Oscar awards ceremony.&quo Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Adirondack Winery Pinot Noir NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by Numismatist


  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, DD.  We hope you enjoy your stay and share ... from California, Washington, New York or Germany.  Again, there can be a lot of stylistic differences between Rieslings.   They could be bone dry or they can be very sweet.There really are no shortcuts.  You have to try a lot of wines to see what you like.  I would say... Read More

    Forum post in the topic what to drink


  • Crush from New York. Though it was the email from Envoyer (small efficient discount retailer out of South Orange County) that has me thinking. Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • One of our charming new posters, cysurvivor, was fishing for recommendations ... ... since they flew out from New York, getting up at 4:30 their time (yes, that's really the middle of the night), and it was now 2:30 Pacific.  But they were looking young and strong, so off we went.There was one legal spot in the Mauritson parking lot, so I park... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Good deeds, good wine, good...


  • Okay, red beets (food= safer ground than politics, but just barely) taste like ... lamb or roast beef from the New York Times circa 1966 is still the only way to do it, IMO.  I'm just thankful that we have choices of mushrooms that aren't canned, salmon isn't some generic thing that comes in a can, and my mother has divested herself of the jel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Taste of California Wine...


  • Hermann J. Wiemer Riesling Dry Finger Lakes 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by Tlparadise


  • We're going very low key.  We're going to catch a movie (probably ... the Kurds recently in the New York Review of Books and learned that they celebrate New Year's on the first day of spring, which makes much more sense to me.  It's apparently the Sufi tradition, although they aren't Sufis, they are identified as Sunni.  But they go their own ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic New Year's Celebrations


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  • Despite being the #3 region in the US by volume of wine produced, NY State is relatively undiscovered - but for choice of varietals its unmatched in the US. It grows most of the traditional varietals as well as many native american grapes that you'll rarely find elsewhere.

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