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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Popular wines made in New York under $20

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Varietals Produced in New York View all

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Concord

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

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

  • Lieb Cellars

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

  • Oops Wines - Schwartz Olcott Imports

    There’s a good reason the Merlot of Chile doesn’t taste like other Merlot. Many are not entirely ...

  • Merritt Estate Winery

    Merritt Estate Winery was one of the first farm wineries organized in Chautauqua County under ...

  • Martha Clara Vineyards

    In 1978, the Entenmann family agreed to sell their family company and move on to greener pastures...

  • Benmarl Winery

    Wine has become very important to Americans. We are becoming a country of mealtime wine consumers...

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

    The Pleasant Valley Wine Company, popularly known as the Great Western Winery, located near the v...

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New York on Snooth

  • 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

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  • Peach Chardonnay Autumn Frost Blanc NV

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    It's also great with cheese and crackers. Reminds me of a granny smith apple, a little pucker, but nice. Read More

    Wine review by GrgtCutl


  • Reading Judt's "Postwar" right now and it makes me want to read a ... see a faux Eiffel Tower and New York New York instead of going to each of the cities they imitate.  They know it isn't the same, and they don't really care.  It's close enough for them.  For me, Eataly (right in my old neighborhood!) was a big disappointment.  I couldn't find... Read More

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  • I refreshed my memory on Lichine, after it had gathered cobwebs for a couple of ... of ... from Wikipedia:The New York Times wine critic Frank J. Prial asserted that "Alexis Lichine, the Russian-American who loved France but hated the French, taught his adopted country to drink wine". The wine world was a smaller one back then, but it's fairly... Read More

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  • Martini Rossi Asti Espumante Sparkling Wine NV

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    A hint of sweetness underlying the fruit with honeyed apple. Off dry on the palate, showing a lot of sweet notes, with ripe red delicious apple, peach and apricot flavors, and just a touch of tingling acidity towards the finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Very good list.Chateau St Michelle and Columbia Crest are sister wineries, CC a ... ... there's a store in New York selling the same wine for $32. That's on the high side but the wine is generally a bit north of $20. Or you can go to a site like WIne Library where they always have some free shipping wines and they have a large selection of win... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  This is my first post on the boards.  My wife and I are ... wines as well. We are from New York and want to focus on visiting smaller distribution wineries whose wines are harder to find out here.  We are looking to bring back a combination of wines to drink now and to save (though we have limited storage space in the city).  Pric... Read More

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  • As it happens I have three bottles of Vidal icewine in my apartment's wine ... ... I have had Canadian and New York Ice Wine that others have poured. My daughters like such wines, so there will be no doubt they'll get consumed. These are all 375s, while the eiswein and sauternes and tokaji and port and sherry and madeira, etc. I've bought in ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic ICE WINE


  • Manischewitz Winery Concord Grape Wine Kosher NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by christophersisk


  • Incredible dinner, one of the, if not best wine dinners I've attended. I ... your advice Dave, with the New York + Lobster Tail, and it paid off. I was the last one with food, well into the night.This was one of those tastings where everyone declared wines in advance. There was a '78 mentioned, though I paid little attention. After all, many w... Read More

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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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