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 ...

  • 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...

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

  • Martha Clara Vineyards

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

  • Johnson Estate Ltd

    Family-owned and operated. Specializing in world-class Riesling and ice wines - including red ...

  • Bully Hill Vineyards, Inc.

    Bully Hill Vineyards was the first small estate winery in the Keuka Lake area after the end of Pr...

  • Wolffer Estate

    Wölffer Estate an American Winery in the Classic European Tradition. Sagaponack, New York: Her...

  • Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard

    Riesling-obsessed connoisseurs know how important Hermann J. Wiemer Vineyard's pioneering work...

  • Oops Wines - Schwartz Olcott Imports

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

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  • KBS - Since you live in New York, I recommend you try some wines from the Finger Lakes region.  I haven't been up there yet, but a friend of mine has brought back a few bottles and they were very good.  White wines are decent on the east coast, but the better reds will be found on the west coast of the USA.  There are exceptions to that of cours... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!

  • Anybody whose "best ever" wine is Cakebread, gets my immediate ... ... ... mostly from California, New York, Oregon or Washington, have a bit of detectable residual sugar that puts them in the semi-dry range.  However, you can find complety dry versions, also.  European versions, mostly from Germany and Alsace, can have any level of sugar.  A... Read More

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  • Game Bird Red NV


    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Lot 18 / Tasting Room: Bad wine, bad faith, bad business - Read More

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  • Wow, that one is pretty interesting.  It's from the Malaga region of ... ... that that address is in New York City.  ???  It seems to me that the phone companies stopped using the two charactter alpha exchange ("SH" in this case) in the early 1960s.  So, that gives us a reasonable "no later than" date for when it was sol Read More

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  • His paragraph? I have no more idea what he meant than he did! I guess he means ... ... regions, whereas upstate New York, Michigan, and Idaho are practically tropical. But that's just a guess. And of course if the wine "smells of minerals", that's a real cue. See, minerals, which are non-volatile, will have a smell because smell is an indicati... Read More

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  • Woohoo, the wine is here.  Recruited my original wine buddy to help out, so we'll see how that goes.  With four bottles, I'll probably sample at the upper and lower bounds, maybe one in the middle.  It's a good spectrum.  Even the regular Ducale is a riserva level and promises to be good.  Interested to see how the new Gran Selezione stacks up. ... Read More

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  • Cedar Creek Winery Settlement Gold NV


    Sweet, but balanced with fruity tartness. Tropical and citrus fruit. Pineapple, lemon. Read More

    Wine review by ramanujan

  • Manischewitz Winery Concord Grape Wine Kosher NV


    I love to cook with this. I put it in my homemade Spaghetti Sauce and in my Chicken Cacciatore and everyone loves it. It gives it just the right kick with out being to strong. Read More

    Wine review by mthesken

  • A oak A - the fact that it said Burgundy on the bottle is entirely irrelevant. ... ... They even have New York Cheddar. And there's "parmesan" cheese from Wisconsin and elsewehre.The idea of shipping grapes isn't all that weird - that's what kept some grape growers alive during Prohibition when the CA growers shipped out to NY for home wine m... Read More

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