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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  • Warm Lake Estate

    The cellar store at Warm Lake Estate is open 7 days for wine tasting, purchasing the highest rate...

  • Duck Walk Vineyards

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

  • Pleasant Valley Wine Company

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

  • Martha Clara Vineyards

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

  • Wolffer Estate

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

  • 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

  • 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

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    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

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    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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  • Which brings up the old line about Cali Syrah, "What's the difference ... house or apartment.  Or New York, where you cannot sell wine in a supermarket. (Or, more than one branch, to be a little more precise.) Of course, Europe practically doesn't exist out here:  One Chianti (hey, it's Ruffino!), one S. Rhone, maybe two (a Perrin or Delas Fre... Read More

    Forum post in the topic The World's Next Biggest Wine...


  • Vino - good one! There's a guy in the Finger Lakes region of New York, Dr. Konstantin Frank, who makes that and it's pretty good stuff. He's long since retired but I used to see his daughter at a lot of tastings and I got to try a number of different vintages. They said it was the most widely planted grape in the world, but I don't know that the... Read More

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  • Yay! Thank you Elin McCoy!DV - nope. Didn't know it has been cultivated ... Konstantin Frank to upstate New York and they are making a decent wine from it. Do you need to rush out to get some? No but drink it if you get it. Not bad at all.England? Yeah right. I have some Pinot Noir (what else) from there. Who would know if it's bad? After all,... Read More

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  • Sounds like an enjoyable evening Fox...always fun romanticizing and ... as I ... as I prepare for some fun in New York on Friday/Saturday, then flanked by a training trip (work) in Lewisburg West Virginia on Sunday/Monday. Was so out of it I passed my exit on the way home. Not a big deal in most places, but sucks in LA. So I knew a wine would ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • my dad was born in sicily  raised in tuscany  still going at 83 he ... house 10ft under ground in new york and kept his special wine that was to him the best tasting and most expesive and he would allways open a bottle of expensive wine when in company just like anyone would open a bottle of $10.00 wine back then. The petrus still has a price ... Read More

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  • Robotic, glad you've stopped lurking and stepped out into the light! And ... in and around LA County). New York City is a great place to live if you're either 1) in your 20s or 2) very, very wealthy. Otherwise it's just smelly and difficult. But it is a great place to be a fan of alcohol, since you never have to worry about how you're going to... Read More

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