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 ...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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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  • Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars Estate Red Finger Lakes New York NV


    Complex with sweet herbal, licorice and red floral note on the nose along with cranberry and strawberry fruit all topped with some spicy, dried stemmy notes. This is soft and broad in the mouth and float across the palate delivering gentle cherry and strawberry flavors flecked with suggestions of herbs. A bit creamy in style, its supple and easy... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Michel Torino Cuma Malbec Cafayate Valley 2011


    Herbs, particularly rosemary, and black plummy fruit greet the nose followed by decidedly balsamic and bitter aromas of quinine and Chinato. Light, fresh, and energetic in the mouth, theres a nice blend of power and clarity here and unlike much Malbec with is nicely dry. At its core there is that faint bitterness and touch of black spice that Ma... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • I second that Fox.  Kim's post was the rock that started rolling, ... ... ... left a Stradivarius in a New York cab.  It was returned.  EMark probably knows about this, as it seems he has a penchant for classical music.  He attended a performance of Beethoven recently if I recall correctly.  I'd be interested to know what the last live music p... Read More

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  • Dr. Konstantin Frank Old Vines Pinot Noir 2011


    No written review

    Wine review by CageyT

  • Mogen Concord Red


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    Wine review by Bonajokin

  • Martha Clara Vineyards Merlot North Fork 2009


    No written review

    Wine review by lamontagnea

  • Martha Clara Vineyards Meritage 6025 2010


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    Wine review by lamontagnea

  • Baiting Hollow Angel


    A firm, stemmy wine with notes of clove, apple, and pear. Overall the acidity overpowers the fruit. Still, a good wine to drink with a hearty fish dinner. Read More

    Wine review by lamontagnea

  • D - it's VERY good to see you back. I was going to stop posting. I figured ... ... place.Except - it's New York.It's really hard to live anywhere else. In SD, I bike to work along the harbor, the weather is always great, and the people aren't stressed.OTOH, there's no sense of urgency - I'm walking around people all the time, honking my horn ... Read More

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  • Hey Aura,I am actually now the newest Snoothling I think (my term, so ... made in places like upstate New York which is a cooler climate and produces generally crisper and more subtle whites (looking for stuff from the Finger Lakes region).  Also Washington state which is a notch down on the temp/climate scale and also can be similar.OK!  Happy... Read More

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