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Snooth User: rolifingers

A winery...in Brooklyn?

Posted by rolifingers, Aug 27, 2012.

 

 A winery in Brooklyn? Oh yes, and a great one at that. I never would have conceived the notion that wine ( let alone great wine) would be produced in Brooklyn NY!
 
Brooklyn Winery  produces Rieslings, Chardonnay, an Orange Chardonnay, a fine Rosé  and a killer Pinot Noir. Believe me, all are world class.
 
 
The Riesling is crisp,refined,refreshing and will serve you well with asian and spicy fare or just for enjoying on it's own.(I had a to drink multiple glasses).
 
The Pinot Noir was insane! A little darker then most Pinot's, medium bodied and a blast to drink,I could not get enough of it! Glass after glass after glass was knocked back and I could not get enough!
 
 
The Rosé was great as well.Great nose of Strawberries and candy.Great color and really
delicious.A great dry but fruity Rosé
 
The Orange Chardonnay is unbelievable.I've never had anything like this before and it's hue is out of this world, it really is orange. Great nose and mouthfeel. There are so many flavors here that it will keep you entertained for some time as you try to figure them all out.
 
The appetizers... Mama mia! You have to come down here and try them. Duck paté, cheeses, baguette, etc. All delicious. If you love wine,and I know that you do, you 
must visit and enjoy the great food, wine, awesome staff and winery tour.
 
There is so much going on here from wine to decor and everything in between
that once you're inside...You won't wanna leave.
 
 
 

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Reply by gregt, Aug 27, 2012.

Grapes are shipped in. The Bkn terroir just doesn't produce the fruit quality you really want!

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Reply by shsim, Aug 28, 2012.

Thanks Greg for pointing that out. Wines can be made almost anywhere but grapes not so much. 

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Reply by rolifingers, Aug 28, 2012.

The grapes are shipped in from California and Finger Lakes NY. They achieve great results.

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Reply by Henry Glucroft, Aug 28, 2012.

There is also Brooklyn Oenology, which produces their wines on Long Island and has a tasting room in Brooklyn. 


I also believe that Brooklyn Winery offers winemaking classes and a similar model to Crushpad whereby friends can get together and make their own barrel of wine.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 28, 2012.

Brooklyn Terroir?  Why not?

Coney Island White:  A sharp, almost needle-like acidity from its proximity to the surf and the floating hypodermics is the trademark of this wine.  A sandy mouthfeel, with smells of salt-air and diesel exhaust, reminiscent of passing ships.  Pair with hot dogs, fried seafood, and cotton candy.

Flatbushvines Red:  Head pruned?  Try mohawked.   Canes thicker than the ones used by the first wave of immigrants to settle here in the early 20th century support grapes of some varietal or other--who wants to know? What does it go with?  Whatta ya got?  I mean, Dominican, deli, soul, noodles, whatteva--just walk down the block and get something, okay?

Williamsburg Blush:  Embarassed by those tattoos and ear discs you committed to when you first rented an apartment here?  Well, that's not the kind of blush we mean.  How local can you be? These were growing in the back when we moved in.  We're not sure they're even grapes, but maybe some blueberries or something.  Definitely an heirloom variety, though. The yeasts are all natural, too, and believe me, there's plenty of yeast in the air. It picks up a little extra flavor from some stuff that was growing in the barrel when we dumped out the rainwater.  It's made by the saignee process, or would be if we knew what that was.

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Reply by Henry Glucroft, Aug 28, 2012.

sidetracked by stereotypes, i can't help but think of one of my favorite all time movie scenes: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gLYTObRhcSY

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 28, 2012.

Okay, here's the funny thing:  The Turturro character is named Pino.  And Mookie is telling him to cut it with the racism because  all Pino's favorite guys are black.  Maybe Pino is black.  You know, Pino, Noir. As Pino would say, It's not really black, it's red.

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Reply by Henry Glucroft, Aug 28, 2012.

hahaha amazing! I think you might be on to something, but we'd have to check with Spike to make sure :)

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Reply by EMark, Aug 28, 2012.

Mr. Foxall, if the lawyering thing doesn't work out, please consider humorous writing.  The world needs more Dave Barry's. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 28, 2012.

EMark, been there, done that.  In fact, there's a long and sordid history even before that. Buy the book.  Joey Green has kids in college. Free bottle of wine (or copy of the book) if you can spot the true name of a famous author on the alumni page.  If you can, you are smarter than Joey.

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Reply by napagirl68, Aug 29, 2012.

Rolli!  How cool you found wineries in Brooklyn!  Obviously, there are not great vineyards sprouting up in Brooklyn proper, but WINERY is key.... a winery can set up anywhere and take grapes from local and afar and blend to their heart's content.

Similar to our "urban" SF bay wineries here in CA.   Many have sprung up in Oakland, Alameda and Berkeley. They source grapes from, as a rule, all over CA.  But what is interesting is the WINEMAKING.  Now you can have Wine Nerds that are truly gifted, that don't own vineyards, and voila!  The result is great wine.  

How often do we get so caught up in a region (I am guilty), and overlook winemaking that may occur outside, or independent of,  a "wine region"?  I am guilty myself.   But give some of these creative folks a chance and you may be duly rewarded:-) 

"Forget prejudice, give taste a chance."-  Napagirl68@snooth.com

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Reply by rolifingers, Aug 30, 2012.

You are correct NAPAGIRL, you don't need a vineyard to make exceptional wine. And the People at BROOKLYN WINERY know what they are doing with their California and Finger Lakes NY grapes.

Above, a flight which knocked my socks off. Awesome stuff.

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Reply by EMark, Aug 30, 2012.

Fox, no chance I will recognize the name.  Go ahead and enjoy the wine without me. The book looks intriguing, So, I'll order it, myself.

Roli, I take it that the glass between the rose and the red is the "Oranage Chardonnay."  Correct?

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Reply by rolifingers, Aug 30, 2012.

Yes EMARK, that's the Orange Chardonnay. The skin is left in during fermentation resulting in this orange hue.

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Reply by EMark, Aug 30, 2012.

I'd never heard of "orange" wine until that thread started by Eric Guido a couple months ago.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 30, 2012.

Emark, I could give a hint, but it's a silly parlor game.  In college I was one of the editors of said humor magazine.  In those politically correct and somewhat humorless times, our masthead started looking kind of thin, so we added a member of the class of 1984 (my year) who was entitled to use that year. 

I think Joey left my stuff out of the book, so if you haven't ordered it, don't bother.  BTW, my co-editor at the Lunatic was Mike Kanellos, irreverent tech journalist. 

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Reply by EMark, Aug 30, 2012.

Entitled to use that year?  Sounds like Eric Blair.

I clicked on the Mike Kanellos link and enjoyed the articles, there.  He has a terrific writing style.  I have to say, though, the first article could have used a better proof reader.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 30, 2012.

Yep, Eric Blair was the birth name of George Orwell, author of 1984.

Proofreaders for blogs?  Even the biggies don't bother.  My wife used to blog semi-regularly for HuffPost and half the time she did it herself--which kind of defeats the purpose--and the other half she asked me to look over her shoulder.

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Reply by gregt, Aug 30, 2012.

So as far as the Bkn winery goes - it's true that you can ship grapes from anywhere. Of course I guess that would rule out the "pick before noon or it will be too hot" approach.

But there's a very long tradition of shipping grapes to Brooklyn.  In fact, it's one of the things that kept some CA vineyards going during Prohibition - the Italians in Brooklyn have made wine since they started arriving. I have friends who do it still - just like grandpa used to. And Abe Schoener is doing wine in Red Hook, Brooklyn. And of course, there's City Winery in Manhattan that's been doing it even longer.

More of a curiosity than anything though.  Fun, but there's certainly no benefit to shipping grapes long distances. Actually, shipping the macerating juice might be a good idea - you wouldn't have to do pump-overs or battonage. 

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Aug 31, 2012.

So you ship it in a train car instead of using a long handled paddle to press it down or swirl it around.  In other words, shaken, not stirred. 


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