Williamsburg Wine Shops
213 North 8th Street. 11211
Cross Streets: Driggs Ave & Roebling St.
A true winery in Williamsburg that features a wine bar and a venue to host events… yes, winemaking is the real draw. A DIY urban winemaking facility. But, there’s also a wine bar.
The wine bar sports an affordable collection of 25 worldly wines available by the half pour (3oz.), full pour (6oz.), and by the bottle. The wines range from $7 – $16.50 for the full pour and over the next year the offerings will expand to include Brooklyn Winery’s proprietary labels.
Drink: Monestero Suore Cistercensi, Coenobium, 2008 $7.50/$15.00; R. Lopez de Heredia, Vina Cubillo, Crianza 2004 $8.25/$16.50.
In its first season, the winery expects to churn out 100 barrels of wine with grapes coming mostly from Sonoma, Calif., and also from vineyards in the North Fork of Long Island and the Finger Lakes of Upstate New York. [Winemaker Conor McCormack (previously at CrushPad in SF) is leading the charge and after making the move from San Francisco to NYC, is keeping busy readying equipment as well as continued development of vineyard relationships.]
As the name suggests, this urban winery also allows aspiring winemakers to try their hand at winemaking. NYC area customers (and beyond) can take part in the entire eight- to 24-month-long process – starting with crushing and fermenting the grapes all the way to hand bottling the wine. These urban winemakers will be able customize the blend of their wine and design their own labels. A few different wine making package options are available.
In the end, the goal is to provide a unique, entertaining, and educational winemaking experience in a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re a vinophile with an experienced palate or you’re completely new to wine, this will provide you with a fun and friendly venue to enjoy the beauty and complexities of wine.
Brooklyn Winery is among several urban wineries that have opened up around the country in recent years, including City Winery in Manhattan, which also offers the chance to make wine; and Red Hook Winery which are making some very interesting wines from New York State grapes. (Word is, Brooklyn Winery hopes to stand out by offering relatively cheaper winemaking packages.)