Fun fact: Since the IG launch of @LushLifeHG over a year ago I’ve had a social media crush on @BrooklynWinery. My infatuation was purely aesthetic because, let’s face it, I’m kind of shallow. So during my trip to NYC I knew I just had to go, if only to get a bomb pic for the ‘gram.
Funny enough, when I got there I found myself more impressed with what they’re actually doing than how the Brooklyn-based winery looked.
When you think about it, it’s pretty cool that in the middle of Williamsburg the only wine being served at this bar/kitchen/hangout is made in-house. Yup, they make their own wine. Apparently the two owners lived in NYC and spent a lot of time traveling to New Jersey to make wine until they realized that they could do it themselves without crossing the Hudson.
The winery flies their grapes in from California, Oregon, Washington and even get a few from upstate New York – which has its own wine country. Who knew? Once the grapes are at the winery they begin crushing, fermenting, aging and bottling in-house.
The winery itself sports fermenting tanks, oak and stainless steel barrels, a bar area, and even a back room for weddings.
If you’re looking to purchase a bottle at a reasonable price point then here are two options.
Dry rosé, which is provincial style and made of 100% Grenache. For those you you who don’t know what that means I tasted it so let me help you out – it’s standard rosé. If you use the hashtag #yeswayrosé, #roséseason or understand what Summer Water means then you’ll probably like this. It retails at $15 a bottle and you can order it online here.
Chardonnay, unoaked. If you don’t know what that means
you’re not alone here’s a quick tutorial: most Chardonnays are buttery and oaky – due to the oak barrels the grapes are aged in. Recent trends point to winemakers forgoing typical oak barrels and aging the grapes in steel barrels. Hence the name unoaked.
I realize that all of this sounds very nerdy and who really gives a f*ck but it’s worth noting that if you like traditional Chardonnay this will taste different. If you don’t like Chardonnay then this might be a winner for you. Regardless, the bottle retails at $19.
As for me, it was happy hour and sunny outside so I got a wine flight of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and rosé for $13. It’s not every day you get to go to a winery in the middle of Brooklyn so check it out, though I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be able to say that because, you know, gentrification. Enjoy!