Finger Lakes

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Brooklyn Winery's Harvest is in Full Swing: Get a First-Hand Look at Urban Winemaking

    Wineries usually elicit images of gently sloping hills covered with twisting vines of grapes -- not brownstones with garbage strewn out front. But wine can be made in any setting. Set just a short walk from the Bedford L stop, Brooklyn Winery (213 North 8th Street, Williamsburg; 347-763-1506) makes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    Women and Men Unwind, Spend Money at the New Aldo Sohm Wine Bar

    Tired Irish pubs, cougar lounges, generic happy-hour venues, and big restaurant bars have dominated the midtown drinking landscape for ages. Oenophiles, desperate to avoid insipid $9 pinot grigio and cabernet sauvignon specials foisted on locust-like swarms of undiscerning suit-clad co-workers, coul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2014

    Autumn and Eve: How the State's Cider Industry Has Changed Over the Last Decade

    When Autumn Stoscheck received her cidery license in 2002, she was just 21 years old -- and the State Liquor Authority told her she was the youngest person in New York State to hold a license. So, unlike many of the producers now jumping into the game, this is the only career she's ever known.

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Why You Should Expand Your Sparkling Wine Horizons With Pet Nat

    No time is a bad time for a glass full of bubbly wine (OK, maybe when operating heavy machinery), so you should consider drinking more of it. You can expand your horizons in the category this week at Williamsburg wine shop Vine Wine (616 Lorimer Street, 718-349-1718): The retailer -- which is known ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2014

    Here Are Five Rosé Wines to Drink for Memorial Day (and the Day After...and the Day After That)

    Spring -- and the onset of Memorial Day weekend -- practically obligates wine writers to pen a piece on the unofficial arrival of rosé wine drinking season. I've no problem capitulating to such requisite; I adore this fermented pink drink -- the beguiling pale salmon to vivid fuchsia colors, and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2014

    Snack These Bites on the High Line

    Last week, food returned to the High Line for the fourth season; we moseyed over for a leisurely look, and found many familiar bites: frozen paletas from Fany Gerson's La Newyorkina, ice pops from People's pops, brisket and pickles from Delaney Barbecue, and Mexican fare from The Taco Truck. "We wan ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 30, 2014
  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Bloomer Creek Wines Make Finger Lakes Hallowed Ground

    Kim Engle pauses mid-sentence as his eyes drift to the window. Looking uneasy, he peers through the foggy pane at his vineyards: "Sorry, the rain made me lose concentration; it makes me nervous." For four summer days, the rain had been driving down in unseasonably high quantities; that morning, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Jessica Brown, Wine Director at The John Dory and Breslin, Drinks Champagne with Everything

    Originally from a farm upstate near Ithaca, Jessica Brown grew up with Finger Lakes vineyards practically in her backyard. But her devotion to the vine began in Italy, where she adored Nebbiolo in particular, the fabled grape of Barolo from Piedmont. As the current sommelier and wine director at The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2014

    "No Sissy Drinks:" Catskill Provisions Marries Honey and Rye Whiskey

    Before Catskill Provisions founder Claire Marin started working with bees, she wanted to work like them. "I was very much taken by their work ethic and how it's a one-for-all type of society," she explains. "When I managed sales teams, it was my goal to make us more like a beehive so that we could b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2014

    Winemakers of New York: Peter Bell of Fox Run

    New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    Cheap Drinks at Lulu's, Upright Brew House, Paddy's, and Von

    Still nursing a post-Super Bowl party hangover? Or need to relax after playing ice capades every time you set foot on the sidewalk? Go have a cheap drink at one of these spots.

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2013

    Come Party With Us at Holiday Spirits Tonight

    What are you doing tonight? Because we still have a few tickets left for Holiday Spirits, our inaugural tasting event showcasing dozens of New York's finest distilleries, and we think you should join us. This is Repeal Day, after all, and no better way to celebrate the end of Prohibition than by exe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    What to Drink on Thanksgiving? Let's Ask the Sommeliers

    More than any other holiday, Thanksgiving receives the brunt of wine pairing coverage: Articles flood the internet filled with musings, deliberations, ruminations, and annoying pontifications over what the heck to drink at the hallowed turkey table. Frankly, if you opt to have a breadth of varieti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    A Vineyard Crawl in the North Fork

    Take advantage of the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving lull in "pumpkin traffic" (how Long Island locals refer to day-trippers who jam up roads by the u-pick patches), and spend a day in the vineyards of the North Fork. The Fork starts just past Riverhead, and depending on traffic, entails an hour-a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2013

    Malted and Mashed: Finger Lakes Distilling at The Farm on Adderley

    On Tuesday night, Ditmas Park's The Farm on Adderley (1108 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, 718-287-3101) hosted Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling for a cocktail-paired dinner featuring the upstate distillery's refined hooch as part of the restaurant's monthly event series, which has featured forag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    More Distilleries Coming to Our Holiday Spirits Event

    The 80th anniversary of Prohibition seems like a momentous occasion to imbibe, and so we're throwing a party: Our inaugural Holiday Spirits tasting event descends on Studio Square (35-44 37th Street, Long Island City, 718-383-1001) on December 5, and with it comes a chance to taste your way through ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    What's Happening This Week: L'Ecole Beer Dinner, The Farm on Adderley, Tenement Talk, Journey to Egypt

    With temperatures dropping fast, you may not have the time, the patience, or the proper outerwear to go searching for an activity. Don't be left out in the cold: We've scoured the city to bring you this week's most unique culinary events.

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2013

    Perfect Fall Reds From Austria--and Where to Drink Them in NYC

    It's frightening that we are already one week deep into September and are marching towards shorter, cooler days. For many, the change in weather means a welcome return to red wine. But what do you drink when the humidity abates yet temps still hover in the shorts and t-shirt zone?

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment

    As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Mario Batali's Restaurant Recommendations -- In Northern Michigan

    Apparently, Mario Batali spends his summers in Leelanau County. That must be in the Finger Lakes or in the Adirondacks, right? Wrong! It's a rather obscure part of northwestern Michigan. Not in the UP (Upper Peninsula) either, but right across Lake Michigan from Green Bay, Wisconsin - to help you fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2013

    Vermouth Got Awesome and Here's Where to Drink It in New York

    I peered into the liquor closet -- yes, I have a closet devoted to booze, not shoes -- and there it was: A dusty bottle of Martini & Rossi Vermouth that had been opened and left untouched for years. Since I don't drink many martinis at home -- what else was vermouth good for? -- I admit to neglectin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    What's On The Inauguration Luncheon Menu?

    On January 21, 225 guests will arrive at the White House to celebrate President Obama's inauguration... again! As they mingle and slap Barry on the back, thanking him for sharing the White House's beer recipe with the masses, they'll also feast on a menu from Arlington-based catering company Design ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Two Weeks After Sandy, Can Red Hook Winery Be Saved?

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about celebrating the new Brooklyn wine trail. Both Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, featured in the story, were relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. But Red Hook Winery is located right over the water, nearly at the end of Pier 41, and the facility was completely ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    What You Need to Know About Wine on Tap

    [See More Unscrewed: 10 Tips for Wine Rookies | 5 Best NY Rosés to Drink Right Now] The practice of serving wine from a keg or cask has long been a tradition in Europe, where what grows together, goes together. Imagine sitting down to a plate of Coq au Vin in a little village in Burgundy and being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2012

    Mormons: Why Are Thousands of Them Gathering in Upstate New York This Week?

    This week, thousands of Mormons are meeting up in Upstate New York for what's called the Hill Cumorah Pageant. Of course, the pageant is getting a little extra attention this year, and not just because 2012 marks the fest's 75th anniversary. G.O.P. presidential contender Mitt Romney is Mormon, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Curious About Mead? Head to Vandaag.

    baka_san/Flickr​Mead, that drink you probably associate with Renaissance fairs, is making a comeback, according to an article in the New York Times. The golden-hued alcoholic beverage is made from honey--a lot of it. "One bottle of mead is made from a half-pound of honey," said Mark Beran of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2011

    German Riesling Dries Out; George Washington Peddles Whiskey

    ​German Rieslings are straying from sweet and heading toward dry, which some find disconcerting. [NY Times] Bottles of whiskey from distilleries closed during the 1980s' recession can be a solid investment. [Decanter] Bargains can be had with "second wines" from Bordeaux, like Château Marga ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Summer Wine Books Reviewed; Beer and College Football Go Hand-in-Hand

    ​Eric Asimov reviews four new wine books. He likes Summer in a Glass about the Finger Lakes, An Ideal Wine about Californian wines, and Voodoo Vintners about biodynamics. Less so Naked Wine about natural wines. [NY Times] The Hangar One Vodka blimp, on a six-month promotional tour around the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    New York Drinkers Mourn Two Booze Pioneers; Arkansas Now Distilling, Too

    ​Eric Asimov remembers Ray Deter of d.b.a., who died Sunday following a bike accident on June 27, calling Deter's bar "groundbreaking." [Diner's Journal] Debra Whiting of Red Newt Cellars and Bistro on Seneca Lake in the Finger Lakes, a food and wine pioneer in the region, died in a car crash ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    The House Wine Is Finally Ready at Brooklyn Winery

    jessicamelling/flickrA wine by any other name...​When you start a winery, especially one that makes reds, you have to account for some lag time between launching the business and seeing profit. It takes time for wines to, well, age. Brooklyn Winery, which launched last year, has also been oper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Small Dairies Thriving Once Again; Food Trucks as Marketing Stunts

    ​Decades after many small dairies were forced to close, new boutique dairies, like Finger Lakes Dexter Creamery and Heamour Farm in Madison, N.Y., are on the rise. [Wall Street Journal] Ever wonder why you overeat around the holidays? Neuroscientists say the stomach and intestines detect the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2010

    Albert Trummer Sued by Apotheke Partner; Bed-Stuy Teens Not Feeling Spike Lee's Brooklyn Absolut Vodka

    ​Albert Trummer's partner at Apotheke is suing him for ignoring orders to stop using booze to light up the bar for his signature pyrotechnic tricks. [NY Daily News] A new study in the U.K. claims that alcohol is more harmful a drug than crack. Of course, the study was authored by Dr. David Nu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Eve's Cidery's Bittersweet Cider

    ​It feels like fall out there today, and Eve's Cidery is the ideal beverage to bridge summer and autumn.

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Mystery Wine; Good Beer

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Mystery Dinner Spina Restaurant Tuesday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. As part of its Mystery Dinner series, the restaurant will offer a $65 four-course pairing menu featuri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Scenes From A Mid-Summer Greenmarket

    Tiny, sweet sugar plums from Tree-Licious Orchard out of Port Murray, NJ​Because of our unusually hot spring, most produce is arriving early this summer. That means that the last of the cherries are now overlapping with the very first tomatoes and corn--and it means that today is a very good d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    The Finger Lakes is the 'New Rielsling Kingdom,' Millers & Coors Brewer Says Women Are Better Tasters

    ​According to the French wine magazine, La Vigne, the "new Riesling kingdom" is just a five-hour drive from Manhattan -- in the Finger Lakes. [NY Post] A new study reveals that wine could be good for the eyes. Resveratrol can apparently stop the blood vessels from being damaged, preventing ma ... More >>

  • News

    May 25, 2010

    Summer Guide: Hit the Arts Road!

    Weekend trips to cultured places

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2010

    Carl Paladino: Racist E-mails Prove I'm Human

    ​Being a true Tea Party partisan means never having to say you're sorry, and yesterday Carl Paladino, the Buffalo real estate titan who would be governor, lived up to the code. At a press conference in the Finger Lakes, Paladino refused to disown a torrent of e-mails that a western New York we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2010

    Brandy Library's Ethan Kelley Talks Peat Week, Rare Booze & How Mixologists Can Take the "Joy Out of Drinking"

    drinkingtheworld.comLet Brandy Library's Ethan Kelley school you.​Thousands of brown liquor-loving booze hounds will congregate at Pier 60 in Chelsea Piers today for Whisky Live, a trade show featuring dozens of exhibitors and a heckuva lot of stiff drinks. Brandy Library is celebrating the ev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2009

    Holiday Gifts for Food-Lovers: Envelope, Orange Wine From Channing Daughters Winery

    ​ Channing Daughters, widely considered one of the best wineries in New York State, cultivates its vineyards on a wild and windy stretch of Long Island's South Fork. The grapes from the estate--like Tocai Friulano, Muscat Ottonel, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Blaufrankisch, Pinot Noir, Dornfel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, which means it's time for a look back at the week that was in our favorite blog posts: We ranked our 10 Best, Wildly Diverse Brooklyn Bars. Cocoa V's Pamela Blackwell talked about vegan truffles, the nut cheese phenomenon, and fakin' bacon. Crazy expensive Oriol Balaguer ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2009

    Our 10 Best Wine Shops in NYC (and NJ)

    ​Some wine shops go crazy with the signage, as with this European vineyard vehicle parked in front of the Seaport's Pasanella & Son. But will it make our top 10? What does Fork in the Road look for in a wine store? A broad selection of wines, from France, Italy, Spain, and California; smaller ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Scenes from Sunday's New Amsterdam Market

    The New Amsterdam Market made an appearance yesterday, transforming South Street into a bustle of shoppers, bags filled with chocolate and kimchi, gourds and cheese, organic meat and New York State wine. The market is now monthly, and the next one will be held on November 22. The big event of the da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    Coup in Review: Senators Work Grueling Three-Minute Days Through Holiday Weekend

    Thank God Paterson made them work through the holiiday! On Saturday and Sunday New York's state senators came in, gaveled, postured, and finished in about three minutes, achieving nothing. But at least they can say they worked, which is more than we bums who pay taxes can say. Casey Seiler of the Al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2009

    Gillibrand Grabs More Way-Early Endorsements, Scares Off Stringer and Suozzi

    We guess it's a new trend, at least for Democratic officeholders whom Obama wants left alone: Since NARAL delivered their endorsement to Kirsten Gillibrand -- who isn't even running until 2010 -- she's been getting more early expression of support. Local Congresspeople Yvette Clark and Michael McMah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2009

    Meet the Maker--Manhattan Meadery's Nathaniel Martin

    Today we debut Meet the Maker, a recurring feature in which we meet a local food or drink producer, farmer or monger of some sort. Because everyone loves a monger. This week, we meet Nathaniel Martin, co-founder of Manhattan Meadery. Nathaniel (pictured left with a tank of his mead) and his broth ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    I, Locavore--Awesome Deal on Local Chardonnay

    The crisp chardonnay of Millbrook Vineyards and Winery (click to taste) As a wine enthusiast, you're no doubt familar with the reasonably priced and often good wines of the North Fork of Long Island, and the pricier product of New York's pristine Finger Lakes region. But a lesser known wine reg ... More >>

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    Love Celery

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    Socks in the Long Grass

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