Fork in the Road Tries Drinking Really, Really Local


This week, FitR’s column explores the urban winemaking phenomenon. The idea of making wine commercially in a city is all over SF’s Bay Area already—see SF Chronicle, Imbibe magazine. And now it’s come to New York.

Urban winemaking isn’t about growing grapes in the city, which would be pretty much impossible. But there’s a growing group of winemakers who want to have their production and tasting room facilities within the five boroughs—which makes sense, since a younger, more urban population is drinking more wine than ever before.

That’s Michael Dorf, above, the founder of the Knitting Factory, who is opening a giant custom-crush facility in the West Village this fall. Basically, that means you can pay to make a barrel of your own wine under the tutelage of an expert winemaker.

Other urban wine activities: Bridge Winery’s tasting room in Williamsburg, where you can taste at the bar as well as buy bottles, and Vintage New York’s tasting room, where you can taste and buy Brooklyn Oenology’s first two wines, just released this winter.

Today, Dr. Vino has news of yet another new urban winery, this one set to open in Red Hook.