When you start a winery, especially one that makes reds, you have to account for some lag time between launching the business and seeing a profit. It takes time for wines to, well, age. Brooklyn Winery, which launched last year, has also been operating as a wine bar as it has waited for its wines to be ready for release. That time has finally come, as the winery gears up to show off just what it’s been working on all these months.
Come June 8, you’ll be able to sample Brooklyn Winery’s house wines, such as a Riesling made from grapes from Nutt Road Vineyard in the Finger Lakes. The wine has yet to be officially named, but working titles include “Maiden” and “F.B. Riesling.” A Chardonnay from the same vineyard aged in French oak may be christened “Babs.” A rosé of California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon is currently known as “Brooklyn Nights.” And a Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley has been nicknamed “Brooklyn Noir” for the time being. By the time the winery is ready to offer the public a taste of its wines, hopefully the true names will be in place. And all that will be left to do is let them breathe.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 18, 2011