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Cuvee di McCarren Park

Jun 8, 2011
Cuvee di McCarren Park
Brooklyn Winery introduces its first vintage of delicious, wallet-friendly wines.

brooklyn_wineryTonight's a big one in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. No, a hipster isn't taking a shower. Brooklyn Winery, which we introduced you to last summer, is releasing its first wines tonight at the winery. There, a select group of guests will get to taste through the inaugural vintage...ironic moustaches optional.

Anyway, Team Daily Sip got a first look at Brooklyn Winery's operation a couple weeks ago. We tasted the 2010 Riesling from the Nutt Road Vineyard on Seneca Lake in upstate New York, and we also helped crush a load of Carmenere that had just arrived from the Bio Bio Valley in Chile. Even after a long voyage at sea, the bunches of grapes were beautifully fresh and plump. There's no doubt that the Carmenere is going to be one killer wine.

Mostly, though, we're impressed that three guys--entrepreneurs Brian Leventhal and John Stires, along with former Crushpad winemaker Conor McCormack--starting from scratch have found success so quickly. Then again, it's no surprise: While other Brooklyn winemakers were attracting the attention of celebrities and sommeliers, Brooklyn Winery was busy making tasty, affordable, accessible wines.

Brooklyn Winery's bar is also open, so if you happen to be making a special trip to the Brooklyn Flea or Fette Sau, you can stop in along the way and try any of the wines made in the back of the house. There's even a house-made rosé soon to be available on tap, which one can sip in the winery's outdoor area.

Just don't forget your fedora.

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