From our roots in manufacturing to the recent renaissance of artisanal production, Brooklyn has always been a hub of creativity and industry. We want to shine a spotlight on this abundance of local ingenuity and determination, which is why we've launched the Brooklyn Born series of events. Last night, we headed inside the gorgeous N. 8th St. space of Brooklyn Winery. It was an educational evening, so read up on how it went in the reviews, and check out 10 things we learned:
1. Brooklyn Winery is beautiful. As Ingrid says, "Some of the rooms are decorated with Victorian wall paper, lamps and sofas, providing a cozy living room atmosphere." It's the perfect venue for all sorts of private events, including weddings!
2. The wine casket stopper is called a bung (hat tip to Jennifer S for that one).
3. In addition to doing a fantastic job, Conor McCormack HAS a fantastic job. Tasting these delicious wines all day…can't be too bad. Well deserved though. As Stephanie A says, "he is extremely knowledgable and serious about his craft. It is obvious that he wants to produce nothing but the best and in fact that is what he has done. In fact he was quite inspiring, he took a leap of faith with his career and it became a great life changing thing."
4. How many liters in a barrel. I don't remember what the number is (math was never a strong suit), but we definitely learned it.
5. Barney L: "As an old guy who has visited many of the most famous wineries in Europe, I must say that many of the wines tasted stand up to international standards."
6. Just about everyone chose a different favorite wine from the tasting. From the Stainless Steel Aged Chardonnay to the Old Vine Zinfandel, Brooklyn Winery has something for everyone.
7. Brooklyn Winery focuses on elegant yet intense wines that showcase a particular site from a particular year. Quality is of the utmost importance.
8. Two consecutive tastings is too many for Peter D.
9. Brooklyn Winery's products pair well with everything from sophisticated cuisine to the multiple Crif Dogs Peter D may or may not have shoveled into his face after the event.
10. From co-owner Brian Levanthal, to winemaker Conor McCormack, to Sarah and the rest of the Brooklyn Winery staff, everyone here is friendly, generous, welcoming, and best of all, very knowledgable about the great wines they make and serve. Do yourself a favor and go check them out. Either just when the wine bar is open, or you could take a tour just like the one we did last night!