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

Categories: Wine

Courtesy Brooklyn Winery
Wineries usually summon 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 wines right in the heart of Brooklyn. Right now, it's in the midst of harvest, which means you can watch the entire process from start to finish.

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What's Better: Beer and Wine From America or Europe?

Categories: Beer, Events, Wine

All photos by Susannah Skiver Barton
On Saturday, May 17, Brooklyn's drinkers ranked 64 beers and wines from the U.S. and across Europe in head-to-head matchups of various styles. Based on the famous 1976 Judgment of Paris -- in which a blind tasting revealed that California wines were on par with French classics -- the Judgement of Brooklyn asked attendees to taste and choose the best beers and wines found in the borough. Professionals in the wine and beer industries had previously ranked the night's pours, allowing the audience to compare their own palates with those of the pros.

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Here's a Wine-Driven Reason to Venture to Times Square -- and a Way to Score a Deal

Categories: Wine

All photos by Bradley Hawks
It's likely that you've only been to Times Square's Marriott Marquis for an event or to visit a hapless relative who booked a room there, so it's understandable if you missed the fact that The View (1535 Broadway, 212-704-8900) -- New York's only rotating restaurant -- is in the midst of a dinner series meant to lure in locals who love wine.

"Bringing hands-on winemakers to New York to discuss and share their stories and techniques allows a select few to get unique perspectives on the way wine is made and the care that goes into the process," explains Erik Nygren, director of The View Complex. "We have the incredible opportunity to feature a wide variety of wineries this year, from Italian producers, to small production California, to French Champagne, to marquee producer Duckhorn."

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Here's Why You Should Be Drinking Mead

Categories: Drink Up, Wine

There's a lot of innovation going on in New York state's alcohol industry these days. Licenses for farm and microbreweries, wineries, and distilleries are cheaper and easier to obtain than ever before, leading to increased creativity and diversity in the booze sector -- great news for consumers who favor all things local, small-batch, and artisanal.

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Where to Look for Wine List Deals at Our 99 Essential Restaurants

As we prepared to write about our 99 Essential Restaurants™ in Lower Manhattan, we spoke to the chefs and owners behind these places, asking them to discuss their history and unique place among the other eateries in this town. But we were also thinking of your wallet, dear readers, and so we asked them, too, to divulge the deals on their wine lists. Thinking about dining out this weekend? Use this info as a guide to pop a good, affordable cork.

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East Village Wine Shop Tinto Fino Closes Today

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Tinto Fino will close after business today.
After seven years at 85 First Avenue, today's the last day of business for all-Spanish wine shop Tinto Fino, Vinos de España. The shop is open from 1 to 10 p.m. today.

"It's incredibly tough," said owner Kerin Auth on Thursday afternoon by phone from the shop, located on First Avenue between East 5th and 6th streets. Auth didn't want to disclose her plans for the future, but said she's moving on to another company.

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Lauren Mowery's Unscrewed Column up for Best New Wine Blog Award!

Categories: Unscrewed, Wine

Lauren Mowery has covered the wine beat here at Fork since the beginning of the year, and she's reported on everything from New York City's sherry queen to Brangelina's foray into Provençal Rosé to chefs who drink wine. And for those great pieces, she's a finalist for a Best New Wine Blog award.

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Giant Wine Sale Today Only at Astor

What must be the city's largest wine and liquor emporium -- Astor Wines & Spirits, just around the corner from the Voice offices -- is staging their annual mark-down day, today only, November 28.

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