Williamsburg has it all. The ?hipster haven? is home to the most sought-after, most underground, most diverse or just all-around best music, art, indie fashion, vintage shopping, food, microbrews ? and now wine. Brian Leventhal, however, saw that Williamsburg does have the potential to be an oenophiliac borough --wine just needed to be reinvented. And so, Brooklyn Winery was born.
Brooklyn Winery isn?t your typical wine bar. Keeping with Williamsburg?s artistic, hands-on legacy, the 8,000 square-foot space offers the opportunity to make your own wine ? something Leventhal and his partner, John Stires, wanted people to be able to do right here in the city. Master winemaker, Conor McCormack, is on hand to guide beginners to experts through the entire process; from crushing the grapes to bottling their creations. Brooklyn Winery also features a spacious wine bar and event space, creating a real headquarters for wine in Williamsburg. Wine enthusiasts and future wine enthusiasts can learn a whole new skill in winemaking, they can gather and sample local and house-made wines and they can form a new community ? which is just what Leventhal and Stires were hoping for.
In addition to wines you?ve never had before, Brooklyn Winery also boats a small plates menu supplied by nearby Radish ? things like lamb meatballs and gourmet popcorn. With locally sourced food and wine, it seems that Brooklyn Winery has successfully brought wine to Williamsburg in true Brooklyn fashion.
Brooklyn Winery is located at 213 North 8th Street between Driggs and Roebling Streets.
November 12, 2010
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