All day today in both the Brooklyn and Manhattan wine stores, we’ll be uncorking New York and trying wines and spirits from the Empire State. In Brooklyn on the wine front, we’ll be trying wines from Brooklyn Oenology (5-7pm) and New York Cork Club. In Manhattan, we’ll sample Osprey’s Dominion Sauvignon Blanc 2007, Anthony Road Dry Riesling 2007 and Hearts and Hands Pinot Noir 2007. From the spirits department in the Brooklyn wine store from 2-5 pm and the Manhattan store from 5-7pm, you can take a sip of the big apple and try Core Vodka. One of the distillers, Derek, will be here to explain how he turns an apple into the base for an appletini. And of course outside Provisions, the Brownstone Brooklyn Garden District will be helping kids make seed bombs and selling edible plants.
Core Vodka is 100% distilled from apple cider made from apples grown on in the orchards of a farm in the Hudson Valley. Triple distilled, the vodka has a distinctive flavor of ginger, creme brulee and honey. Derek uses sustainable practices in the orchards and each bottle is hand-numbered. The distillery is still a small shoestring operation. When we called Derek to arrange the tasting, he answered on his cell phone while troubleshooting a problem with the still.
Greene GrapeCore Vodka Tasting and Uncorking New York Today
It is a familiar story – the owner of a winery in a region not known for quality wines believes his riesling vines, which are ideally located on the sunny side of hills rising up from a lake, are capable of making great wine. Breaking from the pack, he commits himself to quality above all else. He goes “all in”, hiring a winemaker from a long family tradition of working with riesling in that grape’s home country, Germany. Slowly, his efforts are rewarded and he gains a reputation among local villagers for making a quality wine on par with the best. Eventually he begins to sell a small amount beyond his local area and one day a few bottles make their way to a major wine publication, where they are given the highest marks and six of his wines are given “top value” awards.
What makes this story a bit different is that these wines do not come from France . . . or Spain . . . or Portugal . . . or Chile. They come from the Finger Lakes in New York and are carefully crafted by winemaker Johannes Reinhardt at John Martini’s Anthony Road Winery. Okay, we spoofed you a bit in the title of this post but honestly would you have read this far if you knew these were New York wines? Maybe for the same reason New York City dwellers hardly ever visit the Statue of Liberty, New York wines tend to be off our radar. But renegades like John and Johannes are making world-class wines right under your nose. So, gotcha!