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
This Saturday, April 18 from 5-7pm at the Brooklyn wine store, we are happy to welcome Alie Shaper, founder of Brooklyn Oenology to pour her Social Club White 2007. Brooklyn Oenology is a company based in Williamsburg/Greenpoint that sources grapes from the North Fork of Long Island for its wine. Her 2007 Social Club White is 100% chardonnay fermented in stainless steel that is finished by brief aging in oak. A delightful wine with crisp citrus and apple notes that mingle with vanilla and a hint of smokiness on the finish. No wonder it won a bronze at the 2008 New York Food and Wine Classic.
In tribute to the borough in which her company is based, Alie uses local artists to create her labels. Shown is the work featured on the Social Club White 2007, “The New” by Malin Abrahamsson, a swedish transplant who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1998. More of Malin’s work can be viewed here.
At last night’s New York State Wine and Grape Foundation ceremony, we were surprised and thrilled to win “Wine and Spirits Retailer of the Year”! We’re blushing . . . and pretty excited to get an award just for encouraging people to try good wines.
You can come try some great NY State wines and spirits on April 18, Earth Day Weekend as we “Think Global and Drink Local.” We’ll open past selections from our New York Cork Club, a monthly wine club featuring the selections of NY wine guru Lenn Thompson. We’ll also welcome Alie, the founder of Brooklyn Oenology, who will pour her Brooklyn Social Club White 2007 and have the folks down from Core Vodka, an upstate distiller making vodka from apples, to shake a few cocktails for you to try!
Greene GrapeNY Wine & Spirits Retailer of the Year!