Before it was tamed, the wild grape was the scourge of the valleys, mocking the looks of recently sheared sheep and running away with farmers' sons. Drink to the fruits of cultivation with today's Groupon: for $7, you get a flight of up to four wines or spirits at Brooklyn Oenology (up to a $16 value).
Seeking to spread appreciation for local wines, Brooklyn Oenology bottles and sells their homespun fruit spirits alongside a rotating medley of concoctions created throughout the state. Rustic décor and local art surround sippers in the tasting room, where guests can imbibe from the flavorful bouquet of various grape potions found in the menu. Feel free to furnish a flight of tasters with either a customized combination or with one of the pre-set selections such as the four seasonals ($12), which includes a 2007 Shaw Vineyard gewürztraminer, a 2009 Brooklyn Oenology cab franc rosé, a 2007 Jamesport pinot noir, and a Doc's Draft hard apple cider. Meanwhile, recently ousted triumvirates can toast to liquor variety with the three-spirits flight ($10), its glasses poured with the Cornelius Apple Jack, the Comb 9 gin, and the McKenzie Rye whiskey.
- Urban winemaker Alie Shaper has taken an old warehouse space and turned it into a cozy farmhouse complete with an inviting wood bar and a big worn table. – Gersh Kuntzman, the Brooklyn Paper
- Shaper's award-winning wines are locally produced and feature the work of Brooklyn artists on their labels. Time to ditch the Three Buck Chuck. – Mary Block, Metromix
209 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, New York 11211Get Directions