At Grape Beginnings, passionate wine aficionado Frank D’Aponte splits his time between producing his own high-quality vintages and instructing others on how to do the same. Frank has a decade of winemaking experience under his belt; as a third-generation winemaker, grape juice runs through his veins. Frank has deepened his knowledge with extensive travel throughout the Napa and Sonoma valleys, studying under master winemakers such as James Allen of Sequoia Grove Vineyards. Novice vintners delve into every aspect of the process, including pressing fresh grapes from California, Chile, Italy, and Argentina, racking in oak barrels, and bottling with custom-made labels.
At Staten Island Winery, wine enthusiasts transform into bona fide winemakers. They do so under the guidance of Bob Rando, who holds rank as the winery's owner and as an accredited winemaster. Bob and his team walk aspiring vintners through the process, starting with the crushing of grapes and ending with the bottling of finished products. Participants can even choose what kind of wine they make, either by selecting from the facility's list or coming up with their own blend.
A vineyard-lined drive and the panoramas of the Sourlands provide a feast for the eyes to complement the rich taste of Old York Cellars' wines, which include malbecs, syrahs, and chardonnays. After taking in the sights from beneath a shady umbrella on the expansive, stone-accented patio, oenophiles retreat to a timber-frame tasting room and sample from the award-winning wines and chocolates. To support the community, the vineyard also holds regular art exhibitions, holiday events, and meet-the-artist events.
Brooklyn Winery's team crafts small-batch, artisanal wines in Williamsburg—and if winemaking in an urban environment sounds odd to customers, they can always find out how it works during Tuesday winery tours. The tour guides walk groups through their entire process, from the moment the grapes arrive at the facility to when the cork goes in the final wine bottle, trapping the wine genie inside for good. Of course, the process varies from wine to wine. The team ages some vintages in stainless-steel containers, while the barrel-fermented riesling is aged, predictably, in oak barrels, an old-school technique that originated in prerefrigeration Germany. The result? A quirky riesling with hints of soapstone, mushroom, and honey.
The team doesn't just reclaim old German traditions, though. For their unpretentious 1,200-square-foot wine bar, they also reclaimed most of the building materials. In the cozy, unpretentious bar, visitors sip vintages pulled from wine racks that were once World War II ammo boxes; the walls, meanwhile, were barn wood in a past life, and the bar itself is made from old church pews, completing the aura of modernity rooted in history.
It serves everything including gluten-free and low-fat options.
Ready for a drink to unwind? At this restaurant, you can pair your meal with something from their full bar.
Bring your whole brood to this restaurant, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Reserve the private room at Il Punto Ristorante for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Il Punto Ristorante, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Avoid playing the waiting game and call ahead for a table.
You won't find a suit in here! Business casual dress is the norm at Il Punto Ristorante.
Il Punto Ristorante will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
For the nights you just want to stay in and cozy up, order in great takeout or delivery from this restaurant.
You can leave your car curbside with nearby street parking.
Come to celebrate a special occasion at Il Punto Ristorante.
Supper is exceptional, though the restaurant also offers breakfast and lunch.
So get ready for some serious tasting. Fine wines await you at Il Punto Ristorante.
See for yourself why Il Punto Ristorante's Italian food is so highly considered.
So sit down to a fine Italian meal at Il Punto Ristorante, where you can experience all the best flavors of Italy without a plane ticket.
It's easy to find a wine that you like with the help of the wine club Tasting Room. First, wine lovers receive a wine-tasting kit that includes six 50 mL bottles of red and white wine. They then rate their preferences so that Tasting Room can devise a unique wine profile for them. This "wine print" helps the team assemble a bundle of tasty wines suited to each individual's preferences that will be delivered straight to their doors.
Huffington Post was particularly impressed by the personalized wine profiles and said creating one was "fun." The Chicago Sun-Times likened the Tasting Room to Netflix.
The Tasting Room wine club is an offshoot of Lot 18, which represents a collection of fine wines curated by a team of experts. The rule is simple for whether or not a wine makes the cut: if the owners of Lot 18 wouldn't spend their own money on it, they won't stock it at their place of business. The selection that they do keep in stock is navigable by type—red or sparkling, for example—by variety, by region, and by what shade of purple your lips will be after you drink it.