New York State
Best wine destination in 2013: New York State.
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What do you get when you take two of Napa’s most cultish (and opinionated) winemakers and bring them together in a waterfront factory building and former turn-of-the-century Brooklyn brothel? You get The Red Hook Winery, brainchild of owner Mark Snyder of Angels’ Share Wines. Five years ago, Snyder had the foresight to unite Abe Schoener and Robert Foley with a Brooklyn-based venture. With each vintage, the two winemakers use the same fruit to make different wines. It’s wine geek bait: essentially, each vintage is an exploration of the two winemakers’ visions given the same baseline terroir. Since its debut, RHW has made 64 types of wine with grapes grown primarily on Long Island. Meanwhile, it has also has become a model for modern, urban winemaking.
Julia Sexton is a New York-based restaurant critic, food writer, and CRMA Award-winning blogger who has spent many lost weeks wandering the wine countries of the world. Check out Sexton’s blog, Eat. Drink. Post. and, this fall, look for her book, Hudson Valley Chef’s Table, published by Lyons Press, a division of Globe Pequot Press.