We contributed during 1 year for Glamour Brazil. Here is one of our posts about different places do go for wine tasting in town and upstate: http://revistaglamour.globo.com/Lifestyle/Gastronomia/noticia/2014/08/roteiro-de-degustacao-de-bebidas-em-ny-inclui-ate-aula-de-ioga-em-vinicola.html
The English Version below:
New York is not only a perfect place for people who love Art, Shows, Nightlife, Shopping, Gastronomy, but the "city that never sleeps" offers great options for those who enjoy wine tasting, beer, whiskey and gin.
Since several of these tastings take place inside their own factories, many are located in Brooklyn - a neighborhood big enough to host these huge buildings. Another cool spot is a winery only 2 hours from Manhattan with tastings, outdoor yoga classes and happy hours with jazz music.
The Red Hook Winery
Located in Brooklyn, The Red Hook Winery is one of the coolest places to make experience a wine tasting session. Located inside a super rustic, brick building, the place was founded in 1088 by a real Brooklynite, Mark Snyder and two friends born in Napa that have always worked with wineries - Abe Schoener and Robert Foley. Redhood Winery offers amazing tasting served with beautiful cheese plates. Prices go from $5 to $35, which is definitely a good range. Tastings take place every day from 11am - 5pm.
Location: Pier 41 - 325 A, 175 - 204 Van Dyke Street
The Brooklyn Brewery, founded in 1988, offers delicious craft beer that are incredible for a lunch or dinner experience. The brewery has been producing tasty beers that enrich life, tradition and culture within the community it’s part of. Its award-winning roaster that works year long producing seasonal and specialty beers, brought notoriety to the brewery as one of the best producers of craft beers in the world. The space is opened from Monday through Thursday from 6pm - 7pm for small groups that want to take a tour of the factory. On Fridays they offer a Happy Hour session and Saturdays / Sundays they are open for tours and tastings.
Location: 79 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
NY Distilling Company
Produced with sustainable ingredients and prioritizing grain producers from New York, this distillery in Brooklyn produces gin and rye whiskey, sometimes just called "rye". The work of the New York Distilling Company was inspired by the career and passion of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, part of the Brooklyn Navy Yard between the years 1841-1843 and by the famous Poet and American writer Dorothy Parker, who was an iconic gin enthusiast. The Rye is still going through the aging process so it may take a while to get the ideal tasting stage. In time, the owners Allen Katz, Bob and Tom Potter Potter decided to open a full cocktail bar. In addition to whiskey and rye, they also offer different beers. During the weekends the place is opened to visitors between 3pm - 5pm, with live music that starts at 4pm.
Location: 405 Leonard Street
Wolffer Estate Vineyard
The Wolffer Estate Vineyard is one of the most famous wineries near New York City, located in the heart of the Hamptons (the supreme summer refuge of cool New Yorkers), and one of the most beautiful regions of the State. The property is a former potato farm and today was transformed into more than 71 hectares, being 23 hectares exclusive to wine. The place is wonderful and they offer several cool programs for those who want to spend the day there, such as: “casual" Friday with good music, Saturday afternoon wine tastings, Yoga at the winery, wine classes, Wednesdays harmonization, on Tuesdays their "Twilight Tuesdays" with wine tasting and live jazz music. They even offer exhibition of amazing artists throughout the year. Do take a look at their website and try to see which option you prefer, if not all
Location: 139 Sagg Road - Sagaponack
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