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Holding down the ‘Fort’ for New York wine

for The Brooklyn Paper

The Greene Grape, a Fulton Street wine shop was just named New York Wine and Spirit Retailer of the Year.

How did the owners of the Fort Greene store do it? They sold a lot of New York wine.

Yes, nowadays you get an award for that — not a booby prize — because New York wines aren’t just for church picnics any more.

“Finger Lakes Rieslings are comparable to the German Rieslings — which are the gold standard,” said Amy Bennett, the store’s owner. “And I’m not just whistling Dixie.”

Yet despite their growing renown, New York wines are still affordable, Bennett said. Many Empire State vintages start under $10. And you can get an Atwater for $11!

To help spread the word, the Greene Grape offers “the New York Cork Club,” sending members two New York-made bottles every month. March selections were a Bedell Cellars Merlot from Long Island and an Anthony Road Specialty Riesling from upstate.

Alie Shaper, president of Brooklyn Oenology, the Greenpoint winery, said she wasn’t surprised that the New York Wine and Grape Foundation honored Bennett.

“I’m super happy because the Greene Grape was one of our first partners,” she said. “People are finally recognizing what a quality wine region New York is.”

The Greene Grape has carried Brooklyn Oenology since the winery filled its first bottle (yes, in Greenpoint!) with Long Island-grown grapes in 2005.

Sample local wines at the Greene Grape [765 Fulton St., between South Portland and South Oxford streets in Fort Greene, (718) 233-2700] on Saturday, April 18. Pure Vodka, which is distilled upstate, and Brooklyn Oenology will be pouring.

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andy from cobble hill says:
the greene grape, while a fine store, is managed by a —— who engages in unfair competitive practices.
April 7, 2009, 12:16 pm
Ed from Brooklyn Heights says:
Ed, do you mean they co-operative buy along with their other manhattan location, or something different?
April 7, 2009, 4:05 pm
BrooklynGreene from Fort Greene says:

I'm glad someone is carrying a decent selection of NYS wines finally...and so close to us.

I can't say I will splurge on the most expensive Long Island wines out there (the sky's the limit), but I think many NYS wines are very reasonable...and remember, NYS is home to the first wine made in the colonies.

One word of warning. There are some lousy Hudson Valley my opinion. But I wouldn't worry "procuring" at Greene Grasp because they vet everything they sell.

April 7, 2009, 7:09 pm
BrooklynGreene from Fort Greene says:

PS, Personally, I'd love it if you put some thought into refocusing your Provisions side of the business. I hope your operating costs down and reset your expectations. The prices are simply still too high which alienates many people in the neighborhood and unfortunately may add to tensions. Please find a better pricing scheme in any way you can, at least while we go through the present financial times.

As you know no doubt, high-end food is taking a hit right now.

Some community outreach might help as well. By framing the store as elite groceries for insouciant, slow-food 30-somethings, much of the community stays away...and if this criticism seems unfounded to you, realize that I'm being honest and would not mislead. I'm giving some old lady advice from one who has seen businesses come and go. It can definitely be boom and bust business.

I implore you to figure out how to create something that is more sustainable (even if you only want to stay in it for 5-7 years and sell). You can create trends and change, not just ride it as a marketing style.
April 7, 2009, 7:10 pm
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Dec. 14, 2009, 10:35 am

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