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Grape varieties for the adventurous consumer. Hybrids is a new cool.

American hybrid grapes are different than some of the traditional European wine grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay or Riesling. They have a different flavor profile, and sometimes even display kind of foxy or musky flavors and aromas, deemed unfavorable buy many connoisseurs. However, not only they make North Country viticulture possible, they are quickly gaining recognition among more adventurous consumers.

Red Hook Winery – a Place Where Grapes of New York Found Their New Home

Located at the edge of Long Island in Brooklyn, the Red Hook winery is a place where grapes of New York found their new home. Mark Snyder established the winery in 2008 with a mission to promote local viticulture and put New York state wine region on the map.

Rooftop Reds – Transforming Urban Spaces into Vineyards

Intrigued by the idea of growing vines atop of an industrial building, I met with Rooftop Reds founder Davin Shomaker, General Manager TJ Provenzano, and Village Vines director (Rooftop Reds nonprofit initiative) Malcolm Baker to talk about their unique project, and of course to taste some wines.

Bodegas Lustau. A Taste of Sherry

When you enter Lustau winery, a 19th century warehouse in the heart of Jerez, you end up in a cathedral-like space with vaulted ceilings and rough ochre sandy clay soil. The sunlight beats down through the high open windows to the long rows of barrels. The air is perfumed with beautiful sweet aromas of summer flowers, wood and soaked apples. You feel like time has stopped here. It’s quiet and tranquil. Inside thousands of barrels, sherry sleeps under the blanket of flor.