Brooklyn Winery gives the traditional wine bar a DIY Williamsburg twist. The big draw is the Brooklyn Winery Wines, hand-crafted small batches made by the resident winemaker Conor McCormack. The bar offers ten or so tap, including “The Bruno” Chardonnay, made without yeast or sulfites, and the “Brooklyn Noir” Pinot Noir, with its cherry and vanilla notes. They are available in half pour, full pour, or 750ml carafe. A number of these wines can also be purchased for $30 to $40 per bottle.
You can also order from a huge list of bottled wines, curated by Elizabeth Esqueda and Paul Brady, as well as plenty of craft beers for those less grape-inclined.
The servers are friendly and generous with their wine knowledge. Ask someone whether he prefers the Maiden or F.B. Riesling and expect a thoughtful and extensive answer, which steers clear of the snobbishness that can often be found in wine bars.
The space includes several long wooden tables as well as seating at the bar and near the windows, making it a welcoming spot on warm spring afternoons and winter evenings.
Adding to the camaraderie are the many events held at the restaurant, from Mad Men viewing parties on Sundays to live music performances on Fridays. Oenophiles can take wine tasting classes, tour the distillery, and packages for wine blending sessions are also available for groups. Those looking for the best deal in Brooklyn might also pencil in $20 Bottle Wednesdays onto their calendar.
The Winery also offers an extensive food menu, including small bites like red wine glazed Medjool dates and baked brie that go great with a glass of wine. An antipasti menu lets diners mix and match from a selection of almost 20 items, including a daily selection of cheeses, housemade pickles, and white anchovies. Those looking for something more substantial can try one of the house flatbreads, including the duck confit one, which includes crimini mushrooms, caramelized shallots, and fresh Parmesan.
213 North 8th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211