Winery and Vineyard

The name of the vineyard I went called  Brotherhood winery and vineyard is located in 100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive Washingtonville, NY 10992. This vineyard is located within an AVA. Brotherhood, America’s Oldest Winery have been open since 1839, so it has a rich historical past with the modern day present.

What can you find in the Brotherhood winery? In the winery, there are several parts that you can visit. They have a museum & cellar(that you can join the tour to visit their historical history), the Vinum Cafe, the wine garden, and varietals vineyard. In their wine garden, they are selling variety wines of their own brand. Most of their 750ml bottle wine cost around 12 to 20 dollars.  The wine they sell included sparking, white, red, traditional and dessert wine. In sparkling wines, the grapes they use included Grand Monarque, Blanc de Blancs, Carpe Diem Spumante. The white wine grapes have Chardonnay, dry Riesling, White Zinfandel, and Riesling. The red grapes included Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. At the end of the wine garden, they also have a wine tasting and tour registration. The tour and tasting with glass will be 10 dollars. If only doing one, that will be 7 dollars. The tours will be available several time a day and tours takes about 35-40 minutes.

When I went to the Brotherhood winery, it was during mid-November and the weather was very cold that day. I was kind of disappointed about what I saw there because when I first get inside their gate, I expect to see a large area of the vineyard, but nothing was over there. After I join the tour, I understand why there is no grape at all. Back into the years ago, they did have a huge area of land for planting the grapes. But now, they had sold off most of the vineyard and only a small piece of land left.

During the tour, I got to visit their museum & cellar, that you can “… get a glimpse into brotherhood’s legendary history, wine winemaking techniques and barrel aging methods.” When we first got into the underground museum, 6 -7 posters are on the wall and is about their history since 1839 to now. After we walking deeper in, we saw some huge barrels and a lot of small barrels. The large barrels are not used anymore, only the small one are still using. Some barrels with the CS161117, ME160618, RPort0517,  and PN170118 on it. The letters mean the name of the grape; CS(cabernet sauvignon) and the letters mean the data. Also, there is a room that has a thousand bottles of champagne aging in bottle. I learned from the tour guide, all of the champagne is ferment in the bottle. some champagne is sitting in the riddling rad, those bottles will turn twice a day with ⅛ turn and tap on the back and that goes on two weeks. Then they will put that champagne with a cap on it and put in the solution of dry ice, so only freeze the bottom bottle. Take out the cap and there is about an inch of sediment, take it out and put more champagne. Cork and wash the bottle. That is how their way of making the champagne. 

The Brotherhood winery and vineyard


The wine Garden


The museum and cellar


Part of the small barrels

Champagne that is still aging in bottle


Retail wine shop

The wine shop I went to was Caesars Wines at 6715 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11204. The reason I chose this shop because it is close to my house. The day I went to the store are a random day that I passed by the store, because of that I had not contacted the store in advance to arrange an appointment.  

The store is not really small but not big too. When I walked into the store, I was kind of shock by the way they put their wines. I expected to see an orderly place but the store is full of wine everywhere.  It is really mean “everywhere”. The wines are around the wall and in the racks, and the racks are all over the store. It really looks disorderly to me.

The employee was very welcome and friendly. When I walked around the store to take some pictures, one employee came to help. After I told her about my situation. She shows me around and explains to me the how they put the wine. According to the employee, their wine is separate by country name. The wines that are on the wall, they will have the label of it the country name and the one on the racks, on top of racks, they will have the flag of its country. Also, in each section for the country wine, you can find they also separate their wine by red, white and spirits. I can tell the store really have a lot of variety of wine from a different country. The most common price over there are around 10 to 20. Some wine may be more than that but only a few sections.


Country: French


Grape varietal: Grenache blanc

Winemaker Notes: “Garnet red in color, this wine emits aromas of red fruits such as Morello cherries and spices of licorice and grey pepper. In the mouth, this wine has a great structure with firm and silky tannins.”

Country: Chile   

Region: Maule Valley    

Grape Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon     

Red wine