Over the weekend I had the pleasure of touring the Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY. It’s a little out of the way from where I live, but well worth the trip. It’s totally charming and cute, complete with wine slushies (COME ON). Dangerously delicious.
Established in 1839, Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, and is rip with history and wonderment. We started the tour in the wine cellar- cold, damp, intriguing, to say the least. Home to old equipment and barrels from the 1800’s, the cavernous cellar is also host to parties through out the year, including a Halloween function in October. Dinner and dancing while dressed as catwoman surrounded by barrels of wine? Check. I’ll be there.
Hearing people talk about wine is almost as fun as drinking it right? Wrong. I was counting the minutes until the actual tasting. That’s why we’re here, isn’t it?
Here are some more pictures of barrels to build the anticipation:
“CS” stands for cab sav and “PN” stands for pinot noir. Both of which I enjoy very much. A n y w a y, back to what really matters.
The tasting was different than any other in the sense that we all did it together. It felt sort of like school. Plus, they do their tastings in an old church, complete with pews as the bar top. Interesting choice Brotherhood. I loved it.
We started with white, and then moved to red, you know so as not to have the need to rinse our glasses. DUH.
My absolute favorite wine I drank all day was the Honey Mead. No contest.
I bought 2 bottles. Of course. I should have bought 6. I am riddled with regret.
Then we moved to the reds. Or more accurately, the red. Singular.
If you have never been on a tour or to a wine tasting, it is highly recommended. There is an awesome wine trail in upstate New York. Basically you can drive from winery to winery, DD is highly advised, drinking your way through the hudson valley. Fall would be an optimum time to go given the beautiful foliage the region is known for.
Full disclosure, we went to other wineries, but by that time too much wine been consumed to adequately document the trip. They are thoughtfully excluded. You’ll have to go check them out for yourself- although, I don’t recall which ones they were. You’ll have to go to them all.