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Since opening up in 2008, Red Hook Winery has earned itself a reputation both as a winery for true wine nerds—thanks to the thoughtful collaboration between owner Mark Snyder and seasoned Napa veterans Robert Foley and Abe Schoener—as well as a neighborhood destination, with relaxed tastings at its Pier 41 headquarters. Last fall, it took on the less happy distinction of being one of the many Red Hook businesses ravaged by Superstorm Sandy, incurring staggering damage to both its facility and its wine reserves thanks to the five feet of water that rushed into the building during the storm. It re-opened last month, and though the company is still waiting on lab testing for barrels that were in the fermentation process during the storm (a huge amount of the stock), it’s as reliable as ever for its more innovative blends (skin-fermented wines, unexpected grape combinations) as well as staples, like the sturdy rotation of Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. If anyone was looking for another good reason to support a locally-producing winery, we can’t think of a better one.
Photo by Ashley Minette