Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Every Wineseller Must Be a Winemaker

Every wine person, these days, is becoming more and more serious about their trade. Waiters are going from their sommelier degrees. Bartender must be drink inventors, not just drink servers. And wine store owners are started to bottle their own stuff.

Well, not everybody. But the trend is spreading. Scotto's, a humble local place in my Brooklyn neighborhood, has begun carrying its own Court Street Red, made for them by a winery in California. It's big and juicy, if you like that sort of thing. And recently I saw that Red, White & Bubbly, a store in Park Slope, has its own line of vino. It goes under the brand of the Brooklyn Wine Co., and there are several kinds. Haven't had any of them, so I can't vouch for the stuff. Don't know about the label. The Brooklyn Bridge just doesn't say wine to me.

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