It seems only fitting that to celebrate New York State's passing of the historic same sex marriage law last night that we should all raise a glass of New York State wine.
Last week while wandering through Williamsburg I came across the BOE wine shop tasting room and bar. I've seen their wines with their distinctive labels for sale all over town, but didn't know about the shop/tasting room.
The bartender the night I was there was incredibly well informed and told me that all the grapes for their wines were from New York State, the Finger Lakes and Long Island being the two main growing regions. The grapes are then brought to Brooklyn where the wine is made. It isn't made in the homey old industrial space that houses the shop, but the entire process is, indeed, Brooklyn based.
BOE also hosts tastings and classes galore, not to mention it's just a great, comfortable place to hang out and enjoy a glass of wine (with or without your same sex spouse - though next time I'll bring mine along).
BOE currently carries 2 kinds of bubbly both made by Sparkling Pointe, a North Fork Long Island Champagne maker: Brut and Topaz Imperial. The later is a sparkling rosé, which seems the perfect festive beverage with which to toast this historic occasion.