A team of Brooklyners hit the sunny streets of Williamsburg last week to enjoy Motley Cru*, among a score of other fine wines produced by our vintner neighbors Brooklyn Oenology, a wine shop, bar and art gallery on Wythe Ave (just a few minutes walk from the Bedford L train). With gratitude to our gracious host/winemaker Alie Shaper, we left BOE having not only indulged our sense of taste, but with significant knowledge of the beverage.
Setting this purveyor apart from the vast lot of other wine shops/bars is that the majority of BOE’s offerings are produced by BOE themselves, on Long Island, and using NY state grapes, predominately from the Finger Lake and North Fork regions. Each bottle of BOE wine is adorned with a custom label created by a NYC artist, whose work can also commonly be found decorating the walls of BOE’s Brooklyn tasting room. Said tasting room is a cozy, sun-drenched den wrapped around a half-moon bar, on one side offering for sale bottles of wine, whiskey and a selection of various local products, and on the other providing patrons a place to relax and sip (and munch on a cheese plate). As an additional offering, BOE produces a monthly wine CSA club where members come to pick up four bottles: two from BOE and two from a rotating cast of local guest wineries.
[*no, not that Crüe]