Brooklyn Oenology Winery (pron. ‘EN-ology’, or simply ‘BOE’), is a locally focused winery based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn founded in 2006 by winemaker Alie Shaper. BOE works to bridge the creative culinary, agricultural and art worlds by crafting award-winning regional wines from NY State grapes, and by displaying the work of New York City artists on our bottle labels.
Brooklyn Oenology wines are sold in over 150 stores and restaurants around NYC and beyond, and BOE has received a strong response from many arts and culinary organizations as well.
The aim of Brooklyn Oenology is to celebrate our local creativity – agricultural, culinary and visual, just as Brooklyn and the rest of our state has been doing for hundreds of years! With over 300 wineries, 5 distinct growing regions, and the #3 largest grape growing state in the United States, not to mention the most vibrant food and art scene in the country, we feel there is a lot to be proud of in the New York wine industry!
BOE does not own vineyards; we purchase our fruit directly from New York vineyards, and then manage our winemaking, from harvest through press to fermentation, tank and/or barrel storage, and then into the bottle. As we grow we plan to bring more of our process into Brooklyn itself. Currently we are fermenting at Premium Wine group, an excellent facility in Mattituck on the North Fork of Long Island. BOE is self-distributed, and also works with regional distributors in New York and New Jersey (Verity Wine Partners) and the Mid-Atlantic region (Siema Wine Parnters).
In November 2010 BOE opened our Tasting Room at Wythe Avenue and North 3rd Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Here we serve the full line of BOE wines, as well as many other New York State products, including Whiskies, Ciders, Wines, Beers and a full variety of other culinary treats! At the Tasting Room you can sip glasses of wine with friends, taste thorough flights of different wines, or purchase bottles to take home
Œnology (Oenology, Enology) is the art and science of winemaking. It combines a series of carefully chosen techniques with the unquantifiable touch of taste and aroma evaluation, guided by intuition. It is the choice of grapes, vineyard blocks, yeast for fermentation, balance of chemistry, timing of various mechanical practices, and barrel selection. All winemaking follows some common path, but every winemaker has her own special formula, directed by her sense of style and taste.
BOE’s presentation is meant to evoke everything that we are. Like Brooklyn itself, we’re: Fresh, Urbane, Creative, Authentic, Substantial, Engaged, Classic, Smart
Brooklyn Oenology’s distinctive ‘BOE’ logo was conceived to evoke the inspirations that drive our winemaking: smart and balanced creativity, artisanal quality, and structured, old-world artistry. Originally inspired by architectural and typographic design guides, and suggestive of Leonardo DaVinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man,’ Brooklyn’s ‘B’ plus the classical ligature character ‘OE’ (Œ or œ) come together to form an appropriate abbreviation evocative of all that Brooklyn Oenology Winery represents.
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