City winery blends wine bar and wine making

October 14, 2008 11:54:52 AM PDT
Mark Pruzanski is becoming a winemaker without the vineyard. He is part of a venture called City Winery in Soho.

Grapes aren't grown out back, but they are trucked in several times a week from places like Oregon and New York.

Some cabernet grapes come from Northern California.

Just like at any winery, the grapes are de-stemmed, sorted and poured into a stainless steel tanks for the fermentation process. It's placed into the barrels and kept in the basement for aging.

David Lecomte guides the winemakers, helping them create their perfect bottle. But making wine in the city has some inherent challenges.

The idea for City Winery came from Michael Dorf. He used to own The Knitting Factory, a long time hotspot for music and beer. City Winery is sort of the grown up version. When the winery opens,. it will have several bars, a dining area and a stage.

The winery will be open to the public and to its wine makers, who by the way can't sell their wine. They can drink it, share it and savor it.

City Winery hopes to open in late November.


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