Wine Tasting Tour
Brotherhood Winery -- Washingtonville, NY
We went on a wine tasting tour last weekend. It was a discovery made by Via while searching online for a -- according to her -- much-delayed Fathers' Day present for me.

It was in nearby Washingtonville, just a 30 minute drive from our place and just a little over an hour's drive if you're coming from New York City. It turned out to be a major attraction that I somehow missed all these years in our area.

The tour is also inexpensive. For $10 each we got to tour their vast network of dimly-lit, dungeon-like, underground cellars. For anyone rabid I mean avid in photography like us, it was a dream-come-true. At the end of the tour, we got to sample 5 wines and bring home a souvenir wine glass with the winery's name on it. If you just want to sample their wines it would only cost $7. But for only $3 more why not go for the tour? You are absolutely under no obligation to make a purchase afterward -- most didn't. But their wines were inexpensive and great-tasting that Vi and I bought half-a-dozen bottles of booze the most expensive being $15 for a 1.5 liter bottle and the cheapest ones $4. It was so much fun.

And whenever we grownups have so much fun, we always try to involve the kids. So while Via was paying for our tickets I blurted out the thought and asked if there was no "Wine Tasting for Kids". The two employees selling our tickets probably thought that was stupid because they burst out laughing. Maybe the sight of little kids all red running around blasted isn't one we'd like to see.

The name of the winery is Brotherhood Winery. Established in 1839, it is the oldest winery in America. You can find Brotherhood Winery here: www.brotherhood-winery.com And if you come up to visit us, I promise it will be one of the places I'll recommend taking you.

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Cafe and wine store.
Not sure what I"m taking a picture of but it was nice. The location has many old brick structures.
The gift shop where souvenir items like wine bottle openers, stoppers, aerators, T-shirts, mouse pads, etc., can be bought.
Vi always looking for something to photograph. Actually, me, too.
Where to get tickets.
Start of the tour.
The tour wastes no time in heading straight for the dungeons I mean wine cellars.
A curious wine-making doohickey. There are several.
The wine cellar. This one is no longer in use but is maintained as museum pieces.
Bottled wine ready to ship.
A tunnel that adjoins another wine cellar.
The little hole in the barrel is where a person of small build -- a kid perhaps -- would go through to clean the inside.
This is the actual wine cellar. The grapes are not grown here -- they come from Syracuse, Long Island, and other vineyards.I"m at the tail of the tour group so I"m always the last to leave an area. That way I get to take pictures with no tourists. I was surprised (and happy) that they weren"t strict about leaving someone like me behind and un-supervised.
The wine tasting took place in a building that used to be a chapel.
Souvenir glass and some crackers.
Wines at the store. At $4 per bottle -- and I"m told by a friend there are even cheaper ones at other wineries in our area -- my dream of wine costing the same as soda may one day come true.
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