When you think of wineries, rolling vineyards in Napa Valley or the Finger Lakes may come to mind. But Brian Leventhal and John Stires want you to think of Brooklyn.
The entrepreneurs co-founded Brooklyn Winery in 2010 after meeting at an internet startup years earlier in 2007. They liked wine and knew a bit about it, after having participated in several years of team-building exercises with their coworkers making and bottling their own wines.
"Each year we made a different vintage, and went through the entire process from fermentation all the way through bottling with our own custom label," Stires recalls.
The only problem? "One of the pain points was getting out to New Jersey. None of us had cars, so we were taking the subway, train, or the bus, and then walking a mile to get to this place."