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A New York State of Mind with 13th and Third Wines

Love NY, Love Wine? Then 13th & Third is a Win-Win

NYC Skyline…of course

New York is the big city of dreams, bright lights and opportunity.  It’s also a wine-producing state! When one thinks of wine in NY, the Finger Lakes and Long Island Wine Country may come to mind.  However, 13th & Thirds Wines, a producer of small lot Rhône-style wines, should also be on your radar. 

Photo: Courtesy of 13th & Third Wines

While the name does not refer to the location of production, 13th & Third does refer to the place where the Founders, Gregg and Julie Rothberg met. Not only did they quickly realize their mutual feelings for each other, Gregg and Julie also discovered their mutual passion for wine. As this passion grew, they worked to turn their dream into reality by making the kinds of wine they enjoy, ones that are “delicious, food friendly wines that can be enjoyed with family and friends–where occasions and moments are transformed into lasting memories.”
Gregg and Julie Rothberg

“New York roots, California Vines” perfectly describes 13th & Third, as the fruit is sourced from California vineyards, but firmly rooted in the spirit and culture of New York.  As New Yorkers, born and raised, the artwork on the wine bottles are expressions of all that embodies New York. To design their wine labels, 13th & Third partnered with Joe Iurato, who collaborated with Logan Hicks to develop their newest labels.   

I had the pleasure of meeting Gregg at a wine event on the North Fork of Long Island in the summer.  It was there that I experienced 13th & Third’s 2016 Rosé.  It was there that I knew I wanted to learn and taste more from 13th & Third. Earlier this winter, I was able to have a more intimate encounter at their launch party. I got to meet Julie and the winemaker, Don Burns.  Ultimately, I was able to taste two other wines from 13th & Third: 2016 Lily and 2015 NMR.

13th & Third Launch Party

Don Burns, Winemaker

Wining Hour Tasting of 13th and Thirds Wines

13th & Third 2016 Rosé 
With it’s deep coral color, this rosé of Grenache has a nose of ripe strawberry, lemonade and watermelon. The palate is dry, crisp and fruity with notes of red grapefruit and raspberry.  It was a pleasant surprise, as it balances fruit and tannins to deliver a delicious, refreshing treat. This Rosé would go with almost anything.  I recommend roasted chicken, grilled shrimp tacos and meaty fish like mahi mahi. 14% ABV.  This wine is a great summer treat, but can be enjoyed throughout the year.

13th & Third 2016 Lily

Lily is named in memory of Gregg’s grandmother because this wine embodies her ‘flamboyant’ personality.  It blends Rhône varietals: Grenache Blanc (44%), Roussane (38%),Viognier (11%) and Picpoul (7%).  The Grenache Blanc was fermented in stainless steel, while the Roussanne, Viognier and Picpoul were co-fermented with whole clusters then aged in neutral French oak barrels. Lily is said “grab your attention with its exuberance, vibrance and stylishness.”  It does just that.

Lily is quite a distinctive wine. Floral notes and tropical fruit entice the nose, while honeysuckle, white peach and brioche are on the palate. Lily is a medium-full bodied white, with good capacity to age and 14% ABV.

13th & Third Lily (White Blend)

13th & Third 2015 NMR 

NMR, which is named after Gregg’s father, Norman Martin Rothberg, is 13th & Third’s flagship wine.  This artisan wine, is truly Rhône-style, as it blends 48% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 27% Mourvèdre aged in French oak. NMR has a violet-ruby hue and greets with blackberry and fig aromas.  Spicy plum, black currant and licorice permeate palate.  NMR is balanced with a persistent finish. While this 2015 is drinkable now, it shows great aging potential. 15% ABV.
13th & Third NMR (Red Blend)

It is always a pleasure to discover new things in this great city, especially when they are wine-related!  I truly anticipate big things for 13th and Third.

So, these are my thoughts on 13th and Third Wines, but you are strongly encouraged to taste this part of New York for yourself. They have it covered with a white, rosé and red.

Find them at 13th and Third.

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