Lieb Cellars Partners With Van Brunt Stillhouse to Make Grappa

The spirit is made from the fermented and some juice pommace of Lieb’s signature pinot blanc grapes.

On sale and open for tasting in the Lieb tasting room on Oregon Road on Saturday was their first grappa, made by Daric Schlesselman of Van Brunt Stillhouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The spirit is made from the fermented pommace and some juice of Lieb’s signature pinot blanc grapes.

Schlesselman, who owns the small distillery with his wife, Sarah Ludington, has plans for tours and a tasting room. They also make rums and whiskeys and plan to partner with other wineries to make small batch, single variety grappas. They have already made one from merlot grapes from the Red Hook Winery. The grappa will sell for $42 in Lieb’s tasting room.

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Eileen M. Duffy

Eileen M. Duffy DWS holds a diploma in wines and spirits from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust. Her book on Long Island wine Behind the Bottle came out in 2015. Visit her website, eileenmduffy.com, to find out what else she's working on.