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Union Square | T. Berkley Wines Bar Takeover

March 29, 2023 05:00 PM until March 29, 2023 07:00 PM

Please welcome Corkbuzz in joining Taylor Berkley Boydstun for a wine takeover at Corkbuzz Union Square!

When: Wednesday, March 29th 2023, 5-7 pm

Where: 13 E 13th St. New York, NY 10003

What: Featured Flights and Wine by the Glass by T. Berkley TBD

Reservations are encouraged, but not required.  Our full wine list and dinner menu are available. 


Winemaker Taylor Berkley Boydstun comes to winemaking from a unique perspective. He was not necessarily destined to become a winemaker, growing up as he did in the heart of Illinois corn country, and it was in fact only studying abroad in Europe that sparked an interest in the beverage at all. But once kindled, a love for wine quickly grew, and a chance opportunity to work on a vineyard crew in New Zealand fanned the flames into a passion. That experience led to harvest positions in California, Austria, and Australia and eventually the decision to make the pursuit of fine wine his calling. The combination of artistry and physicality, the heady mix of the analytical and the natural, all in the quest for a perfect creation, proved to alluring to refuse. Now, as the owner and winemaker of T. Berkley Wines and as a consultant for other projects, Taylor Berkley can put those years of experience across all aspects of the industry to use. Harnessing the often-split tasks of grape growing and winemaking, equally at home in the vineyard or the cellar, he brings a true European sensibility to his craft.

Winemaking Philosophy. 

The most powerful asset available to any winemaker is the fruit they begin with. From that simple agricultural product stems all the power and grace and nuanced potential of a finished wine. It is the winemaker’s sole job to honestly and effectively guide that fruit as it transitions, through fermentation, into wine. To those ends, I prefer a more hands-off, minimal interventionist, approach to my winemaking. That is not to say that I am dogmatic or rigid in my operations - I think a healthy dose of pragmatism is usually the best course of action - but in general I strive to let the site and the season leave their mark on my wines. They form the foundation upon which I am able to build each wine each year and their differences are what set wine apart from other fermented beverages. In the vineyard, my thoughts are a bit different than in the cellar. There, soil biodiversity is the key to healthy grapevines, and to foster it I am constantly working on improving the health of my soils. Vines have the ability to live incredibly long lives given the right conditions, but it takes diligence and effort to ensure that enough harmony exists between the plant, the earth, and the sky to allow for such a longevity. While in the cellar, true winemaking courage comes from knowing when to do nothing, in the vineyard a constant hand is needed to stay (and where necessary change) the course. That dichotomy of constant adaptability in the vineyard with continuity of form in the cellar effectively marries the two halves of wine growing and allows for the greatest potential.