via Rory Pasquariello at the Hudson Reporter – The neighborhood of warehouses on the southern end of Bergen Point that once housed 20th Century industrial sites such as Maidenform, which manufactured women’s apparel, and Babcock and Wilcox, which made steam boilers, is now enjoying a makeover. A 12,000-square-foot warehouse called “Filling Station East” was recently outfitted to store and distribute kegged and canned wine. The company is a joint venture between formerly competing premium wine companies – Gotham Wine on the East Coast and Free Flow Wines on the West Coast.
The advantage to kegged and canned wine is shelf-life. Because oxygen permeates cork, bottled wine that’s corked has to be consumed within days of opening. Canned and kegged wine, however, last much longer and allow restaurants and bars to serve individual glasses more easily.
The Gotham Project’s first wine was called “The Finger,” a 2009 Finger Lakes Riesling from Seneca Lake, NY. The company has named its classic wine “the middle finger.”
The building is the site of the former EMD Chemical facility, part of the original Merck Family Holdings. It was also home to a WWII POW camp, which housed thousands of Italian POWs. The Alessi Organization acquired the brownfield site from Rollins Terminal and salvaged it after two decades lying dormant.