Back in 2010, when Palmer Vineyards and its Spanish-born winemaker Miguel Martin released Long Island’s first Albariño, Martin told me, “I think Long Island may be blessed with the kind of conditions perfect for the production and growing of Albariño because of the similar weather patterns.” (more…)
A bottle of Palmer Vineyards Albariño. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
It can be easy to forget that the Long Island wine industry was founded in 1973, not that long ago as far as wine regions go. For comparison, Pliny the Elder recorded the first evidence of vines in Bordeaux in 71 AD.
Long Island has done well for itself in its first 40 plus years, but when you look at the region with a global perspective, it’s still a toddler. Maybe even a baby.
Several grapes have come and gone over the course of Long Island wine country’s history — zinfandel was even tried early on — and a handful of grapes have emerged as those showing great promise here. Those include merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc and sauvignon blanc. (more…)