An extraordinarily dry September and October brought the East End’s wine grape harvest to an early close, with all but cabernet sauvignon and a few lagging varieties harvested by mid-October, almost three weeks sooner than usual. There was a flurry of picking (with calls from vineyard to vineyard for extra harvest crew); many a late night was spent monitoring presses that had to run without the usual hiatus between varieties — but no one complains when the fruit is so finely and fully ripe. There’s always dark November to catch up on sleep. Besides, when fruit comes off the vine before the leaves are killed by frost, the plants will accumulate more sugar (nature’s antifreeze) in their hardening canes. (more…)
SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | A Palmer white is poured at the Grand Tasting in New York City.
More than 200 people filled one of New York City’s largest wine stores in mid-March to swirl, sip and spit hundreds of wines from over 40 wineries that call New York State home.
Representatives from each winery set up shop in Astor Center in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood for a Grand Tasting sponsored by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation, where they served their wines first to members of the media and then to the general public. (more…)
SAMANTHA BRIX FILE PHOTO |A bottle of Jamesport Vineyards Petit Verdot for sale at Empire State Cellars for $99.
The New York Wine and Grape Foundation is kicking off a campaign targeting New York City in an effort to increase sales of local wine.
The campaign, which will be held through the first three months of 2012, includes vineyard visits from New York City media and trade representatives to the Hudson River region, Finger Lakes and Long Island Wine Country. It also includes a visit to the city from the 38 participating wineries. (more…)