Castello di Borghese sauvignon blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
Just when you thought maybe it was time to drink less sauvignon blanc, Mother Nature has given us another extended streak of warm weather. And with Peconic Bay scallop season not that far off, it’s good to have fresh, clean, local sauvignon blanc around anyway. (more…)
Vineyard workers at Lenz Winery harvest merlot grapes in 2016. (Credit: Krysten Massa)
Look out the window the next time you find yourself on the East End. If you see grapevines, there’s a fair chance they are merlot, which makes up nearly 30 percent of the total grape plantings on Long Island. Roughly 700 acres of local vineyards are dedicated to merlot, making it the most-planted red grape variety. Its dominance is on full display in local tasting rooms, too, where you’ll find merlot bottled by itself, as well as in many red blends, rosés — and a few wineries even use it in sparkling wine production.
The importance of merlot to the local wine industry simply cannot be overstated. It is a workhorse for the region while also leading to some of its most lauded and adored wines. (more…)
A bottle of 2016 Merliance rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
For some people, rosé is strictly seasonal . You start drinking it around Memorial Day and by Tumbleweed Tuesday (the day after Labor Day), you’re done. But you’ll also find some rosé-obsessed folks who drink it year round. (more…)
Look at almost any region’s wine industry in America — and in the world, really — and you’ll find some sort of trade organization formed to support it. In the Napa Valley, it’s the Napa Valley Vintners. Next door in Sonoma you’ll find the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. In the Champagne region of France, you have organizations like the Comité Champagne. Closer to home, the Finger Lakes region has organizations like the Finger Lakes Wine Alliance and Finger Lakes Wine Country. You get the idea.
A bottle of Lenz Winery 2010 Old Vines Merlot. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
If you’ve been drinking Long Island wines for very long, you’ve most certainly heard a winemaker or tasting room staffer compare the North Fork and its wines to Bordeaux and its wines, particularly Right Bank Bordeaux. (more…)