It’s official. A visit to long Island Wine Country is just as good of a getaway as a pricey Napa Valley jaunt — at least according to food, drink and travel website Thrillist, anyway.
The article, however, doesn’t focus on the quality of Long Island’s cabernet francs and merlots or the crisp, natural acidity of its sauvignon blancs. Admittedly not a wine connoisseur, writer Tony Merevick instead hones in on the experience of visiting the region. (more…)
Tasting room visits are important to Long Island’s wineries. On-site visits create loyal customers and wineries get to keep 30 percent of the retail price that would otherwise go to distributors. But one limo load of tipsy party seekers can ruin the tasting experience for everyone. Crowds of tourists will affect the quality and essential nature of the places they come to see. How can the wineries reach real customers while discouraging the freeloaders?
From bike tours to trolleys to more exotic contraptions like the pedal-powered North Fork Wine Wagon, North Fork visitors certainly have options when it comes to getting around. (more…)
I don’t listen to music in the car much anymore, mostly just NPR. But I have started listening to a handful of podcasts, including food celebrity Alton Brown’s “The Alton Browncast.” A recent episode featured George Peterson from the Monterey Bay Aquarium – associated with well-known seafood website Seafood Watch — which touched on what it means for a fishery to be sustainable. (more…)
As Long Island’s wines gain recognition in an expanding marketplace, wine critics often exclaim how much they have improved.