As someone who writes about not only New York wine but also wine grown up and down the Eastern Seaboard — and even the Midwest — I’ve been thinking a lot about diversity lately.
Diversity takes many forms in the wine world. You have the grapes themselves, of course, and not just different varieties like merlot or chardonnay. There are different clones within each variety as well. Maybe we’ll talk clones in detail in an upcoming column, but you can think of a clone as a version of a grape variety that has specific characteristics. (more…)
Pindar Vineyards will be selling its Winter White and Summer Blush in cans starting this spring. (Credit: Pindar Vineyards)
Pindar Vineyards in Peconic is releasing its two most popular vintages — Winter White and Summer Blush — in canned form this spring. Co-owner and Director of Vineyard Management, Pindar Damianos, said the winery started experimenting with alternative packaging last summer, shortly after veteran Long Island winemaker Erik Bilka joined the team. (more…)
The 1770 House’s tavern dining room. (Credit: John Musnicki)
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Featuring a diverse range of local, national and international vintages, many South Fork restaurants are as well regarded for their outstanding wine lists as they are for their dining. Whether pouring white or red, these five Hamptons restaurants have an extensive selection to suit every dish. (more…)
Even if you’ve only been drinking Long Island wine for five to 10 years, it’s obvious that — on the whole, region-wide — the wines have never been better. Not that long ago, there were local wineries whose wine I wouldn’t drink even if they were the last wines on earth. (more…)
We asked Long Island’s wineries to tell us about the history of their vineyards, the wine they make and what makes their tasting room a unique place to visit. Read up on the wineries to plan your next stop along the Long Island wine trail.
This guide features write-ups on most Long Island tasting rooms and includes important information like the varieties of grapes grown and hours of operation. (more…)
The North Fork is a standout in the Long Island wine region. With 90-point wines and the shear number of vineyards to visit — more than 40 — it is a clear go-to destination for a day of hitting wineries. But it is not the only option.
But there are a handful of wineries on the South Fork farther west worth checking out. This guide features all you need to know for planning a trip to Long Island tasting rooms that are off the North Fork. (more…)
One Woman Winery in Southold has planted several unique varieties, including Chenin Blanc. (Credit: David Benthal)
If you’re reading this magazine, you probably know at least something about Long Island wine. You’ve probably tasted some, too. Maybe you’re even drinking some right now. If you are, there’s a good chance that there is merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc or sauvignon blanc in your glass. Most every local winery works with these grapes. They are — to varying degrees — the most important grapes for the region, now and into the future.
But, it’d be boring to drink only those grapes, right?(more…)