…. and now for something completely different ! New York : Long Island wines

 

Located on the East Coast of the US sits a crazy place  , a place that’s very stressful, full of suits and more coffee houses than you can “shake a stick at” !!. Captialism is king and if you ever look round each block you’re sure to find a new fad , a new ideal or a uber cool innovation

New York has always been a central hub for business. Full of stress bunnies

but… if you look a little east of manhattan, past the fabulous districts of Hoboken, DUMBO and the Bronx then you’ll find a peaceful haven called Long Island.

Out here stocks and shares are rarely spoken about and the mere mention of old blue sumatra coffee beans (for a cappachino to be drunk after 10:30am) is frowned upon!

Leave that city stuff in the city.

Here they have the coastline ,

TWO PHOTOS

 

They have nature and no skyscrapers. Here vines can be left to grow.  It is the equivalent of Margaret River in Australia ( almost forgotten about , not overworked and sustainable.)

Due to the nature of the weather the following grapes grow :

WHITES

RICH & FULL-BODIED whites are complex and have oak influence to encourage complex flavors and aromas.  Pairs well with crab and lobster, cream sauces and soft cheeses. These wines can age up to 10 years.

FEATURED GRAPES
Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

AROMATIC whites are light and refreshing & intense aromas. Pairs well with baked salmon, sea bass, pork and cured meats. These wines can age up to 8 years.

FEATURED GRAPES
Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris) Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai Friulano, Albarino, Viognier

CRISP & ZESTY whites are fresh, light and invigorating and crisp acidity.
Pair well with seafood and regional food These wines can age up to 4-6 years.

FEATURED GRAPES

Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris) Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Tocai Fruiano

REDS

FULL-BODIED & POWERFUL reds have been fermented on the skins and aged resulting in higher tannins, higher alcohol, and darker fruit flavors
Pair with barbecue, smoked meats, read meat and steaks as well as savory mushroom dishes.These wines can age up to 30 years

FEATURED GRAPES
Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Refosco, Syrah

MEDIUM-BODIED Their characteristics are balanced = a perfect harmony of fruit, acidity and tannin.  Pair with pizza to roast meats; hearty vegetable soups to burgers.These wines can age up to 15 years

FEATURED GRAPES
Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Pinot Noir, Syrah, Blaufrankisch

LIGHT-BODIED & FRUITY are perfect for a  summer bbq. (rubbish for winter – but refer to FULL BODIED above )These wines have lighter tannins, bright acidity and slightly lower alcohol with red fruit flavors.
These reds can chill for drinking on their own or with risottos, chicken and other poultry.These wines can age up to 10 years.

FEATURED GRAPES
Cabernet Franc, Lagrein, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Refosco

ROSE  IN SEASON. EVERY SEASON.
Long Island Rosés range from pale to more deeply colored, medium bodied and fruit-scented.

Pair with lighter vegetable and chicken dishes, and are great with grilled fish and meats.​These wines can age up to 3 years.

Reds Long Island best GW vintage years (in order)

Very good – 2013 2012 2015 2014 1998 1995

Good – 2010 2001 2004 1994 1990

The Rest – 2011 2008 2009 2007 1997 1996 2006 2005 2000 1999 1992

Whites – best GW vintage years (in order)

Very Good – 2004 2010 1991 1990 2001 1997 1994 2007

Good – 2015 2014 2013 2012 2008 2006 2002 1999 1993

the rest -2009 2005

 

What more could you want  !!!
 

Sure you’ll find the rich families, the preppy school kids and the success of America in just one area.

Hugely influential and  perfect lifestyle but go east

The Long Island AVA is an American Viticultural Area encompassing Nassau and Suffolk counties of New York.

WINE PRODUCERS ON LONG ISLAND

Please click on any of the links below  to see more on these fabulous producers. This is good reading when you need time to your self, press pause on life

Touch the screen to halt life for a moment !

just a moment and enjoy discovering something new!

  1. Ackerly pond vineyards
  2. Aanthony nappa wines
  3.   baiting hollow farm vineyard
  4.  bedell cellars
  5. Bouké Wines and Bouquet Wines
  6.   castello di borghese
  7.  channing daughters Hamptons
  8. Clovis Point wines
  9. Coffee Pot Cellars
  10. Corey Creek Vineyards 
  11.  croteaux
  12.  Diliberto Winery
  13.  North duckwalk vinyards Hamptons
  14.  South duckwalk winery Hamptons
  15.  gramercy vineyard
  16. harbes vineyard
  17.  james port wines
  18.  jasons vineyard
  19.  kontokosta winery Hamptons
  20. Laurel Lake Vineyards 
  21.  lieb cellars
  22.  macari wines
  23.  martha clara vineyards
  24.  mattebella
  25.  mccall wines
  26.  one woman wines
  27.   ospreys dominion
  28.  palmer vineyards
  29.  paumanok
  30.  pellegrini vineyards
  31.  pindar
  32.  premium wine group
  33.  pugliese vineyards
  34.  raphael wine
  35.    roanoke vineyards
  36.  sannino vineyard
  37.  scarola vineyards
  38.  sherwood house vineyards
  39.   shinne state vineyards
  40.  starking pointe
  41.  suhru wines
  42.  lenz wine
  43.  the old field Hamptons
  44.  tjara vineyards
  45.  vineyard 48 wine
  46. waters crest winery
  47. whisper vineyards
  48. wolffer Hamptons
  49. woodside orchards

North Fork – 49
The Hamptons/ Western Suffolk  5

The Geeky bit – The modern day wine industry in New York was founded in 1973.

  • The most planted grapes (varietals) to be planted are Cabernet Sauvigon, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
  • The number of vineyards have now swelled to 60 (some not available to the public and range from 2.5 to over 500 acres.
  • The annual production of cases equals 500,000 cases (1,200,000 gallons) attracting 1.3 million visitors
  • Total Number of Acres Owned: 4,000
    Number of Acres Planted: 3,000 (1200 Rugby sized pitches )

One of the dilemmas that the region faces is the effect of becoming popular. Just like Oregon : how do the regions protect the environment from erosion and over use  and still keep the region sustainable?  No one wants a dissolving environment buts its a fine line between getting the visitor numbers right and excluding the very hand that feeds you !  So far both regions have got it right.

The Long Island AVA was established in 2001, over 15 years after two smaller AVAs were created at the eastern end of Long Island. The Long Island AVA was set up to promote wineries outside the Hamptons and Suffolk AVA’s  It also protected the Long Island name; AVAs require that a minimum of 85% of the fruit used in the designated wine is grown within the borders of the region.

Due to the nature of the area being small in distribution most wineries sell locally. But with the internet and good shipping rates you can get some fantastic wines sent to your home. Import outside the EU is only £2.17 a bottle (plus shipping)  Go on  , be brave

3 suggestions below – but click on the vineyard links above to find out more

 

Wolffer estate rose 2016 £11.44 Midway wine and liquors

characteristics in photos

Bedell Cellera Cab Franc  £15.26 2015 Hamptons Wine Shoppe

 

characteristics in photos

Paumanok Chenin Blanc £14.04  Garnet wines and Liquors

characteristics in photos

Vineyards on Long Island benefit from the moderating influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, and Peconic Bay on the local climate.[3]

The North Fork of Long Island AVA is an American Viticultural Area located in eastern Suffolk County. The North Fork of Long Island is home to 38 wineries and 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of planted vineyards. The local climate is heavily influenced by the presence of Long Island Sound, Peconic Bay, and the Atlantic Ocean. The maritime influences of these bodies of water help to moderate temperature fluctuations and extend the growing season up to a month longer than other regions in New York.

The Hamptons, Long Island AVA is an American Viticultural Area located entirely within eastern Suffolk County, New York, and includes the entire South Fork of Long Island and the townships of Southampton and East Hampton. Authored by winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich in 1984, it was the first AVA to be approved for Long Island. The region covers an east-west oriented peninsula approximately 54 miles (87 km) long and between 0.5 miles (0.8 km) and 10.0 miles (16.1 km) wide. The local climate is heavily influenced by the nearby Atlantic Ocean and Peconic Bay. The region is generally cooler and more prone to fog than the nearby North Fork of Long Island AVA. The soil is silt and loam.[3] The area is in hardiness zones 7a and 7b.

Type American Viticultural Area
Year established 1988[1]
Country United States
Part of Long Island AVA, New York
Climate region Maritime
Soil conditions Silt, loam
Total area 136,448 acres (55,219 ha)[2]
Grapes produced Aligote, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Dornfelder, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, Merlot, Muscat Ottonel, Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot noir, Sauvignon blanc, Semillon, Tocai Friulano[3]

The New York grape, grape juice and wine industry generates more than $4.8 billion in economic benefits annually for New York State. 1,631 family vineyards… over 400 wineries… 175,000,000 bottles of wine… $408 million in state and local taxes – these are just a few of the many statistics available in this section. The “What’s in a Bottle of Wine?” poster summarizes it all, but other resources include map showing the number of wineries in various New York counties, detailed economic impact studies, descriptions of New York’s most common grape varieties, a photo gallery and much more. The grape and wine industry is a collection of small family businesses which, appropriately, do not share proprietary data, so there is some information which is simply not available. But here we offer you the latest and most detailed information that we have.

Music  BILLY Joel   NEW YORK STATE OF MIND

 

 

YOU DIDNT REALLY PRESS THE PAUSE BUTTON DID YOU !!!

A toast to Sunderland’s finest! 

Years ago the North of England was regarded as one of the great areas for industry. Many thought that anywhere past Watford was ‘Grim’.  Coal was big business and raw materials were in high demand. It was a ‘golden age’.  These days the North of England seems to have lost most of that industry that made it prosperous.

 

Sunderland ( A shipbuilding town), in particular, was one of those such towns that had it all. Much of that is gone now but what remains is the stoic determination for something great again.  That dream, that desire, might just be becoming to fruition.

Just look at neighbouring  Tynemouth and you might think your in Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds   Not only are fabulous independent shops on the high street but also the gastro-scene is flourishing. Posh shops everywhere and London prices – the only thing missing is the Hunter Welly’s !  Having looked out from Rileys Fish Shack (Below) just 2 weeks ago the gastro-scene had truly arrived!

TM The Grape Wizard

TM The Grape Wizard

Fish and Chips on the Beach – How Victorian and totally stress free

(No London life allowed here !)

 

™TheGrapeWizard.com – Turbot & Capers with Samphire YUM YUM

The creativity built out of 2 * 40ft containers is there to see – great food cooked to order and craft beer on tap.

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TM Rileys Fish Shack

carefully selected beer and ale from some of the regions favorite brewers including

Wylam Brewery,
Almasty Brewing Co
Three Kings Brewery
and
Allendale Brewery.

Good choice of wine also adds to the experience. Not only was the food good for the stomach but the experience was good for the soul   All fish 🐟 was unusual – even the ugly gurnard was on the menu.  Just shows you we don’t have to be reliant on cod and haddock all the time.!!

If there is a lesson here it is the determination of a business to showcase talent to the local economy in the hope of greater things. Such is the determination up in the North of England that other businesses have taken the step to modernise and become uber-cool in recent years –  Alnwick gardens, The Sage and the Baltic in Gateshead all benefiting from a revamp !

Even the Angel of the North champion’s optimism and the hope for the future !

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Then…. just the other day i was driving into Sunderland  and drove through a ‘suburb’ of Sunderland – Roker

 

and saw “Poetic License ” adorned on a hotel wall. Further investigation highlights a fabulous gin distillery.

It Achieved a Gin Masters Award and Gin of the Year Award 2015. Set up by a guy who worked in the hospitality industry. This is a Gin/s to try I thought!.

Here is the range

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 Northern Dry Gin £34.95 thefoodmarket.com

Juniper, Cardamom, Pepper, Citrus.

43.2% Vol.

Expect a big fistful of juniper that is complemented with green cardamom to warm the heart on an Autumnal evening . Undertones of lemon and eucalyptus together with Persian lime intensifies the citrus feel  GW score 4*

Good for Negroni and the sharp citrus flavour of a classic Gin Sour

Old Tom Gin £34.95 thefoodmarket.com

Juniper, Sweetness, Rose, Oak

41.6% Vol.

A sweeter and more peppery taste compared to the Dry Gin. Oak casks add a woody flavour and colour to the Gin. Rose petals infuse a distinct character to the sweetness as well as a rose gold tinge.

Mixing Tips:  Old Tom Gin suits subtle cocktail recipes. Ingredients like lavender and rose give it a good balance GW Score 3*

Graceful Vodka £32.50 MasterofMalt.com

Smooth, Pure, Subtle Sweetness.

40.4% Vol.

 a smooth spirit, to be sipped and savoured.

Created entirely from British wheat giving a velvety smooth texture,

Mixing Tips: Cocktails with a lighter citrus flavour = GIMLETS. Avoid mixers with too much acidic content try a dry Vodka Martini

Fireside Gin £34.95 Poetic License

Mulled Winter Fruit and Juniper

40.1% Vol.

This gin is a winter warmer, your granny’s favourite blanket on your knee. Very wintery.  Juniper, coriander and orris root give it its base flavours whilst a sweetness from dried winter fruits and a zingy freshness from clementine.

The mulling spice blend of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg gives a warming flavour reminiscent of your favourite seasonal treats, sure to warm you from the inside out!

Mixing Tips: Try Winter Cocktails – Poetic License  like it ” hot, served with ginger ale warmed through with a little honey and extra mulling spices.” Try It!

The citrus edge also makes a delicious white lady.”

They also do a whole host of seasonal stuff GW Score 4*

Click to see more of the Guys from P.L.

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Gracie – She does all the work and surely deserves a medal – at the very least a mention

Having tried the Northern Gin last night (22nd Sept 2017 ) I have to say it’s one of the most stand out gins I’ve tried   Up there with Herno Gin and  Icelandic Vor Gin . All too often gins can loose there distinct style and flavour. Poetic Licence Northern Gin seems to be spot on.

The growing market for sipping gins seems to be growing – using more richer flavours and combining that with your favourite music seems to enhance the experience.

Some of you may have noticed that I havn’t put up a blog for a few weeks. My father in law has been battling with a long term illness. Obviously this week is a little more personal than normal but it is only fitting to finish this weeks blog with a tribute to a man who lived and loved life.  Tom introduced me to many a fine whiskey in the company of Robert Zimmerman (click here to find out more!). . 

Perhaps it is some sort of ‘poetic licence’ to have discovered a gin called ‘Old Tom’ made in his home town in the week he passed away. He is now immortalised

So here’s to you Tom  🍻 – You did a fabulous job as a Father, Mentor and a Guardian.  You are a true inspiration – an example of what all of us should be as individuals and you did it without trying. You will be sorely missed but never forgotten. Since beginning this blog and finishing it I am now sadly dedicating this piece to you.

Cheers !

cheers

This weeks music pairing 

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GW Spirits Rating

  • 1* Not very interesting, boring branding, expensive cost price for product
  • 2*Branding improving, showing signs of some thing interesting. Good value for money
  • 3* Middle of the road product, not good value for money and not too expensive.    Simlar products on the market make it generic
  • 4*Unique in character and good value for money
  • 5* Inventive, unique in character, visually fabulous together with a favourable cost price