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

Sitting on the east coast of the USA sits a crazy place  , a place that’s very stressful, full of suits and more coffee houses than you can “shake a stick at” !!. A place where capitalism is king and if you ever take a look around each block you’ll sure find out a new fad , a new ideal or a über cool innovation This is the place of dreams!

New York has always been a central hub for business. Full of stress bunnies, full of people rushing, full of people ignoring people

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 cappuccino to be drunk after 1030) is frowned upon!

Leave that city stuff in the city.

Here they have the coastline , fabulous food and great wines !

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 had 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 just one moment !

just a moment and enjoy discovering something new!

  1. Ackerly pond vineyards
  2. anthony 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 International 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 standout wines  – click on the vineyard links above to find out more

Wolffer estate rose 2016 £11.44 Midway wine and liquors

Peaches apricots and some minerality !

Bedell Cellera Cab Franc  £15.26 2015 Hamptons Wine Shoppe

Redcurrents and red cherries

Paumanok Chenin Blanc £14.04  Garnet wines and Liquors

             

Melons , grapefruit ,pineapple guava and apples

 

Vineyards on Long Island benefit from the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, Long Island Sound, and the Peconic Bay which makes the wines vibrant and fresh.

The North Fork of Long Island is an American Viticultural Area located in eastern Suffolk County. The North Fork of Long Island is home to the majority of the 49 wineries(38) wineries and 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) of planted vineyards. 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. (VIP)

The Hamptons, by comparison, is an AVA on the South Fork  and 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. and only 5 vineyards ! The region is generally cooler

Total area 136,448 acres (55,219 ha)

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

So to sum up , this is a relatively new region for wine, only been in operation for 40 years. It does have some great wines and some great vintages but with everything in the wine industry  it comes down to what you like . Have a look at the list of vineyards and discover something new.  any questions please  email me

EMAIL the WIZARD !

Music pairing with the wine

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

 

 

GW

 

 

 

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