Long Island Wine


Long Island, New York is a relatively new wine region. It encompasses both Suffolk and Nassau counties, a.k.a. the North and South Forks (Hamptons), and their smaller islands. Most of the vineyards are located on farms that once grew potatoes and other crops, with tasting rooms in converted barns. Louisa and Alex Hargrave established the first commercial winery, Hargrave Vineyard, in the town of Cutchogue in the North Fork in 1973. Others soon followed, with the Hamptons AVA established in 1985 and the North Fork AVA in 1986. The catch-all Long Island AVA was established in 2001 to allow producers a wider range of grape sources from all sections.
Long Island is moderated by the Atlantic, Long Island Sound, and Peconic Bay. The bodies of water cool hot summer temperatures, but can also lead to nasty storm damage during unpredictable late summer/early autumn hurricane season, which can damage crops. However on average, most vintages yield well-balanced grapes which have been given long Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • Martha Clara Vineyards

    In 1978, the Entenmann family agreed to sell their family company and move on to greener pastures...

  • Castello di Borghese

    t's altogether fitting that when Long Island's oldest and most respected winery was up for sale s...

  • Clovis Point

    In 2001, the partners of Clovis Point purchased ten acres of farm land with a beautiful barn in t...

  • Bedell Cellars

    Bedell Cellars is among the oldest and most prestigious wineries on the North Fork of Long Island...

  • Shinn Estate Vineyards

    At Shinn Estate Vineyards, growing a great wine is accomplished through gathering many diverse el...

  • Long Island Meadery

    Have you ever heard of mead? Have you ever tried mead? Maybe you tried mead while visiting Europ...

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  • Lieb Cellars Blanc de Blancs Reserve 2011


    Soft hay, white blossom and pear aromas. A hint of sweet spice on entry, this tingles on the palate and comes with fresh lemon, pink grapefruit and a full texture. Turns creamy on the finish, with pastry cream and butter, a touch of tangerine and a light citrus and apple finish. Read More

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  • Bananas!Kathy - one piece of advice I'd give is that restaurants are ... ... ... doing decent work on Long Island. In Chile too. And it does well in California of course, but there are also a lot of mass-market versions that aren't very interesting.One of the most memorable tastings I ever did was Merlot from different regions. Can't remember... Read More

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  • "The prospect of Hillary's cackle and caw for the next four years leaves me terrified, but the idea of the Donald's disinterest in the state of the world is equally terrifying."I felt it was her election to lose--and she did. Hopefully after this debacle we won't have to see her much anymore, but who knows. As for an offshore view, the Chinese c... Read More

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  • Thank You, EMARK! I last tried Lyeth several years ago and liked it. Another ... ... Valley and North Fork of Long Island in NY, and Lehigh Valley in PA. I would like to share some info on them with you in a separate message. &nbs Read More

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  • Yeah, Merlot has alays done well on Long Island.  The climate and soil suit it very well.  If I'm not mistaken I think we also made a Can Franc at Hargrave as well.  Cab Franc seems to be less affected by the East Coast's propensity to produce this age-acquired veggieness in some of the other varietals. Read More

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  • Yep, you're right DM - I left out fishing! Fishing was my favorite pastime ... ... soil system deeper down.Long Island can at times also be dry, but it's other factors like poor flower set in the Spring and the birds in the Fall that bring their yields down.  As far as other varieties go, when I was there I also produced Sauvignon blanc, Ries... Read More

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  • Wow, that picture came out just a little bigger than I was expecting! lolGood ... just to name a few.As far as long Island wines goes I have been out of the loop there for about 25 years and most of my focus now being California and European wines simply because there isn't much of a demand for LI wines here in retail.  I was initially the eno... Read More

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  • Have had viti and viniculturalists in the States and Europe and South Africa ... the current state of wine on Long Island? Some of us have visited there, some have even lived in NYC and had intermittent-to-regular contact, while most others have had none. Would love to hear what you can share.And why Florida, if I may be so bold as to ask?Cheer Read More

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  • Welcome to the Snooth Forum, Bruce.  We look forward to learning from ... ... what can you tell us about Long Island wineries?  Regarding U.S. wines there is definitely a left coast bias around here.  I live in California and regularly describe myself as a California wine bigot.  However, one of the reasons I hang out here is to learn.  I find... Read More

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  • Hi, I'm Bruce.  I'm a UC Davis graduate of enology (26 years ... ... enologist at two wineries on Long Island during the 1990s and am now semi-retired in Sarasota, FL.I'm still working in the wine trade, part-time in retail, but otherwise retired.  I'm still active in wine and enology-related studies and have still managed to keep some of my c... Read More

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  • Big birthday coming up in October and my group of girls and I are thinking of a wine weekend (classes, tastings, food and wine pairings, bed and breakfast accommodations). Anyone have any recommendations for Long Island. We hear it is the up and coming "Napa." I'd appreciate any input. Thanks so much. Cheers!

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