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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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

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  • Martha Clara Vineyards

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

  • Bedell Cellars

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

  • Long Island Meadery

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

  • Clovis Point

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

  • Comtesse Thérèse

    New York . . . the greatest city in the world . . . and a winemaking region. Yes, with almost 5...

  • Lenz Winery

    Open daily for tastings. See out website to sign up for our Newsletter! Lots of special events,...

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Long Island on Snooth

  • I have just returned from a trip away to the Channel Islands.While there I took a boat ride out to the island of Sark.This is only about 3 miles long and there are no cars or coaches so the guided tour is by horse and carriage.It is a very pretty and interesting place with nice views and has some lovely walks. I mention this on our forum because... Read More

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  • Wolffer Estate Vineyards Rosé Table Wine 2011


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  • "I think that for 90% of the readers of that article who want to buy wine on eBay, it is pretty harmless."I prefer my info to be reliable, pure of ulterior motive, and from someone who knows what they're talking about, rather than someone who doesn't and is throwing together a half-baked melange, a childish pastiche of poorly understood bits and... Read More

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  • My wife doesn't drink wine at all, so it was five people, five bottles (at my place).  Then more at Stage, but I didn't stay too long.  I wasn't hammered, but stopped in the nick of time for me!  I'm 129 lbs and 5% fat.  That alcohol goes straight to my veins.  DM, we've been an extension of California this summer.  We had our first rain in abou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Pinot Noir throwdown

  • Pellegrini Vineyards Petit Verdot 2010


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • Shinn Estate Vineyards Rosé Blend North Fork Rosé 2010


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    Wine review by QuiLoxx

  • LA Times has, unfortunately, seen its best days come and go. A couple of ... ... back when it also owned that Long Island rag, too. it and the NYTimes were considered the top two amongst journalists who cared, with the Washington Post coming in a distant third. For quite awhile back then it had, amongst other mainstream journalists who might g... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Emark and D - you guys explained it. I thought there was once a huge fishing ... ... stuff from the coast off Long Island. There's a HUGE difference between fresh and frozen for some fish, not so much for other fish, and the flaky white ones seem to suffer the most. Of course since most Americans seem to think that fish has to be battered and ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Tasting with GregT: Vega,...

  • I have been trying to find info on wine terminology. Im lost everytime I visit ... I live on Long Island. Something that goes with all foods.  Thanks Read More

    Forum post in the topic No clue about Wine Terminology

  • Lieb Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2010


    White peach and yeasty aromas with green apple and unripe pear on the nose. Bubbles are quite strong and even a bit astringent, with more green apple and pear, golden berries, peach and lemon zest. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

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