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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  • Shinn Estate Vineyards

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

  • Castello di Borghese

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

  • Brooklyn Oenology

    Brooklyn Oenology is a wine company headquartered in Greenpoint Brooklyn. We produce our wines o...

  • 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...

  • Lieb Cellars

    Lieb Family Cellars operates its tasting room and produces its wines at The Premium Wine Group (P...

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  • No, for sure there is some good wine coming out of Ontario, as well as in BC. Local wine keeps surprising me, actually. Earlier this year we visited Saturna Island Winery, and I was super impressed by their wild ferment riesling (they had two rieslings as I recall). Those guys are off Vancouver Island, well away from the Okanagan and Naramarta B... Read More

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  • If anyone in the greater NY area, including Long Island is interested in a home wine class, ranging from introductory to region/variety specific, drop me a line. I bring the class to you.  Also, if you have an organization that wants to run a fund raiser, or large group class, I can do that as well. eatwine@verizon.net Read More

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  • From the Wiki:GrilloGrape (Vitis) Color of berry skin: BlancSpecies: Vitis viniferaAlso called: RidduOrigin: Italy Grillo, also known as Riddu and Rossese bianco, is a white Italian wine grape variety which withstands high temperatures and is widely used in Sicilian wine-making and, in particular, for Marsala. Its origins are uncertain, but it m... Read More

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  • Anna, thanks for the invite.  I'll let you know, although rumor has it ... one in upstate NY and one on Long Island, both are true basements and both are passive.  His opinion was that exactly even temperature is actually not ideal, that wines in chais in France and elsewhere did see temperature variation, and that seasons are part of wine's de... Read More

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  • Bedell Malbec 2011


    Love the smooth fruit forward Malbec! Read More

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  • Grandioso Rose 2012


    No written review

    Wine review by rsk334

  • Channing Daughters Sauvignon Blanc North Fork Mudd Vineyard 2010


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  • Channing Daughters White Blend the Hamptons Envelope 2009


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  • Macari Sauvignon Blanc 2012


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  • These are are faves: http://www.paumanok.com/Great merlot plus a deck with picnic tables overlooking the vineyards. http://www.mccallwines.com/Perfume-heavy pinot noir, friendly staff  Read More

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