North Fork of Long Island Wine

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Bordeaux is the word that springs to mind...and palate...for many who’ve experienced the complex elegance of Long Island reds, particularly those from the North Fork where most of the island’s 3,000 acres of vineyards and 30 wineries are located. The Bordeaux comparison really isn’t so far fetched. Some attribute it to the fact that the most planted grapes on the North Fork are the Bordeaux varieties Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, but these same grapes are found in vineyards from here to California, rarely yielding the same result. What makes North Fork reds so Bordeaux-esque is the climate. Three great bodies of Gulf Stream-influenced water surround the narrow peninsula. Long Island Sound is to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the south, and in the middle, splitting the two forks, is Peconic Bay. All three create a very moderate climate and an extended growing season that is over a month longer than other New York wine regions. However, maritime climates are susceptible to unpredictable 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...

  • 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 Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

Popular Wineries in North Fork of Long Island View all

  • 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...

  • Corey Creek Vineyards

    All of the equipment helps us to extract the ripe supple skin tannins of our grapes, but not the ...

  • Castello di Borghese

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

  • Pellegrini Family Vineyards

    The Pellegrini Family traces its heritage in winemaking to the early 1900s when brothers Nello an...

  • Raphael

    The winemaking philosophy is based on an understanding of the cycle of nature, the climate and so...

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North Fork of Long Island on Snooth

  • One of the writers on my website did a big North Fork trip last fall and wrote a mini-opus on the visit. Here's part 3: http://pavineco.com/wine-north-fork-long-island-new-york-tasting-notes/ (links to part 1 and 2 are at the top). Hope this helps - feel free to post questions in the comments and I'm sure Jeff will respond. Read More

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  • Hi guys, I have a friend from Brazil in town (NYC town) for a month and she wants to do a North Fork Long Island visit. I haven't been in some time -- has anyone been there recently and knows what is good to try these days (I realize that "good" for LI wines is a bit of a stretch, but...).I remember Pindar was nice for picnics and I think I had ... Read More

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  • Paumanok Sauvignon Blanc 2010

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    I've got to try this again, but it was filled with controlled amounts of light lemon zest and a bready sort-of nose. Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Roanoke Vineyards de Rosa Rosé 2007

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    The perfect rose. Beautiful full bouquet and a taste that pairs well with anything (im particular to this with apples and brie) Read More

    Wine review by mandamayhem


  • Onabay Chardonnay North Fork 2007

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    Lovely! Crisp and clean. Read More

    Wine review by ceekaynj


  • Palmer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc North Fork of Long Island 2005

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    Glass at Whole Foods, don't know the vintage. Tropical fruit - coconut, pineapple, green apple, a bit of cat pee. More sour-sweet than dry, nice overall. Read More

    Wine review by Slipstream


  • Channing Daughters Syrah Blend the Hamptons Due Uve 2009

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    Black pepper. Juicy, barely tannic. A little spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Kyle Graynor


  • Channing Daughters Syrah Blend the Hamptons Due Uve 2009

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    Cool climate syrahBlack pepper, violet, delicateness to it on the noseReally delicious, varying red and dark fruit with this yummy pepper coarsing through, brighty earthy not to fruity, balanced, very subtle spice from the pepper notes, really enjoyed this one, nice lingering palate too Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Paumanok Cabernet Sauvignon North Fork Tuthills Lane Vineyard 2005

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    Metal, paint, earth, not a lot of fruit on the noseTannins noticeable, not super bold but get mix of berry fruits, a little bit of currants, noticeable terroir. Not like a cali cab at all, not big bold fruity, it is what a cab would be in LI with some delicate qualities, refined. They had 17inches of rain in oct before this harvest, the rest of... Read More

    Wine review by Nicki Gig


  • Paumanok Cabernet Sauvignon North Fork Tuthills Lane Vineyard 2005

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    Peppery cocoa nose, smooth finish with beautifully integrated tannins. Not too much bite. Lovely wine. Read More

    Wine review by rjpease


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