When the vineyards of a specific region are featured in a magazine that focuses specifically on wine, it’s time to recognize that this area has truly arrived. This was a long time coming for New York’s Long Island Wines, which had been completely overshadowed by California wineries for decades. Things are changing as the island’s vineyards are being recognized for their high quality and the delicious beverages they bring forth.
People who are unfamiliar with Long Island Wines will no doubt be surprised when they discover how many varieties under different brands are produced here. They might not discover this until they travel to the area on vacation and decide to stop in at a local liquor store, or to ask for a wine list at a restaurant. Then they’ll be intrigued and want to try some of these beverages.
Long Island’s wine country is located at the far ends of the island, some 60 miles from New York City. The geography may not seem to have much in common with parts of California where vineyards are plentiful. However, the climate is similar to that of southwestern France and some other regions known for fine wine. France and New York share the same ocean, although they are on opposite coasts. As its name makes clear, the island is long, and it’s also relatively narrow. People may wonder about cold weather in eastern New York State, knowing that southern France has a more moderate climate. Yet that part of France is actually situated at a slightly higher latitude than Long Island is. The soil in the two regions is similar, as is the average temperature.
Wine aficionados who appreciate slightly dry red varieties might begin with a Merlot or Cabernet. Those who prefer a lighter white wine could choose Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc. People who enjoy a sweeter flavor that’s not too cloying may choose Riesling or Pinot Grigio. Sparkling wines are produced in this region too and can be found at a store such as Towne Cellars Wines & Liquors. Please visit the website Townecellarswines.com to view the current inventory of local wine varieties. You can also connect them on Facebook for more updates.
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