We love American wine – and wine by the US, we do not mean that California. Yes, we have to thank Cali nearly 90 percent of the production of vino in our country, but what about the other 10 percent? Oregon, Washington and Texas even put some stellar quality wines; although this week we pay tribute to the grapes that find their home here in New York. Between North Fork wine tours of Long Island, Finger Lakes and even in New York itself, incredible wines are made which deserve as much recognition as their California cousins. While you can not find them on the shelves of your local wine shop, most New York bottles can be purchased online – and let’s face it, most of us use the convenience of the Internet to buy our toothpaste nowadays; so why not use the same convenience for shopping wine? Discover five of our favorite bottles to put you in the Empire State of Wine.
GLENORA BRUT NV
Glenora Wine Cellars on Seneca Lake in New York, claiming the title of first winery of the lake. Its award-winning wines have won the heart of many for nearly 40 years – including ours. Glenora Brut NV mild palate, fruity with notes of yeasty, balanced by crisp acidity and lively bubbles. This Cayuga Chardonnay mixture undergoes fermentation in the bottle and semidry ends; perfect (and affordable) Finger Lakes Sparkler for any occasion.
Keuka Spring Vineyards is located 20 minutes from Glenora Wine Cellars, located on the northeastern tip of Keuka Lake. The Finger Lakes region as a whole is widely known for its stellar production Riesling, Keuka Spring included. Gifts of wine of tropical fruit flavors, on a dry-sweet palate of stone fruit. Perfect as an aperitif or paired with light salads.
SHINN WILD BOAR DOE 2013
Barbara Shinn and David Page, former owners of the house, one of the first restaurants in the firm’s East Coast table, planted their 20 acres of North Fork vineyard tour Long Island in 1998. Barbara tends globally vines using biodynamic farming practices, which pure, healthy fruit. The property also boasts the title of the first alternative engine cellar on the east coast, with a solar system and wind power set up in 2010. While their range of wines is superb, the Boar Doe in 2013 is not missed. The assembly is dominant Merlot, mixed with Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. The wine is fleshy and smooth, with a rich palate, black fruit.
BROOKLYN WINERY UNOAKED CHARDONNAY 2014
Wine made in Brooklyn? You bet. Brooklyn Winery was founded by former colleagues Brian Leventhal and John Stires, who decided to pursue their passion for wine after becoming tired of their daily 9 to 5 job. Conor McCormack winemaker from California, was brought to the team, quickly tripling annual production, and an urban dream was born. The grapes come from 15 vineyards across the country, with 20 different wines produced each year. Unoaked Chardonnay Producer Brooklyn is one of its best sellers, awarded with fruits and trucked temperature controlled Finger Lakes. The wine ferments and ages in stainless steel without malolactic fermentation, producing a fresh, intense melon and fruit in white stone. Acidity is bright and mouthfeel is smooth, making it a success for many palaces. Prefer other expressions of Chardonnay? Do not worry: Conor also a fermented in barrel and a vintage Chard skin contact for the most curious drinkers.
PAUMANOK CHENIN BLANC
Love Loire Chenin? Paumanok Chenin Blanc is for you. Bright minerality, lively acidity and aromas of grapefruit wear to a new, clean palate. The sudden slow cooling wine fermentation, stainless steel. . Perfect as an aperitif or with seafood Fun fact: Paumanok is the only winery Long Island to produce Chenin Blanc. This bottle is certain to prove skeptics wine New York, badly.