It might seem that when it comes to American red wines, California is the absolute center of all the attention. But have you noticed that some of the wine experts are slowly shifting their eyes to other places like Washington and New York? We all love Sonoma and Napa, but New York wine country is also delivering fantastic wines for a terrific value. Don't miss out on our expert's selection.
While most of the wines that we know and drink are made from the European species Vitis vinifera, New York state is also well known to produce wine from North American native species. They are known as the Vitis labrusca and are pretty unique. Originally, V. Labrusca was used to make grape juice, jams, and jellies, and its use in the wine industry has been somehow underrated till lately. The very talented NY winemakers are on a quest to revive this old tradition and work hard to step up on their game.More info and FAQ below
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Frequently Asked Questions About New York Red Wine
What are New York's most popular red wines?
The Long Island wine country is known to produce some of the best red wines in the whole estate, and they are particulary known for their Merlots and Cabernet Franc.
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The history of New York wines
It is often said that the American winemaking story started in New York, as the first European immigrants brought with them their knowledge and interest in wine. The first records establish that actually, the early grape growing started back in the 1600s, as the first licensed winery was established in Hammondsport.
It wasn't only until the 1950's that Dr. Konstantin Frank started dreaming about fine wine production in the Finger Lakes Region. As a consequence of his success, by the 70s, the local industry began to commit to European fine grape varietals.
Within this long and rich history of commitment and hard work, nowadays, the local wine industry flourishes with over 400 wineries and producing over 175 million bottles of wine per year
Did you know? New York is third in grape production by volume after California and Washington.
New York red wine production
Containing the Northfork AVA, The Hamptons AVA, the Long Island AVA was only approved in 2001. It is famous for its Cabernet Franc and Merlot and produces some great Sauvignon Blanc as well. Because of its proximity to the Atlantic ocean, some experts compare the Long Island' climate to Bordeaux. As the hot summer days are cooled down by the overnight breezes, making it suitable for Bordeaux varietals. Merlot thrives, delivering great fruit intensity, complexity, and brightness when it comes to Cab Franc; the styles resemble some of the French counterparts like Chinon with plum, black pepper, and licorice notes.
Also, the Hudson River Valley is also known for its "Heritage Red" made by blending French hybrids; hence its production is highly controlled by local legislation.
While most of the Finger Lakes focus is centered on Riesling, there are a handful of producers also making great examples of Pinot Noirs and Cabernet Francs.
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