Sips from Around the State
Our home state of New York provides a diverse landscape for wines. Way up north, four picturesque Finger Lakes temper the harsh cold, allowing grapes to flourish. While Riesling is the undeniable star of the region, wildcards, like Rkatsitel and Vignoles, are sometimes known to steal the spotlight.
Down on the Atlantic, Long Island winemakers cultivate over 20 varieties from Industry City in Brooklyn to surf-friendly Montauk. The wine route includes the pastoral North Fork and the Hamptons beach-towns of the South Fork. Long Island’s best offerings range from classic Bordeaux varietals, like Merlot and Cabernet Franc, to surprising stars, like Tocai and Albariño.
From the Niagara Falls to the North Fork, enjoy some delicious New York State wine picks from our staff!
Paumanok, Chenin Blanc $21.96
Chenin Blanc from Long Island? Yes, and it’s delicious. I am a Loire-a-phile through and through, and yet here a stunning Chenin to rival Vouvray or Anjou Blanc—crisp and bright, featuring white floral notes backed by a solid mineral streak. Check it and see! – Josh Mizrahi
Keuka Lake Vineyards is a tiny operation in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Made from Vignoles, a hybrid grape, this wine shows fragrant aromas of white flowers and citrus along with a crisp, refreshing acidity. An ideal summer sipper, it’s especially good with oysters. – Laura Atbashian
Winemaker Andrew Scott is making pure, delicious wine that he labels “alive.” All of his wines are fermented with naturally occurring yeasts and are bottled by hand, without fining, filtering, or adding sulfites. This Cabernet offers luscious, dark red fruit flavors and velvety tannins. Chill slightly and decant before serving. – Laura Atbashian
This is not your Grandma’s California Chardonnay! Flooded with of green apple, pear, bright acidity, it eschews the tropical fruits, oak, and malolactic flavors. Stainless steel fermentation creates a vivid, crisp, and unoaked wine. – Erik Guzinski
Palmer Vineyards Albariño $26.99
This Albariño from North Fork winery, Palmer Vineyards, is definitely a unique offering. Winemaker Miguel Martin hails from Spain and excels at coaxing wonderful fruit flavors and bright acidity from a grape more closely associated with his home country than his current home state. Production is very limited so don’t miss out on it! – Bambi Ray
Paumanok, Festival Red $17.96
As the name suggests, the Festival Red is ideal for a party. It’s a fresh and fruit-forward blend of Cabernet and Merlot and makes a delicious pair for pizza, pasta, chicken wings, meatball subs… I could go on and on. Paumanok is family-run estate in the North Fork of Long Island. – Laura Atbashian