We all know and love California wine. But did you know that every single state in the country produces wine? New York State is the 3rd largest producer of wine after California and Oregon. Shocked?.. you shouldn't be. New York is home to some of the nations oldest wineries. Although the vast majority of grapes grown in New York are used for juice and table consumption, the grapes that are able to be made into wine, produce beautifully tasty and even age worthy wines.
All of Let's Talk Wine's tasting parties are customized and we have been seeing an uptick in requests for New York region wines. Our clients are often blown away by the quality of these wines. New York is known for great Rieslings from the Finger Lakes region in Upstate New York. We have been long time fans of New York Rieslings, particularly this from Dr. Frank Konstantine. In fact we poured these Rieslings in our very first corporate office event and have been using them tastings, in home and team building office events, ever since.
New York also does well with Chardonnay. Chardonnays really thrive and shine in soil with minerality like limestone. The soil in upstate New York is rich in limestone. Quartz Rock Winery in the Hudson Vally makes a beautiful unbaked Chardonnay that shows of beautiful fruit, great winemaking and the richness and depth of the Hudson Valley soil. You can Tate the mineralogy in the wine as well as bright green apple and pear notes. A great wine even if you are not a big Chardonnay fan.
The Cab Francs of Long Island are medium bodied and not to be missed. We feature Cab Francs year round in our All Inclusive Wine tastings. It's a great summer red as it is not too heavy and very food friendly. Pinot Noir plantings have also been showing very well recently. You can expect them to only get better and may soon become the red grape answers to the Finger Lake's Riesling.
If you are curious about New York State wine, why not consider a wine tasting featuring all New York Wine? It's great way to explore wine with out a commitment.