This week’s cool weather aside, it’s spring. We’re not that far from summer, in fact. I know that I — along with the new patch of grass that I’m trying to grown in my back yard — could use a bit more sunshine in my life.
India Vineyard Enter Long Island sauvignon blanc. Bright, citrusy and refreshing it’s one of the go-to wines at my house every summer. Look for my feature story in the summer issue of the Long Island Wine Press for a full run-down on the grape, why it’s so well-suited to Long Island and the various styles being made here.
Red Wine In India In the meantime, this week’s “Wine of the Week” is Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($24) which deftly exemplifies what Long Island sauvignon blanc is and can be.
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Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sure, since those grapes excel in the region's west due to its cool, mild climate and long growing season. In the right hands, they create wines that would make even the most talented vintners in Europe swoon (see Domaine de la Côte, below). But the region had early success with Rhône varieties like Syrah, with winemakers like Qupé's Bob Lindquist leading the charge. And it's no longer unusual to come across Grüner Veltliner, Chenin Blanc, Gamay and even Jura-native Trousseau.
India Winery The Santa Barbara winemakers who seek out unconventional grapes tend to have a similar goal in mind: make unfussy, delicious, drinkable wines that emphasize their varieties' unique qualities rather than hide them with laboratory yeasts and an abundance of vanilla-scented new oak. Many draw inspiration from the Old World regions where the grapes originated. The result is a diverse palette of expressive whites and reds that share a kindred spirit with natural wines from France and beyond yet have a terroir imprint all their own.
Vineyards India Graham Tatomer came of age in the Santa Barbara wine business and cut his teeth on the area's Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. A pivotal moment in his career, however, was a 2003 apprenticeship at Weingut Knoll—a cult producer of Grüner Veltiner and Riesling in Austria's Wachau. Tatomer brought his love and know-how of Austrian grapes home and has been turning out textured, mineral wines like this one ever since.
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The steady expansion of vineyards in California’s premier wine-growing region is moving uphill into oak and other woodlands and is adversely affecting fish and wildlife. Other wine areas, from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Mendoza in Argentina, are facing similar issues.
Wine To India Kellie Anderson stands in the understory of a century-old forest in eastern Napa County, about 70 miles north of San Francisco. To her left is a creek gully, a rush of the water audible through the thick riparian brush. The large trees here provide a home for deer, mountain lions, and endangered spotted owls, while the stream supports the last remnants of the Napa River watershed’s nearly extinct steelhead trout.
Wine Society Of India “They want to take all of this out,” says Anderson, who sits on the steering committee of a local environmental organization, Save Rural Angwin , named for a community in the renowned wine country of the Napa Valley. She is studying a project-planning map of the area as she waves her free arm toward the wooded upward slope. “It looks like this will be the edge of a block of vines,” she says.
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