I know this is old news but I was pleased to hear that Long Island wine was served at President Obama’s Inaugural luncheon last week.
It was a 2009 Merlot from Bedell Cellars that was priced at $30. After the announcement that the wine would be served at the Inaugural luncheon it sold out almost immediately.
If you are a Merlot fan Bedell Cellars has available their 2010 Merlot which is a 30th anniversary vintage. If I remember correctly 2010 was a very good year :).
I’m fortunate to live a reasonable distance from Long Island Wine Country and enjoy the local wines and fresh produce from many of the organic farms.
Another major draw to Long Island wines is that many wineries are committing to sustainable farming.
For hundreds of years Long Island was mainly farmland before developers started moving east from the city to build housing.
When the first vineyards were planted in 1973 there was a pride and commitment to produce quality wines.
As more vines were planted the new winemakers knew they needed to make a change in the landscape to ensure growing the highest quality grapes.
The basic concept of sustainability is to protect the land, workers, and the economy. This is the path that leads to improving the environment, the safety of employees and economic stability. It brings awareness of the consequences of our actions on the farm, in the workplace and the community.
Today some 40 years since the first vines were planted winemakers are working hard on their commitment to strive to protect the environment for the good of all farmers on Long Island.
I’m hopeful sustainable farming practices will hold steady and continue to preserve and protect the land for the future generations to enjoy the natural gifts bestowed upon us.