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Wine Craft: A Look at Wine from New York State

A Little iWine in the Morning

What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? Do you get up and go straight to your job? Do you check your email? Do you get on social media and find out what other people got up to night before and then send out a few texts asking, “What is your damage?” What’s the percentage of people who get out of bed within one hour? How about two hours? I can’t tell you the actual number but I bet there are a lot of people who lounge around a bit before facing the real world.

Myself included.

I always start my day by catching up on everything I missed while working the night before, but today I took my lie-in time to the extreme. I had no plans today other than creating this week’s Wine Craft post in the afternoon, so I chose to stay in bed for over two hours to just go through my iPhone looking at pictures. This is something I haven’t done in a good while so I had plenty of time (and plenty of pictures). After an hour, I came across this photo:


A Great Wine from New York State

I took that photo at the 2016 Wine Spectator Grand Tasting last April 30th at the Mirage Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas. I poured wine at the event as a representative for a Tempranillo from Toro, Spain. Prior to the event starting, I had the chance to taste plenty of wines. This wine, The Grapes of Roth by Wolffer Estates in Long Island, New York, was hands down the best structured and most fruit-forward wine there. I was thoroughly shocked because there were thousand-dollar bottles of wine that have received higher ratings that “should” be better. But it wasn’t even close.

This wine is a Merlot-dominated blend with Cabernet Sauvignon – a tremendous amount of cooked cherries, blackberry, and blueberry, and the structure and body weight necessary for a wonderful full-bodied wine. The price? Only $44. There were 200 wines at the event and I bet almost all of them cost more than this surprising wine from Long Island, New York.

Thinking about it though, that picture reminded me on how many wines that I have tried from New York in my years in the industry: six. That’s not enough for a region that produces some pretty delicious wine, and that’s why this week’s Wine Craft is all about 5 different wines from the state of New York.


The Three Main Growing Areas of New York Wine

While studying this styles, I noticed three major growing areas:
Finger Lakes

  • Cool-Climate Rieslings

          Wine: Boundary Breaks No. 239 Riesling 2014 $20: BUY ME


  • Fruity and Full Gewurztraminer

          Wine: Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Gewurztraminer 2013 $25: BUY ME


  • Sticky-Sweet Dessert Wines

          Wine: Boundary Breaks Late Harvest No. 90 Riesling (375 mL) 2012 $34: BUY ME



  • Native American Hybrid Wine

          Wine: A Gust of Sun Concord 2014 $13: BUY ME


Long Island

  • The Grapes of Roth by Wolffer Estates from the tasting event

          Wine: The Grapes of Roth Merlot 2012 $44: BUY ME


All I need now is a plane ticket and I could enjoy these wines in New York…. but I’ve got to get out of bed first.





Mario LunaMario Luna sommelier is a Certified Sommelier and owner of Mario Luna Somm, a company that produces online wine courses, blogs, and other user-friendly content full of information perfect for the everyday wine drinker. He lives in Las Vegas, where in addition to working on the famous Las Vegas Strip, he serves as a consultant for large-scale wine events, specialty shops, and all kinds of wine tastings. You can contact Mario at his website or check out his courses here.



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