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Obviously I drink a lot of local wines, and I can only assume that a lot of you do as well, be them wines from Long Island, California, France, wherever you live.
I'm working on a piece about why I drink local, but I'd love to hear why you drink local. What is it about the wines made near your house that draw you in and make you keep going back for more?
Leave a comment and tell me!
Posted by Lenn Thompson on May 02, 2007 | Permalink
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I drink (also) local because I live in Asti, Piedmont, Italy. I drink wonderful Barbera d'Asti at low price. Asti is 20 minutes from Alba, Barbaresco and Barolo; so I drink wonderful Nebbiolo, Barbaresco and Barolo at honest price :)
May 02, 2007 at 05:53 PM
Part of why I drink local is because I visit a great number of wineries on a regular basis and you find yourself developing relations with the owners and winemakers and it is a more intimate experience than just going to the store and buying a bottle. I can visit the tasting rooms, walk through the vineyards, sample developing wines straight from the barrel – it sort of speaks for itself here.
Virginia produces some standout Cabernet Franc, Viognier, Chardonnay, and Petit Verdot. For those who have not tried a Virginia wine, seek some out and taste what we are doing here in the Commonwealth.
May 02, 2007 at 07:02 PM
I live in the Napa Valley and probably drink 90-95% local wines. For me, the decision to drink local comes down to two things: 1) feeling a connection to the people who make or produce the wine, or 2) feeling a connection to the places in the valley where it's made.
Being able to visit various wineries and talk to the staff and sometimes even the owner or winemaker, one can't help but feel like you know these people, like you've got some connection to the brand aside from simply seeing a logo on the store shelves. This absolutely influences the buying decision in my mind--both positively if the people are kind and negatively if you feel like they gave you the cold shoulder.
By the way, you selling those t-shirts? :)
May 02, 2007 at 07:44 PM
I'd like to echo Dezel's comments on Virginia wine. I have somewhat recently moved to the DC/VA region from California, where it was admittedly much easier to "drink local". However, I also like the connection to place that drinking local gives you. I find that it's no mere coincidence that Virginia produces some exciting lighter-bodied wines, which are better suited to the summer humidity than my favorite fuller-bodied California reds which were more suited to the Mediterranean climate in which I was living.
Also, as an environmentally conscious wine consumer (and indeed, the wine industry as a whole has been trending towards sustainable, organic and even biodynamic methods recently), I consider the carbon footprint of the bottle of wine on my dinner table. Dr. Vino just posted on this very subject, and even includes a link to Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, which provides a fascinating look at our food choices, and highlights the virtues of "eating local" - I strongly recommend this book to everyone.
May 02, 2007 at 11:21 PM
Why do we in fact choose to live in any one place?
Yes, jobs and other considerations play a part, but many people choose to embrace a location and make it part of their identity. There is something about the atmosphere--the sights, the sounds, the smell of the air--that adhere us to a place in a way that transcends the mere physical reality of standing there. Most of us live in a place we call home. Few of us imply that we just reside there.
In that same vein, we celebrate and enjoy what our place has to offer. For those of us who are fortunate enough to live near a wine region, we can identify the wine product with the particulars of that locale. The Finger Lakes has great soil and a unique microclimate, but the growing weather is challenging. I know this intimately, which allows me to appreciate the mastery of environment that is represented by a nice bottle of riesling. It's a simple pleasure derived from a local familiarity with the challenges that are inherent in all human endeavors.
Of course, Bordeaux sounds very nice as well.
Jason Feulner |
May 02, 2007 at 11:53 PM
Darn - someone beat me to the reference to Dr. Vino's "carbon footprint" post today. While this is not why I started drinking locally, it is moving up the ladder of priorities everyday. So I guess I have to go with the local relationships. It may sound obvious, but isn't a good bottle of wine even better when you know who made it and what they did to produce it?
May 03, 2007 at 01:01 PM
For me, it's simple. I'll always head over the local hardware store, rather than Home Depot, even if it means spending an extra dollar or two. I'll go to the deli up the road rather than Subway. I generally will always go with a local company, over a national (or international) giant. It's my money, after all, and i'd rather push it back into the local community, even if it means spending a little extra. Buying from the local wineries is no different. Even though LI wine may be perceived as a little expensive, i'll spend a few dollars extra on a comparative bottle if it's locally produces/sold. Of course, it might be different if I lived in a state that produced mediocre wine, it makes it alot easier that the local wine is generally tasty!
May 03, 2007 at 01:38 PM
I live in Salento, south of Italy. I usually drink negroamaro and primitivo wines, so I am really a local drinker. But I use to drink global too. Why? Let's say because I simply like them!
May 03, 2007 at 01:52 PM
I am so grateful that people drink local since I make my living selling Finger Lakes Wines to restaurants and liquors stores through out NY state. As a wine sales rep I try to drink wines from other regions (can't wait to visit Virginia this fall for a week of winery visits!!) and countries to see what is out there but tend to buy locally because I know the farmers and wine makers. People forget that wineries are really farmers first. Plus, it's great to give business to your friends. Thanks for covering some Finger Lakes wines too.
Christine Peacock |
May 03, 2007 at 07:19 PM
I second most of what had been said. I have lived on Long Island for over 40 years.
I am friends or at least acquainted with almost all of the Long Island winegrowers, and I eat local Long Island fruits and vegetables and seafood - some local meats, too.
I usually know the people who grew, raised or caught the wine or food - sometimes it's me!
What is better than to pair food with wine that comes from nearly the same exact soil, and at the same time, help a neighbor make a good decent living doing what they love?
If the Chinese put crap in pet food, what will they do for organic food for humans?
How was that California bagged spinach last year?
May 03, 2007 at 11:42 PM
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