Was the 2007 harvest the best ever for Long Island wine?
Mark Harrington of Newsday seems to draw that conclusion in his piece today after speaking to a large group of local grape growers and winemakers.
I'm working on my own harvest-end report for my East End Oenophile column for Edible East End's winter issue, but this is a great overview. Harrington should be applauded for asking a variety of industry members rather than just the same old people.
He also admits that winemakers and vineyard managers almost always laud the latest vintage, but it does feel different this year. I actually believe people when they tell me that they've never seen anything like this before.
So check it out. I should have my story done in the next week or so. I'm asking a few different people for their insights and have asked about global climate change and it's affect on local wine.
I don't think, however, that David and Barbara up at Shinn Estate have been growing grapes for a decade, have they?