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November 11, 2009


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Thank god! I'm heading to Rochester next week and will be heading there!

Steve - Be warned, she has a wide selection but it's not deep! I know that Kristin is trying to build an inventory, but it might be worth giving her a call to check her stock or reserve bottles. Are you a Long Islander?

What a great way of looking at New York wine as a whole. And, I have no doubt that she'll sell that Long Island wine once she introduces her customers to it.

Kudos...and I look forward to visiting your shop sometime when I'm in the area.

Oh I HATE wine censorship!

Evan-I am a transplanted Long Islander in Albany. I do business out towards Rochester. I am actually looking for properties in Long Island wine country as we speak as a 'vacation' home.

I understand that the selection may not be deep. I will stop in and show support none the less if I get a chance and I can find the store between business appointments.

I'm not at all surprised by the underlying rivalry between the Finger Lakes and North Fork. Just look far West for an example that has been going on for years and years: Napa vs Sonoma.
My father in law lived in Santa Rosa for quite some time so I have made a few trips out West for wine tasting. Napa and Sonoma are separated by only a few miles, yet there is a clear and passionate and distinct loyalty to one or the other that permeates the area. Each side takes enormous pride in it’s own product and boasts its virtues over the other.
Why should NY be any different? In fact, I might be a bit disappointed if there wasn’t a rivalry. Doesn’t the FL want to be better than the NF? Doesn’t the NF want to be better than the FL? Don’t they want to be better than everyone and anyone? Doesn’t competition and deep rooted pride breed better performance from all sides?
I say to forget the harmonious, unified bliss. Take the gloves off and let ‘er rip and let the best wine region stand alone. As a consumer, I’ll reap the rewards of more competition and passionate focus, and that is a win-win for me!!
(Sorry… I get that his was a completely self serving response, but I WANT GREAT WINE!!!!)

I agree with Dave. But it makes no sense that retailers choose sides in this debate, especially when the two regions seem to have different niche. While there are certainly nice whites on Long Island, I generally view the Finger Lakes as more consistently good for whites. While there are certainly nice reds in the Finger Lakes, I view Long Island as consistently better on Reds.

And what about the Hudson Valley? Although , my anecdotal experience has been that the overall region's product is not nearly as good from year to year, I would put certain wineries I have tried up there with LI and FL. I'm thinking of Brotherhood's Reislings and Millbrook's pinot noir for instance. I don't see a lot of distribution outside of the Hudson Valley for those products.

Kristin - thank you so much for your support!

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