Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has reviewed the wines of Long Island and the results are good. We’ve known this for years!
Just over a year ago my partner, Bob, and I purchased The Hamptons Wine Club (although it was then known as the North Fork Wine Club). We bought the Club because we have a strong belief in the quality of the wine being created by the talented men and women working in the vineyards and wineries on the East End of Long Island. And we were confident that the general public would appreciate the wines when they received the recognition they deserve.
So we are excited that the high quality of the wines has finally been recognized by one of the premier wine publications in the United States — Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Mark Squires, one of the correspondents for Parker’s newsletter, rated wines for about half of the wineries on the East End and the results were excellent. (We expect those Long Island wineries not rated in this evaluation will be done so shortly.)
A number of wines were rated 90 or above (on a scale of 100). Even more were rated in the high 80s — the rating range where one often finds the best value wines. The recognition by Mr. Parker and his team places the wines of Long Island at or above the levels of quality from many of the leading and perhaps more recognizable wine regions of the world. (I’m glad Bob and I had the vision to recognize this!)
We took a look back at the wines that we’ve shipped our members over the last year to see how they stack up against the Parker ratings. We are gratified to see that the vast majority of the wineries received a score in the upper echelon of Parker’s rating scale.
We would be remiss if we did not thank everyone affiliated with the Long Island wine industry for an outstanding job in producing the quality wines now getting their due. Many years of hard work and dedication are now truly be recognized. Eileen Duffy of Edible East End has linked to all of the reviews here. They make very interesting reading.