First off, I am not moving. Got it.
But the question that keeps entering this brain of mine is this; Is it wrong of me to only taste and drink Long Island wine?
From that question spawns other more interesting questions; If I do taste off Long Island, where do I go? And if I do taste those non-Long Island wines do I blog about what I am tasting and experiencing? What benefit will it bring me, if any? Does anyone even care?
Long Island vineyards are my backyard. It’s what I know, it’s what I enjoy. I get on a soap box for Long Island every time I meet someone or some one asks me about wine. I love the region, what it has to offer and the people who I have met along the way. And there are many more people I need to meet!
Those questions are ones that I debate over and over in my head on a daily basis. There are other thoughts too, but wine I one I think of often.
Talking to winemakers and growers lately have made me feel I need to stick to my backyard. But when someone says “old world style” or “burgundian style” I am like, HUH?
Do I need to know what “Old World Style is?
Do I need to understand a good Chinon to really understand a Cabernet Franc?
Or do I just tell that person when they open a bottle of a Long Island 2005 Merlot, its “Long Islandian style”.
Descriptions should be comparisons to flavors, aromas, color and body. To define a wine by region or time period only perpetuates the confusion and myth of elitism that many, but not all, wine snobs hide behind when they don’t really know that they are talking about.
The bottom line for me: drink what you like and make note of why you like it. Then you can compare fairly it to any wine from any where.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
There may have been some confusion in my post; I don’t want to shun the other regions, I want to find out about them, and like you said make note of why you like that wine.
I DON’T want to hid behind anything, that is another reason I wrote this post. To let people know, “Hey, I don’t know what you are talking about, but could you point me in a direction to further my palate.” If that makes any sense.
I love wine and I want to explore it more, the exploration is what I enjoy most. I just need to do it more.
Once again, I feel it is important to know where things come from, and exploring other regions is what I am trying to do, so that I can say that this is Long Islandian!