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Do You Drink Local?

There's no arguing that the local vino has its fans, but how deep does the juice run in the community?

Earlier this week in a drive along Sound Avenue we spotted new signs outside in Riverhead asking passersby to "Drink Local."

It's a common call-out found in areas that support robust local wine regions, and there's no denying that there is a very healthy community, living on the North or South forks or in other areas of Long Island, who live and breathe this credo. One Facebook group, Eat Long Island, Drink Long Island, is clear testament to this.

But how deep does that run in the community at large? We'd love to find out.

In the comments section below, let us know if you count yourself among the "Drink Local" crowd. If so, what are your favorites? Do you join wine clubs or hit the tasting rooms when either stocking up you cellars or just picking out a good wine to relax with on a Friday.

If you don't drink local, we'd also love to know why?

We look forward to your opinions.

Celia Marszal Iannelli April 28, 2012 at 11:53 AM
I always buy local, even bring to our friends out of state: Nothing like participating in a winery function, listing to great live music....and sipping a glass of Pindar winter white; Peconic Bay Reisling, Diberto melot.. and the list goes on.....In answer to your question YES!!!!
Claudia Karabaic Sargent April 28, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I'm "up-island" (Queens is still Long Island!), but I LOVE Paumonok's Chenin Blanc. DELECTABLE. I try to stay with North Fork vintners and I have rarely been disappointed. PARTICULARLY with local dessert wines. YUM.
Michael Gorton Jr April 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
‎99.9% of the time with wine I am drinking local. With beer, if on tap yes, or a growler fill. We belong to a CSA and support our local restaurants when we can. How about you?
Nicholas J. Planamento April 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
It's all about the connection with the vineyard owner(s) and their wine makers.... What a great relationship to enjoy someone's creations -- especially the local wines and to understand the entire process from start to finish.... Some offer sparkling wines or in one vineyards case focus on them... What can be better than a bit of bubbly close by?!
Rob Rudko April 29, 2012 at 06:16 PM
There is a nice diversity of varietals from Long Island which could satisfy and entertain most palates, but Long Island wine does not come cheap. In addition to Long Island wines being a little costly, there are so many great wines regions in the world that offer varietals indigenous or special to that region that they shouldn't be overlooked and some of these wines can't be beat in terms of value. The bottom line is Long Island is a very special wine growing region producing world class wines and rightfully deserves and receives much local support and fanfare, however it would be difficult, unconventional and quite pedestrian to limit oneself to just Long Island wine.

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