Author Talk, & signing: Jose Moreno-Lacalle, “The Wines of Long Island”
Thurs 8/30 at 6 PM at The East Hampton Library
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The Wines of Long Island was originally published in 1987 and a second, revised edition was issued in 2000. 19 years later, it remained the best and most complete single volume on the history, geography, viniculture, winemaking, and the wineries of Long Island. It was carefully researched and quite well written. It is also seriously out of date.
In the 19 intervening years a very great deal of change has taken place in the wine industry of the region. In 2000 there were 25 wineries and vineyards, about half of which are no longer in business; in 2019 there are 62, including several wine brands that have no winery or vineyard as such and use a crush facility. A handful of the wineries are not even in the East End, but are elsewhere in Suffolk County and two are in Brooklyn.
19 years ago the issue of sustainability was scarcely on the radar; today, sustainable winegrowing is a major issue worldwide, and a new entity, the Long Island Sustainable Winegrowers association, is providing independent certification for members.
Long Island wine country has become a major tourist destination, counting about 1.3 million visitors a year, and most wineries provide not only wine-tasting facilities, but also weekend entertainment during the high season. Many of them also host events, dinners, and weddings.
The new edition of The Wines of Long Island provides all this new information as well as updates to the history of the region in a new edition. Every single wine producer in Long Island is described in the book, some of them extensively. This edition is intended as the principal reference and guide for the wines of Long Island. It has nearly 300 pages, a foreword by Louisa Hargrave, and an expanded section on terroir, varieties, and vintages. Most of the 127 illustrations are in color.
Jose Moreno-Lacalle has been writing about Winemaking and Viniculture on Long Island for his blog, Wine, Seriously, since 2010. he holds a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Diploma in Wine (a professional certification) and has an MA in Art History as well.