Apr 23 2009
To uncork a New York wine is easy and accessible on Long Island. Ackerly Pond Vineyards is located on the northeastern end of Long Island. Ray and Jill Blum opened this vineyard in 1999 with the vision of this region becoming filled with fruitful vineyards to create some of the finest New York State wines. Ray has been growing grapes and producing fine wines in the North Fork Long Island region for over 30 years. Since retiring both have devoted they’re time to cultivating their own grapes on eighty-five acres of vineyards in Southold and Peconic. Their secret to producing a fine wine is to know when to harvest the grapes. This is done when the sugar and acid levels reach optimum levels generally in the cooler months of September and October. This is the philosophy behind Ackerly Pond Vineyard.
The tasting room and vineyard are easy to find. When traveling down Peconic lane just look for the 100 year old big gray barn with the American flag and you are there. The tasting room is open on weekends from noon till 5pm. Available to sample are a selection of Merlots, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Riesling and a Rose. Discounts are available when purchasing multiple bottles. For 3-11 bottles a 5% discount, for 12-17 there is a 10% and for 18 or more bottles a 15% is available.
If you have an interest in making your own wine you may purchase grapes along with bulk wine at wholesale prices. You may order wine online in an easy and secure way which is available on their web site. So uncork and enjoy a New York City wine.