Gilles Martin, winemaker at Sparkling Pointe on the North Fork of Long Island offered this report now that the sparkling wine producer is done with harvest:

“We had regular bud break after a fair winter, however a very cold spring contributed to slow vine growth. The early summer was warm followed by a hot and humid period in late summer with low rainfall which allowed for ripening to catch up from the cold spring. The warm days and warm nights resulted to an unusual balance of sugar and acid which led to very similar fruit to that of the Champagne region.

Harvest began on September 2 which is usual for Long Island sparkling and lasted for over 20 days which allowed for time to harvest different vineyards and varies  at optimum maturity. We expect to have fully mature and terrific quality wines for the 2016 vintage.”

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Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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