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.”