This has been bothering me. At the beginning of last month members of the Long Island wine industry with the help of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and the Long Island Wine Council put together and pulled off a very successful symposium designed to bring outside expertise in, and the inside word out. I was able to attend the first day and half of the second, and I found the experience to augur well for the future of the wine industry. Everyone worked together, egos were in check (mostly) and I know a postmortem meeting has produced plans for a symposium at least every other year.
And the writer assigned to cover the Long Island wine business for the New York Times not only decided not to go, he felt comfortable writing 264 words — based on a copy of Eric Fry’s talk — for publication three weeks after the event. What gives?
The Times coverage has diminished. Once Howard Goldberg wrote on the wines in the Long Island section, and we used to feel bad for him that he had to come up with something every week. Now it’s every other week, and wine makers have told me when he calls to say it’s their turn, they decline to send him samples. The content on the Long Island wine section on the Times’s website is rarely updated except to include the shorts that make it into the paper.
Perhaps the industry does not generate enough money to make it interesting enough for coverage. Or it’s just not being marketed well enough.
People visiting the area want to drink Long Island wine and enjoy visiting the tasting rooms. I’m sure they want to read about it.