Floral Terranes Cider Restoration Farm 2017 500ml
OCTOBER WINE OF THE MONTH
It's from Long Island, made by Eric Longabardi, whose Floral Terranes series of ciders is an attempt at land preservation though beverage. Among the suburban sprawl that is much of Long Island, he's managed to locate forgotten and ignored bits of the island's agricultural history in the form of fruit trees. This isn’t hipster foraging under cover of darkness – he’s gotten permission to collect apples at all the sites he’s managed to track down. And those apples are turned into a series of delightful ciders, fermented in his garage in Rosyln and featuring labels hand painted by his wife, Julie.
This one is from Restoration Farm, located in Old Bethpage. Eric uses fallen apples, already on the ground, happily resting on a beds of valerian, comfrey, burdock, red clover and seaweed when he scooped them up. It’s a blend of six different apples; Black Gulliflower, Golden Russet, Northern Spy, Gravenstein, Summer Rambo and Newton Pippin for the apple-curious among you.
So come grab a bottle of this very exciting project. You can consider it art. You can consider it an act of cultural preservation. Or you can just consider it a tasty good drink.
Feiring Line Wine Society: August 2018 Selection
From Alice: From a site in Old Bethpage, Eric Longabardi shows us a Long Island you might not know of. Not wanting to waste the precious fruit dropping off the trees, he picked up six varieties through the months of August through October. Those included were Black Gulliflower, Golden Russet, Northern Spy, Gravenstein, Summer Rambo and Newton Pippin. They were resting on beds of valerian, comfrey, burdock, red clover and seaweed. Yes, seaweed. Raised in neutral oak, this is a still cider, textural and high acid. It has plenty of pectin, a whiff of honey, clover and plenty of rusty nail.
Long Island, New York, United States, USA