July 27, 2011 at 6:00 am

I was asked in an interview recently whether the wines of Long Island’s East End could compete with Californian or European wines, and my answer was an unequivocal “yes.” The Long Island wine industry, pioneered by Alex and Louisa Hargrave and their Hargrave Vineyard in the mid-1970s, today has some 60 vineyards that dot this V-shaped stretch of land 90 miles or so east of Manhattan once more famous for its potatoes and cauliflower than its grapes.

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