(New York, NY – June 14, 2017) Long Island-based winery Maiden + Liberty kicked off the official start of the summer by introducing first-of-their-kind French-American blends. The red blend is full-bodied with soft tannins and aromas of black cherry, cassis and plum. Sourcing Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from the North Fork region of Long Island, and Syrah and Grenache from the Languedoc region of France, it features a smooth and pleasant texture with an ABV of 13.9%. The full-bodied white blend includes enticing aromas of honeyed peach and apricot, layered with floral notes. The memorable wine is crafted from Chardonnay and Viognier grapes from the North Fork, and Macabeu and Vermentino from the Languedoc. With an ABV of 12.8%, M+L’s white blend delights the palette with an incredibly long finish. Available for purchase online here.
“The goal is to source grapes from the place best suited to them,” says Winemaker and Master Blender, James Medwick. “Some varietals thrive in the cooler maritime climate of the North Shore of Long Island while others are more at home in the hotter, drier Mediterranean climate of the South of France. We want grapes that show a sense of place, what the French call ‘terroir,’ and we do everything to respect that sense of place when blending. Each grape adds something unique to the overall blend, and the goal is always to combine in a way that preserves the character of the individual parts. They must complement, not mask, each other.”
Run by husband and wife duo – James and Alexandra Medwick – the two established Maiden + Liberty in March 2015. Alexandra – who was raised in Pezenas, France near the city of Montpellier in the Languedoc region – comes from a family steeped in the world of wine. Both her mother and father work with wineries in the Languedoc region where her mother is head of a private sales at Daumas Gassac, the first winery to convince people a grand cru level wine could be made in that region. Alexandra’s father also works in distribution for local French winery Domaine de Blanville. James – whose family hails from Manhasset, Long Island – learned the art of winemaking through Alexandra’s friends and family. James and Alexandra met in NYC during her U.S. study abroad in 2006. Shortly after marrying in 2009, they began experimenting to see if the wines from each of their homelands could complement each other and bring forth a wine greater than the sum of its parts. It did, and their unique French-American blends were born.
In addition to their current blends, James and Alexandra have released an unoaked Long Island Chardonnay, a Languedoc Rosé, and a Languedoc Cabernet Sauvignon. Attention to detail and deep respect for the personality of each grape is what has helped M+L become a staple in the Long Island wine community. Currently sold in ten different retail locations throughout the Tri-State area, along with placements on six different restaurant wine lists from White Plains, NY to Manhasset, NY, Maiden + Liberty is looking to expand their distribution in 2017 and beyond.