Tom Schaudel‘s newest restaurant in Melville, Jewel, has a wine list that’s heavy on Long Island wine and it’s paying off. “The vision is a restaurant for Long Islanders by Long Islanders,” Schaudel said for an article in an upcoming issue of Edible East End. “I have always stayed true to the ‘hood, but I want to make more of a statement with this. We use a lot of local farms, local produce.” Jewel’s wine list is heavy on Long Island; 130 out of 300 wines are local, including wines from small producers, like the 2007 Leo Family Red.
“I took a big stand with the wine,” Schaudel said. “Out here in western Suffolk, people just aren’t that familiar with it, and I want to change that. We sold 65 cases of Long Island wine in the first two months – those are unheard-of numbers for this area.”
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