Expect a new look, feel and taste at Bedell Cellars‘ The Tap Room at Corey Creek this summer.
The Southold tasting room will serve five Bedell wines on tap (hence the name) including selections of rosé, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc and merlot. Specialty wines like pétillant-naturel and even ciders will also be intermittently available. Wine will be sold from the tap by the glass and carafe.
“The Tap Room project at Corey Creek will give our customers a whole new way to enjoy Bedell wine,” said Bedell winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich. “It’s the first time our wines have become available on tap and it opens a whole new world of possibilities for me as a winemaker to explore and experiment.”
Massachusetts wood worker Joe Benson created eye-catching tap handles which have been fashioned to look like an arrow head, an apple core and other earthy items. But the updates do not stop there—the entire interior has been overhauled.
“It’s definitely hipper, more relaxed, a bit more of a casual experience,” said Bedell Cellars executive vice president of marketing and sales development Molly Deegan. “We were going for an updated, rustic, nautical, more relaxed feel.”
Rope light crafted by the Southold-based Vintage Illumination Company hang above the bar. The previous dark browns of the walls and floor have been replaced with bright blues and grays as well as pine siding.
Antiques hanging on the wall, like an eel spear and various fishing rods, invoke the region’s maritime heritage. Look up and you’ll see a large early 20th century canoe balanced on the rafters.
“It was left to linger on a farm in Jamesport. It was going to be thrown away so we salvaged it,” said operations manager Pete Gundersen.
Much of the tables incorporate reclaimed wood and some furniture has been painted with a blue and copper patina. Lori Guyer of the White Flower Farmhouse helped locate and consulted on the décor.
Also of note: Corey Creek will offer one of Long Island’s only wine growler program. A growler and a fill for a 750 ml bottle (the same size as your average bottle of wine) is $35. Refills are $20.
Also available will be micro flights or three one ounce pours for $5.
“It’s just so you can taste and decide what glass that you want,” Deegan said.
Nuts and dried fruits will be available as will branded water bottles.
“We’re really confident that it’s going to be a great season,” Deegan said. “I think we’ll be able to cater to every customer.”
The revamped tap room opens for the season on Monday, May 15. Enjoy their Twilight Tuesdays and Twilight Thursdays series with live music and food trucks from 5 until 9 p.m. this summer.
Find them at 45470 Main Road, Southold, (631) 765-4168.