09/29/18 5:55am

One Woman Winery in Southold has planted several unique varieties, including Chenin Blanc. (Credit: David Benthal)

If you’re reading this magazine, you probably know at least something about Long Island wine. You’ve probably tasted some, too. Maybe you’re even drinking some right now. If you are, there’s a good chance that there is merlot, chardonnay, cabernet franc or sauvignon blanc in your glass. Most every local winery works with these grapes. They are — to varying degrees — the most important grapes for the region, now and into the future.

But, it’d be boring to drink only those grapes, right?  (more…)

09/26/18 5:55am

Anthony Nappa Wines “La Strega” Malbec.

This week’s Wine of the Week is a bit of an oddity for two reasons.

First, it’s made with certified organic grapes — from Rex Farr’s vineyard in Calverton. Second, it’s 100% malbec, a grape that you’ve no doubt tasted before, either by itself from places like Argentina or the Cahors region of France, or in most any local red blend.  (more…)

09/22/18 6:10am

A view from Koenig Vineyards in Marsing, Idaho last fall. (Credit: Linda Paul/Flickr)

There are a lot of regions in the United States that have been anointed “the next big thing.” Long Island is on that list, of course. I’ve seen it said about the Finger Lakes and northern Michigan, too. And Idaho.

Yes, Idaho. It’s not all potatoes and trout streams, after all. (more…)

09/08/18 5:55am

Some of my favorite columnists — in wine, sports and beyond — occasionally write columns that touch on a variety of topics, quick-fire style, rather than writing about a single topic. I like those columns, but have rarely written one myself.

However, as local vineyards swell with ever-ripening fruit that is soon to be picked, I have a lot of things I want to write about. So I’m going to give it a shot this week. (more…)