11/04/17 6:17am

Bedell Cellars at sunset.
(Credit: W Studios New York)

“What are Long Island’s best wineries?”

It’s a question I’ve been asked a lot lately. As much as the Vineyard 48 saga has tainted the image of Long Island wine, both locally and nationally — and I maintain that it did — it has a lot of people talking about Long Island wine. I’m getting a lot of emails and seeing a lot of chatter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, too. Maybe that’s the silver lining of the whole Vineyard 48 debacle.  (more…)

11/03/17 9:11am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards Assemblage. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

You’ll find a lot of “Bordeaux blends” on the North Fork. Most wineries produce them and if they don’t wear Meritage on the label, they often have other proprietary names. Like with any other category of wine from any region there are the good examples, mediocre examples and, yes,  bad examples — although there are far fewer of those these days. (more…)

10/21/17 6:01am

A bottle of Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Mattebella Vineyards 2016 Rose ($21) found its way into my glass via my wife. She recently went wine tasting to celebrate a friend’s birthday and brought it home among an armful of other bottles. She enjoys finding delicious local wines that I maybe haven’t had in awhile. (more…)

10/07/17 6:00am

Castello di Borghese sauvignon blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Just when you thought maybe it was time to drink less sauvignon blanc, Mother Nature has given us another extended streak of warm weather. And with Peconic Bay scallop season not that far off, it’s good to have fresh, clean, local sauvignon blanc around anyway.  (more…)