04/21/17 5:59am
Long Island Wine Council president and Wolffer Estate Vineyard winemaker Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Long Island Wine Council president and Wolffer Estate Vineyard winemaker Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Dear Friends of the Long Island wine region,

Spring is one of the best times of year on the East End. You’re finally free from the shackles of layers of clothing and are able to enjoy the sun’s warm rays. I’m sure plants feel the same way. The gardens, trees, farm fields and vineyards come alive again. Their tender leaves soak up the sun, displaying a beautiful, fresh light-green color that symbolizes new beginnings, youth, hope, immortality and fertility. (more…)

01/20/17 6:03am
Long Island Wine Council president and Wolffer Estate Vineyard winemaker Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Long Island Wine Council president and Wolffer Estate Vineyard winemaker Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Dear Visitors and Friends,

The long and seemingly never-ending winter season is upon us with all its highs and lows. It’s a wonderful time to be cozy in front of a fireplace (with your favorite Long Island wine at arm’s length). (more…)

09/27/16 8:40am
Long Island Wine Council president Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Long Island Wine Council president Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Dear friends,

The most important, and by far the busiest, time for a vintner is harvest.

It’s the pinnacle of a year’s work and the rewarding moment when one carefully picks the grapes and brings in the harvest. The intensity and excitement are at their highest. Every decision has a major impact on quality. There’s no room for error. Paying close attention to every detail is crucial and, after countless 12- to 16-hour workdays, it takes everything of you to ensure that another great vintage gets safely into the tanks and barrels. (more…)

03/21/16 6:00am
Long Island Wine Council president Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Long Island Wine Council president Roman Roth. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Dear Reader,

Once again, as the sun warms the earth, a new growing season is ahead of us with all its promises and hopes. We start to dream of making great wine, winning awards, having tasting rooms filled with satisfied visitors enjoying our wines and the vista of meticulously cared vines.

The East End of Long Island is one of America’s most wonderful places to be. Beautiful sandy beaches, the ocean, the bay and the Sound, each with its own aquaculture. Precious farmland with its agriculture, acres of lush vineyards with its viticulture, all set among quaint towns and hamlets provide a dream getaway from the stress of work and city life. Our farm stands, restaurants, galleries, antique shops, wineries, museums, B&Bs, hotels and a myriad of others all work together to create this wonderful East End experience.

The Long Island Wine Council is embarking on an exciting year. Our goal is to bring together all those who are deeply involved in our beloved East End, to be the glue that ensures that we all work hand in hand to become a year-round, world-class destination for wine and food lovers.

We’ve taken the first step to clearly distinguish the region as a world-class appellation for wine by launching a new point of view, centered around the region’s character and a commitment to quality. We have a diverse group of talented winemakers who can come together to make this happen, to make wines that are truly reflective of the unique character of our region. Our wines are balanced, sophisticated, delicious, food friendly and long lasting. Wines that you can’t get anywhere else in America! I believe that this will serve as the pulse to draw year-round visitors who will stay at our local inns and hotels, eat and drink at our wonderful restaurants with extensive local choices for both food and wine, visit wineries and walk leisurely through our towns visiting shops and cafés. I envision them going home, having fallen in love with our region, and sharing that affection with friends and family.

Please visit and get a feeling for this experience on our new website, liwines.com.

Here’s to an incredible 2016!

Roman Roth

President, Long Island Wine Council

Winemaker and Partner, Wölffer Estate Vineyard

This letter originally appeared in the spring 2016 edition of the Long Island Wine Press