02/22/17 10:49am
Channing Daughters Winery Rosso Pétillant Naturel. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Channing Daughters Winery Rosso Pétillant Naturel. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Pétillant naturel, or pét nat wines, are all the rage today and it’s easy to see why.

They tend to be more affordable than traditional, Champagne-style sparkling wines. They are often lower in alcohol. They are fun, fizzy and food-friendly too. They aren’t wines to consider and ponder for hours. You chill them well, you pop them open (they are usually closed under a beer-style crown cap) and you drink them. (more…)

01/31/17 6:03am
Inside the tasting room at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Inside the tasting room at Wölffer Estate Vineyard. (Credit: David Benthal)

Suellen Tunney’s instincts about her destiny were confirmed by a glass of rosé.

In 2007, the New Jersey native, then working as a restaurant manager, took a trip to Napa Valley that prompted an aha! moment.

During a stop on a wine tour, Tunney, now tasting room director at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, asked someone in the industry, “How in the world did you get this amazing job?” (more…)

12/13/16 6:02am
Roman Roth, winemaker, and partner at Wölffer Estate Vineyard inside Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Roman Roth, winemaker and partner at Wölffer Estate Vineyards. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Two Wölffer Estate Vineyard 2013 reds have been named to a ‘Best of 2016’ list by a critic at one of the wine world’s most influential publications.

Mark Squires of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocates chose the Sagaponack vineyard’s 2013 Fatalis Fatum as one of the East Coast’s best wines and the winery’s 2013 Caya Cabernet Franc as a 2016 best value. The list included selections from the East Coast, Portugal, Greece and Israel/Lebanon. (more…)

10/22/16 10:20am
Credit: Wölffer Estate Vineyard courtesy

Credit: Wölffer Estate Vineyard courtesy

One of Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s wines just received a rating of 94 by Wine Enthusiast magazine, tying for Long Island’s highest score ever given by a wine critic.

That bottle, Wölffer’s Descencia Botrytis Late Harvest Riesling/Chardonnay 2015, also made Wine Enthusiast’s list of the Top 100 Wines of 2016. (more…)

09/08/16 10:07am
A bottle of Wölffer Estate Vineyard's Descensia Botrytis. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s Descensia Botrytis. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

“This is one of the best wines I have ever made.”

That’s how Roman Roth, winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, described his Descenscia Botrytis Riesling/Chardonnay when he emailed me, asking if I’d like to taste it.

I said yes, of course. (more…)

07/02/16 8:25am

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No wine pairs better with a Hamptons summer than a cold bottle of Wölffer Estate Rosé. Iconic and perfectly suited to East End foods, beaches and boats, it was also among the first Long Island wines to have a wide distribution. To this day you’ll find it on wines lists across Long Island and in Manhattan. I even drank a bottle at a small bistro in Burlington, Vt., back in 2005.  (more…)

05/18/16 1:53pm
(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

(Credit: Lenn Thompson)

I don’t really subscribe to the all-too-common term “rosé season.” I do drink more rosé from May to September than the cooler months, but I drink it year round. Thanksgiving dinner doesn’t happen in my house without rosé.

The reasons are plentiful, but the main thing I look for in any wine is versatility. Rosé, depending on its style, can work with most any food. Not Frosted Flakes, perhaps, but you can find rosé that helps everything from local fluke crudo to duck confit to a burger shine. A bold, slightly tannic rosé can even work with a steak.

This week’s Wine of the Week doesn’t fall into that category. It’s more of a rosé to enjoy on the beach, by the pool or with lighter fare.

Wölffer Estate 2015 “Summer in a Bottle” Rosé ($24), made from 57% merlot, 20% cabernet franc, 12% chardonnay, and 11% gewürztraminer, isn’t as overtly fruity as previous vintages, but is still focused and super refreshing.

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