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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03/23/16 6:01am
Channing Daughters Winery winemaker Christopher Tracy inside the Bridgehampton winemaking facility. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Channing Daughters Winery winemaker Christopher Tracy inside the Bridgehampton winemaking facility. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

At Channing Daughters Winery, winemaker and partner Christopher Tracy is far from limited to using only the well-known Long Island varietals or constrained by a particular methodology.

In fact, his cellar style is mainly defined by just one common denominator: making the best-tasting wines.

“We want wines to be first and foremost delicious,” Tracy said in a late winter interview at the Bridgehampton facility. “We try to push the envelope and try to expand our horizons and varieties.

“We tend not to be too ideological,” he added. (more…)

10/21/15 12:24pm
Credit: Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Credit: Wölffer Estate Vineyard

In a wine world where current release First Growth Bordeaux sells for well over $1,000 per bottle, $100 is a ridiculously low price to pay for a great bottle of wine. Still, it’s not the kind of money most of us can spend very often on a bottle of wine. It’s also extremely rare to find American wines in that price range that aren’t made on the West Coast.

Sagaponack’s Wölffer Estate Vineyard has had a $100 wine in its portfolio for many years – its flagship wine, once known as Premier Cru but now named Christian’s Cuvée to honor the winery’s founder Christian Wölffer, who passed away in late 2008. (more…)