11/10/17 6:02am

Bedell Cellars Cottage Cider. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

There was a time in this country’s history when hard apple cider was the drink of choice — not wine or beer. That has obviously changed since then, but cider has made a serious comeback in recent years.

A lot of the cider you find on shelves today isn’t very good. It is mass-produced, sweet and unbalanced, and meant more as a beer alternative than anything else. It’s packaged as such, too, available in six packs at just about any store that also sells beer. These ciders aren’t very interesting and you’ll probably never see them mentioned in these pages. (more…)

09/27/17 6:00am

You choose your winery visits for the wines, right? Of course, you do. But let’s not forget the aesthetic allure of the vineyards/tasting rooms. Our camera rolls express our visual identities these days, and if you’re the type who never misses a chance to create social media envy among your followers, here’s a cheat sheet to the vineyards and tasting rooms with the biggest Instagram followings. Come for the signature wines, but stay for the signature visuals. Then make sure to check in, snap, filter, hashtag and gram away and share those visual moments in pixels. (more…)

09/26/17 6:03am

At Bedell Cellars, every cellar employee has a hand — or more specifically, a flower petal, leaf or sea shell — in making the wines each harvest.

That’s because winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich has started a tradition that increases the types of natural yeast used in the fermentation process by incorporating North Fork plants and minerals foraged by the staff. (more…)

08/05/17 10:53am

A glass of Bedell Cellars gewürztraminer pét-nat, enjoyed on the deck of the Tap Room at Corey Creek. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Earlier this week I visited Bedell Cellars’ new Tap Room at Corey Creek for the first time. It’s a decidedly more casual, fun space, with all tastings poured from taps (rather than bottle) and growlers available for fill and take home. (more…)

07/07/17 2:09pm

Ricotta, peaches, prosciutto and arugula pesto from Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, one of more than a half dozen restaurants that donated food for the Programa Sueños fundraiser at Bedell Cellars Thursday. (Credit: Grant Parpan photos)

Programa Sueños, a local non-profit that provides education resources to youths in Guatemala, held its annual fundraiser at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue Thursday evening. READ