Yes, elegant yet rustic architecture and friendly, professional service will enhance your visit to the East End. But what really pairs well with a trip to Long Island Wine Country is the backdrop of the land on which the grapes were grown.
From manicured gardens, to sloping acres of vines, to the dazzling sight of the Long Island Sound at sunset, many outdoor tasting spots on the North Fork offer relaxing and impressive settings for a tasting flight.
Richard Olsen-Harbich at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, where he serves as winemaker. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
When Shape published a piece this week on healthy dinner suggestions that pair nicely with rosé, the popular fitness magazine turned to none other than Bedell Cellars winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich for advice. (more…)
Programa Sueños board member David Benthal and founder Jazmin Carillo at last year’s fundraiser. (Credit: Nina Nickerson, courtesy photo)
Programa Sueños, a non-profit organization that raises funds to provide educational benefits to the children of San Antonio el Angel, Guatemala, will host its third annual spring fundraiser Wednesday, May 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. The event will feature bites from local restaurants and food purveyors, as well as live music and Bedell wines.
Founded by former North Fork resident Jazmin Carrillo whose family moved from Guatemala to the U.S. 10 years ago, the organization began by providing scholarship programs to 10 children in 2013. In three years, Programa Sueños, which translates to “dreams program,” has grown to benefit 235 children and now offers music and sports programs. It recently partnered with Colgate to also provide dental care for the children. (more…)
Low- and no-oak chardonnays have gained popularity in recent years, but Bedell Cellars’ winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich has been making them his entire winemaking career, which started at the now-defunct Bridghampton Winery in 1982. His first two wines were a riesling and an un-oaked chardonnay.
Today, the steel chardonnay that he makes at Bedell Cellars is the main component of the winery’s First Crush White, which is blended with sauvignon blanc and riesling.
“I want a bit more complexity in our varietal chardonnay,” he told me in an email. As with all of his wines, fermentation was done with ambient yeasts and while about 50 percent of the Bedell Cellars 2014 Chardonnay —our wine of the week — is steel fermented, the other 50 percent is fermented in older, neutral French oak barrels. (more…)
The story, which was also published on nypost.com, recounts how owners Michael Lynne, a film mogul, and his wife, Ninah, renovated a crumbling potato barn and turned an 18th century barn into a stylish guest house. (more…)