05/26/16 6:10am
Paumanok Cabernet Franc is our 'wine of the week.' Credit: Lenn Thompson

Paumanok Cabernet Franc is our ‘wine of the week.’ Credit: Lenn Thompson

Cabernet franc should taste like cabernet franc. It may seem obvious, but taste enough of it from up and down the East Coast, and it quickly becomes obvious that not all that many winemakers are willing to let cab franc speak for itself.  (more…)

02/16/15 11:00am
Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A Wine Spectator writer spoke with North Fork winemakers Richard Olsen-Harbich and Gilles Martin about cabernet franc in a recent column suggesting the sometimes herbaceous varietal’s time is coming.

“Reader, the excitement is palpable and the smell of pepper-bramble-tobacco-olive is in the air,” Wine Spectator Magazine’s Ben O’Donnell wrote in the column titled “Cabernet franc’s Time,” which was published online on Feb. 12. (more…)

01/23/15 4:35pm
Workers harvest cabernet franc at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Workers harvest cabernet franc grapes at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck this past fall. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

In Long Island Wine Country, merlot has always been king.

As the island’s most widely planted and produced grape, the ubiquitous, sturdy varietal has certainly made its mark.  (more…)

11/12/14 7:00am
(Bedell Cellars courtesy photo)

(Bedell Cellars courtesy photo)

Cabernet franc is increasingly regarded as one of the best varietals to grow here on the North Fork.

Bedell Cellars Winemaker Rich Olsen-Harbich has been proponent of the grape for years and his 2013 vintage of cabernet franc is our northforker ‘Wine of the Week.’ (more…)