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…)

03/24/16 6:00am

Wine bottles_2Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth, all things new and fresh. So, we asked local wine and restaurant professionals to tell us which wines they prefer at this time of the year.

What are the pros drinking? Read on to find out. (more…)

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…)

02/17/16 6:07am
A bottle of Influence Wines’ 2014 Malbec served at PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Influence Wines’ 2014 Malbec served at PeraBell Food Bar East in Riverhead. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Last week I read an interview on Food & Wine magazine’s website written by executive wine editor Ray Isle, with Doug Bell, who oversees all of the wine, beer and spirits buying for Whole Foods Market nationwide. Bell is responsible for selling 42 million bottles of adult beverages per year. Over the course of the interview, he makes some predictions for wine and beer in 2016.  (more…)

09/09/15 11:43am
Pellegrini Vineyards is one of the North Fork wineries being showcased at New York Farm Day 2015. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Pellegrini Vineyards is one of the North Fork wineries being showcased at New York Farm Day 2015. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

The North Fork will be on full display from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. today, Sept. 9, as “New York Farm Day” is observed in Washington, D.C. The event showcases a variety of farm products from all over the state to Washington’s biggest powerbrokers.

“New York Farm Day” has become one of the most popular annual events on Capitol Hill since its inception in 2002, when it was hosted by then-Sen. Hillary Clinton. The day is meant to remind Congress, the administration and other Washington legislators how important agriculture is to New York State.

Hosted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in the Senator Kennedy Caucus Room, as many as 500 people have attended in the past. Tonight’s attendees will include other senators, the New York Congressional delegation from the House of Representatives, legislative chiefs of staff and members of the Washington media. (more…)

05/20/15 10:40am
Channing Daughters Winery's rosato pétillant naturel. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Channing Daughters Winery’s rosato pétillant naturel. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Paumanok Vineyards’ minimalist chardonnay and Channing Daughters Winery’s 2014 pètillant natural rosato are both excellent wines to sip this summer, according to the New York Post. (more…)