02/07/18 6:52pm

Bridge Lane Chardonnay is now available in a can. (Photo courtesy of Bridge Lane)

At its best, unoaked Long Island Chardonnay is fruit-forward without being too fruity with nice weight, fresh acidity and subtle lemony herb qualities.  It’s some of the most versatile and food-friendly wine you can pick up at a local winery.  (more…)

03/29/16 6:02am
Our Lenn Thompson sampled nearly 40 bottles of Long Island chardonnay for this story. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Our Lenn Thompson sampled nearly 40 bottles of Long Island chardonnay for this story. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

For the last five years of the decade I’ve spent writing about wine, I’ve largely ignored most Long Island chardonnay. Rarely tasted it, let alone drank it. Particularly if it was raised in an oak barrel.

Sure, some unoaked Long island chardonnay made it into my glass — it’s bound to happen with so much of it around — but why bother with those when there are other white wines available that are so much more interesting and dynamic? (more…)

05/23/15 7:22am
Lenz chardonnay

Lenz White Label Chardonnay. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

As a wine columnist, I’m inundated this time of the year with PR stuff about pink wines from every part of the globe. While this is a far better inundation than Noah’s Flood (and while I will get around to writing about summer rosés), I’d like to make a case, instead, for Long Island chardonnay as your go-to, goes-with-everything summer beverage.  (more…)

11/19/14 7:00am
Southold Farm & Cellar the Devil's Advocate. (Cyndi Murray photo)

Southold Farm + Cellar The Devil’s Advocate. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

Bringing weird grapes to the North Fork has long been a motto for Southold Farm + Cellar owners Regan and Carey Meador, though that isn’t the only way they are shaking up the region’s wine. (more…)

12/08/13 12:30pm
grape harvest north fork vineyard winery

Photo by Barbaraellen Koch

What’s the white wine that’s most likely to be served over the holidays? Yup, it’s chardonnay. Now, before you moan and groan about it, take a step back, open your mind and get ready to reconsider America’s most popular white grape variety. There’s a reason chardonnay is so popular — and another reason some people like to say, “I hate it. Give me anything but chardonnay.” (more…)