04/25/15 7:00am
Walter Channing and Molly Seagrave Channing. (Credit: Courtesy of Dana Shaw, The Southampton Press)

Walter Channing and Molly Seagrave Channing. (Credit: Courtesy of Dana Shaw, The Southampton Press)

Walter Channing, founder of Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton, died on March 12, as winds blew the cold winter away and the sap in his vines began to flow again. His beloved wife, Molly, and daughters, Francesca, Isabella, Sylvia, and Nina, were by his side.  (more…)

04/11/15 6:17am
Regan and Carey Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Regan and Carey Meador of Southold Farm + Cellar. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Carey and Regan Meador are devoted to making authentic North Fork wines — wines that are so site driven, made from such a diverse combination of grape varieties, that they can only be replicated here.

But the couple didn’t begin their careers as East End vintners. When they met in Manhattan and married, both worked there in advertising. Although these were coveted jobs, they became disillusioned. At the end of the day, they’d ask each other, “What did you do today?”

“I wrote emails,” said Carey.

“I did a PowerPoint,” said Regan. (more…)

01/31/15 7:00am
 Manuel Lopez, an 8 year veteran working at Bedell Cellers pruning vines earlier this month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Manuel Lopez, an 8 year veteran working at Bedell Cellers pruning vines earlier this month. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

If you have a garden with fruit trees or grapevines, you know how important it is to prune these perennial plants every winter. By judiciously choosing branches or canes that will provide maximum exposure to sunlight and limit crop to the capacity of each plant, you will enjoy the best possible fruit from the coming summer’s harvest.  (more…)

11/01/14 12:35pm
A Charlie Chaplin sculpture greets visitors to Duchamp Winery. (Credit: Louisa Hargrave)

A Charlie Chaplin sculpture greets visitors to Duchamp Winery. (Credit: Louisa Hargrave)

This may seem to be my Halloween column if you look at its date, but I didn’t set out to scare anyone. My intention was to report on a trip I made to California wine country. It was an escape from the East End’s pumpkin-seeking hordes that prompted me to head west over Columbus Day weekend. For many years, I had wanted to spend a little downtime in Sonoma, so with that in mind, I headed to Healdsburg, in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley. (more…)