02/11/17 6:00am
Lenn Thompson and a group of East End winemakers sampled these 2001 Long Island reds. Thompson said a majority of the bottles held up well. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Lenn Thompson and a group of East End winemakers sampled these 2001 Long Island reds. Thompson said a majority of the bottles held up well. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A lot of winemakers — and admittedly, wine writers — like to talk about how long a wine will age. You may see at the end of a tasting note, either at a winery or in a glossy wine magazine: “Drink now through 2030.” I’ve also heard from local winemakers that customers will occasionally make their buying decisions based in part on how long the pourer says a wine will age in their cellar.

There is a lot of confusion and quite a bit of mythology out there when it comes to these sorts of tasting windows and prophecies.

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01/06/16 10:16am
Pellegrini Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is our 'Wine of the Week.' (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Pellegrini Vineyards 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is our ‘Wine of the Week.’ (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A lot of observers and writers like to focus on Long Island wine country’s rich past.

There is little doubt this 40-plus years of Long Island wine history is filled with hits, misses and a cast of characters along the way.

I always like to look at things a little differently, so I’m more interested lately in the present and future of the region. Where are things going? What’s coming next?

With this week’s “Wine of the Week” I can touch on a little of both. (more…)

12/02/15 9:37am
A bottle of Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 Spezia. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 Spezia. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

If you like finding and drinking distinctive, idiosyncratic wines, this week’s pick for Wine of the Week is worth seeking out.

In the grand scheme of Long Island wine, gewuztraminer is a bit player. Only a handful of wineries make it and even fewer consistently make examples that stand out. Raphael winemaker Anthony Nappa makes that short list with Spezia, which means “spice” in Italian. (more…)