06/09/17 6:00am

Suhru Wines Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Australia-born local winemaker Russell Hearn is perhaps best known for his time at Pellegrini Vineyards or maybe for his work today at Lieb Cellars where he is making some of the region’s best value wines. But you may not realize just how busy he is. (more…)

06/08/17 6:02am

A scene from the 2016 North Fork Crush. (Credit: New York Wine Events)

Want to tour Long Island Wine Country, but can’t figure out which vineyards to visit? Here’s a chance to enjoy more than 100 wines in one place.

Now in its third year, North Fork Crush Artisanal Food and Wine Festival returns to Jamesport Vineyards on Saturday, June 24. (more…)

06/02/17 5:56am

Enjoy a blind tasting at Waters Crest Winery on Sunday. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Do you think you’d choose a fine French wine over a high quality glass of Long Island merlot?

Find out this weekend as Waters Crest Winery in Cutchogue hosts its “Best of the Crest” event on Sunday, June 4. (more…)

05/25/17 5:14am

Channing Daughters Winery 2016 Tocai Fruilano Pétillant Naturel. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

As Channing Daughters Winery’s winemaker Christopher Tracy is prone to doing, he has embraced the fresh, fun deliciousness of pétillant naturel wines with gusto in recent years.

The man who is making a half dozen different vermouths and recently released seven different roses from the 2016 vintage has taken a ‘pet nat’ program that started with just three wines — white, rose and red — and blown it out to more than a handful of wines of various colors made from a wide array of grapes.

This week’s “Wine of the Week,” Channing Daughters Winery 2016 Tocai Friulano Petillant Naturel ($28), is one of the newer additions and one of the most distinctive. (more…)

05/13/17 6:00am
A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

This week’s cool weather aside, it’s spring. We’re not that far from summer, in fact. I know that I — along with the new patch of grass that I’m trying to grown in my back yard — could use a bit more sunshine in my life.

Enter Long Island sauvignon blanc. Bright, citrusy and refreshing it’s one of the go-to wines at my house every summer. Look for my feature story in the summer issue of the Long Island Wine Press for a full run-down on the grape, why it’s so well-suited to Long Island and the various styles being made here.

In the meantime, this week’s “Wine of the Week” is Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc ($24) which deftly exemplifies what Long Island sauvignon blanc is and can be. (more…)

05/12/17 6:02am
A look at the bar at Bedell Cellars Tap Room at Corey Creek. (Credit: David Benthal)

A look at the bar at Bedell Cellars’ Tap Room at Corey Creek. (Credit: David Benthal)

Expect a new look, feel and taste at Bedell Cellars‘ The Tap Room at Corey Creek this summer.

The Southold tasting room will serve five Bedell wines on tap (hence the name) including selections of rosé, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, cabernet franc and merlot. Specialty wines like pétillant-naturel and even ciders will also be intermittently available. Wine will be sold from the tap by the glass and carafe. (more…)

05/05/17 6:01am
A bottle of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard Petite Verdot. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A bottle of Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard Petite Verdot. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Petit verdot is a grape that you’ve probably tasted before, though perhaps without realizing it.

A red grape used in classic Bordeaux blends, it’s grown in many vineyards on the North Fork, though not in large quantities. It’s a late ripener and often among the last grapes picked every harvest. On Long Island, it’s mostly used to add color, tannin and acidity other red wines. It can really help with mid-palate weight and concentration, making wines taste more complete.

And once you recognize its telltale structure and flavors, you can pick it out even in small amounts in a blend. (more…)