08/09/17 3:10pm

In addition to the Winery of the Year award, Sparkling Pointe also won for best pink sparkling wine. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

The bubbly will likely be flowing at Sparkling Pointe this week, as the Southold winery was named “Winery of the Year” Wednesday at the New York Wine and Food Classic.

The event, considered the premier contest for New York wine, was held in upstate Watkins Glen Aug. 8-9.

The award was a tie between CK Cellars/Torrey Ridge Winery from the Finger Lakes Region and Sparkling Pointe. The North Fork vineyard, which makes exclusively sparkling wine, also won the “Best Sparkling Wine” award for its 2014 Topaz Imperial.
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08/10/16 3:02pm
The sun sets over Bedell Cellars. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The sun sets over Bedell Cellars. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Eleven Long Island wine producers were honored today with “Best of” awards in upstate Watkins Glen at this year’s New York Wine and Food Classic, the premier event for judging New York State wines.

Not surprisingly, the North Fork took home honors for best merlot and cabernet franc, which are widely considered to be the best varietals produced on Long Island. Clovis Point in Jamesport and Kontokosta Winery in Greenport won those awards, respectively. (more…)

08/12/15 9:18pm
 Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery’s four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)


Kareem, Nabeel and Salim Massoud of Paumanok Vineyards hold three of the winery’s four 93-point wines, as awarded by The Wine Advocate. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Paumanok Vineyards took home the Winery of the Year Award at the 2015 New York Wine and Food Classic marking the third year in a row a Long Island wine producer has won the coveted prize.

The Aquebogue vineyard also won “Best White Wine” for its 2014 semi-dry riesling.

“I am happy to congratulate the winners of today’s Governor’s Cup, and I encourage all New Yorkers to sample some of our state’s best food and beverages. You won’t be disappointed,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement. (more…)

11/22/11 8:08pm
Sound Avenue, Riverhead

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | Roanoke Vineyards owner Richard Pisacano with his wife, Soraya, behind the bar of the vineyard’s main tasting room.

Richard Pisacano started working at Mudd Vineyards, a vineyard development and consulting firm in Southold, in the late 1970’s when he was a high school student.

He learned how to graft grapevines and started his own vineyard on Herricks Lane in Jamesport a few years later. Planting Chardonnay and Merlot grapes, he called the land Richard’s Vineyard. (more…)