05/07/18 5:55am
Suhru wine

The new tasting room has a cozy beach vibe.

If you have not yet sipped Suhru Wines’ crisp whites and light tannin reds, you’re about to have an excellent opportunity to do so.

The label, founded by Australia-born winemaker Russell Hearn and his wife Susan, has amassed quite the following since it was founded in 2008 even as the couple has been exclusively selling the wines wholesale and at farmers markets.

Now Suhru Wines is opening its first tasting room in the former location of Waters Crest Winery on Main Road in Cutchogue. The Hearns signed the lease in January and have been renovating the 1,350-square-foot space into a cozy beach-inspired respite. They aim to open later this month. (more…)

07/27/17 10:55am

The Bridge Lane Wine lineup is full of crowd-pleasers, not only because of their taste and price point, but because they are sold in bottle, box and keg.

So how could this company, the sister label of Lieb Cellars, expand its fan-favorite party and travel-friendly offerings?

The obvious answer would be cans. (more…)

11/15/14 9:00am
Harvest 2014 was a "tsunami' of grapes for vintners like Bedell Cellars winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich pictured above.

Harvest 2014 was a “tsunami’ of grapes for vintners like Bedell Cellars winemaker Richard Olsen-Harbich pictured above. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch file photo

Harvest 2014 was “a tsunami” for Long Island’s vintners. That’s what Russell Hearn, co-owner and manager of Premium Wine Group, told me as he orchestrated the winemaking activities of 18 producers at the Mattituck custom crush facility. (more…)

11/13/14 11:05am
Vineyard workers harvest grapes at Surrey Lane Vineyard Orchard Farm in Southold in September. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Vineyard workers harvest grapes at Surrey Lane Vineyard Orchard Farm in Southold in September. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

For Palmer Vineyards winemaker Miguel Martin, it was clear that 2014 was an ample harvest when he had to buy an extra 750-gallon tank to ferment the Aquebogue vineyard’s viognier grapes. (more…)

10/31/11 8:15pm

The Winemaker Studio in Peconic is a tasting room for small producers on the East End.

The Winemaker Studio is a place for the unconventional and the obscure; a tasting room for the little guy.

Owner and independent wine maker Anthony Nappa opened the Peconic Lane studio this summer to highlight not only his own label, but to collaborate with other local and independent winemakers who may otherwise not have a place to showcase their wines.

“A region reaches a certain maturity when you can populate a tasting room with independent winemakers,” Mr. Nappa said. “None of us would have enough wine to support a tasting room, but it works if we do it together.” (more…)

10/24/11 8:18pm

SAMANTHA BRIX PHOTO | James Ehrlein of Franklin Square and Yesenia Vasquez of East Meadow shared glasses of a 2008 Grapes of Roth Riesling and a 2007 Roanoke Vineyards Gabby’s Cabernet Franc in the wine library at Roanoke Vineyards in Riverhead.

James Ehrlein and Yesenia Vasquez spoke softly in the wine library of Roanoke Vineyards on a recent rainy afternoon as they sipped aged wine and nibbled on goat cheese drizzled with honey.

The two had come from Franklin Square and East Meadow, respectively, where they were working for El Salvador Needs You, a charity raising money for flood damage repairs in Central America. They said they were taking a break from fundraising in the Riverhead vineyard’s wine library, a wood-pannel room adjacent to the tasting room in the vineyard’s main building. (more…)