05/03/17 6:01am
A bottle of Bridge Lane Rosé. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A bottle of Bridge Lane Rosé. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s going to be a rosé kind of day.

The second annual North Fork Rosé Crawl, a self-guided rosé crawl at four North Fork wineries, will be held on Saturday, June 10 in celebration of National Rosé Day. Enjoy tastes of rosé and rosé-themed treats along the tour which will feature stops at Martha Clara Vineyards, Bridge Lane Wine, Lenz Winery and Osprey’s DominionREAD

08/06/16 6:41am
A sampling of vintages from The Lenz Winery. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

A sampling of vintages from The Lenz Winery. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

As a society, we are easily distracted and drawn to the new, the cool and the trendy. It’s particularly true in the wine world, where trends abound and we are continually bombarded by salespeople and writers touting “the next big thing.”

Gruner veltliner. Orange wine. Pet nat. Dry rosé. Those are just some of the larger wine trends of the past decade or so. Locally, we’ve seen these, a growth in the sauvignon blanc category and the emergence of new-to-the-region varieties like albarino and teroldego. These are exciting times to be a wine lover.

There’s always something new to drink. That’s fun. But it can also distract us from other great wines.

The Lenz Winery in Peconic and its winemaker, Eric Fry, aren’t known to chase trends. At Lenz, the focus is still set squarely on chardonnay and Bordeaux varieties, particularly merlot and cabernet sauvignon. There is a dry rosé — a very good one from the 2014 vintage — but Fry has been making rosé for a long time, certainly well before it became such a huge category for some wineries.  (more…)

05/17/16 6:00am
Bridge Lane Rose

Sample some Bridge Lane Wines rosé during the first-ever North Fork Rosé Crawl on June 11. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A late spring day dedicated to sampling different styles of North Fork rosé is set for next month.

Four area wineries — Bridge Lane Wines, Castello di Borghese vineyard and winery, The Lenz Winery and Roanoke Vineyards on Love Lane — will offer complimentary tastings of the pink drink of the summer during the first-ever “North Fork Rosé Crawl.” (more…)

10/01/15 9:49pm
Southold Farm and Cellar winemaker Regan Meador takes a sample of cabernet franc as his father-in-law Steve O'Connor stomps on some whole grape clusters. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Southold Farm and Cellar winemaker Regan Meador takes a sample of cabernet franc as his father-in-law Steve O’Connor stomps on some whole grape clusters. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Things are pretty weird at Southold Farm and Cellar‘s makeshift winemaking facility in Peconic.

But the Southold-based vineyard — one of Long Island’s newest wine producers with a promise to grow “weird” Italian grapes not common on the East End — has never been one for convention. (more…)

08/13/15 1:13pm
Lenz 2011 Cuvée is a delicious sparkling wine. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Lenz 2011 Cuvée is a delicious sparkling wine. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Now that we’re through Thanksgiving and the snow has arrived, it’s time for the annual sparkling wine column that so many wine writers pen leading up to the winter holidays. Let’s talk about bubbly, people!

Wait a minute — It’s mid-August! Summer produce is abundant (hello, tomatoes). It’s in the 80s this week. And the beaches are packed.

You know what? You should still be drinking sparkling wine. I beg of you, don’t hide that lone bottle of bubbly in the back of your fridge until New Year’s Eve. No. Stop reading this story, get up from your laptop or put down your phone and open it. Drink it. And enjoy it. (more…)