08/15/15 12:02pm
Credit: Northforker file photo

Credit: Northforker file photo

Over the course of the past 15 years, Louisa Hargrave has written more than 350 columns for this news organization. For much of that time, her column has also been published in the Southampton Press. With this week’s issue, she makes her final contribution.

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08/15/15 6:00am
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Harvest will begin soon, and all of our vintners are planning for that yearly point of no return. Here is a quiz so you can test yourselves on your own familiarity with matters vinous. I’ve thrown in a few questions from my past years’ quizzes to give you a chance to redeem yourselves. Feel free to go to Google if you get flummoxed.  (more…)

07/18/15 6:32am
Louisa Hargrave said this rosé from Macari Vineyards is "svelte, harmonious, easy-drinking." (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Louisa Hargrave said this rosé from Macari Vineyards is “svelte, harmonious, easy-drinking.” (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Where in the world is more pink wine consumed than any place but Provence? You guessed it: Long Island’s East End. The love affair with rosé that began with Peter Mayle’s 1989 bestselling novel, “A Year in Provence,” has grown so that now the rosé romance has spread to other summer vacation destinations, especially our own.     (more…)

06/19/15 6:15am
Some Long Island vineyards will soon be shifting focus from agratainment to the wine itself.  (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Louisa Hargrave asks ‘How can the wineries reach real customers while discouraging freeloaders.’ (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Tasting room visits are important to Long Island’s wineries. On-site visits create loyal customers and wineries get to keep 30 percent of the retail price that would otherwise go to distributors. But one limo load of tipsy party seekers can ruin the tasting experience for everyone. Crowds of tourists will affect the quality and essential nature of the places they come to see. How can the wineries reach real customers while discouraging the freeloaders?   

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06/06/15 6:00am
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From day to day, it’s not hard to see the changes as the shoots push up toward the sun, but it’s the invisible life of the vine that will determine the outcome at harvest. (Credit: Vera Chinese photo)

June is an exciting time for vintners. All of the promise of this year’s vintage already exists within the new shoots of every vine. Seeing their vibrant color, I’m always reminded of Dylan Thomas’s words “The force that through the green fuse drives the flower/Drives my green age … ”     (more…)

05/23/15 7:22am
Lenz chardonnay

Lenz White Label Chardonnay. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

As a wine columnist, I’m inundated this time of the year with PR stuff about pink wines from every part of the globe. While this is a far better inundation than Noah’s Flood (and while I will get around to writing about summer rosés), I’d like to make a case, instead, for Long Island chardonnay as your go-to, goes-with-everything summer beverage.  (more…)

05/09/15 7:10am
Joyce and Robert Pellegrini at the Cutchogue vineyard in 2001. (Credit: Judy Ahrens file photo)

Joyce and Robert Pellegrini at the Cutchogue vineyard in 2001. (Credit: Judy Ahrens file photo)

I couldn’t imagine, when I wrote my last column “in memoriam” to Walter Channing, founder of Channing Daughters winery, that we would soon lose another man whose early and persistent devotion to quality would similarly set the tone for our growing wine region.

But on April 4, Bob Pellegrini, co-owner (with his wife, Joyce) of Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue, also departed to vintners’ heaven. (more…)