10/07/17 6:00am

Castello di Borghese sauvignon blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

Just when you thought maybe it was time to drink less sauvignon blanc, Mother Nature has given us another extended streak of warm weather. And with Peconic Bay scallop season not that far off, it’s good to have fresh, clean, local sauvignon blanc around anyway.  (more…)

09/21/17 11:49am

Castello di Borghese Chardonette. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

While local wineries are making better sub-$25 wine that ever before, wines that retail for less than $15 are still mostly pretty underwhelming. Generally, they aren’t worth bothering with. And that’s a big reason why this week’s’ “Wine of the Week” Castello di Borghese NV Chardonette caught my attention. (more…)

09/13/17 9:20am

A bottle of 2016 Merliance rosé. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

For some people, rosé is strictly seasonal . You start drinking it around Memorial Day and by Tumbleweed Tuesday (the day after Labor Day), you’re done. But you’ll also find some rosé-obsessed folks who drink it year round. (more…)

08/25/17 10:25am

A bottle of Harbes Vineyard 2014 Merlot. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

During a recent tasting of more than a dozen local merlots (look for the story in the next issue of Long Island Wine Press), I was pleasantly surprised by just how good almost every wine was. They were fruit forward almost without exception while also being clean, bright and absolutely food friendly.  Merlot is maligned here and there by some — myself included — but it’s clear that local vineyard managers and winemakers have zeroed in on what it takes to make local merlot shine.

I can’t include every delicious wine in that forthcoming story, so we’ll make one of the last cuts this week’s “Wine of the Week” instead. (more…)

08/10/17 11:09am

Sparkling Pointe 2014 Brut. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

After tasting through most of the Sparkling Pointe portfolio at last weekend’s Harvest East End event, I can say without reservation that the winery is really hitting its stride. The wines have really never been better — which helps explain why the winery was named co-winery of the year earlier this week at the New York Food & Wine Classic. (more…)