There is no denying the part Pindar Vineyards founder Dr. Herodotus Damianos played in the creation and popularization of the Long Island wine industry. Known as Dr. Dan, Damianos first bought 30 acres of land in 1979. He planted it a year later and two years after that, Pindar Vineyards sold its first wines. Pindar Vineyards, and its sister winery Duck Walk Vineyards, have since grown to produce more than 100,000 cases per year. (more…)
A bottle of Roanoke Vineyards 2013 The Hill. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)
When someone like Rich Pisacano, co-owner of Roanoke Vineyards who is also Wolffer Estate’s long-time vineyard manager, tells you that a newly released wine is “one of the most complex, interesting, beautiful wines that I’ve ever been a part of” that means something.
This is someone who has been planting and tending vines on the East End since high school. And our wine of the week, Roanoke Vineyards 2013 “The Hill,” is one to seek out. (more…)
That’s the reality of most local red wine, and while a lot of it is good, even the most die-hard Long Island wine lover wants something a little different — at least occasionally. There’s other stuff out here, but a lot of it isn’t particularly interesting.
It won’t be released until spring, but Harbes Vineyard 2014 Syrah is a nice change for folks suffering from typically Long Island red fatigue. (more…)