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Long Island Wine Country

Two North Fork spots made a recent Travelzoo list of Long Island’s coolest towns. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Long Island Wine Country

We asked nine local food and wine professionals to recommend a wine for you to try this spring. The only catch: They couldn’t select their own.

So, which wines do the local experts think you should drink this season.


Croteaux Vineyards
2013 Rosé Merlot 181  
Picked by Adam Suprenant, winemaker, Coffee Pot Cellars in Cutchogue
“Spring is often thought of as rosé season. As it gets closer to May, it’s a good time to pop open a Croteaux Rosé.” 


Raphael Vineyard and Winery
2013 First Label Riesling  
Picked by Anthony Nappa, Anthony Nappa Wines and The Winemaker Studio
“It is a really cool wine. It is completely dry and it’s from the North Fork.” 


Jamesport Vineyards
2012 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Picked by Mark Tobin, winemaker, Mattebella Vineyards in Southold
“It has a crisp and clean taste with hints of tropical fruit and bright acidity. Perfect for spring and on into summer.” 


Lenz Winery
2011 White Label
Picked by chef Matt Kar, Jamesport Manor Inn
“It’s light and great to pair with spring flavors.” 


Macari Vineyards
2013 Early Wine
Picked by Regan Meador, owner, Southold Farm and Cellar
“It’s crisp and fresh, just like an early spring morning.” 


Waters Crest  
2008 Merlot

Picked by Jason Damianos, winemaker, Pindar, Duck Walk and Jason’s Vineyard
“Jim Waters is doing an outstanding job making excellent wines in his boutique winery. The passion he has for his wines are easily seen in the glass.” 


Bedell Cellars
2010 Musée

Picked by chef Noah Schwartz, Noah’s in Greenport
“I really like this wine because of its full body and complex notes.” 

Sparkling Pointe Brute

Sparkling Pointe 
2010 Brut

Picked by Jeff McKay, owner, Vines & Hops in Riverhead
“It’s out-selling our house sparkling wine made at a California vineyard.” 


Paumanok Vineyards 
2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Picked by Kelly Urbanik Koch, winemaker, Macari Vineyards in Mattituck
“It’s a refreshing wine that’s good when the weather gets warm.”