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This dry riesling by Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue may be on the menu at the winery’s 2016 European wine cruise. (Credit: Vera Chinese file photo)

The sheer number of great wines produced on Long Island can make selecting the perfect vintage to sip this season a bit overwhelming.

We asked a handful of local winemakers and restaurateurs to steer us in the right direction.

What are they drinking this fall? Read on to find out.

Paumanok Vineyards 2013 Dry Riesling

“It’s refreshing. It has a very nice, dry ending that matches with oysters. It’s well balanced with the flavors and aroma.”

Juan Sepulveda, winemaker, Laurel Lake Vineyards, Laurel


2010 Jamesport Vineyards Merlot.
2010 Jamesport Vineyards Merlot.

Jamesport Vineyards 2010 Merlot

“To me, it’s the most complex full-bodied merlot I’ve ever had out here. This will warm you up.”

Anthony Sannino, winemaker and co-owner, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Peconic

2010 Roanoke Vineyards Cabernet Franc
2010 Roanoke Vineyards Cabernet Franc

Roanoke Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

“It’s one of the most beautiful reds I’ve tried in the past year. It’s amazing.”

Courtney Schaudel, co-owner and general manager, Petulant Wino Bistro & Wine Bar, Aquebogue

2008 McCall Wines Pinot Noir
2010 McCall Wines Pinot Noir

McCall Wines 2010 Pinot Noir

“Pinot noir is one of my favorite wines and I appreciate what it takes to make a pinot noir on Long Island. The fruit is ripe, with a good structure and good balance.”

Ed Lovaas, assistant winemaker, Pindar Vineyards, Peconic

2005 Sparkling Pointe Brut Seduction
2005 Sparkling Pointe Brut Seduction

Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Seduction

“It has this nice, acidic finish. It’s very well-concentrated. I love the fruit that is coming through on the chardonnay. It has great tropical aromatics. It’s a good fall sparkling wine.”

Jim Waters, winemaker and owner, Waters Crest Winery, Cutchogue

2010 Macari Cabernet Franc
2010 Macari Cabernet Franc

Macari Vineyards 2010 Cabernet Franc

Winner, “Best Red,” at the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic

“I agree with the judges. This is one of the best things to happen out here in years.”

Dennis McDermott, restaurateur

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2014 edition of northforker Long Island Wine Press