Expert Long Island wine picks

What better way to keep warm during the coldest season of the year than by sipping a full-bodied merlot or an oaky chardonnay by the fire?

We asked local wine producers and restaurateurs to select vinos they think will keep you toasty this winter.

The only catch? They weren’t allowed to choose their own brands.

So, what are the experts drinking? Read on to find out.

Coffee Pot Cellars chardonnay. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Coffee Pot Cellars 2012 chardonnay. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Coffee Pot Cellars
2012 Chardonnay

“A nice winter chardonnay. The neutral oak gives it a really nice balance that pairs well with pasta or chicken, but it’s amazing with Peconic Bay scallops, a little butter and scallions.”

Carolyn Iannone, owner, Love Lane Kitchen, Mattituck

One Woman Wines & Vineyard chardonnay. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

One Woman Wines 2012 chardonnay. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

One Woman Wines
2012 Chardonnay

“It doesn’t have an overwhelming oak, just a creamy and pleasant oak balance. It’s nice in the winter because it’s big and rich and warm.”

Russell McCall, owner, McCall Wines, Cutchogue

John Leo Cellars Leo Family Red. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

John Leo Cellars Leo Family Red. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

John Leo Cellars
The Leo Family Red 2010

“It’s a merlot-based blend and it is hands down my favorite red. Round on the pallet, it has a nice fullness to it and silky soft tannins, and a nice acidity to balance everything out. It is a very well-put-together wine.”

Juan Micieli-Martinez, winemaker and general manager, Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead

Mattebella Vineyard Famiglia. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Mattebella Vineyards Famiglia Red NV. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Mattebella Vineyards
Famiglia Red

“I love their Famiglia. It tastes like an old-world wine.”

Sandra Bilotti, manager, CJ’s American Grill, Mattituck

Whisper Vineyards' 2007 Reserve Red Cape Blend. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Whisper Vineyards’ 2007 Reserve Red Cape Blend. (Credit: Courtesy Photo)

Whisper Vineyards
2010 Red Cape Blend

“A charming blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc from one of Long Island’s best vintages.”

Michael Kontokosta, owner and winemaker, Kontokosta Vineyards, Greenport

Roanoke Vineyard 2010 cabernet franc. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Roanoke Vineyard 2010 cabernet franc. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

 

Roanoke Vineyards
2010 Cabernet Franc

“A rich-style cabernet franc with a classic spiciness.”

Ron Goerler Jr., winemaker and general manager, Jamesport Vineyards, Jamesport